Local News for Sunday, July 15

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Published on July 14 2012 11:26 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Area veterans and others are reminded that Effingham VFW Post #1769 will have the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall on display today.

The wall will be stationed at the VFW Post Home along Veterans Drive from noon to 6pm.  Sandwiches and chips will be available.

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The St. Michael Church Picnic will be going on today on the St. Michael Church and School grounds.  Activities are planned from 11am to 11pm. 

Chicken and ham dinners will be served in the air-conditioned school gym from 11am to 7pm.  There will also be a raffle, quilt raffle, country crafts, cake walk, country store, Bingo, games, food, drinks and entertainment.  The raffle prize drawing will begin at 10pm.  The grand prize will be $3,000.

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Governor Quinn has signed into law a measure designed to increase fiscal responsibility at state universities in Illinois by limiting their use of search firms.  The law is designed that universities will rely on existing resources instead of automatically hiring search firms, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Sponsored by State Representative Chapin Rose and State Senator Dale Righter, the measure will allow state universities to hire external search firms only when hiring university presidents or when the current president and board of trustees provide there is a need for hiring guidance.  The law also requires state universities to implement policies for conducting hiring searches.

The new law goes into effect January 1, and universities will have six months from January 1 to implement search policies.

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Members of the Effingham Art Guild celebrated their 12th annual Juried Art Show with a special event hosted by Bonutti Clinic to announce the winners.  The show is unique to the Effingham area, as juried shows require the artist's work to compete against other entries to be accepted into the display.  22 local artists submitted 108 pieces of art for this year's contest.  Bonutti Clinic employees judged the entries.

85 pieces of art are on display at Bonutti's during weekday business hours.

Artist winners for the show include: Best Overall--Lynn Reznick, First Place--Barb Brummer, Second Place--John Gabb, Third Place--Sandra Lautrup.  Honorable Mentions went to Michael Delaney, Al Church and Becky Marcussen.

There were nine Best in Category awards presented.  Awards were given to Jan VonBokel for abstract, Wilma Krueger for animals, Charlene Vaughn for floral, Lynn Reznick for landscapes, Rose Sutton for living, Jan Clair Mason for photography, Dixie Petticrew for rural structures, John Gabb for still life, and John Caldwell for water landscapes.

Bonutti Clinic also announced the purchase of one piece from the 2011 art show display to join their permanent collection at the clinic.  The Clinic has now purchased 13 pieces of artwork from the EAG participating members.  The painting, "Departure from the Ship", by Chris Detwiler will remain at Bonutti Clinic.

The Effingham Art Guild is made up of dozens of award-winning artists.  The Art Guild is affiliated with FACE and hosts an annual Children's Art Show.

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Shelby Electric Cooperative held its 74th annual meeting in Forest Park in Shelbyville.

During the meeting, members re-elected Richard Boggs of Macon and James McCloy of Blue Mound.  In a contested election, Brent Lively of Taylorville defeated Lawrence Oller of Taylorville.  Oller had served on the board of directors since 1976.

In his report, Board Chairman Darrell Shumard of Stewardson outlined the different costs that make up each dollar in the members' bills.  President and CEO Duane Noland of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives asked members to let their elected officials and the EPA know what they think of new proposed regulations on electricity generated from Illinois coal.  Noland said because the population of downstate and rural Illinois counties continues to decline it is even more important for rural citizens to become politically involved.  Jay Bartlett, president and CEO of Prairie Power, the company providing wholesale power to Shelby Electric said Illinois alone has coal reserves equal to the oil energy in Saudi Arabia, and that the market for Illinois coal will double in the next decade, but not here because of restrictions on use of Illinois coal in Illinois.

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Grants totaling four million dollars awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency will help 120 city and county emergency management agencies throughout Illinois support local disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Here's who got what in our area: Clay County--$8,700...Cumberland County--$4,842.33...Effingham--$17,441.43...Effingham County--$19,472.60...Fayette County--$16,723.97...Jasper County--$5,499.19...Shelby County--$16,029.41.

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The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers Jam Session will be held today from 2-5pm at the Lions Community Building at Forest Park in Shelbyville.  All ages are welcome to take an instrument and sit in, or just sit back and enjoy the music.  Please take along finger foods.

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Altamont's First Baptist Church will begin Vacation Bible School activities tonight and will continue each night through Friday from 6 to 8pm.  You're invited to blast off with them and VBS "Space Quest".

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Roll up those sleeves when you head to worship today at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Montrose.  A Red Cross blood drive is planned at the church from 8 to noon this morning.  Even non-attenders are welcome to give.

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Today is Cycle Sunday at the Latona Church of Christ.  Sunday School at 9am and morning worship at 10am will be followed by a smoked pork meal, blessing of the ride and a 100-plus mile ride.  All vehicles are welcome.  The church is located south of Wheeler off Illinois 33 on 300th Street.

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Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting entries in the 2012 Governor's Hometown Awards competition.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual event that recognizes those volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities.

Applications for awards may be submitted by a variety of community representatives such as local governments, schools, community organizations, chambers of commerce, community action agencies, area agencies on aging, or local job training organizations.  Find out more at www.ildceo.net/hometownawards.