Local News for Sunday, July 8

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Published on July 8 2012 10:45 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

We might see 90 degrees today, but not the 100s that have been the rule the past several days, so the Excessive Heat Warning has ended.

A reminder that the burn bans in Effingham and the surrounding area remain in effect, and Unit 40 outdoor facilities remain closed through today.

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Activities continue today and tonight at the Fayette County Fair.  The Junior Miss and first ever Mr. Fayette County Pageant will begin at 5pm.  The carnival opens tonight on the midway at 5pm with $17 paying for an armband that will allow you to ride all you'd like.  The fair at Brownstown will continue through Saturday.  A reminder, too, that items for the general projects building need to be in place by noon today and may not be removed before Wednesday.

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The 2012 St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic will take place today in Teutopolis.

The Picnic will be held at the Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium and grounds along Main Street.  A chicken and ham dinner will be served from 11am to 7pm in the auditorium.  The meal will cost anyone 13 or older $7 and anyone ages 5 to 12 $5.  Anyone four or younger will eat for free.

Activities will include hooligan, face painting, duck pond, plinko, Bingo, crafts, mystery boxes and a country store, along with a variety of refreshments including hamburgers, soda, a cake stand, nachos and beer. 

There are two raffles, one with a top prize of $4,000 along with a Honda scooter, a 32-inch flat screen LCD television, $500 and a patio set.  A Children's raffle will feature a Nintendo Wii, an iPod Touch, two $100 cash prizes, and two 26-inch bicycles along with other prizes.

The outside stands will open at noon today.

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Labor leaders in the state are hailing President Obama's signing of a transportation bill, calling it an "economic engine".  As a result, the Illinois Department of Transportation says it will put out 60 new projects to bid in August.  It's expected signing of the bill will create or save 68,000 jobs.

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Speaking of transportation improvements, IDOT is evaluating bids submitted for construction of the final four-lane section of Illinois Route 29 between Springfield and Taylorville.  If the bids are accepted, work could get underway by the end of the summer.  Taylorville Mayor Greg Brotherton believes completion of the highway will bring commercial development to the community.  It would also greatly improve travel for Effingham-area residents headed to or from Springfield.

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Those half-days to start and end the school year will come to an end.  Governor Quinn signed legislation requiring the first and last days of school to be no less than five hours in length.  The measures takes effect after the coming school year.

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The annual ice cream social at Faith Lutheran Church in Shumway is today.   The event will run from 4 to 7:30pm at the church, located along Illinois Route 33 in Shumway.  The menu will include homemade ice cream, barbecue and hot dogs, pie, cake and drink.  The food will be available for a free will offering.  75% of the proceeds will benefit Mark Wildman of Stewardson to defray medical costs, and 25% will go to Camp CILCA of Springfield to help pay for a new roof.

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Illinois' farmers markets have through noon on Monday to apply for a federal grant that will pay for wireless machines that accept debit, credit and Link cards.  Lt. Governor Sheila Simon said the project is funded by a grant of $182,000 from the US Department of Agriculture and aims to expand access to fresh produce for low-income residents and increase the sale of locally grown foods across the state.  To apply, visit www.agr.state.il.us. 

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The 10th annual Plainfield Church Car Show will be held today.  Cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and special interests are welcome.  Registrations will be accepted from 9am to noon with a $10 entry fee.  Awards will be presented at 2pm.  Plainfield Church is located a quarter mile east of Rose Hill off Illinois Highway 130.

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Four new culinary contests have been added to the menu at the 2012 Illinois State Fair.  One incorporates a food unique to central Illinois, the horseshoe.  The first-ever Illinois State Fair horseshoe sandwich competition will take place Saturday, August 11 at 10am.  Entries will be accepted that morning from 9 to 10am.  Contestants must make two servings of their favorite horseshoe.  First place will pay $150.

Coffee connoisseurs should love the Seattle's Best Coffee "Red Cup Showdown".   The contest will be held Friday, August 10 at 8:30am.  The only requirement is to create a coffee drink using Seattle's Best Coffee and edible, non-alcoholic ingredients.  The winner will receive $500, a year's supply of coffee and a free trip to New York City to compete in a national competition.

Wake Up to Eggs is the theme of a new contest sponsored by the American Egg Board and Illinois Department of Agriculture Bureau of Marketing and Promotion.  Eight contestants will be selected to compete in the contest from the pool of entries received by July 15 and invited to prepare their egg dish at 9am Sunday, August 12.  Take your own ingredients.  First prize is $200.

Summertime would not be complete without a Backyard Barbecue Pork Chop Contest.  The contest is set for Sunday, August 19.  Preparation and grill station setup will begin at 1pm.  First place prize is $150.

For information about the new competitions, visit www.illinoisstatefair.info and click on the "competitions" tab or phone the Competitive Events Office at 217-782-0786.

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The National Trail Farm Toy Summer Show will be held today at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building on West Fayette.  The event will be open to the public from 9am to 3pm.  Admission is $2 per person, but those under age 10 get in free.  There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds donated to children's charitable organizations.  It's a 90 plus table show.

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Dr. Jeff Whightsel was recently named St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital's Physician Values Award recipient.  This is the third year for the award, given to the physician who most represents the hospital's four core values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy.  Physicians from the hospital's board of directors and Mission Integration committees selected Dr. Whightsel from six nominees.  Other nominees this year were Drs. Justin Floyd, Robb Frost, PDL Nayak, Ashokkumar Shah and John Sudkamp.

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The 25th Annual Heritage Sunday at Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement will be held from 4 to 6:30pm this evening.  "As Long As These Feet Can Carry Me Forward" is the theme of this year's event, which features an afternoon of music, activities and experiences of life during the Civil War.  The day will include period music by High Cotton.  Volunteers from Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna will provide living history interpretation from the 1860s as they gather to knit socks for and to share news of brothers, husbands and sons recently mustered into the Union Army.  An ice cream social will conclude the day's activities.  Take along your lawn chairs.