Local News for Sunday, October 13


Published on October 13 2013 6:14 am
Last Updated on October 12 2013 11:15 am
Written by Greg Sapp

This is the final day of the "Serve Now, Serve Together" weekend for 2013.

"Serve Now, Serve Together" is an effort involving a number of churches and charitable groups to do good for others.  Some activities began Thursday, several more got underway Friday, a load of events went on Saturday and many others are underway today.

Participating churches include Christ's Church, New Hope Church, Effingham Assembly of God, Centenary United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church.  Other participants include Sunrise Rotary and a Relay for Life planning team as well as a number of individuals who wanted to help.

Projects are many and varied, including building renovation, a food drive, a prayer walk, work on the TREC Trail, a car wash, and collections of goods for several helping agencies.

The weekend will conclude with a Celebration Service tonight at 6:00 at the Effingham High School Gym.  Lucas Golden and Band will lead the worship.  Teaching will be offered by Brian Mavis, Executive Director of the Externally Focused Network, who serves as Community Transformation Minister at Lifebridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colorado.


Eastern Illinois University in Charleston will be celebrating Homecoming this week.  The theme is "Paint the Town Blue: Homecoming 2013."  Activities will begin Monday and continue through the parade and football game on Saturday.

Saturday activities will include a Charleston Rotary Club pancake breakfast, a 2.5K race/walk, the Homecoming Parade at 9am, and the football game between the Top 5 rated Panthers and Southeast Missouri State at 1:30pm at O'Brien Stadium. 

The Royal Blue Homecoming Coronation is set for 7pm Monday in McAfee Gymnasium.


"Dollar-a-Day Boys: A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps" will be featured Tuesday evening at the Historic County Courthouse Building in downtown Effingham.

Michigan author Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program and book signing about the Civilian Conservation Corps Tuesday at 6pm.  Having presented his program nationwide, Jamerson's hour-long program will include stories, a video clip from his PBS film, excerpts from his novel and original songs about the CCC with his guitar.

The Civilian Conservation Corps was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt in the heart of the Great Depression.  During its nine-year run from 1933 to 1942, over three million young men between the ages of 17 and 25 enlisted across the country.  In Illinois, they built state parks and restored historic sites including the lodge at Starved Rock State Park, Illini State Park, Black Hawk State Historic Site and Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.

The program is being presented by Helen Matthes Library and is free to the public.  To register, phone the library at 342-2464, extension three, or register online at www.effinghamlibrary.org.  You can also e-mail hmlib@effinghamlibrary.org.  


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is accepting online registration from firms and individuals interested in applying for a permit for high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois.

Application for permits will not begin until administrative rules are approved.


Area businesses are invited to a workshop in Effingham that could help ease the difficulties of the current economic climate by providing solutions to help lower the cost of doing business in Illinois.

The workshop is a free event hosted by State Senator Kyle McCarter in cooperation with the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 16 from 8 to 11:30am at the Helen Matthes Library on Market Avenue in Effingham. 


The Effingham County 4-H program is offering a new Rabbit 4-H Club.  Youth between ages 5 and 18 who have special interest in rabbits can participate.  An informational meeting will be held Sunday, October 20, at 1:30pm.  The meeting will take place at the Effingham County Extension Office at 1209 Wenthe Drive in Effingham.


Norris Electric Cooperative Manager Keith McKinney says Illinois electric cooperatives wil again in 2014 award seven academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the "electric cooperative family".   In addition, an eighth scholarship, to assist with costs in attending an electric lineworker school, will also be offered.

For more information regarding the scholarships, contact Norris Electric at 618-783-8765.  All necessary paperwork has been sent to area high school guidance counselors and is also available for download at the cooperative's website at www.norriselectric.com


Secretary of State and Illinois State Librarian Jesse White is urging students in Grades 4 through 12 to enter the 2014 "Letters About Literature" contest, a national reading and writing competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Illinois Center for the Book.

There are three levels of participation: Level One for Grades 4, 5 and 6...Level Two for Grades 7 and 8...and Level Three for Grades 9-12.

For more information, phone Bonnie Matheis at 217-558-2065.  More information is available at ilinoiscenterforthebook.org.