Local News for Sunday, October 20


Published on October 21 2013 6:00 am
Last Updated on October 20 2013 12:01 am
Written by Greg Sapp

State Senator Kyle McCarter said his re-election campaign is in full swing.

McCarter said he had nearly 2,000 signatures to get on the ballot, $43,000 in the bank, and hundreds of volunteers eager to walk in parades and knock on doors.

McCarter is state senator for the 51st District, which includes portions of Effingham and Fayette counties.


Edwardsville High School was named the overall champion band at the Effingham Marching Hearts Invitational Saturday.

27 bands from throughout downstate Illinois competed in an event that each year draws hundreds to Effingham.  The competition began at 1pm and wrapped up shortly before 9:30pm.


Red Ribbon Week for 2013 begins today in Effingham County.

The national Red Ribbon Week campaign began in 1985 after Special Agent Enrique Camarena of the US Drug Enforcement Administration gave his life while working undercover in Mexico.  The Effingham County Drug Alert Council has sponsored this week locally for the past 24 years.

This month's theme is "A Healthy Me is Drug Free". 


Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of the Nashville Dominicans will present "Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift" on Monday evening at 6:30 at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building.

Sister Jane Dominic will present to St. Anthony High School students during the afternoon on Monday, and is offering a presentation to the public that evening.


Illinois State Police District 12 Interim Commander Lieutenant Cory Ristvedt has announced enforcement figures for September.  The figures cover activity in Effingham, Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland counties.

There were two fatal traffic crashes resulting in two fatalities.


The Effingham County 4-H Program is offering all area youth an opportunity to join a new Rabbit 4-H Club.  Area youth ages 5 to 18 who have special interest in rabbits are invited to take part.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 today at the Extension Office at 1209 Wenthe Drive.


The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers Association's 49th Annual State Fiddle Contest will be held today at the Thelma Keller Convention Center.

The contest will open at 1pm.  General admission is $5, but those eight and younger will get in free. 


A walk for Willow Long will take place today at 3pm at the Red Pavilion at Community Park in Effingham.  Registration is $15, which includes a shirt.

All proceeds will be split up between all emergency services agencies that traveled to the area to assist in the search for Willow, and to help build Willow Park in Watson.  You're encouraged to take along balloons for a balloon release and non-walkers are to take along lawn chairs.


Give the gift of life this morning at Holy Cross Church of Wendelin. 

A Red Cross blood drive will be held from 8am to noon.  Take along a photo ID.


Crossroads Free-Will Baptist Church of Effingham will hold special services this morning.

There will be a southern gospel concert with Becky Lercher from Waynesville, Missouri at 10:15am, and a fellowship lunch will follow.

The church is located along Illinois Routes 32-33 on the northwest side of Effingham.  Family and friends are invited to attend.


An all you can eat fish fry will be held today at the Community Building at Lake Sara.  The event will run from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  Proceeds will benefit the Altamont Masonic Lodge and the Edgewood Masonic Lodge.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12.  Tickets will be available at the door.