Local News for Sunday, September 29


Published on September 29 2013 6:20 am
Last Updated on September 28 2013 4:21 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Commissioner Office Hours will continue tonight at Effingham City Hall.

It's an opportunity each week to meet with one or more city commissioners on matters of interest to city residents.  The Office Hours will run from 5 to 7pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. 

City Commissioner Matt Hirtzel will be on hand this evening to meet with city residents.


A Business Success Workshop is scheduled in October in Effingham. 

The Workshop is sponsored by State Senator Kyle McCarter in partnership with the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce and the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.  The Illinois Department of Employment Security will hold the employer workshop to help local businesses be more successful in these challenging economic times.

The workshop will be held at the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham on Wednesday, October 16 from 8 to 11:30am.  The event is free for any business owner or Chamber member.  Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

The registration deadline is this Friday, October 4.  To make a reservation, phone Senator McCarter's district office in Vandalia at 618-283-3000.


National Respect Life Sunday is one week from today, October 6 as well as Life Chain Sunday.  From 2 to 3pm that day, more than one million pro-life supporters will build Life Chains on their local sidewalks.  The 26th local Life Chain will be staged along Keller Drive and Fayette Avenue in Effingham. 

Prior to the Life Chain event, a short prayer service will be held in the Sacred Heart Parish Center, which will serve as headquarters for the day.  Signs will be furnished and at 3pm when you return the signs, refreshments will be served.

There will be five minutes of silent prayer at 2:30pm for young and elderly who are physically able to kneel on the sidewalk.


The Effingham County Republican Party is holding a fall fundraiser and Republican candidates Meet and Greet at the Effingham VFW Home on Veterans Drive today.  A social will start at 3:30pm, speakers will begin at 4:30pm and dinner will begin at 5pm with more candidates speaking after the meal.

Tickets are $25 per person, $10 per student.  To check on ticket availability phone Steve Donaldson at 618-322-1378 or Rob Arnold at 217-536-9997.


The dedication of the Tipsword Tombstone is scheduled for today at Tipsword Cemetery near Beecher City.

A light lunch will be served as the Kluthe Building in the park in Beecher City from 11am to 1pm, Effingham County Public Transit will transport attendees from the Kluthe Building to the cemetery from 1 to 2pm with chairs and tents set up at the cemetery courtesy of Lockart-Green Fuenral Home, the Dedication Ceremony is scheduled from 2 to 3pm featuring American Revolutionary War soldier re-enactors a color guard from the Effingham American Legion, dulcimer music, the singing of patriotic songs, and a special tribute to Griffin and Ruth Tipsword as Griffin Tipsword was the first white settler in Effingham County.  Attendees will be bused back to the Kluthe Building from 3 to 4pm and a reception is planned at the Kluthe Building from 4 to 6pm.


Illinois State Police in District 12 report 75 traffic crashes in the district during August, including three fatal crashes resulting in five fatalities.

There were 908 citations and 737 written warnings issued last month including 525 for speeding.


Dr. John Junneman will be the evangelist for revival services to be held at the Free Methodist Church in Cowden.  The services begin today and will continue through Wednesday.  Sunday School at 9:30 this morning will be followed by morning worship at 10:30am, a potluck lunch, and evening service at 6pm, and services Monday through Wednesday at 7pm.  The church is located at Locust and Third Streets in Cowden.


St. Paul Lutheran Church, located three miles north of Dieterich is hosting a harvest festival and corn maze from 2 to 6pm today.  Admission to the corn maze is $3 but those under age five will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Activities will include a huge corn maze with a scavenger hunt, a separate corn maze for five and six year olds, train rides, a straw maze for small children, games and other activities.  Concessions will be available.


The sixth annual Walk to Remember will take place today at the Teutopolis Park.  Activities will begin this morning and will continue until 4pm.  The loved ones of Doug L. Goeckner will celebrate his life but others will be remembered as well.  It's an opportunity to reminisce over lost loved ones with family and friends over grilled hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks.  Donations will be appreciated. 

All proceeds will go to the DLG Memorial Fund for scholarships and charitable donations.


A Knights of Columbus Fifth Sunday Communion will be at the 8:30am Mass today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham.  After the Mass, there will be breakfast at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building.  Families and friends of those being inducted to the Fraternity are welcome to attend.