October 13, 2015

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Fair royalty
Miss Lawrence County festivities were underway this weekend at the fairgrounds. Above, from left, Hannah Burkhardt, first runner-up; Saylor Price, Jr. Miss Lawrence County 2014; Sadie Gassmann, Miss Illinois County Fair 2015; Katlyn Baker, Miss Lawrence County 2014; Chloe Helderman, Jr. Miss Lawrence County 2015; Baily Adams, Miss Lawrence County 2015; Shelby Smith, people’s choice award and poise and personality award; Andrea Tennis, excellence in character award and Miss Congeniality; and Kelsey Wolfe, second runner-up.

Lawrence County hazard mitigation committee meeting Oct. 21
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee will host a public meeting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21, at Lawrenceville City Hall.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires each unit of government in the United States to have a FEMA-approved multi-hazard mitigation plan. In the pursuance of compliance, Wayne County and Southern Illinois University - Carbondale have worked to identify potential natural hazards and to produce a mitigation plan to address the hazards.

Friday, October 9, 2015
Free GED Test Prep classes at WVC
MOUNT CARMEL - Wabash Valley College announces the upcoming free GED Test Prep classes which will be offered at Wabash Valley College.

The classes will be Oct. 13 - Dec. 10, and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. - noon or from 5 - 9 p.m. All classes will be held in the computer lab in the Main Hall, room 202.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
ISP to increase nighttime patrols in Lawrence County
EFFINGHAM - The Illinois State Police, (ISP) District 12, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Richland and Lawrence Counties during October, according to Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge.

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence (DUI), and are not properly buckled up.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Parkside 5th grade band meeting set for Thursday
LAWRENCEVILLE - There will be a meeting this Thursday for all interested Parkside Elementary School parents of fifth graders and their children about the fifth grade band.

The meeting will be in the Parkside cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The meeting will discuss the band program, obtaining a band instrument, and what instrument will be best for your child. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Bill Magee at Parkside Elementary during the day at 943-3992

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
VU Foundation awards more than $1.4 million
VINCENNES - Citing Vincennes University as the "linchpin of Indiana's future," VU Interim President Chuck Johnson told donors at Wednesday's VU Foundation Annual Dinner that their support was important.

"VU is at the center of innovative education and workforce solutions in Indiana because of our reputation for producing graduates who have the knowledge and skills to be successful in their careers and their continued education. Our quality reputation was built over many years - by hundreds of hard-working VU faculty and staff - and it is one of our greatest assets.  As we grow, maintaining our quality must remain a top priority," Johnson said.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Energy assistance program begins Oct. 1
GREENUP - The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (ERBA), will be accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), beginning on Thursday for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability; Nov. 2, for families with children under age 6 and disconnected households; Dec. 1 for all other eligible applicants.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Unemployment steady in county
SPRINGFIELD - Unemployment in Lawrence County and throughout southeastern Illinois remained steady in August according to statistics recently released from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The jobless rate in Lawrence County was 6.4 percent in August, the exact same number reported in July and close to the 6.2 June number.

The number of unemployed workers has changed slightly over the past three months. In June, Employment Security reported 403 employed workers, compared to 412 in July and 406 in August. It should be noted that those numbers only represent employees who are in the Employment Security data base.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
State public health director recommending flu shots
SPRINGFIELD, Ill - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is recommending that everyone older than 6 months be vaccinated against influenza.

The flu season in Illinois typically starts around October and can last up to May. The flu vaccine is becoming available at many local health departments, pharmacies, and health clinics around the state. "The single most effective way to prevent getting the flu is an annual flu shot," said Director Shah. "Influenza is a serious illness and can be fatal. Even healthy people get the flu each year, so it's important for everyone to be vaccinated. Being vaccinated will not only help protect you, but it will help protect people at higher risk of severe illness such as the elderly."

Friday, September 25, 2015
CROP Walk set for Sunday
ST. FRANCISVILLE - This year's Lawrence County CROP Walk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Francisville fire station.

The annual event is always held on a Sunday afternoon. A recent report incorrectly said the CROP Walk was on Saturday.

In addition to walking to raise funds to help fight hunger, this year CROP organizers are asking all walkers and attendees to bring a non-perishable food item for a food pantry collection to be donated to the city of St. Francisville. Each year, as the site of the CROP walk changes from community to community, the town where the walk is being held will benefit from a food item collection.

Organizers said 25 percent of the monetary proceeds from the walk will remain in the county and be donated to help with food banks at Sign of the Kingdom East and Sign of the Kingdom West.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Historical Society speaker to focus on southern Illinois gangsters
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Historical Society presents Illinois author Taylor Pensoneau at its next meeting, Monday at 7 p.m. at the museum in Lawrenceville.

Pensoneau's talk will revolve around his best-selling book, Brothers Notorious-The Sheltons and a sequel, Dapper & Deadly-The True Story of Black Charlie Harris. Brothers Notorious details the rise and fall of the best known gangster brothers to come out of southern Illinois.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


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