Local News for Sunday, October 27

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Published on October 27 2013 4:26 am
Last Updated on October 27 2013 4:26 am
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Halloween Parade steps off at 2pm today.

The parade, sponsored annually by Effingham Sunrise Rotary, will follow the usual route through town, traveling south on Maple Street to Jefferson Avenue and then east on Jefferson into the downtown area, disbanding by City Hall.

Line up for the parade will be at noon along Maple Street between Temple and Evergreen Avenues. Only parade entries will be allowed on that stretch of Maple.  Participants MUST enter off of Evergreen by the Kluthe Memorial Pool. 

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After a parade of their own on Saturday, Altamont will have more activities today.

The Altamont Haunted Trail is back, this time in Schmidt Park.  The trail will be open today and again on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 9:30pm with a special time for the little kiddies beginning at 4pm today.  The cost is five dollars for adults and three dollars for children under age 12.

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Illinois State University is feeling the pinch of tight state finances.  On Friday, the ISU Board of Trustees approved a wish list of projects and an operating budget request.  It's making a nearly 274 million dollar request for five major building projects and for nearly 85 million dollars for the operating budget.  Both are for Fiscal Year 2015, which starts July 1, 2014.

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Because there's no place else to put it, Illinois has become by default the largest storage place for spent nuclear fuel.  As the national debate over where to permanently store nuclear waste drags on, more than nine thousand metric tons of waste has accumulated at the state's nuclear plants, more than any other state, according to a new report by the Nuclear Energy Institute.  The waste is kept either in pools of water or in special casks.  In 1987, Congress designated Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a permanent national waste storage site, but political opposition has prevented it from being developed.  In the meantime, taxpayers are subsidizing the storage of waste at the plants where it's generated.

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Faith Lutheran Church in Trinity is holding its Trunk or Treat event today.  Games, a hayride, candy and more will be featured.  Activities are planned from 5:30 to 7pm.

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St. John's Lutheran Church on West Jefferson in Effingham will also host a Trunk or Treat event this evening.  Food and games are planned in the gym at the church at 4:30pm, and the Trunk or Treat will start at 6pm on the parking lot.

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Watson United Methodist Church at the corner of Routes 37 and 45 (the Watson T) will hold its 6th Annual Fallfest today.  Activities will run from 3 to 5:30pm, and will include homemade chili soup, cotton candy, drinks, hot dogs and chili dogs, chips, face painting, games, a blow-up slide, popcorn and a bounce house.  A Trunk or Treat event is planned from 5 to 5:30pm.

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St. Anthony Grade School is hosting its annual 6th Grade Breakfast today to support their 6th grade students in their class trip.  The breakfast will be served until 1pm in the St. Anthony Parish Center.  The cost is seven dollars for adults and four dollars for children.

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St. Clare Catholic Church in Altamont will host its annual chili supper today with serving from 3:30 to 7pm in the church basement on South 9th Street.  The menu includes chili, chicken noodle soup, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, homemade pie, and drinks.  A free will donation will be received and carryouts will be available.  There will also be a quilt raffle and a 50/50 drawing.