Local News for Sunday, June 2


Published on June 2 2013 6:19 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Mid America Motorworks' Funfest for Air-Cooled VW concludes today at the Mid America campus north of Effingham along Route 45.

Activities include the world famous WW2 air-cooled VW display, featuring vehicles used by the Germans during World War Two.  The display is open in the MY Garage Museum and Retail Store.

Also stop by a charity bus where Kelly Willenborg is raising funds for Music and Memory, an organization that provides music therapy to individuals dealing with Alzheimer's, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges.

You can also view the Salt Flat world record holding fastest 36 horsepower car, which hit almost 115MPH in 2012.

The Funfest weekend has already witnessed the Friday night Road Tour that ended in downtown Effingham as part of the VW Welcome Fest, seminars and exhibits all day Saturday, and a Beatles tribute concert Saturday night.

Look elsewhere on our website for more photos of Friday night's Welcome Fest downtown.


The Illinois Department of Transportation says that as early as Monday, weather permitting, southbound I-57 and westbound I-70 through Effingham will be put back to a more normal ramp pattern.

Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue will have exit and entrance ramps opened up and the use of the current collector lane and detours will be discontinued.  The ramps will utilize some temporary pavement so that the permanent pavements can be placed without disrupting the future on and off ramp movements.

Similar changes will occur to northbound I-57 and eastbound I-70 in the future.

Also at this time, interstate closures are planned for the nights of June 5 and June 6 in order to set the steel beams for the pedestrian bridge between Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue.  The full I-57/70 closures will occur on those nights between 11pm and 6am.  Traffic will use a marked detour on Fayette Avenue and Keller Drive.


The Catholic parishes of St. Mary's of Shumway and Sacred Heart and St. Anthony of Effingham are holding a celebration for the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, today immediately following the 11am Mass at St. Anthony Church.

The celebration in Effingham will involve a Eucharistic procession from St. Anthony Church to Sacred Heart Church.  Several hundred parishioners from the three parishes are expected to walk in the procession including first communicants in their formal dress.  The parishioners will surround the churches' pastoral team who will travel underneath a canopy as they carry the sacrament.

The Effingham Knights of Columbus has coordinated the procession route with the City of Effingham.  Stops will include the home of Father Carl Schmidt on Main Street, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital's Healing Garden on Maple Street, Kemper CPA Group on Jefferson Avenue, and Andes Health Mart Pharmacy on Fayette Avenue.  Police assistance will be offered while crossing Fayette Avenue and Henrietta Street.

St. Anthony High School will provide buses for those who are not able to walk the procession.  Buses will also provide transportation to St. Anthony for those who park at Sacred Heart and return participants to St. Anthony if necessary.

The community is welcome to join the procession and a lunch to follow.


Commissioner Office Hours will resume tonight at Effingham City Hall.

Commissioner Brian Milleville will be joined by Commissioner Don Althoff from 5 to 7pm  in the Council chambers at City Hall.  Any Effingham resident is invited to stop by and discuss City issues.


The 2013 Summer Free Lunch for Kids begins tomorrow.

The program has been available the past few summers to make activities and free lunch available to any child ages 18 and younger.  The program will be open every weekday through July 19 from 11am to 1pm. 

The program will be offered in Effingham at West Side School on West Fayette in the cafeteria and in Edgewood at the Danks Community Center.  There are no income guidelines.  Children eight and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

There will be activities, cooking classes, educational programming and crafts along with the meals.

For more information, phone Kathy Nava-Sifuentes with Unit 40 schools at 540-1413 or Sister Carol with Catholic Charities at 857-1458.


The Sigel Sesquicentennial Veterans Weekend will conclude today in Sigel Park.

Acitivities will include a Veterans Parade at noon.  The procession will be open to area vets, active duty military and re-enactors and will feature a local marching band, military vehicles and more.  The parade will proceed from St. Michael's Church to the park. 

Also today in Sigel, a memorial service at the park at 12:30pm featuring Lincoln's recital of the Gettysburg Address, presentations by the American Legion, Father Bud and Reverend Fortkamp, and a 21-gun salute.

There will be frontiersman displays all day along with a military history museum located in the American Legion building.


The Effingham Area Tea Party meeting will be held tonight at 6:30pm at Culver's Frozen Custard and Butterburgers.  Visitors are welcome.


Get ready for a Sunday morning of gospel music today at Calvary Baptist Church in Effingham.

The nationally-known group "Les Snyder and Sons of the Father" will be in concert at 10:15am at the church located at Fayette and Maple.  There's no admission charge, but a free-will offering will be received.

For more information, phone the church at 342-6671.


St. Isidore Parish at Bishop Creek hosted the May Prayer Vigil for Life. 

During the business meeting, Judy Repking reported that there will be a pro-life float in at least nine separate local parades, starting June 9 in Teutopolis for the annual Knights of Columbus Parade.

Valerie Kemme reported that plans are progressing to conduct the next 40 Days for Life campaign, which will begin September 25.

There was also discussion of the Kermit Gosnell trial and decisions to contact local legisaltors to oppose Senate Bill 10, which some opponents term a redefinition of marriage.


Fifth Street Revival, a southern gospel quartet from Mt. Carmel, will be in concert at Casey United Methodist Church in Casey today at 3pm.  There is no admission charge and a free-will offering will be taken.  Casey United Methodist Church is along Route 49 in Casey.


St. John's Lutheran Church on West Jefferson in Effingham will hold a breakfast today from now until 9:30am to help their youth go to the National Gathering in San Antonio, Texas from June 30 thru July 6.  They will be serving biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs with bacon, pancakes, toast and assorted pastries along with coffee and juice. 


The Teutopolis Monastery Museum will be open today from 12:30 to 4pm.  Admission is three dollars for adults and one dollar for children.  The Museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building, which is located behind St. Francis Church in Teutopolis.

Books and Bibles as well as items used by the early settlers of Teutopolis are on display and you can tour the stained glass windows in St. Francis Church depicting the life of St. Francis.


Watson Baptist Church is having a "Mom and Pop" potluck today following the 10:30am morning worship service.  Family, friends and community members are invited.


A community Vacation Bible School begins today in Edgewood.

The community VBS will be held nightly from tonight through Friday from 6 to 8:30pm.  It's for kids ages pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.  The VBS will take place at Edgewood Full Gospel Church at 209 South Route 37 in Edgewood.  The event is also sponsored by Mason Christian Church, Edgewood Christian Church and Harvest Methodist Church.  For more information, phone 618-339-2557.


A reminder of a Youth fundraiser today at Culver's Frozen Custard and Butterburgers on West Fayette in Effingham.  The event will run from 11am to 2pm.  10% of the restaurant's proceeds will go directly to the Centenary United Methodist Church youth.