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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.


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
Low turnout marks Consolidated Election
LAWRENCEVILLE - The results from Tuesday's 2015 Consolidated Election didn't impact many boards or councils with the one exception being Sumner City Council

With races for four-year seats in all three wards, voters opted for the challenger over the incumbent in each case.

In Ward 1, Jess E. Brian defeated Eric Perrott 30-13 and in Ward 2, Tony Inyart defeated Dee Brian Joines 28-22. In the closest of the Sumner races, former mayor Betty  L. Brian defeated Kenneth L. Abell 36-34.

Jess Brian, Inyart and Betty Brian will join Brent Perrott, Winston Howard and Joe Fleming on the council

In another contested race, Francis M. (Speed) Moody, the incumbent, held off challenger Amy Jo Madden 59-34 to retain his Ward 2 seat.

John C. Guite, a former St. Francisville mayor, ran unopposed in Ward 1 and received 15 votes while Wayne Kohlhause, appointed to the board less than a year ago, was unopposed in Ward 3 and received 21 votes.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Residents can claim property through I-Cash program
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Treasurer's Office is searching for tens of thousands of southern Illinois residents who have unclaimed property.

Through the I-Cash program, the treasurer's office safeguards more than $2.1 billion in unclaimed property belonging to millions of Illinois residents.

Hundreds of thousands of new properties have been reported in recent months, including lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, and utility refunds. Those new reports bring the total available to be claimed by residents of Alexander, Bond, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson counties to $42,461,904 from 257,194 properties as of January.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Polls open at 6 a.m. for Tuesday consolidated election
LAWRENCEVILLE - The polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday for the 2015 Consolidated Election.

For 13 hours, until 7 p.m., voters will have a chance to cast ballots for candidates running for city councils, school boards, park boards and a library district.

Monday, April 6, 2015
Four-lane Route 50 coalition receives funding for studies
OLNEY - The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition held a meeting recently with Illinois Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Rich Brauer serving as the guest speaker.

Organizers said the meeting was well attended and included State Rep. David Reis, State Rep. John Cavaletto, Engineer Gregory Jamerson of IDOT District 7, Engineer Kirk Brown of IDOT District 8, and other supporters of the U.S. 50 Four-Lane Project.

Brauer stated he wants to work with local mayors and representatives. The Coalition took advantage of this opportunity to brief Brauer on its history, and current workings with the corridor from Olney to Lawrenceville and the Lebanon by-pass.

Friday, April 3, 2015
Unit 10 sets preschool screening dates
BRIDGEPORT - Red Hill Community Unit School District 10 has announced preschool screening dates.

School officials said the screening is for new children who are not presently attending school in the Red Hill district. The screening process must take place before a child will be enrolled in the program.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


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