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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.


Cemetery cleanup set for May 9 in St. Francisville
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Members of the St. Francisville community are needed to help clean the Oak Lawn and Catholic cemeteries.

Volunteers, friends and families are being asked to help with a cleanup beginning at 2 p.m. May 9. All trash, debris, sticks etc. need to be removed to spruce up the cemeteries for Memorial Day.

"Any amount of time given to help the cleanup would be a great opportunity to show pride in our city and also show respect and honor to those who have gone on," community officials said in a news release.

Those who plan to help are reminded to remove only trash. "Please do not remove any sping flowers or intact ararangements or any other tokens or items loved ones have placed on graves."


Friday, April 24, 2015
Reis joins effort to ban election year grant awards
SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. David Reis (R - Ste. Marie) joined a bicameral group of legislators on Wednesday in Springfield to support SB 1058.

The bill would ban Constitutional officers in Illinois from handing out grant awards in the lead up to an election.

Reis joined State Senators Jason Barickman and Darin LaHood in supporting the legislation.

Rep. Reis was a member of the Legislative Audit Commission that investigated former Governor Pat Quinn's scandal plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.

"I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the Senate in supporting this measure," Reis said. "We've got to end the culture of corruption in this state. Over $50 million state tax dollars were given to politically connected cronies of Pat Quinn in the lead up to the 2010 General Election for Governor. He was essentially trying to buy votes in the lead up to the election and the program turned was found by the Auditor General as ineffective and corrupt."

Thursday, April 23, 2015
City wide clean-up starts May 6 in Lawrenceville
LAWRENCEVILLE - Republic Services will begin collecting items for a city wide clean-up beginning on Wednesday, May 6.

Clean-up throughout the city will continue through Friday, May 8. City officials said everyone must have regular trash and items for city wide clean-up curbside by 6 a.m. on May 6.

Republic will provide a list of specific items which will and will not be collected. City officials said the list will be published as soon as it becomes available, however it is known that no toxic substances, tires, paint, electrical items, flammables or construction materials are allowed.

Residents are urged to call city hall at 943-2116 with questions.


Thursday, April 23, 2015
Phillips' IEPA-backed used tire safety initiative moves forward in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD - State Rep. Reggie Phillips Monday won unanimous House approval of an environmentally-friendly initiative to ensure used and waste tire storage facilities in our communities are run in a safe and responsible manner.

House Bill 3819 is backed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). It ensures that prior to issuing a waste tire storage permit; the IEPA will determine whether the prospective owners/operators have a history of responsible management for such facilities.

  "This is a public safety issue for our communities," Phillips explained. "Large scrap tire storage facilities, if not responsibly managed, are not only an eyesore, they can be a serious source of pollution. They can also shelter vermin and be very dangerous places for children who are attracted to the opportunity to climb and play among the tires.

The bill now advances to the Senate for concurrence.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Bank of Lawrence County now Citizens National Bank of Albion
ALBION - The Bank of Lawrence County is now Citizens National Bank of Albion.

A Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for May 8 at each of the bank's newest banking centers in Bridgeport and Lawrenceville.

The grand opening is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bridgeport ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 9 a.m. with Lawrenceville's at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Red Hill Unit 10 seeks to fill vacancy on school board
BRIDGEPORT - The Red Hill Unit 10 school board is looking for another member.

While Chad Hill and Trent Masterson ran unopposed in the April Consolidated election, filling two open seats, one more opening needs to be filled.

The board is looking for people who want to serve on the board, however there is one catch. They cannot be from the Bridgeport district.

"It can be in any district except the Bridgeport district. We're restricted to having three board members per district and Bridgeport already has three, so they can be from any other part of our district," Brashear said.

The Bridgeport district includes the city of Bridgeport and a small rural section. 

The board would like for candidate to write a letter of interest, telling who they are and why they're interested in being on the board and what kind of background they have. The deadline for receiving those letters is May 14.

The board could appoint a seventh board member at its May 21 meeting. Serving on the school board is a volunteer position.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Recycle Day set for Saturday
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County residents are being asked to "be clean and be green."

Recycle Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. until noon Saturday on the Automotive Technologies Systems (ATS) parking lot, just east of Lawrenceville.

The following companies will be present to collect:

- C & I Electronics will accept electronic items, however no televisions or monitors with tubes.

- Dumes Inc. will be accepting washers, dryers, hotwater heaters, dishwashers, scrap metal and scrap iron. Dumes will not accept items with liquids, such as refrigerators, air conditioners or microwaves.

- Data Management Shredding will do personal paper shredding of all paper products.

- CSWRC - Crawford County Recycle will accept cardboard, newspapers, tin, aluminum and plastic bottles. Items not accepted are: paint cans, TV or monitors with tubes, refrigerators, air conditioners and microwaves.

The event is being sponsored by ATS, First Financial Bank, the City of Lawrenceville and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
ERBA offering scholarships, training assistance
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Embarras River basin Agency Inc. (ERBA) would like area residents to know it has scholarships for eligible individuals and also has a program to help with job training.

ERBA serves Lawrence County as well as Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper and Richland counties.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Library program to focus on 'colorful birds' in the area
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence Public Library is hosting an adult program 'The Unbelievable Colors Of Spring!' beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tim Griffith who has presented other programs at the library will return to give a look at migratory birds that come through the area. 

"Each spring thousands of the most colorful birds on the planet make their way through Southeastern Illinois on their way to their nesting grounds in the boreal forests of northern Canada," Griffith said. " Our program will introduce the audience to 15 of the most spectacular migrants and discuss how to enjoy these colorful birds."

On May 12, at 6:30 p.m., Terri Talarek King and Richard King will be at the library to play Irish traditional music.  

Both events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served."

Monday, April 13, 2015
Area residents invited to Wabash Valley College 'Springtacular'
MOUNT CARMEL - Another "first" is coming to the Wabash Valley College campus - a "Springtacular" at Wabash Valley College.

Area residents are invited to WVC on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a "fun day in the sun." Food, music, crafts, and games will be available for everyone on campus and in the community to come together after a long winter.

Friday, April 10, 2015


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