Local News for Sunday, August 18

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Published on August 18 2013 6:16 am
Last Updated on August 19 2013 12:17 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Students are heading back to school and parents across Illinois have been busy getting their children ready for the new year.

As part of School Preparedness Month during August, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency encourages parents to include emergency preparedness in those back-to-school plans.

IEMA Director Jonathan Monken suggested these back-to-school planning tips:

-- know your child's school or day care emergency plan

-- find out where children will be taken in the event of an evacuation during school hours

-- ensure your emergency contact information is up-to-date at your child's school

-- pre-authorize a friend or relative to pick up your children in an emergency and make sure the school knows who that designated person is

-- have a family communications plan and review the plan periodically with your child.  The plan should include contact information for an out-of-area family member or friend, since local telephone networks may not work during a major disaster

Many college campuses offer email and text messages to alert students of potential dangers, such as severe weather and other threats.  Encourage your college student to sign up for such alerts.  Some colleges also provide alert messages for parents so they also are aware of potential dangers at the child's school.

Additional preparedness information is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov

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St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Ste. Marie and the American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive this morning at St. Mary's Parish Center from 8am to noon.

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Financial Peace University classes will begin today at Cornerstone Christian Church in Effingham. 

Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be.  The plan is designed to show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, and spend and save wisely.

Classes will be available every day of the week, and before and after worship services on Sunday.

More information is available at 342-6770 or www.effinghamcornerstone.net

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Effingham County Right to Life has announced the winners of the registration prizes from their pro-life booth at the Effingham County Fair.

The recipients of $25 gift cards from Niemerg's Steak House were Kathy Corder of Altamont, Ed Eckert of Effingham and Barbara Bierman of Dieterich.

People from 33 towns and villages registered at the booth.

For information on how to get involved in pro-life ministry work, phone Mrs. Jack Koester at 857-3060.

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A reminder about Commissioner Office Hours tonight and every Sunday night at Effingham City Hall.

City commissioners are on hand from 5 to 7pm each Sunday in the City Hall Council Chambers to talk with city residents about city issues.