Local News for Sunday, August 4

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Published on August 4 2013 6:16 am
Last Updated on August 3 2013 3:18 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Activity continues today at the 69th Effingham County Fair at Altamont.

The schedule includes a church service in the 4-H Arena at 8:30am...Tonns of Fun Inflatables from noon to 10pm...Big 10 harness racing at 1pm...the Twilight Parade at 5pm...a partial midway at 6pm...the Master Showmanship competition in the 4-H Show Arena at 6:30pm...and the Junior Miss Effingham County Pageant on a new night at 7pm.

A reminder that the horse racing action can be heard today on 979XFM due to our NASCAR coverage on KJ Country 102.3.  The rest of the week will feature horse racing on KJ Country.  Post time is 1pm each day through Thursday, and at noon on Friday.

Those who want to participate in the parade today should be at Altamont Community High School between 3:15 and 3:45pm.  The parade will step off at 4:45pm to get to the grandstand by 5pm.  For more information, phone 618-483-6584.

In addition to the Master Showmanship tonight, the 4-H Beef Show will be held today at 1:30pm.

Grandstand tickets for tonight's activities are $8 each.

Performing on the Free Stage tonight will be Strings Attached from Effingham with bluegrass music from 6 to 7:30pm, and Sweet Revenge from Effingham with country music from 8 to 10pm.

The fair runs through Saturday at Altamont.

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The manager of the Illinois Lottery is once again predicting a revenue shortfall.  This is the second year in a row the company hired to run the Lottery is predicting a shortfall due to stagnant sales.  Through June 30, Northstar Lottery Group posted revenue of $800 million.  That was $140 million less than it promised.

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The Regional Office of Education alternative education programs are getting ready for school registration for the coming year.

Returning FOCUS and New Approach students may register tomorrow and on Wednesday from 10am to 2pm at the Vandalia site.  A $40 book fee is due at time of student registration.

Returning TriStar and Aspire students may register the following Tuesday and Thursday, August 13 and 15 from 10am to 2pm at the Effingham site.  A $40 book fee is due at time of student registration.

New student interviews will take place beginning the week of August 12-16.  Students being interviewed will be contacted by the school.

Regional Superintendent of Schools Julie Wollerman's office is the place to phone for more information at 618-283-9311.

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Commissioner Office Hours will be held tonight at Effingham City Hall.

City commissioners will be available in the Council Chambers at City Hall from 5 to 7pm to answer your questions about matters concerning City government.

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The Holy Cross Parish Picnic will be held today in Wendelin.  Two full serving lines will be available at the chicken dinner from 11am to 5pm in the air-conditioned parish center.  Lunch ticket sales start at 10am.  The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for those ages 6 to 12.  Those five and younger can eat for free.  Other activities will include a country store, instant winner, inflatables, cake stand, Bingo, ring toss, kids games, 50/50 drawing, theme baskets, take-a-chance, watermelon stand, mystery box, duck pond, and beer garden.  Live bands will include Gun Slingers from 11 to 1, Rhonda Kuenstler from 1 to 2, Benny and the Amigos from 2 to 4, Rhonda Kuenstler back from 4 to 5pm and Crazy Horse from 7:30 to 9:45pm.  A lunch stand will have porkburgers, brats, ice cream and soft drinks available.  More than 150 prizes will be awarded, too.

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You can view more than 30 rooms at the Teutopolis Monastery Museum today from 12:30 to 4pm.  The Museum is located on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building located behind St. Francis Catholic Church in Teutopolis.  Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

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The regular monthly Effingham Area Tea Party meeting, usually held at Culver's Frozen Custard and Butterburgers, will instead be held at the Effingham County Fair Tea Party Headquarters, behind the main grandstand.

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There will be book signings by Judy Terstegge-Diller, a former Effingham and St. Elmo resident, today from 1 to 3pm at the Comfort Suites meeting room in Effingham.  Her book "Beyond Life" is about dreams she experienced since the death of her older son Charlie at age 23 and how to help teenagers with grief, depression and how to be themselves.

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Illinois may have found a way to cut the cost of Medicaid.  The state will use Michigan's Medicaid Management Computer System.  Illinois was looking at various ways to upgrade its current system, which is about 30 years old.  The move is expected to save the state approximately ten-million dollars in the future.

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Construction at the University of Illinois' airport is getting a financial boost from a state grant.  Governor Pat Quinn's office says about 840-thousand-dollars will pay for new roadways and a new parking lot surface at Willard Airport in Savoy.  The money is from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is confirming a case of influenza virus in a Boone County child that's connected to Influenza A and contact with swine.  The child is experiencing mild symptoms of what's known as H3N2v.  Health officials say the child was helping at the DuPage County Fair last month.  The H3N2v virus has infected 12 people in the country this year who all were in contact with swine.  Authorities say they got about as sick as someone would experience with seasonal flu.

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Some Douglas County residents say they weren't given due process on a proposed route for an Ameren Transmission power line.  Property owner Erik Hammerstrom is with the Defend Piatt and Douglas Counties movement.  The counties are proposed locations to run the Illinois Rivers Transmission line.  Hammerstrom and others say if the ICC gives a green light to the Douglas and Piatt routes there will be an appeal.