Sunday Local News for September 16

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Published on September 16 2012 10:06 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

This is the final day of the 19th Annual Funfest for Corvette at Mid America Motorworks on North US 45.  The grounds will open at 8am.  There will be various seminars and celebrity fun judging.  The St. Anthony Corvette Raffle is set for 2pm on the Funfest stage, an event that has gone at Funfest for several years as a fundraiser for St. Anthony Schools.  The Funfest will conclude with a Celebrity Choice Awards ceremony in the Winners Corral at 3pm.

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Special Olympics Illinois crowned its state champions at the Outdoor Sports Festival September 8-9 in Decatur.  More than 600 athletes competed in the two-day tournament. 

Athletes competed in either golf at Hickory Point Golf Course in Forsyth or softball at Rotary Park in Decatur.  To compete in the festival, athletes must have trained for at least eight weeks and qualified through one of 18 areas in the state.

As official partners of Special Olympics Illinois, the Illinois Knights of Columbus and Law Enforcement Torch Run were the gold medal sponsors of the Outdoor Sports Festival.

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State Senator Kyle McCarter has been named a 2011-2012 "Champion of Free Enterprise" by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his support of legislation designed to strengthen the state's job climate.

Legislators earning Illinois Chamber ratings averaging 85% or better over the previous two General Assemblies qualify for the Champion of Free Enterprise Award.  Of the 177 members of the Illinois General Assembly, only 14 senators and 18 representatives qualified this year for the biennial award.  Issues used in the rating process include taxes, workers' compensation and environmental policy.

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Illinois State Police District 12 Commander Morrie Fraser has announced District 12 enforcement figures and activity for August.

District 12 troopers issued 1,770 citations, 1,031 written warnings and made 113 criminal arrests during August.  Speeding accounted for 832 citations and 302 were issued for occupant restraint violations.  Troopers investigated 60 crashes and assisted 308 motorists.  There were 34 arrests made for DUI and 82 other citations for alcohol-related violations.

District 12 experienced two traffic fatalities during August and that brings to 35 the number of fatalities in the district through the first eight months of the year.

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Influenza vaccine is arriving at local health departments, pharmacies and health care clinics around the state.  The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending every six months old and older get a flu shot as soon as it is available.

Every flu season is different and influenza infection can affect people differently.  Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.  Flu deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people each year.  During a regular flu season, about 90% of deaths occur in people 65 and older.

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St. Anthony High School welcomed new teacher Krystal Johnson for the school year.  She is teaching English, Speech and AP Literature.  Mrs. Johnson has a bachelor's degree in English Language from SIU Edwardsville and a masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix.  This is the Ottawa native's first fulltime teaching assignment.

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Disappointing news for officials at the University of Illinois.  According to US News and World Report, the university slipped overall in the latest national college rankings.  The school did hold steady when compared with other public institutions as Illinois maintained its #13 ranking.  However, U of I slipped slightly, down one spot, to #45 when compared with all universities.  The magazine ranks U of I's engineering program fifth in the nation, up one spot from last year.

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Revival meetings with Bill Carter as the evangelist begin this morning at 10:00 at Jewett Community Church.  Services will also be held Sunday through Tuesday at 7pm.  The church is one block south off Route 40 at the Toledo/Jewett Road intersection.

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The 123rd Illinois Infantry Civil War Muster wraps up today at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Charleston.  Activities are planned from 10am to 4pm and the event is free and open to the public.  The day will include a morning roll call and inspection at 10am, drill and firing demonstrations training men how to fire muskets from 10:30am to noon, a visit with Civil War soldiers at their encampment at 2pm, and a presentation by the Ladies of Charleston at 3pm of the new colors for the 123rd Illinois.