Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

September 25, 2013

Resident adds fall touches to community with displays

EFFINGHAM — Effingham resident Loy Cash puts a lot of stock in his community — corn stalks that is.

With the advent of fall, corn stalk displays have been popping up around the city thanks to Cash, who spends his own time and money to put up the displays.

Cash has put up stalks outside FISH Human Services, City Hall, the Daily News and along the 600 block of Richland Avenue near his home.

“I believe in what Kennedy says, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,’” said Cash, referencing President John F. Kennedy’s famous quote.

Cash has several reasons for using corn to represent his love of fall. He was born in the fall, saying that “harvest season brings me alive.”

As a former farmer and devout Christian, Cash finds a correlation between nature, corn and God. According to Cash, the Bible references corn as a connection to communicating with God. Corn also is mentioned as a food Jesus and his disciples ate, he added.

As for an aesthetic reason, Cash said he simply likes the natural look the stalks provide around the city.

“These get you back to the basics and nature,” he said. “You can find your Lord there.”

For a photo of Cash’s stalk display at Effingham City Hall, visit www.effinghamdailynews.com

Tony Huffman can be reached at 217.347-7151, ext. 138, or tony.huffman@effinghamdailynews.com.

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