Local News for Sunday, November 4


Published on November 4 2012 6:17 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

In case you forgot last night, be sure to set your clocks back one hour.  We returned to Central Standard Time as of 2am today.

It's also an opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


Healthgrades, judged by some as the nation's leading independent health care ratings organization, has named Carle Foundation Hospital the top hospital in Illinois for neurosurgery, neurosciences and critical care.  The findings are part of a report that evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

Carle was rated #2 in the state for gastrointestinal services and medical treatment, #4 for cardiology services, overall pulmonary services and treatment of stroke, and in the Top 10 for overall cardiac services, coronary interventional procedures and spine surgery.


Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning businesses to beware of a scam targeting Illinois corporations.  White said this is the second attempt this year by this group to swindle businesses.

A firm called Corporate Records Service is contacting Illinois businesses in an attempt to collect a $125 fee to fill out a corporation's "Annual Minutes Records Form".  The Illinois Business Corporation Act does not require corporations to file a "Minutes Records Form" or pay such a fee with the state or any private entity.

The false notice, which is mailed in a green envelope, states that the fee must be paid by November 9, 2012.  However, there is no fee due to the state for that purpose.


The final performance of the St. Anthony High School fall musical, "The Lady Pirates of the Caribbean" will be presented today.  Show time is 2pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at St. Anthony.  Tickets are $5 each.


The Effingham Knights of Columbus will host a major degree initiation today.  Registration for proposers and candidates for membership starts at 11am.  A light lunch is provided before the First Degree, which begins at noon, followed by the 2nd and 3rd Degrees with a dinner and refreshments served afterwards at about 4pm.  For more information, phone Grand Knight Jesse Davis or Trustee Greg Koester.


Awards were made to the winners of the 2012 Red Ribbon Poster Contest for Effingham County students.  This was the 24th year for the contest, which has been sponsored by the Effingham County Drug Alert Council.

The theme was "It's Up to Me to Be Drug Free".  There were 677 entries.  Schools participating were Altamont Lutheran, Altamont Grade School, Effingham Junior High, Effingham High School, Sacred Heart Grade School and St. Anthony Grade School.  First place winners each received a $25 gift certificate, second place winners received a sweatshirt, and third place winners received a T-shirt from the Council. 

Winners in Grades 1-2: 1st--Griffen Sehy, 2nd--Annie Strullmyer, 3rd--Johnathan Willenborg, all from St. Anthony Grade School.

Winners in Grades 3-4: 1st--Madison Chambers of St. Anthony Grade School, and 2nd--Tyler Stuckemeyer and 3rd--Jordan Miller, both from Altamont Lutheran.

Winners in Grades 5-6: 1st--Ashlin Baxter and 2nd--Cassie Fancher, both from Effingham Junior High and 3rd--Allison McDevitt from Sacred Heart.

Winners in Grades 7-8: 1st--Sierra Pagel, 2nd--Jessica Starrett and 3rd--Tara Torres, all from Effingham Junior High.

Winners in Grades 9-10: 1st--Shayna Phillips, 2nd--Pedro Garcia, and 3rd--Shelby Nunamaker, all from Effingham Junior High.

Winners in Computer Graphics Grades 5-6: 1st--Skyler Schafer, 2nd--James Dillow and 3rd--Kaylee Phillips, all from Effingham Junior High.

Winners in Computer Graphics Grades 7-8: 1st--Madi Crain, 2nd--Gavin Hoene and 3rd--Meredith Kull, all from Effingham Junior High.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Altamont, will hold their annual Soup Supper today, with serving beginning at 4pm.  The menu will include soup, sandwiches, desserts and drinks.  A free-will offering will be accepted.

Bethlehem is located four miles south of Altamont.


Father Bud DeGrand and St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Neoga are hosting a whole hog sausage breakfast today in Assumption Hall until 12:30pm.  The menu consists of whole hog sausage, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, homemade bread and rolls, coffee, milk and juice.  There is also a country store with home baked items and crafts.


The December Christmas Auction sponsored by Liberty Post #289 of the American Legion will be held today at the Community Building in Strasburg.  The auction by Thomas Factory Outlet is the major fundraiser for the American Legion Post.  The Post uses the proceeds from the auction to provide the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Americanism Essay prize money, Legion Baseball, the Strasburg Veterans Memorial, Community Blood Drive, Stewardson-Strasburg Yearbook, Post Prom activities, and American Legion Gifts to Yanks, among other programs.

Auction items include trains, tools, toy tractors, figurines, baskets, bikes, curved glass china cabinets, yard ornaments, NASCAR items, blankets and Christmas items. 

A concession stand sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Unit #289 will be available.


The Sacred Heart PTA Soup Supper and Country Carnival will be held this evening in the Sacred Heart Parish Center at Fayette and Henrietta in Effingham.

They'll be serving homemade chili and chicken noodle soup as well as pretzels, nachos and hot dogs.  Also on the menu will be pies and cakes and hot coffee.  There will be serving from 4 to 7:30pm.  There will also be a raffle, mystery boxes, free games and a book fair in the school gym.  The cost of meal will be $6.50 for adults and $4 for children 10 and younger.  Tickets will be available at the door.


The Teutopolis Lions Club breakfast is being held this morning at Teutopolis Grade School and will continue until noon.  The menu includes whole hog sausage, ham and cheese omelets, fried eggs, pancakes, bread, coffee, juice and milk.  Proceeds support the blind and hearing impaired as well as various community projects.  In addition to the full breakfast, the Teutopolis Golden Circle Nutrition Site is having a bucket raffle and bake sale as part of the event.  Phone Nancy Hoene at 857-3848 for more information, or if you can help in any way.


The Homecoming Gospel Choir will be in concert at Christ's Church of Effingham tonight at 6:00.  The Homecoming Gospel Choir, featuring over 80 singers and musicians, presents a Homecoming Gospel Reunion, an evening of gospel music like the Gaither Homecoming videos.  John and Judy Roberts will host the evening.


South Central's 2nd Longaberger Basket Binga wll be held today at the Farina American Legion Community Center.  Doors will open at noon, early bird games will start at 1:30, and regular games will begin at 2pm.  Tickets are $15 per person, and additional games will be available for purchase at the door.  Food and drink will be available.


The Catholic Heart Work Camp will have a fun run today to help with proceeds for their summer work trip.  Registration will begin at 12:30pm with the run and walk at 1pm.  The cost is $5 for an individual or $20 maximum per family.  The run will be at the Teutopolis Village Park next to the Junior High School and will utilize the cross country course.  Phone Connie Deters at 925-5411 for more details.


The Ladies Aid Annual Chili Supper and Bazaar will take place today at St. John's Lutheran Church at Louisville.  They'll be serving from 4 to 7pm and the menu includes chili and vegetable soup, sandwiches, pie and drinks.  It'll be a free-will offering.  Baked goods and crafts will also be available.


Eastern Illinois University's School of Continuing Education has scheduled events for National Nontraditional Student Week.

The week will run from today through Thursday, and is a nationwide week of appreciation for nontraditional students. Some of the events include a family bowling night at the EIU Bowling Alley, a pizza party for OASIS members, a Making Your Job Search More Successful webinar, as well as a recognition ceremony for nontraditional students.

Typically, nontraditional students are over 25 years old and have work, family, and other life responsibilities they are juggling while attending school. 

For more information on the week, go to the School of Continuing Education's Facebook page at facebook.com/EIUSCE.