Local News for Sunday, November 18

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Published on November 18 2012 11:56 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Today is the final day of the first weekend of the firearm deer hunting season in Illinois.  The weekend closes one half-hour after sunset.  The seven-day firearm hunt will conclude November 29 through December 2.  Be safe and good hunting!

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Local organizers of the Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection effort will be at Cornerstone Christian Church on South Banker in Effingham from 2 to 5pm today.  The final collection is tomorrow from 9am to 8pm.  The goal for this year is 18,421 shoeboxes.  You're invited to fill a shoebox with toys, clothes and hygiene items to be shipped to children around the world.  Please enclose $7 in your shoebox to cover the cost of shipping.

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The Effingham Ministerial Association is sponsoring the annual Community Thanksgiving Service tonight at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Effingham.  The service will begin at 6pm and will feature First Christian Church Pastor David McConnell, St. Anthony Church Pastor Father David Hoefler and Christ's Church Minister Andrew Bloemker.  The St. Anthony Adult Choir will be singing, and a free-will offering will be received in support of the Ministerial Association's Christmas Day Luncheon.  Refreshments will follow tonight in the St. Anthony Parish Center.

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Troops who were killed or wounded while fighting for their country will be honored with a new memorial under an agreement signed on Veterans Day by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The memorandum of understanding calls for the Springfield-area chapter of the Order of the Purple Heart to raise money for the memorial, which will stand alongside other Illinois war memorials at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, the site of Abraham Lincoln's tomb.

The Historic Preservation Agency will then take charge of care and maintenance for the memorial.

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Two area lighting displays began operation this weekend.

Lightworks in Peterson Park in Mattoon is open each evening at 5pm.  Free will donations are accepted.

The Shelbyville Festival of Lights is operating in Forest Park in Shelbyville.  Even the historical Chautauqua Auditorium becomes a huge lighted carousel.

Effingham's Wonderland of Lights begins its operation for this season just after Thanksgiving at Community Park in Effingham.

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"Nunset Boulevard" will be presented tonight at the Effingham Performance Center.  Curtain is at 7pm.  "Laverne and Shirley" star Cindy Williams heads the cast.  Go to www.theepc.org for ticket information.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is warning consumers looking to purchase used vehicles to beware of flood-damaged cars resulting from Hurricane Sandy.  In an effort to protect Illinois consumers, White has instructed his office to closely monitor title applications involving potential flood vehicles from last month's hurricane.

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Revival meetings conclude today at Louisville Christian Church.  Mark Wilkinson is the minister and Dena Wilkinson and Carroll Ross are the worship leaders.  The service begins at 9am, and there will not be an evening service tonight.

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Today will mark Pastor Shannon Bopp's last sermon at Altamont Christian Church.  Anyone in the community is invited by between 12:30 and 1:30pm today to wish them well.  The Bopps will be taking a ministry at Evergreen Christian Church in Salem.

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The Lake Land College Community Choir will present a holiday concert today at 3pm in the Lake Land College Theater.

There will be music from the Broadway musical, "Guys and Dolls", as well as hymns and Christmas favorites including the "Hallelujah Chorus".  A reception will follow at Laker Point in the Luther Student Center.

Lake Land music instructor Nancy Caldwell directs the choir, which features students from the college as well as residents of surrounding communities including Neoga, Effingham and Windsor.  Ann Roedl of Effingham accompanies the choir.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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The Dieterich Women's Club's 14th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held today.  The Craft Fair will be held in the Dieterich High School Gym from noon to 4pm.  Admission is free.  Lunch will be served by the Women's Club.  There will be 50 booths

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The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers Monthly Jam Session is today at the Lions Community Building in Forest Park in Shelbyville.  The event will run from 2 to 5pm.  Take along your acoustic instrument to sit in or just drop in to listen to the music.  Take along a finger food.

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The Southern Gospel music trio "For Heaven's Sake" will be in concert tonight at Watson United Methodist Church at 6pm.  The church is at the intersection of Routes 45 and 33 east of Watson at the Watson "T".  A free will offering will be collected.