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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.


IDPH: Make sure students are vaccinated
SPRINGFIELD - As the beginning of a new school year rapidly approaches, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reminding parents to make sure students are adequately vaccinated.

"Vaccines are an important step in protecting against serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases," IDPH director Dr. Hasbrouck said. "Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives. They are proven to protect children from 14 serious diseases before they turn two years old, adolescents from cancer caused by certain types of HPV, young adults from meningitis, people of all ages from flu, and aging populations from various illnesses."

Beginning this year, children entering school at any grade level will need to show proof of having received two doses each of rubella and mumps vaccines. In addition, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time will have to show proof of having received two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine.

Friday, August 1, 2014
Remainder of 2014 Lawrence County 4-H and Junior Fair schedule
Wednesday, July 30

10 a.m. - 4-H Overall Showmanship contest.

4-7 p.m. - Annual 4-H barbecue.

7 p.m. - Pig wrestling in the grandstands arena.

Thursday, July 31

10 a.m. - Kids games in the show arena, barns.

3 p.m. - Animal photo shoot

6:30 p.m. - 4-H youth livestock auction

Friday, Aug. 1

9 a.m. - 4-H project released

10-noon - General projects released

7 p.m. - Demolition derby, grandstands.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Red Hill schools set open house, orientation dates
BRIDGEPORT - Red Hill Unit 10 school officials have announced back-to-school open house date.

Open house at Bridgeport Grade School Aug. 13. Open house for Red Hill Junior/Senior High School is also on Aug. 13 with hours from 5:30-7 p.m.

On Aug. 14, Sumner Attendance Center will host and open house from 5:30-7 p.m.

Junior high school orientation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in the north gym at Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School. Freshman orientation is the same night, beginning at 6:15 p.m., also in the north gym.

All three Unit 10 schools will open for student attendance on Aug. 15.

Students will have a partial day of classes with dismissal at Sumner Attendance Center at 11 a.m., Bridgeport Grade School at 11:05 a.m. and Red Hill Jr./Sr. High at 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Former Fairfield teacher, coach arraigned
FAIRFIELD - A former teacher and coach at Fairfield Community High School was recently arraigned on a four charges relating to incidents dating back to 2012.

Timothy C. Going, 43, formerly of Fairfield, is facing three counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a minor or minors and one count of possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to a press release from Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Organizers get ready for another Kids Shopping Day
LAWRENCEVILLE - Kids Shopping Day will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Central Christian Church.

Organizers are preparing for the annual event by bringing donated and purchased items to the church complex.

KSD began in 2006 and helped 166 students return to school with a couple new outfits, shoes and school supplies.

Each year, the number of students has been growing. There were 627 children that took advantage of last year's event.

Last year, there was also over 160 volunteers who helped with the event. Hairdressers also offered their services and provided 163 free haircuts.

Pre-registration was Saturday, but anyone that was unable to attend can register during the event. Pre-registration was created to alleviate congestion outside the church the day of the event. During pre-registration, children will be given a time to return on Saturday to shop with their personal shopper.

Volunteer parking is available at Parkside Elementary School. Shuttle buses will run from the school to the church from 7-8 a.m.

A volunteer group meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. in the church kitchen. Volunteers should be 18 years or older.

Monday, July 28, 2014
VU student found dead on campus
VINCENNES - A Vincennes University student was found dead on the campus Thursday, according to a news release from the school.

Joshua D. Litherland, 30, was pronounced dead at 12:36 p.m. by Knox County Ceputy Coroner Donnie Halter.

According to the release, shortly after noon on Thursday, Litherland was found unresponsive in his

room at Clark Residence Hall by his mother, Cheryl Litherland, residence hall coordinator at Clark Hall.

The Knox County Coroner's Office is conducting an investigation, assisted by the VU Police Department and Knox County Sheriff's Department, the release said.

Litherland was majoring in Electronics Technology at VU. He attended VU last year and had registered for classes this fall.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Litherland family. Joshua was a good student and was well liked by his many friends. The VU community is saddened by his loss," said VU President Dick Helton.


Friday, July 25, 2014
Search continues for bank robber
LAWRENCEVILLE - The search for an alleged bank robber continues after a hold up Thursday morning.

Lawrenceville Police Chief Jim White said the alleged suspect is described as a 6-0 foot tall, 200 pound white male with dark hair. He was last seen wearing black clothing and a black baseball cap. The man also had tape covering his face.

According to the LPD report, the man entered the front door of First Financial Bank, 1601 State St, at 8:30 a.m. and demanded money. He then reportedly jumped over the counter and emptied the cash drawers. The man then fled back out the front door.

The LPD, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, Sumner Police Department and St. Francisville Police Department searched the area on foot and by car, but were unable to locate the suspect. The Illinois State Police were also called in to process the crime scene.

Anyone with information about the suspect should call 943-4946 or 943-5766 to leave an anonymous tip.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Miss Lawrence County pageant Sunday
SUMNER - Sunday night there will be 13 young women vying for the 2014 Miss and Junior Miss Lawrence County titles. The pageant begins at 7 p.m. in the main building at the fairgrounds.

Last year's Miss Lawrence County was McKenzi McClain. The 20-year-old is a junior at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where is studying speech communications.
Chamber's Celebrity Chef a success
WESTPORT - The fourth annual Celebrity Chef was hosted Saturday by the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at Lasata Wines near Westport, and deemed a success.

This year's chefs were Ed Wright, sponsored by Land Title & Abstract; Andy and Steve Blevins, along with son Austin, with Up In Smoke BBQ sponsored by the Lawrence County Senior Citizens Center and Little D Drilling; Brian Kramer with Tabco Business Forms; Bob Tracy with Tracy Electric; Dan Cunningham with Westport Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram; Tom Robinson with State Farm Insurance; and Matthew T. Ambrose with Combined Insurance.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Homefield Energy awarded aggregation contract
Mt. VERNON ­- Several Lawrence County communities and an unincorporated area earlier this year passed an electricity aggregation referendum.

Affordable Gas and Electric, the consultant for the process, has announced that Homefield Energy has been chosen as the winning bidder with a rate of $0.04388 cents/kwh for a period of nine months beginning with customer's September, 2014, billing cycle.

The rate is guaranteed through June, 2015.

There are 27 communities around the state participating in the aggregation.

Friday, July 18, 2014


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