Local News for Sunday, September 2


Published on September 2 2012 6:32 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The last big weekend of the summer is being hampered by the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, but most events are still being held.

The St. Mary's Pre-Labor Day Picnic will take place today in Ste. Marie.  The 175th annual celebration will begin at 11am.

Deep fried chicken, pork loin, dressing and all the trimmings will be offered from 11am to 5pm at the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church Parish Center in Ste. Marie.  In addition to the dinners, other food items ranging from porkburgers and bratwurst to ice cream and soda will be available throughout the day.

Games, including Bingo will provide entertainment for young and old.  Additional games for younger children have been added.  A basket stand, country store and a white elephant stand are part of the planned picnic. 

More than 130 prizes will be offered with a top prize of $1,000.


A gospel sing is the featured event today at the St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration.

The gospel band "Water to Wine" will perform at 6pm at St. Elmo Christian Church.

A full day of activities is scheduled Monday in St. Elmo including a pancake breakfast at the firehouse, a parade at 10:30am, contests and games through the afternoon and a talent show Monday evening.  We'll have the full schedule in Monday's news.


A reminder that there will be no Mass today in the St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital Chapel.


The Sigel St. Michael K of C tractor and truck pull will be held today at Sigel Community Park.

The pull starts at 10am.  Admission to the park is three dollars per person, but those 12 and younger will be admitted for free.  Food and drink will be available on the park grounds so coolers are not permitted.  The entry fee is 20 dollars per tractor.  All tractors must weigh in from 7 to 11am today at the park.  No entries after 11am, and all registration will be at the park.


Effingham County 4-Hers have received several honors recently, including at the Effingham County Fair and the Illinois State Fair.

Members receiving Awards of Excellence include Lance Arnold of Beecher City for model rocketry, Leighton Blankenship of Teutopolis for advanced projects, Mikayla Blankenship of Teutopolis for fashion review, Logan Blankenship of Teutopolis for photo editing, Sarah Brackney of Effingham for animal science, Ranae Brackney of Effingham for sewing and textiles, Michael Goldstein of Watson for computer advanced projects, Jesse Haarmann of Effingham for small grains, Benjamin Harder of Shumway for vegetable plate, Garrett Hartke of Teutopolis for electricity, Sarah Lemar of Effingham for woodworking, Elizabeth McCammon of Altamont for rock hounds, Kimberly Perkins of Effingham for 4-H cooking, Mary Perkins of Effingham for soybeans, Hannah Pike of Mason for vegetable plate, Cassidy Rose of Altamont for design decisions, Paul Schumacher of Teutopolis for welding, Ellen Schumacher of Teutopolis for photography, Lauren Siemer of Teutopolis for glass/plastic, Hannah Tappendorf of Altamont for fashion review, Rachel Tillman of Altamont for food preservation, Renee Tillman of Altamont for citizenship, Hayden Voelker of Altamont for wildlife, Gina Westendorf of Effingham for woodworking, Kory Willenborg of Dieterich for electricity, and Claire Zumbahlen of Effingham for sewing and textiles.


The Teutopolis Monastery Museum will be open today from 12:30 to 4pm for tours.  Admission is three dollars for adults and one dollar for children.

The museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate Building located behind St. Francis Church in Teutopolis.  The facility features books and Bibles from the 1700s, a tour of the stained glass windows in St. Francis Church, and an assortment of items used by the settlers of Teutopolis in the 1800s.  Volunteers are available along the tour to explain displays and assist visitors.