Local News for Sunday, November 17


Published on November 17 2013 6:48 am
Last Updated on November 16 2013 10:48 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The weather tops our news as strong storms are expected in the area later today.

Effingham County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Pam Jacobs said that the National Weather Service is predicting severe thunderstorms and winds in excess of 60MPH for today.  The peak period for storm activity is between noon and 6pm.

Please keep listening for additional information and be sure to check our website at www.979xfm.com or www.kjcountry.com.  


St. Anthony High School in Effingham is hosting an Open House today.  The Open House will run from 1 to 3pm.  Learn more about the tradition of St. Anthony.


There will be a special speaker today at Ballard Nature Center located along Route 40 between Effingham and Altamont.  Joe Duff will be presenting a slideshow containing photos and videos describing the aircraft-guided Whooping Crane migration now underway.


Local Congressman John Shimkus supported House passage of two pieces of legislation related to legal reforms.

The House passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, which would require that trusts formed through bankruptcy proceedings to benefit victims of asbestos be required to file quarterly statements.

The House also passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which would remove the provisions prohibiting sanctions against attorneys who file misinformation and then correct it later.

Both measures passed with bipartisan majorities and now head to the Senate.


The Teutopolis High School Band will perform its fall concert today.  The concert will begin at 1pm in J.H. Griffin Gym.  There is no admission charge.


The Patoka Village Board discussed adopting cemetery rules and regulations at this week's meeting. After review, the Board will make further decisions.

Treasurer Gillett announced dog registration reminders will be sent out with December's water bills. Registration will be due on or before January 1.  Residents will be able to register at the Village Hall weekdays between 8am and 4:30pm.

The Patoka Village Hall will be closed Friday, November 22 as well as Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th.


Illinois State Police District 12 Interim Commander Lieutenant Cory Ristvedt said troopers answered 355 calls for service during Octobr and 1,310 incidents in the field during the month.

Enforcement figures totaled 888 citations and 831 written warnings, including 472 speeding citations and 18 DUIs along with 57 criminal arrests.  

There were two fatal traffic crashes, resulting in two fatalities, handled by State Police in District 12 during October.


LeFevre, Oldfield, Myers, Apke and Payne Law Group has announced that Joel Andrew Slater has joined the firm in the practice of law.  Slater was formally sworn in to the Illinois Bar by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier on October 31.  

Slater, a native of Fairfield, anticipates his practice focusing on probate, estate and trust administration, estate planning, estate litigation, and oil and gas law.

With the addition of Slater, the firm has six attorneys practicing in most areas of the law from their offices in Effingham and Vandalia.


A drum corps fundraiser trivia night will be held tonight in Altamont.  The event will take place in the new Carriage House Banquet Hall just off I-70.  Doors will open at 4:30pm and the event will begin at 5pm.  Teams of up to 10 are allowed, and the entry price is $10 per person.  Refreshments will be provided, but snacks from home are welcome, but no alcohol, please.  Mulligans will be available at $1/mulligan and 10 mulligans maximum.  Contact Shelby Niehaus at 217-690-1487 or Charlie Niehaus at 618-483-5735 to reserve a table for your team.  First place winning team will receive a cash prize.  The event is a fundraiser to raise money towards Shelby Niehaus' dues for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She will be marching her fifth season with Pioneer in the summer of 2014.  Donations are welcome at www.pioneer-corps.org.


The Illinois Old-Time Fiddlers are back in Shelbyville today for their jam session.  They will meet at the Lions Community Building in Forest Park from 2 to 5pm.  All ages of the public who play a fiddle or an acoustic instrument is invited to join in on the jam.  Dancers and listeners are also welcome to attend.  There is no admission charge, although donations are appreciated.  Take along a finger food, too.


 The Jayce Wright Family Benefit will be held this evening from 4 to 6pm at the Shumway Kluthe Building.  A Country Rhodes all you can eat fish fry buffet is planned, and the menu includes walleye, popcorn shrimp, chicken tenders, steak fries, hush puppies, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, applesauce and drink.  Adult meals and carryouts are $9, and children under age 12 can eat for $6.  Music will be provided by Andrew Wills, Treavor Lawrence and Dillon Meier.