Sunday, May 27, Local News

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Published on May 27 2012 9:52 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

There are some Memorial Day observances scheduled in the area today.

The Teutopolis ceremony will take place this morning, at 9:30, at St. Francis Cemetery.  The Mason observance will begin at 1pm today at Mason Cemetery.  A Memorial Day dinner will precede the Mason observance at the Mason Civic Center with serving starting at 11am.

Several other observances are planned on Monday.

In Effingham, the ceremonies will take place at 9am at St. Anthony Cemetery, at 10am at Oakridge Cemetery at the Veterans Memorial, and at about 11am at Woodlawn Cemetery.  A lunch will be served at noon Monday at the Effingham American Legion Post Home downtown for those attending one or more of the Effingham services.

Memorial services in Edgewood will be held at Edgewood Cemetery Monday at 10am.

The Dieterich Community Memorial Day Commemoration will be Monday at 10am at the Dieterich Veterans Memorial.  Debbie Owen will be the guest speaker.

The Altamont Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10am Monday from Altamont Community High School.  The procession will travel west on Division Street to Main Street and then north on Main to Altamont Union Cemetery.  Parade lineup will begin at the high school at 9am.

A reminder of the performance of "A Soldier Remembers: A Tribute to Our Military" Monday at 3pm at the Effingham Performance Center.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Central Illinois Honor Flight.  A reminder, too, of the Central Illinois Honor Flight cookout Monday at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building from 10am to 6pm.

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The 28th Annual Watson Area Homecoming concludes today with a full day of activities.

A union church service will begin at 10:30am with the Watson United Methodist Church in charge and Pastor Roger McIntire as the speaker and music by the church congregation.  A chicken and ham dinner sponsored by the Watson Lions Club will be served in the Civic Center from 11:30am to 1pm.  The craft show and flea market will resume at 11:30am.  Lawn mower races will begin at 1pm.  Firebox will perform bluegrass music at 1pm, and the Fran Bergfeld Band will play country music at 3pm.  The Little Miss and Queen candidates will be introduced at 5pm, followed by the Watson's Finest Contest at 5:30pm.  The Homecoming raffle drawing will start at 6pm, the Citizen of the Year will be announced at 6:30pm, followed by the crowning of the Little Miss and Homecoming Queen.  Thunder Road will play at 7pm, and the grand prize raffle drawing will take place at 8:30pm.

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A retirement celebration is scheduled today for Cowden-Herrick School Superintendent Gary Cadwell.  A luncheon will begin at 12:30pm at Cowden Free Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall.

Everyone is invited to attend.

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A bill that would increase the cigarette tax is heading to the Illinois Senate.  The measure was passed by the House Friday.  If approved, the dollar a pack tax would take effect in late June and would help offset the costs of Medicaid.

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The number of regional school superintendents could be slashed by 20%.  Illinois lawmakers sent legislation to Governor Quinn on Friday that would reduce the number from 44 to 35.  The bill also pays the superintendents with state money instead of local funds.

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Extra patrols will be made on area lakes for Memorial Day weekend.  Boating experts say boat laws require a life jacket for every passenger, working running lights, a fire extinguisher, a throw cushion with an attached rope, an anchor and a working horn or whistle.  If you're drinking on the lake, the same .08 limit is in effect for boaters.

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Seat belt usage may be at an all-time high, but highway fatalities are up this year compared to last year.  So far, 355 people have died on the road, while the number was only 288 at the same time last year.  An Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman said the increase is likely due to distracted driving, including phone use and texting while driving.

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The first-ever Get Bookin' Family 5K Run and Walk raised more than $1,800 towards the new library fund.  Over 80 runners and walkers signed up for the 5K, which took place on Saturday, April 28 during the Artisan Fair.

First place men's runner was Tim Spitz, while first place women's runner was Carrie Wegman and first place youth under age 18 was nine-year-old Ethan Weidner.  5/3 Bank hosted the event.

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The Jasper Unit 1 School Board is holding a special meeting today.  Meeting time is 2pm in the Newton Community High School library.

The Board is meeting to hire a new girl's varsity basketball coach.  Katie Lurkins has resigned to take a teaching job in Altamont.

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A benefit for Army veteran Brian Buening will be going on today at the Effingham Elks Lodge on South Banker with activities scheduled from 4pm to midnight.  Activities will include a silent auction, raffle and 50/50 drawings from 4-8pm, original Hi-Boy and Swiss Boy sandwiches from 4pm til they're gone, and music by Ryan Ideus and the Feudin Hillbillys from 9pm to midnight.