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Reaping the benefits of exercise
Dr. Larry Herron (right) talks with Karri Irvinís fifth grade exercise club about the reasons why exercise is important and how to live a healthy lifestyle. Irvin (left) thanked her students for sticking with the exercise club throughout the year. Students also received gifts bags for all the effort they put forth in the club during the year.


Unit 20 board to meet Monday
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Unit 20 school board will meet in special session at 1:45 p.m. Monday at Lawrenceville High School.

School officials said the agenda items are "consideration and approval of reading series for 2016-17 school year and approval of a letter of retirement."


Friday, May 20, 2016
Sixth annual chamber Celebrity Chef event June 25
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is looking for local chefs for the upcoming Celebrity Chef event to be held at Lasata Wines on June 25, from 6-8 p.m.

This event features "Celebrity" men and women from the area who prepare samplings of their own recipes for attendees. Serving sizes will be small 4oz samples. Chefs donate their expense, or have a business sponsor them, for the dish they prepare and time for serving at the event. Tickets will be sold in advance at the cost of $25 per person for indoor seating and $20 per person for outside seating.

Friday, May 20, 2016
2016 Cream of the Crop photo contest now open
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs is encouraging young photographers to submit photos for the 2016 Cream of the Crop photo contest.

The contest encourages young photographers to share their vision of agriculture in Illinois. "I grew up in rural Illinois. I know the beauty and strength that can be found on our farms and I look forward to seeing it through the eyes of our children," Frerichs said.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Veterans to be recognized on Remembrance Wall
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), and the Illinois Senate Republican caucus are teaming up to honor and remember the sacrifice of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have passed away.

The public is encouraged to submit a photograph and written remembrance of veterans who are no longer with us, which will be displayed on the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day Remembrance Wall. The submissions will be displayed in the State Capitol Rotunda starting at the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 26 through July 4.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Click It or Ticket campaign begins in Illinois
EFFINGHAM - The Illinois State Police (ISP) in District 12 remind motorists to buckle up before heading onto Illinois roadways during the May 13-30, Click It or Ticket mobilization.

Troopers will be conducting seat belt patrols, encouraging all vehicle occupants to wear seat belts in order to reduce traffic crash fatalities. Fatal traffic crashes in District 12 have increased 80 percent this year; as compared to the same time period last year.
Illinois State police continue to seek man involved in Mahomet police shooting
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Police continue to seek a man accused in the shooting of a Mahomet police officer on Saturday.

In a news release, ISP said on May 7, at approximately 10:45 p.m., a Mahomet police officer was involved in a shooting with Dracy "Clint" Pendleton, 35. The officer and Pendleton exchanged gunfire and Pendleton fled the scene. The officer was shot in the arm and it is believed Pendleton received wounds (possibly a gunshot) during the confrontation, but it is unknown to what degree.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Students to be in the spotlight at first CEO trade show
LAWRENCEVILLE - The CEO program, or Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, is hosting its first trade show at Lanterman Park, Thursday from 4:30-7 p.m.

CEO is a daily class that shows high school students what it's like to be an entrepreneur through real world experiences. With this program, everything is real. They are taught through real experiences, with real businesses, and develop real skills. Red Hill and Lawrenceville students are challenged with creating their own small business, writing the business plan, securing funding and running the business.

Monday, May 9, 2016
ISP to conduct special nighttime patrols
EFFINGHAM - The Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Jasper and Lawrence Counties during May, 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.

Alcohol and drug impairment is a factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois according to state police statistics.

Friday, May 6, 2016
RHHS student's art recognized in 2016 Congressional contest
EFFINGHAM - Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has announced that Megan Hodge, who attends St. Anthony High School in Effingham, was selected as this year's Congressional Art Competition winner from the Illinois 15th Congressional District.

"This year's entries were some of the finest my office has ever received," said Shimkus. "But among all the amazingly talented students who submitted their work, Megan's exquisite painting of a Monarch butterfly really stood out to the judges. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to her and all the young artists who participated in this annual contest."

Red Hill High School senior Jamesha Western was one of four runnersup from the 15th District. Western was recognized for her painting, "Rotweiller."

Friday, May 6, 2016
LTC plans retirement party for president
ROBINSON - Community members will get a chance to wish retiring Lincoln Trail College President Kathy Harris well at a reception from 3-5 p.m. May 12 in the LTC cafeteria.

Harris is retiring this month after spending 35 years at Lincoln Trail College.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


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