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County board approves tentative budget at meeting
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Board approved a tentative deficit budget at Wednesday's monthly meeting, and also approved increased court fees.

New U of I educator, IDC director says there is no shortage of challenges
LAWRENCEVILLE - Steve Groner's new job will take him to five southeastern Illinois counties, but he'll be giving special consideration to Lawrence.

Groner is the new University of Illinois Extension Educator for the Community and Economic Development serving Edwards, Richland, Wabash and Wayne counties, as well as Lawrence. As part of the job, he's director of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Council, with help from Jessica Gertsch, the office assistant. The two work from the extension, located west of Lawrenceville on Illinois Route 250.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
IECC plans Constitution Day activities
OLNEY - Illinois Eastern Community Colleges will observe Constitution Day on Friday. 

IECC officials said the following activities are planned at the IECC colleges:

•Frontier Community College: The Learning Resource Center (LRC) at Frontier Community College will have a Constitution Day display and distribute free copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet and other Constitution Day 2016 materials.  The LRC will also sponsor a Constitution Day Trivia Contest and register students to vote.

•Lincoln Trail College:

LTC will have a Constitution Day display in the library.  Pocket-size copies of the U.S. Constitution will be available. Informative videos on the Constitution will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Information and notices on 2016 Constitution Day will also be included on LTC's social networking pages.

•Olney Central College: At OCC, a Constitution Day exhibit will be on display in the Anderson Library and free booklets of the Constitution will be available to students.  "Creating the Constitution" will be played on monitors in the Anderson Library gallery from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

  •Wabash Valley College:

A Constitution Day display will be prominently featured in the Learning Resource Center. Copies of the U.S. Constitution booklet will be available to students and visitors from the community.  WVJC-TV will also telecast a reading of the preamble by President Matt Fowler.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016
VU prepared to help ITT students
VINCENNES - Vincennes University is ready to help ITT students who have had their education disrupted by the sudden closing of ITT Technical Institutes.

"If we can assist Hoosiers affected by the ITT closure, we would certainly be ready to work with them," said VU President Chuck Johnson.

ITT was banned Aug. 25 from enrolling new students who used federal financial aid because the company had become a risk to students and taxpayers, according to officials from the U.S. Department of Education.

Monday, September 12, 2016


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