Local News for Sunday, November 3

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Published on November 3 2013 6:01 am
Last Updated on November 2 2013 8:02 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A reminder that you needed to fall back one hour before you headed to bed last night.  Daylight Saving Time ended at 2am today.  If you didn't, please change the battery in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector when you change your clocks.

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Immigrant drivers in Illinois can start applying for a driver's license in just a few weeks.  Secretary of State Jesse White says they'll have to make an appointment to be served.  Applicants will be required to take written, vision and driving tests to ensure they understand the rules of the road. They'll also be required to carry insurance on their vehicle, otherwise the license will be deemed invalid.  The Temporary Visitors Driver's License can't be used for identification purposes.  It'll have a purple background, not a red one, to distinguish it from other state-issued licenses.

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Welfare recipients took a cut in their benefits as of November 1.  A family of four with no change in their income, household size, or expenses are receiving 36 dollars a month less than they have received.  A family of three will get 29 dollars less and a family of two will see a 20 dollar cut. They'd been getting extra money since 2009 when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act went into effect, but that's come to an end.  There are more than two million people in Illinois who participate in the SNAP Program.

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It's back to the beginning for the governor's race campaign of Dan Rutherford.  The state treasurer has to start over collecting signatures on his nominating petitions for the Republican primary after his workers found a critical mistake in the petition's language.  Campaign workers have started circulating petitions again to gather the 10,000 names needed by November 25, the first day to file petitions.  The new petitions have language that Rutherford's campaign attorney calls "bulletproof".

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Both the Effingham High School and St. Anthony High School fall musicals conclude their runs today.

At EHS, "The Drowsy Chaperone" will be performed at 2pm.  2pm is also performance time at St. Anthony for "Murder at Crooked House".

Tickets at Effingham High are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for students ages 5 to 18. At St. Anthony all tickets are $5.

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Zonta Club of Effingham will present A Taste of the Holidays today from 1 to 3pm at the St. Anthony Parish Center.  Admission is $20 per person.  Professional demonstrations by Chef Niall of Firefly Grill, Ann Grasher of Koerner Distributor, Kevin Schafer of Millenium Accessories, and Debbie Fonner-Ikemire on Holiday Table Settings.  There will be raffle baskets, gift bags, wine tasting by Koerner's, table decorations and giveaways.  Proceeds will benefit Women in Transition scholarship recipients, CASA of Effingham County and local Zonta projects.

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The Sacred Heart PTA Soup Festival and Country Carnival is set for today from 11am to 2:30pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Center at Fayette and Henrietta in Effingham.  Homemade chili and chicken noodle soup, hot dogs, pretzels and nachos are on the menu.  There will be mystery boxes and a book fair, along with a silent auction.  Your choice of any two menu items, dessert and drink is $6.50 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger.  Carryouts will be available. 

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The Teutopolis Lions Club is hosting its 44th Annual Breakfast this morning until noon at the Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium.  It's all you can eat ham and cheese omelets, pancakes, sausage, fried eggs, bread, coffee, juice and milk.  Proceeds support various community projects benefitting the blind and hearing-impaired and the Diabetes Foundation.  The Teutopolis site of Golden Circle Nutrition Program will hold a raffle and bake sale at the breakfast.  

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Hoosier Prairie Baptist Church will be holding their Fall Revival today through Wednesday.  Bruce Kugler, an attorney for the US Department of Justice and worldwide evangelist just returning from China will speak this morning at 10:30 and this evening at 7:00.  Effingham First Baptist Church Youth Pastor Josh Bledsoe will present the messages at the Monday and Tuesday evening services at 7:00.  Closing out the meetings will be Joe Lawson, Director of Missions for the Rehoboth and Louisville Baptist Associations, on Wednesday at 7pm.  Hoosier Prairie Baptist Church is located on Titanium Road, west of Louisville.

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The Teutopolis Monastery Museum will be open today from 12:30 to 4pm.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.  The Museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building behind St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis.  Besides its collection of articles used by the Franciscan Friars, the Museum is also known for Bibles and books in different languages, some from the 1700s.  One section features items used by early Teutopolis pioneers. The tour also includes the Mausoleum and St. Francis Church with stained glass windows depicting highlights in the life of St. Francis.

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church south of Altamont will be holding their annual Soup Supper today. Serving will begin at 4pm and the menu will consist of soups, sandwiches, dessert and drinks.  A free will offering will be accepted.

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Edgewood Order of the Eastern Star will hold an all you can eat, annual chicken and noodle dinner to be served from 11am to 2pm today.  On the menu: chicken and noodles, corn, green beans, cole slaw, dessert and drinks.  Donations will be requested for the Edgewood Order of the Eastern Star. The event is open to the public and will be held at the Edgewood Masonic Building along Illinois 37 in Edgewood.  Carryouts will be available.

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The Mason 4th Annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service will be held today at Mason Christian Church.  The community gathers each year to give thanks to God for the blessings they have received.  Prayers, music and scripture will be woven together with a common theme of gratitude from many traditions.  Refreshments will follow.

Participating churches are Edgewood Christian Church, Edgewood Full Gospel Church, Harvest United Methodist Church and Mason Christian Church.  The service will begin at 5pm, again at Mason Christian Church.

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The Homecoming Gospel Choir will be in concert at the Toledo Christian Church in Toledo tonight at 6:00.  The Homecoming Gospel Choir, featuring over 80 singers and musicians, presents a Homecoming Gospel Reunion, an evening of gospel music capturing the excitement and enthusiasm of the Gaither Homecoming videos.  Your host and hostess for the evening will be John and Judy Roberts.  Admission to the concert is free, and a love offering will be received.  The church building is located at 501 South Maryland in Toledo.

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St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Louisville, is holding their annual Ladies Aid Chili Supper and Bazaar today from 4 to 7pm.  Menu will include chili and vegetable soup, sandwiches, pie and drink.  Free will donations will be accepted.  Crafts and baked goods will also be available.  Proceeds from the bazaar, to be matched by Thrivent Financial, will go to Travis and Elizabeth Hastings to help with recent medical expenses of their daughter Adelaide.  St. John's is located along the Effingham-Clay County line.