Sunday, June 24 Local News


Published on June 24 2012 5:40 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

This is Day Two of the Sacred Heart Parish Picnic.

The grounds will be open from noon to 11pm.  Highlights will include a chicken and ham dinner served in the air-conditioned parish center from 11am to 6:30pm with carryouts available; a flea market from noon to dusk; a concert by "Firebox" featuring bluegrass and gospel music at 1pm; a live auction at 3pm featuring furniture, sports tickets, household items and more; and a concert by the FACE Community Orchestra at 7pm.

There is also a raffle with the grand prize being your choice of $15,000 cash or a 2012 Chevy Sonic. 


The 2012 Jasper County Fair gets into full swing today at the fairgrounds in Newton.

4-H activities today include the poultry show at 2pm and the rabbit show at 4pm.

Harness racing is scheduled at 1pm.  The featured evening attraction is the talent show, set to begin at 7pm.

The fair will run through Saturday.


Open Prairie Ventures, a venture fund based in Effingham, has entered into a management agreement with the Southwest Michigan First Life Science Fund.  The funds have collaborated for over five years on a number of investments.

Open Prairie Ventures was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Effingham with additional offices in Kansas and Southwest Michigan.  The fund has successfully brought early stage ideas to syndicated investments and successful returns for its investors, including two Initial Public Offerings.

The Southwest Michigan Fund was established in 2005 with a goal of spurring economic development and retention of intellectual capital within the region.  Open Prairie will now have an advisory role over both funds.

Open Prairie CEO and Founder Jim Schultz said Patrick Morand, Managing Director of the Southwest Michigan Fund, will remain in that role and will assume the role of President of Open Prairie.


The LeFevre, Oldfield, Myers, Apke and Payne Law Group has announced that Michael Pierce Jones has joined the firm in the practice of law.  Jones was sworn in to the Illinois Bar in May.  He hopes to concentrate his practice in the areas of tax, estate planning, gifting and business transactions. 

The addition of Jones brings to seven the number of attorneys in the law firm, which has offices in Effingham and Vandalia.


Eastern Illinois University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the US Department of Education for its commitment to bettering its community through service and service learning.

EIU was named to CNCS' honor roll for its work in volunteerism and community service.  This past year, Eastern students have completed more than 110,000 hours of community service to more than 40 different organizations in the Coles County area.


The Effingham County Community Foundation has named Kennedy Brummerstedt the second recipient of the Diane Siemer Scholarship Fund.  The 2012 scholarship award is for $2,500.  Brummerstedt received his GED in April 2011 and plans to attend Lake Land College working towards his Associate Degree in Computer Technology.

The Diane Siemer Scholarship Fund was established by Diane's family in honor of her long career in education, working with individuals to earn their high school diploma by completing the GED test.

For more information about the Fund or the Effingham County Community Foundation, contact President and CEO Joedy Hightower at 342-4988 or e-mail: 


The Southern Illinois Basketball Classic concludes four days of competition today beginning at 9am.  Today's games will be played on four courts at Effingham High School and the court at Effingham Junior High School.  Games will continue at the junior high until noon; games at EHS will wrap up about 4:30pm.


Jackson Township Baptist Church will hold its 162nd Homecoming today.  Sunday School at 9:30am will be followed by morning worship at 10:45am including a message by Pastor Kevin.  A potluck lunch at 12:30pm with the church supplying the meat, rolls, cake, ice cream and drinks will be followed by a message from guest speaker and Watson Baptist Church Pastor Kent Robinson.


The New Horizon Church at 102 South Main in Altamont is having a first year anniversary celebration featuring the original Living Proof Quartet.  The celebration will be held at the Altamont Living Museum today at 2pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  A free will offering will be taken with the proceeds used to help purchase a new site for the church.