March 26, 2015

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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.

State has four odd tornado seasons in a row
CHAMPAIGN - The 2015 tornado season thus far in Illinois and the rest of tornado alley is incredibly quiet.

However, this quiet start is no reason to relax if the past few years are a guide, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois.

No tornadoes have been reported this year, except in the far Southeastern U.S. and one in California. Historically, the heart of the Illinois tornado season is March to June with two-thirds of tornadoes occurring during those months. In the past few years, however, Illinois has had more tornadoes occur outside of this period than inside.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Entries being accepted for benefit run/walk
BRIDGEPORT - Entries are still being accepted for the 5K Run / 1K Fun Walk on April 11 at Red Hill State Park.

The Red Hill High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter is partnering with the Lawrence County Humane Society to sponsor the event. 

The theme for this early spring event is "Every Hero Needs A Sidekick."

Organizers said the event is designed to promote the Humane Society while recognizing that needs "of our loyal and loving furry friends."  The event has something for everyone, including prizes such as a four-pack of Cardinal tickets, cash prizes, and a silent auction. 

For entry forms or additional information call the Red Hill Guidance Counselor at 618-945-2521 or email  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Local sororities hosting Founders Day Dinner
The two Lawrenceville Beta Sigma Phi sororities will co-host the annual Founder's Day Dinner on April 20.

Activities will take place at the Robert E. Green Activities Center on the Vincennes University campus. Registration begins at 6 p.m. (EDT). Lawrenceville Mayor Don Wagner will greet the guests at 6:30 p.m. and the meal will begin at 6:45.

The two sorority chapters are Laureate Delta Delta and Sigma Epsilon. Linda Yost, a member of Sigma Epsilon chapter, will lead the group in the Beta Sigma Phi Opening Ritual and prayer. She also will make the announcement of the new theme for the upcoming year and announce the winners of the drawings.

Members from 20 sorority chapters in eight counties throughout Illinois and Indiana have been invited to the event and are expected to take part.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Program to focus on Civil War photos
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Historical Society will host a program about Civil War photographers at 7 p.m. Monday at the museum on 12th and State.

This Power Point presentation focuses on Civil War photographers, battlefield aftermaths, the carnage of war, and the art of photography in America's greatest domestic conflict.

Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy Sullivan, and others brought the visual story of the war to the general public as never before.

Most Americans of the era thought the war would be over in a few months, but it lasted four, long, painful years with nearly 750,000 Union and Confederate soldiers perishing in the bloody conflict.

Southern photographers also captured the ravages of war in the South.

The program, with Phil Lewis as presenter, is expected to be educational, entertaining, and informational, according to Historical Society members. The program should be of interest to Civil War buffs, students, and teachers, as well as Society members.

Friday, March 20, 2015
Freshman orientation March 26 at LHS
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School freshmen orientation is set for 6:30 p.m. March 26 in the auditorium.

The LHS guidance department will be meeting with the eighth-graders, on Monday during their science class to discuss class selection for next year, according to Ladell Stewart, LHS guidance counselor. 

Stewart said students will bring home registration papers with directions on how to enter course request on-line. If parents or students have questions they are asked to call 943-3389.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
National Wild Turkery Federation's Hunting Heritage banquet April 4
SUMNER - The 17th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet, hosted by the Lawrence County Longbeards Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be April 4 at the 4-H fairgrounds, along U.S. Route 50, between Bridgeport and Sumner.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour to precede the meal.

All ticket holders will be eligible to win prizes exclusive to National Wild Turkey Federation events. "Place the highest bid and you could go home with sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, outdoor equipment and more," Longbeards officials said.

"Your membership will help the NWTF support wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands and preserve hunting as a traditional North American sport," local officials said, calling the NWTF "one of the nation's fastest growing and most progressive single species conservation organizations today."

People can reserve tickets today by calling 812-568-6753.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Righter appointed to task force to reduce mandates, explore local government consolidation
SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) has been appointed to the Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task Force chaired by Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.

"In the past 20 years, governors and the majorities in the Illinois General Assembly have unfairly burdened local governments with mandates which are not funded by Springfield," Righter said. "In an era where everyone is going to have fewer dollars to spend, it is imperative for us to relieve them of mandates for which Springfield is unwilling to pay."

Monday, March 16, 2015
Embarras, Wabash rivers crest, slow fall beginning
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Embarras River at Lawrenceville reached a crest of 34.25 feet late Sunday morning and is beginning a slow fall.

As of 9 a.m. today, the Embarras, at the Business U.S. 50 bridge east of Lawrenceville, was at 33.97 feet, about four feet higher than flood stage.

The Embarras is expected to drop to 32 feet by early Thursday morning and fall below flood stage on Saturday. By Sunday evening the river is expected to be at about 27 feet.

In Westport, the Wabash River reached a crest of 17.01 feet at 1 a.m. today and was at 17 feet, a foot above flood stage, as of 9 a.m. today. The Wabash is forecast to fall to 16.8 feet by Tuesday evening and 16 feet by Thursday afternoon.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Embarras continues slow rise
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Embarras River, just east of Lawrenceville, was at 31.55 feet at 8 a.m. today on its way to a forecasted crest of 34.5 feet.

The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service is predicting that the river, at the U.S. Business 50 bridge, will top out at 34.5 feet 7 a.m. Sunday and then stay between 34.5 and 33 feet for several days.

When the river reaches its 30 foot flood stage there is minor agricultural flooding and at 33 feet the lumber mill road is inundated. At 34 feet some low lying roads in the Embarras River floodplain could also be under water. Motorists are advised to use caution.

During the 24-hour period between 8 a.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. today, the river went up .63 feet, according to the NWS.

Also at about 8 a.m. today, the Wabash River at the Lincoln Memorial Bridge at Westport, was at 14.41 feet on its way to a predicted crest of 17.3 feet late Thursday, according to officials. Flood stage is 16-feet at Westport.

Friday, March 13, 2015
State announces tentative 'multiplier' for Lawrence County
SPRINGFIELD - Lawrence County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Constance Beard, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

The property assessment equalization factor, often called the "multiplier," is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.

State officials, in a news release, said this equalization "is particularly important because some of the state's 6,600 local taxing districts overlap into two or more counties (e.g. school districts, junior college districts, fire protection districts). If there were no equalization among counties, substantial inequities among taxpayers with comparable properties would result."

Friday, March 13, 2015


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