Local News for Monday, May 27


Published on May 27 2013 6:20 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Happy Memorial Day everyone.

We'll talk about Memorial Day activities in a moment but, first a reminder that today is Day Four of "More for Moore", the collection activity for those in need after last week's tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma.

A semi trailer remains stationed on the south parking lot at Martin's IGA+, receiving goods for those in need.  The trailer will be open this morning from 8am to noon.

Items being received include baby supplies, blankets and pillows, non-perishable food items, toiletries, health care items, pet food and bedding, laundry supplies, paper plates, plastic tableware and paper towels and toilet paper, and nutrition bars.

We do not need any more bottled water, and we cannot accept clothing.

Cash donations will be accepted at the trailer, or take those directly inside to the courtesy counter at Martin's IGA+.  You can also send checks to Effingham County Salvation Army at 1108 South Willow in Effingham and the funds will be forwarded to their partners in Moore to be put to work.

The collection effort will continue through Wednesday.

The effort is being spearheaded by Broadway Express and Griffith Trucking, Discount Eyewear, Martin's IGA+ and 979XFM and KJ Country 102.3.  More information is available on the front page of our websites, www.979xfm.com and www.kjcountry.com.  


The Effingham Community Memorial Day observance will begin at 10:30am today at the veterans memorial in Oakridge Cemetery.  The ceremony is hosted this year by Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 and Ladies Auxiliary of Effingham.

Larry Wendt will serve as Master of Ceremonies, Father Vernon Olmer will offer the invocation and deliver the benediction, John Althoff and Danny Althoff will oversee the raising of the colors, and Pat and Julie Zuber will present the National Anthem.  The guest speaker will be retired Air Force Sergeant Major Donald Huskey.

Melissa Orndorff and the Teutopolis High School Band will present a patriotic musical selection, Bill Copple will oversee the 21-gun salute and Calvin Kreke will play "Taps".

A meal will follow the ceremony in the DAV Club Room.


The annual Dieterich Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Dieterich Liberty Memorial Park at the Memorial at 10am.  Highlights will include Dieterich Mayor Brad Hardiek as Master of Ceremonies, Guest Speaker Judy Hopper who is a Gold Star Mom and was mother of late Marine Sergeant Nickolas Hopper, presentation of the colors by Dieterich American Legion Post #628, wreaths in honor of Floyd Stremming and in memory of Nick Hopper and other fallen Armed Forces service personnel.


Sacred Heart Catholic Church will celebrate a Memorial Day Mass today at 9am at St. Anthony Cemetery.  There will be no additional Masses today at the parish.


Memorial Day will also be highlighted by a patriotic musical and a fundraising meal.

The fifth annual presentation of "Song of the Soldier: A Tribute to Our Military" is planned today at 3pm at the Effingham Performance Center, presented by Three Chicks and a Stage.  The production honors America's veterans and military with music, drama and historical tributes.  The cast includes veterans, musicians, actors and representatives from local veterans organizations.

One of the highlights of this year's production will be photos of local veterans and the military projected on the theater's big screens.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Central Illinois Honor Flight, the effort to make sure all World War II veterans have the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to see their memorial.

Ticket prices for this year's production are $14 for the general public and $8 for those 12 or younger or members of the military or military veterans.  All tickets are general admission and will be available at the door today.

The Honor Flight Memorial Day Fundraiser Meal will be served from 10am to 6pm today at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building.  The menu will include boneless pork chop, fried chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, roll, hot dogs, chips, dessert, lemonade and tea.  Meal prices are $8 for adults, $5 for those 12 and younger and free for World War II veterans.  Drive through carry outs will be available.  Phone in orders to 343-3915 or 844-2401.  Special musical entertainment is expected throughout the day.

A mention from Don Niehart of Central Illinois Honor Flight that flights will resume this fall from September through November with four to five flights flying out of Decatur, Champaign and Marion, and that all Korean War veterans are invited to submit their applications.  All veterans who will be making any of this fall's flights will be contacted by July.


The Altamont Memorial Day Parade will take place this morning at 10am.  The parade route will begin at Altamont Community High School, proceed west on Division Street and then head north on Main Street.  The procession will end at Altamont Union Cemetery where the Altamont VFW will hold a ceremony honoring fallen veterans.  Guest speaker will be Altamont School Superintendent Jeff Fritchtnitch.  Afterwards, a luncheon will be held at the Altamont VFW Post Home along Route 40 to honor veterans, but all are invited.

The parade will line up beginning at 9am in the Altamont High School parking lot.  There will be a registration booth at the high school parking lot.  Organizers ask that no political campaigning be done during the parade and ceremony.  For more information, phone Tom Denton, Jeff Simpson, Jeff Stuckey or any member of the Altamont Masonic Lodge.

A note that Boy Scout Troop 140 and Cub Scout Pack 140 will be holding their annual porkburger sale after the Memorial Day Parade on the Triangle in downtown Altamont until 1pm.


Today marks Opening Day for 2013 for the Kluthe Area Memorial Pool at Evergreen Hollow Park in Effingham.  The pool opening Saturday was postponed due to the cooler weekend temperatures.  The pool will be open from 12:30 to 7:30pm today.  The fees on Opening Day will be free for those three and younger, one dollar with a paying adult for those ages four and five, two dollars with a paying adult for those ages six to 15 from 12:30 to 5:30pm and one dollar with paying adult from 5:30 to 7pm, and three dollars for those 16 and older from 12:30 to 5:30pm and $2 from 5:30 to 7pm.


A mobile disaster preparedness classroom and a community text alert service are just two of the local community preparedness projects being funded with grants recently awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Among the recipients, Clay County will receive $9,412.80 to recruit and train volunteers for the Clay County Medical Reserve Corps, a volunteer team of medical professionals and support staff.


Local Congressman John Shimkus supported House passage of the Smarter Solutions for Students Act.  Shimkus said without passage of the bill, student loan rates would go from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1.  He said the House Republican solution is to tie the student loan rates to the 10-year treasury note rate.  The bill is now before the Senate.