ABC 20 Streaming LiveWeb WatchSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsFriday Night BlitzIn the Kitchen

Forecast

FRIDAY: Sunny. High: 75. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.

FRIDAY NIGHT:
Mostly clear. Low: 60. Winds: South 5-10 mph.

SATURDAY:
Partly sunny and warmer with showers and thunderstorms developing by late afternoon. ...

more »

Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

How Do You Move an Entire Church?

A Menard County grain elevator is in the midst of a large expansion. The problem? The town's church was in the way.

So the two organizations got together and moved the church to a new location.

It might seem like far too cold of a day to move a building, but that's exactly what the crew at Balagna House Moving did in the town of Atterberry.

"So it's froze," employee Howard VanHouten said. "Otherwise, we'd be matting it across this whole field like we had to when we came out of the hole over there."

This isn't just some house. It's the Atterberry Community Baptist Church, which is no light load.

"About 120 ton," VanHouten said.

The longest part of the trip is over, but the work isn't over just yet.

"We'll spin all these dollies," VanHouten said. "Then we'll turn it sideways and roll it right down into the ramp and get it set up for the concrete guys to pour the concrete. Then we'll come back after that's done and set it back down."

The church is moving because of the Lincoln Land FS elevator.

"We're going through an elevator expansion," Manager Nathan Montgomery said. "Adding a 25-car loader, we're putting in 1.25 million bushel storage, a new pit. And with that expansion, we're gonna block in the church, so we worked with the church, and we're moving the church to a new location."

The church membership is excited about the new location.

"Much better," church board member Bob Moore said. "Much better. Higher ground, no water problems hopefully. We've had some water problems underneath and in the crawl space down at the old place. Everyone's really excited about getting it up here."

And it definitely beats the temporary location inside the church parsonage.

"Forty chairs in there," Moore said. "It gets kind of tight, but we have a good time."

But the best part may be watching the building move.

"I saw it," Moore said. "I don't know what to think, that's for sure. But it's pretty awesome. I've never seen anything like this before. It's interesting."

The crew from Balagna was hoping to get the church into its future spot before the snow hit, but Mother Nature came in a little too quickly, so they're waiting until after the snow.

Church officials estimate it will be another three to four weeks before they're back in the church.

 
  • WICS :: News - Traffic

    Traffic

    Get up to the minute traffic reports from WICS NewsChannel 20!
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin News

    Road Trippin News

    Missed a Road Trippin segment that ...
  • WICS :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Featuring news segment videos about health.
  • WICS :: News - In The Kitchen

    In The Kitchen

    Watch the area's best chefs whip up their tastiest creations. See them in action and get their recipes to try at home. 
  • WICS :: News - Behind The Headlines

    Behind The Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • WICS :: News - Ready, Set, Shred

    Ready, Set, Shred

    In an exclusive eight-week investigation, ABC Newschannel 20 digs deep into the Springfield police document shredding scandal.
  • WICS :: News - Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Do you need expert advice? Here's your chance to ask our experts!
  • WICS :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us! Check out all the great attractions in your area!
  • WICS :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the ABC Newschannel 20's Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas saving tips.

  • WICS :: News - Web Watch

    Web Watch

    Here's where to find the links you hear about on the news.
  • WICS :: News - Spotlight 20

    Spotlight 20

    Local organizations and community leaders tell us about events in central Illinois.
  • WICS :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature audiences only.
  • WICS :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICS :: News - Fugitive Files

    Fugitive Files



  • WICS :: News - Home Room

    Home Room

    When's the next school board meeting? Where's the basketball game? What's for lunch today? Do we have a snow day tomorrow? We have all the information you need for a successful school year--no pencil or ...
  • WICS :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year. Many more are seriously injured.  Keep central Illinois roads safe by taking the "No Text Zone" pledge.
  • WICS :: News - Business News

    Business News

    Stay up-to-date on the biggest business stories from around the nation.
  • WICS :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere! You won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICS :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • WICS :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICS :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

more »

Tonight on WICS

10:00 - ABC Newschannel 20 Nightside

Complete Schedule »


WICS Pay It Forward
Phases of the Moon Festival
WICS Cheers For The Years
Sunrise Team
WICS Storm Team