Sunday Local News for September 23

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Published on September 23 2012 7:11 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

This is the day for the dedication of the Effingham County Poor Farm Cemetery.  The dedication is planned from 2-3pm at the Effingham County Memorial Airport.  Transportation will be provided to the public from the west end of the airport just off US 45 to the Poor Farm Cemetery site. 

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A concert at the cross is scheduled today.

The Cross Foundation and the Cross at the Crossroads will host a free concert.  Live performances are scheduled by local bluegrass and gospel band "FireBox" and by Christian recording artist Scott Wattles.  The event is scheduled from 1-3pm on the grounds at the Cross, and the public is invited.

Guests are encouraged to take along lawn chairs or blankets and are urged to visit The Cross Foundation's welcome tent to register for free prizes and learn more about The Cross at the Crossroads.  Water and soda will be available for purchase.  There will also be an opportunity to donate to the Cross.

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The Helen Matthes Library and TREC are holding the first annual Scarecrow Festival today from 2 to 4pm along the TREC Trail.  Families and other teams signed up over the past several days for the event, where the entrants will decorate scarecrows that will then be displayed along the trail.  Funds raised will go to the New Effingham Library Building Fund.

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The Illinois Supreme Court will decide what happens next for a law that requires parents be notified when their young daughters are seeking an abortion.  Paul Linton with the Thomas More Society says parents have vital health information that doctors should know before performing the procedure, but the American Civil Liberties Union claims the law discriminates against the young girls and puts some at risk of being or kicked out of their homes.  They want the Court to send the law back to the Circuit Court.

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The case against Governor Quinn's plans to close prisons is scheduled to begin Monday in Cairo.  The AFSCME union filed a lawsuit to stop Quinn from shutting down Tamms and Dwight prisons, claiming he didn't consider all the safety hazards before moving forward.  A judge has already honored a restraining order to keep the prisons open for now.  Both Democrat and Republican leaders across the state want Quinn to abandon the plan because of already overcrowded facilities.  So far, Quinn is not backing down and wants to use money reserved for prisons to help families in the DCFS system.

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Recent rainfalls are helping ease drought conditions across the state.  Climatologist Jim Angel says so far, average rainfall is above normal through the first half of September.   There are still some trouble spots, though.  According to the latest report from the US Drought Monitor, Northwestern Illinois is still in an extreme drought.

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Less money spent on vehicle repair means more money to spend directly on meals for those who need them.  That's the bottom line for Barbra Wylie, director of Eastern Illinois University's Peace Meal Senior Nutrition Program who, on Friday, accepted a "gently used" van donated by Allstate Insurance Company.  Prior to being delivered to the EIU campus, an East Dundee dealership refurbished the van to like new condition as a part of the Recycled Rides Program.

Recycled Rides is a national community service project whereby members of the National Auto Body Repair Council repair and donate vehicles to families and service organizations in need.

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The 4th Annual Brandon Stock Memorial Bow Shoot wraps up today.  Activities will continue until 7pm in Bishop Creek, two miles west and two miles south of Dieterich on North 2100th Street.  Follow the signs.  There is a $5 donation requested to shoot.  All proceeds will go to Brandon Stock's daughter, Taylor.

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A ride in memory of J.R. "Pork Chop" Clay will take place today.  Riders are invited to meet at the Hangout Bar and Grill along Route 40 between Effingham and Teutopolis.  Sign in will be at noon; the ride will leave at 1pm.  A $10 donation includes the poker run, food and a 50/50 drawing.

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The annual Fall Breakfast sponsored by the Teutopolis Band Boosters is underway this morning and they'll be serving until noon in the Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium.  The menu will include an all you can eat breakfast of whole hog sausage, fried and scrambled eggs, pancakes, homemade breads and rolls, coffee, juice and milk.  There will also be a Country Store with lots of crafts and homemade baked goods along with a raffle featuring several prizes.  All proceeds will go toward assisting the Teutopolis band program.

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The King Family will be in concert tonight at Montrose United Methodist Church.  The concert will begin at 6pm.