Local News for Sunday, September 1

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Published on August 31 2013 12:03 pm
Last Updated on August 31 2013 12:03 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham County Dive-Rescue Team is urging safety on waterways during this last big weekend of the summer.

Captain Jeremy Kyle, who serves as an assistant commander of the team, said boating and swimming are great ways to cool off on this hot weekend, but only if done safely.  Kyle encouraged everyone to ensure that friends and loved ones have direct supervision when in or around the water, and to always wear Personal Flotation Devices. 

Kyle also encouraged everyone to designate a driver or boat captain if celebrating with alcoholic beverages; it's not only safer and more enjoyable, it's also the law.

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A full day of activities are planned today at the Casey Popcorn Festival.

A Jonah fish fry will begin at 11am and the 20th annual car show will begin at noon.  Southern Gospel music is planned with "Family Ties" at 1:30 and "The Jubilees" at 2:30pm.  There will be three afternoon shows of "Mother Goose and Friends", "Alfy's Robotic Puppets" "Steve Trash", "Laura Ernst", and "Chainsaw Carvers". 

The Lions Club drawing for a new truck is set for 2pm.  At 8pm, "Blue Moon Swamp", a CCR and John Fogerty tribute band will be performing.

Weekend-long activities will include a carnival with kids rides, craft vendors, karaoke, food booths, and 1,500 pounds of free popcorn.

The celebration continues on Monday at Fairview Park in Casey.

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Arthur's Amish Country Cheese Festival continues today.

A cheese-carving contest will begin at 12:30pm today in the downtown cheese tent.  Registration will start at noon.  Participants will have a limited amount of time to carve anything they want from a four-pound block of cheese.  The winner will be chosen by popular vote.

Another highlight today will be the return of the cheese curd spitting contest at 11:30am at the cheese tent, and free handouts of cheese at noon and 2pm today.

The festival continues on Monday.

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Illinois officials are considering stiffer rules when it comes to feeding kids in day care.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to curb childhood obesity by prohibiting day care facilities from feeding kids treats like cookies and cakes.  The plan also limits how much television kids can watch and requires providers to send kids outside for playtime at least twice daily.  If approved, Quinn's plan could be implemented as early as next spring.

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Illinoisans traveling on this Labor Day weekend are noticing crowded roadways.  AAA's annual Labor Day survey found that more than 800,000 Americans are hitting the roads this weekend.  That's a near three-percent increase over last year as well as the highest estimate in the last four years.

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The Sigel St. Michael Knights of Columbus Tractor and Truck Pull is being held today at Sigel Community Park.

The pull will begin at 10am.  Admission to the park is $3.00 per adult, with children 12 and younger admitted free.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase on the park grounds, so please don't take along a cooler.  Weigh-in will begin at 8am, and all registration will be at the park.  You must be registered by noon.  The entry fee is $20 per tractor per pull.

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The Patoka Fall Festival concludes today.  A community church service will begin at 10:30am, followed by carnival rides.

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The St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Event begins tonight.

The gospel band "Water to Wine" will perform at 6pm at the shed at St. Elmo Church of God.

A full day of activities will be available Monday, including the parade at 10:30am with the theme "FIRE" (future, industry, recreation, economy). 

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Effingham Area Tea Party will make plans for their Fall Rally when they meet tonight.  Progress on the Fayette County and Effingham County P-Tell tax cap initiative will be reviewed. 

Tea Party meets at 6:30pm at Culver's in Effingham.

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The 176th Annual Pre-Labor Day Picnic will be held today at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Ste. Marie.  Pork loin and chicken dinners will be served from 11am to 5pm in the Parish Center.  There will be games, food, raffles, music, crafts and other activities for those of all ages.