January 24, 2015

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Class of 2014 Top 10
Lawrenceville High School graduates with the top 10 grade point averages (above) are: (back, from left) Jaguared Rich, Kaili Phillips, Kourtney Osmon, Breanna Hawkins, Breanna Shick; (front, from left) Trent Jones, Sydney Routh, Tanna Gillespie, Josh Hancock and Hannah Delaney Holden.

Coalition moving forward with four-lane project
CLAY CITY - During a recent meeting of the U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition, members prioritized a list of concerns and will focus on these items when communicating with IDOT and members of the Illinois General Assembly. 

The goal of the coalition is a 119 mile rural expressway along the current U.S. Route 50.

The four-lane will involve two Illinois Transportation District offices. Coaltion members reported that the main priorities for IDOT District 8 involve U.S. 50's bottleneck areas in Lebanon, Salem, and Carlyle.  For IDOT District 7, the Coalition will focus on recruiting funding towards the Phase 2 studies and construction between Lawrenceville and Olney. 

Friday, January 23, 2015
LHS FFA hosting suitcase drive during January
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville High School FFA is inviting the community in helping to improve the lives of foster children by participating in its suitcase drive during January. 

By collecting suitcases for foster children to carry their belongings in, FFA members are hoping to help aid in a sense of pride and self worth.

"Often times foster kids carry belongings around in trash bags, which breaks our hearts. We felt by having a suitcase drive to collect bags to donate to local foster kids would be very useful for them," Isaac Hill, the LHS FFA report and member of the officer team said in a news release.

Anyone interested in donating is asked to drop off their donation prior to the end of January.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
ISP: 211 concealed carry applications from Lawrence County
SPRINGFIELD - On July 9, 2013, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became state law.

The law requires residents to obtain an Illinois Concealed Carry License to legally carry a concealed firearm in the state.

After lawmakers determined the rules and regulations and procedures that would be involved in the process, about 23,000 Illinois residents applied for concealed carry permits in 2013.  State officials reported that 54 of those applications came from Lawrence County while 61 came from Crawford County, 58 from Richland and 52 from Wabash.

Last year, was the first full year for residents to apply for a concealed carry license. Illinois State Police, who oversee the process, recently released 2014 concealed cary statistics through its Firearm Services Bureau.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Shimkus to be in Lawrenceville Friday
LAWRENCEVILLE - Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) will be in Lawrenceville Friday.

Shimkus will be available to meet with local constituents from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Lawrenceville Civic Center, 700 E. State.

"This is a great opportunity to meet with me personally to discuss a problem you are having with a federal government agency or to express your thoughts on legislation or other issues," Shimkus said. "Please call to schedule your time to visit with me."

Monday, January 19, 2015
ISP at District 12 release 2014 statistics
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge, has announced activity and enforcement figures for 2014.

Troopers in District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland Counties, answered 4,031 calls for service and initiated 19,535 incidents in the field during the year.
Public invited to Saturday Polar Bash on the Wabash
RUSSELLVILLE - The third annual Polar Bash is set for Saturday along the banks of the Wabash River.

Organizer Zina Shultz said the event, which features a 1 p.m. dip into the river at Russellville Landing, is again being held to benefit the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center and Wig Shoppe.

Freewill donations will go toward the Richard Woodward Wish Fund

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
LCMH earns ASRH designation
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Illinois Department of Public Health has designated Lawrence County Memorial Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH).

"This designation ensures that all stroke patients, regardless of where they live, have access to rapid care with the narrow treatment window," said Doug Florkowski, chief executive officer at LCMH. "Prior to receiving this designation, patients would have had to travel a long distance to receive assistance, losing precious time.

"Stroke designation for LCMH now allow local access to the care needed beginning the moment they enter the hospital to the time the lifesaving drug is administered within the recommended 60-minute treatment window."

Monday, January 12, 2015
Lawrence County Farm Bureau Foundation and Young Leaders offering scholarships
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Farm Bureau Foundation is offering scholarship opportunities.

To be eligible for consideration an applicant must be a Lawrence County high school senior in Unit 10 or Unit 20, be enrolled at a post-secondary school to study in an agriculture related field, exhibit potential for successful completion of course study, and be a resident of Illinois.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Farm Bureaus to host Farm Bill meetings Jan. 15
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence, Wabash and Richland County Farm Bureaus will be hosting Farm Bill Meetings on Jan. 15.

Lawrence and Wabash counties will hold a combined meeting at the Pleasant Ridge Christian Church, five miles north of Lawrenceville, along Illionis Route 1. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with refreshments being served.

Richland County Farm Bureau will host a dinner meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 1 at the Holiday in Olney.

Doug Yoder, with the Illinois Farm Bureau, will speak to farmers and answer any questions they may have concerning the Farm Bill.

"This is a perfect opportunity for farmers in Lawrence, Wabash, and Richland counties to learn about how the Farm Bill will affect them in the months to come," said Lawrence County Farm Bureau Manager Danielle Brown.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the event by calling your local Farm Bureau office - Lawrence County Farm Bureau (618) 943-2610; Wabash Co. Farm Bureau (618) 262-5865; or Richland Co. Farm Bureau (618) 393-4116.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Retire the Debt: Campaign begins to pay off surgery center
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, through its Endowment and Development Foundation, has kicked off a "Retire the Debt" campaign to help pay off the new surgery center.

It will take about $400,000 to pay off the more than $4 million state-of-the-art surgery center, which opened almost a year ago, on Jan. 14.

LCMH Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski said the community has supported the project from the beginning.

"We had tremendous success in our fund-raising efforts to build the new surgery center. Through the generous giving of our community and various grant awards, LCMH was fortunate enough to raise close to 90 percent of the $4.33 million dollars it took to build the new surgery center," Florkowski said.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


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