Local News for Sunday, September 8

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Published on September 8 2013 6:12 am
Last Updated on September 7 2013 6:13 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Today is the opportunity for you to find out more about the "Serve Now, Serve Together" weekend for 2013.

"Serve Now, Serve Together" is an effort that has involved several local churches who have undertaken service projects rather than conduct their usual Sunday morning worship.  Some churches have also held their worship times and then undertaken service projects.

The weekend will be Friday through Sunday, October 11-13, and there are literally dozens of projects available.

Some individuals and groups have wondered about joining in the effort, so a Kick-Off Event is going to be held today to share information on the projects available.  The kick-off will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building on West Fayette.  It's an Open House with lunch provided by Martin's IGA Concessions.

You can sign up to serve on a project or multiple projects, and purchase a Serve Now, Serve Together T-shirt to wear while you serve.

To sign up for a project after today, visit www.servenowservetogether.com, Serve Now Serve Together on Facebook, or download the new app Serve Now Serve Together.

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The numbers are in from this year's Illinois State Fair.

More than 961,000 people passed through the gates this year, the most since 2002.  The Grandstand entertainment was the highest-grossing lineup in State Fair history with ticket sales of more than $2 million.   Toby Keith was the biggest draw with 9,367 tickets sold, 144 more than the Styx/REO Speedwagon concert.  The grand champion steer sold for $62,000, one of seven record price that the fair's prize-winning junior livestock received during the Governor's Sale of Champions.  Gate and parking revenue topped $1.53 million, the most ever.

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Commissioner Office Hours will be held tonight at Effingham City Hall.  It's a time for city residents to drop by the Council Chambers to talk with one or two city commissioners about topics concerning the city.  The event runs from 5 to 7pm.

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Eastern Illinois University College of Sciences and the School of Continuing Education will host an informational session for a Bachelor of Science in geography cohort on Thursday, September 12 at 6pm at Parkland College in Room D105.  Pending adequate enrollment, the anticipated start date for the program is Spring 2014.  For more information or to make a reservation for the informational session, phone 217-581-5114.

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Bishop Jonathan Keaton will help present the Bible and preach at Effingham's Centenary United Methodist Church at 3rd and Grove today.

Directing Pastor Dr. Joe Scheets said, "This is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience, having a Bishop come preach in our church.  We're thrilled that he's doing this and invite the public to join us."

Worship services will be at 8:15am and 10:45am today.