Local News for Sunday, July 28


Published on July 28 2013 6:26 am
Last Updated on July 27 2013 10:27 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Residents of Sigel are being asked to conserve water on Monday morning.

Sigel officials ask residents to conserve from 8am to noon Monday.  The town's wells are being flushed and the water tower refilled.  Water supply and pressure will be diminished until around noon.


Plenty of activities are scheduled today on the last day of the Mill Road Thresherman's Association's 32nd Annual Show.

A worship time is planned at 8am, followed by bluegrass gospel music from 9am to 1pm.  A model train and toy tractor show is scheduled from 10am to 3pm, and a threshing and baling demonstration is to begin at 11am.  Antique and other tractor pulling is set for noon, with another threshing and baling demonstration at 2pm and then a drawing for prizes at 3pm.

Chain saw carving is planned today, too.

The gate fee is five dollars for adults, but those under age 12 with a paid adult will be admitted for free.  The grandstand will be free and there is free parking.


Helen Matthes Library of Effingham has been named as one of 75 libraries nationwide to receive $2,500 for "Pushing the Limits" STEM program funding from the Califa Group, a California-based library consortium.  STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Planned for early 2014, the "Pushing the Limits" public programs will explore advances in science and technology through a discussion led by a STEM professional and library staff using a blended science cafe and book club model that integrates feature film quality videos and a recommended, popular book title.  The overall theme is one of real people, real stories and real science.

"Pushing the Limits" is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists and filmmakers from Dartmouth College, The Association for Rural and Small Libraries, The Califa Group, Dawson Media Group and Oregon State University.

A reminder, too, that you can now ask Helen Matthes Library questions by chatting online at effinghamlibrary.org or by texting questions to 217-666-7586 during weekly library hours and receive a response from a library staff member.

To chat with or text the library, please visit www.effinghamlibrary.org and click on the orange "Ask a Question" tab on the right-hand side, or text "START" to 217-666-7586 for instructions.  Message and data rates may apply. 


A reminder of Commissioner Office Hours tonight at Effingham City Hall.

City Council members will be located in Council chambers at City Hall from 5 to 7 this evening and each Sunday evening to meet and answer your questions regarding city government.


Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John Percival, a 2007 graduate of Effingham High School, along with other sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman departed the Naval station in Norfolk, Virginia, marking the start of the ship's eight- to nine-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf.

The force was supposed to have been deployed in February, but the federal government sequestration delayed the deployment.

The current deployment is part of a rotation of force to support maritime security operations.

Percival joined the Navy in June 2010.


Effingham County Highway Department has announced that, weather permitting, they will be oiling roads west of Mason and north and west of Edgewood on Monday between 6am and 1pm.


The Effingham County Clerk's office has announced the latest inspection report of the Effingham County Jail is now on file for public review. 

This report is provided to the County by the Illinois Department of Corrections.  State law requires an annual jail inspection and to make the results available for public review.

Criminal Justice Specialist Dianne Fritschle conducted the inspection of the jail on July 10.

The report is available for review in the County Clerk's office on the second floor of the Effingham County Office Building.


Illinois Department on Aging Director Dr. John Holton is urging people to nominate older adults for the 2013 Illinois Senior Hall of Fame awards.

The annual award recognizes residents of Illinois 65 or older who excel in the categories of Community Service, Education, Performance/Graphic Arts, and the Labor Force.  Since its start in 1994, 87 people have been inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame.

Nomination forms are available at the Effingham County Senior Center, online at www.state.il.us/aging and then follow the prompts.  Nomination forms must be postmarked or faxed by Monday, August 19.

This year's winners will be inducted into the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame during a ceremony later this year.


A rummage sale concludes today at St. Rose of Lima Church in Montrose.  They have clothing, baby items and toys, books and movies, and home decor.

Hours for the sale today are 10am to 2pm, and today is $2 bag day.


The Lutheran Youth Fellowship at St. John's Lutheran Church on West Jefferson in Effingham will host an ice cream social today.

Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, drink and dessert as well as homemade ice cream will be on the menu.  Proceeds will help the church's youth participate in church-related events.

The ice cream social will run from 10:30am to 1pm today.