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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.


Hunter education classes to be offered in September
SUMNER - Lawrence County Extension and the Department of Natural Resources will offer free Hunter Education Classes in September.

Organizers said youth wanting to secure a hunting license are encouraged to sign up for classes as follows: Sept. 22-23-24 from 6 - 9:30 p.m. each evening at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in the main building, 11107 4H Road, Sumner.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with classes starting promptly at 6 p.m.

Class size will be limited to the first 60 registered. Youth must attend all three sessions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
LTC places emphasis on campus safety
ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College is strengthening its safety plans in two ways this fall.

According to college officials, LTC installed a new emergency alert system over the summer. The alert system will allow the college to broadcast emergency alert messages throughout its buildings and around campus.

The system also allows the college to broadcast the messages to only specific buildings or areas.

LTC faculty and staff are also undergoing ALICE training.

ALICE is enhanced lockdown training and gives people different options in the event of a violent situation.

Monday, August 24, 2015
Tickets still available for annual fall festival
LAWRENCEVILLE - The 53rd Annual Lawrence County Fall Festival is less than 30 days away.

This year's fall festival will be Sept. 16-19 around the square in downtown Lawrenceville. Advance tickets are on sale now at the following locations: Citizens National Bank of Albion (Lawrenceville and Bridgeport), Peoples State Bank (Lawrenceville, Bridgeport, and Sumner), Casey State Bank, 1st Financial Bank, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Ambraw Federal Credit Union, Cuttin' Up, Essentials Cards & Gifts, Aperion Care Bridgeport, United Methodist Village (both the North and Main Campuses) and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Advance tickets will be $14 per sheet of 10 tickets. At the festival, tickets will be $22 per sheet of 10 or $2.50 for a single ticket. More information will come regarding a food map and the entertainment lineup as the fall festival draws nearer.


Friday, August 21, 2015
Creole fiddler to be featured at LCHS meeting
LAWRENCEVILLE - A specialist in North American French Creole and Cajun culture will be the featured speaker and performer at Monday's meeting of the Lawrence County Historical Society.

Dennis Stroughmatt, a southern Illinois native who grew up in Vincennes, will give the program which is titled, "French Creole Fiddle Tunes and Ballads from Old Upper Louisiana (Illinois, Indiana and Missouri)." The free program begins at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society museum, at the corner of 12th and State.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
LTC announces auditions for choral ensemble
ROBINSON - The Lincoln Trail College Music Department has announced the addition of a new choral ensemble this year under the direction of Jeshua Franklin.

The ensemble will be a professional-level, project-oriented performance choir for advanced musicians, according to LTC officials.

A reading session and audition for the group will 2 - 5 p.m. Saturday in the Zwermann Arts Center Rehearsal Hall.

College officials said no preparation is needed for the audition as the pieces will be selected and prepared during the reading session. The rehearsal schedule will be set once the makeup of the choir is determined.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
LTC makes plans for alumni weekend
OBINSON - Lincoln Trail College is inviting alumni back to campus for its first Green and White Weekend, Sept. 25-27.

"This is a great chance for our alumni to come back and visit the campus again," said LTC President Kathy Harris. "We're planning several big events that weekend for the community and our alumni."

Events start on Sept. 25 with the Lincoln Trail College Athletics Golf Outing beginning at 11 a.m. at Quail Creek Country Club. The golf outing includes 18 holes of golf and a meal after the round of golf.

Non-golfers can get a ticket for just the meal, which is made up of brisket, pulled pork, cole slaw, baked beans and chips.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Green scholarships awarded
Ten former Red Hill High School graduates were awarded 2015 Green Charter Trust scholarships Monday evening in the Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria.

Each received $3,000, to be paid to the student's college or university, $1,500 each semester. Recipients are: Matthew Hann, Travis Walaton, Tristan Holtz, Kelsi Perrott, Taylor Klein, Heather Hill, Briley Hutchinson, Ashlyn Carr, Erin Hill and Jayla Perrott.

During the 15 years of presenting scholarships, the Green Charter Trust has presented $294,700 to 119 different students.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Lawrence County family wins state Conservation Family of the Year award
The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts awarded the Governors Conservation Farm Family Award to The Zehner Farm Family - Dennis and Debbie Zehner, and Tim and Cecilia Zehner - at its annual meeting and conference recently.

This award is presented to a family who practices outstanding conservation practices on their farms, as well as who is an outstanding neighbor to others in the farming community.

The award was presented to the Zehners by Cyndi Young of Brownfield Ag News.

The Zehner Family will be presented with a sign for their farm at a "Salute to Agriculture" at the Illinois State Fair, Aug. 22.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015
An open letter from Unit 20
Editor's note: The following is an open letter to the public from Unit 20 Superintendent Doug Daugherty expressing throughts about the new school year.

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School begins Friday. I am sure those words bring a mixture of emotional responses from everyone. Students are excited to be returning to school to see all their friends and catch up on their summer adventures, while others are reluctant to give up their lazy mornings of sleeping in.

Parents are anxious to send their children back to school for more learning, while others are nervous about how their little ones will handle their first year of school...or in some cases, how their senior students are leaving home for their last first day of high school.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Farm Bureau hosting free grain handling safety class
MOUNT CARMEL - Every year 87 percent of grain entrapments take place in the Midwest, and 82 percent occur on farms.

To help keep our communities safe, the Wabash Valley area Farm Bureaus, which includes Lawrence County, are hosting a free grain handling safety education class. The class will be held from 8 a.m. until noon, Aug. 28, in the Agricultural Building at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel. The training will conclude with lunch.

Victoria Goad, manager of the Lawrence County Farm Bureau, said the class will start with an overview of grain handling and storage. Here participants will be introduced to the six major hazards associated with grain handling, lock out/tag out, risk management principles, and community pre-planning. The class will then continue with the grain pin entry process.

Thursday, August 6, 2015


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