Sunday Local News for July 26


Published on August 26 2012 6:19 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

At Cowden, Pioneer Days for 2012 will conclude.  A union church service will begin at 10:30am at the Free Methodist Campground by the park.  A fried chicken and meat loaf dinner will be served from 11am to 2pm.  Rice Gospel Music will perform from 1-2pm.  Junior high and high school games are planned from 1 to 3pm along with music from Rodney Schoonover and the One Day Closer Band.  They'll play Bingo from 1 to 3pm, and Tammy Renee Harris will share gospel music from 2:30 to 3pm.  A drawing for prizes is planned at 4pm, and a demolition derby will conclude things at 6pm in Joe Thompson Arena.  The Pioneer Village will be open all day long featuring old time displays and crafts in the setting of authentic log cabins, along with a flea market, wood carver, arts and crafts and an Indian village as well as a carnival.


The Friends of St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital's 4th Annual Golf Benefit for 2012 drew almost 130 golfers. 

More than $60,000 was raised towards the Friends Hope and Healing Campaign to benefit the Center for Advanced Imaging at the hospital.  With the help of community members and the hospital staff, the Friends have raised approximately $2.8 million towards the project that provided what the hospital says is the most advanced diagnostic technology in the region to help diagnose cancer, breast cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's at earlier stages, without having to travel out of town.

The winning team of the golf benefit was the J&J Ventures team of James Jansen, Kit Koerner, Michael Koester and Michael McHugh.  The second place team was Robert Huey, Ryan Brown, Michael Davin and Jonathan Kabbes.

Contest winners were: Closest to the Pin (MEN) Dennis Sandschafer...Closest to the Pin (WOMEN) Katy Saathoff...Longest Drive (MEN) Michael Koester...Longest Drive (WOMEN) Katy Saathoff...Longest Putt Dallas Kingery...Putting Contest Michael Koester.

The event evolved through a partnership with Jonathan Kabbes and "Golf for a Cure" held in 2009 and 2010.


Six Illinois 4-H members were recognized as 4-H Legacy of Leadership scholars during the annual 4-H Family event at the Illinois State Fair.  The statewide scholarship program is coordinated by the Illinois 4-H Federation and University of Illinois Extension State 4-H Office. 

More than 25,000 young people are members of a local 4-H program.

Ellen Schumacher, a nine-year member of the T-Town Wranglers and the Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors received a $1,000 college scholarship during the evening's program.  she is the 17-year-old daughter of Maurus and Jill Schumacher of Teutopolis.  She plans to attend Illinois State University in Marketing.

Schumacher was also named as the 2012 Effingham County Jeff Brooks $500 scholarship winner.  Jeff Brooks made a very significant contribution to Effingham County during his service as youth advisor from 1957 to 1970.  He died in 1996 after a bout with cancer.  The scholarship was presented during the Effingham County 4-H Show in Altamont.

Meanwhile, 18 Effingham County 4-H members received Superior Awards, the Illinois State Fair's highest award.  Those were Madeline Aherin of Dieterich in Illustrated Speech; Cathleen Bierman of Effingham in Chalk/Carbon/Pigment Drawings; Alexandra Blair of Altamont in Citizenship; Elizabeth Brackney of Effingham in Fashion Revue; Blake Esker of Effingham in Outdoor Adventures; Ben Esker of Effingham in Natural Resources; Katrina Frailey of Beecher City in Theater Arts; Daniel Harder of Shumway in Intergenerational; Taylor Hartke of Teutopolis in Paper; Tyler Marxman of Effingham in Wood; Andrew Moeller of Effingham in Photography; Kate Richars of Newton in Cooking 201; Grant Schmidt of Altamont in Microwave Magic; Allison Schmidt of Altamont in Sewing and Textiles; Carol Schumacher of Teutopolis in Oral Interpretation; Andrew Simmons of Teutopolis in Wildlife; Abigail Westendorf of Effingham in Food Preservation; and Desteny Willenborg of Dieterich in Metal.


St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital and Dr. Peter Bonutti have been recognized by Becker's Hospital Review in an exclusive review of the top 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs.

According to the Becker's publication, exceptional departments often include physicians who treat professional athletes, engage in cutting edge research and perform a large number of orthopedic procedures every year.

St. Anthony's received recognition in 2012 for excellence in both orthopedic surgery and joint replacement.  Dr. Bonutti was individually recognized within the review for performing the hospital's first live satellite broadcast while performing a minimally invasive total knee replacement, which was viewed by an international audience.

Today, St. Anthony's includes an entire floor dedicated to private patient rooms and a physical therapy area for orthopedic patients.  Dr. Bonutti, founder of Bonutti Clinic, continues to practice, lecture, consult and innovate products for the orthopedic industry. 

Bonutti Clinic has been providing comprehensive orthopedic services for over 20 years.


Julie Healy, principal at North Clay Elementary and Junior High School in Louisville, has received the 2012 Dr. Fred Singleton Professional Development Scholarship sponsored by the Illinois Principals Association.  Healy has served as principal at North Clay since 2005.

The scholarship, established in 2007, provides funding to assist individuals in the pursuit of graduate study, attendance at national conferences, and attendance at other events.  One scholarship is awarded each year for a principal of grades 9-12.

Healy plans to utilize the scholarship to attend professional development activities.  She'll be recognized at the Illinois Principals Association Fall Professional Conference in Peoria in October.

She's the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brad Arney of Effingham.


Governor Quinn has signed into law a measure designed to strengthen protections for people who participate in online dating services.  Senate Bill 2545 creates the Internet Dating Safety Act, which puts new safeguards in place for those using an Internet dating service.

The measure requires Internet dating services to let users know if they do or do not conduct criminal background screenings.  If they do conduct screenings, but continue to allow members with criminal convictions access to services, the service must state that screenings are not "foolproof".  The law also requires Internet dating services to provide a safety awareness notification to its members.


The youth group of St. John's Lutheran Church at Louisville will host their annual Ice Cream Social this evening from 4:30 to 7pm.  The menu will consist of porkburgers, sloppy joes, hot dogs, drinks, pie and homemade ice cream with toppings.

The church is located along the Effingham-Clay county line.


A separate end of summer cookout sponsored by St. John, St. Paul and Grace Lutheran Youth Fellowships will be held this evening from 4 to 7:30pm.  The event will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located three miles north of Dieterich.

They'll be serving hot dogs, barbecue , potato chips, ice cream and dessert.  There will be inflatables for kids of all ages, kids games, door prizes and fun.  A free will donation will be accepted at the door.


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


The Johnson/McKinney Reunion will be held today at 12:30pm at Peterson Park in Newton in the large pavilion on the hill.


The Watson community is invited to an ice cream social tonight at Watson Baptist Church along the Old Watson Road in Watson.  The ice cream social at 5pm will be followed by a Singspiration at 6pm.  Take along your voice and/or musical instrument, a good listening ear and join in the praise and worship.