December 10, 2013
|Vision becomes reality for LCMH|
|Lawrence County Memorial Hospital board chairman Carl Aten cuts the ribbon to signify the ceremonial opening of the hospitalís new state-of-the-art surgery center. Holding the ribbon in front of the six pre-op bays are: (from left) board member Mike Shappard, Dr. Steven Ramsaran, Dr. Gary Carr, board member Stan Williams, board member B. J. Shaffer, Aten, CEO Doug Florkowski, LCMH Endowment and Development Foundation board member John Hamilton, board member Becky Nestleroad, E and D member Becky Gray and board member Matt Pargin. Board members Ron Waldrop and Curt Benson and several E and D members were not present for the Nov. 12 photol. The $4.3 million, 10,000-square foot state-of-the-art addition to the hospital features a major operating room, procedure room, a large nurses station, six pre-op and three post-op bays. There is also a room for a second major operating room that can be developed in the future.
|State fire officials offer
holiday safety tips
|SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois fire officials are offering tips for a safe holiday season.|
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal says there were a dozen fires linked to holiday decorations, Christmas trees and other recreational materials in December 2012. That resulted in more than $85,000 of damage.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|ERBA to host local meeting about Affordable Care Act|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - The Embarras River Basin Agency is scheduled to host an informational meeting Dec. 18 to educate Lawrence County community members about the new health insurance options available through "Get Covered Illinois - The Official Health Marketplace."|
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the ERBA Outreach Office, 1211 State St., Lawrenceville.
ERBA Executive Director Marsha Roll said as a partner organization, ERBA is dedicated to spreading the word about "Get Covered Illinois" and the range of health insurance options available to resident in Lawrence County.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|LCMH honors local resident with Forward Look Award|
|SUMNER - Retiring Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Jerry Klein was the recipient was the 2013 Forward Look Award.|
The Forward Look Award is given annually "in recognition of valuable community service toward the betterment of community health."
The award has been presented to a community member almost annually since 1963. Klein received the honor Wednesday night at the hospital board's December dinner meeting at Red Hill State Park's Trace Inn restaurant.
Klein is retiring at the end of the year after serving as the hospital's CFO for more than seven years.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|LTC to present holiday concerts|
|ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College will present its annual Holiday Festival of Music at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in LTC's Zwermann Arts Center Theater.|
Themed "Sing Noel," the concert celebrates the holiday season in its entirety with the Concert Choir performing a medley of classic favorites including Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," the Hanukkah song "Light One Candle," and the classic Advent carol "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
Other highlights include performances of "Breath of Heaven," several African spiritual pieces, and Felix Mendelssohn's "There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth."
Rounding out the concert will be performances by the Statesmen Singers, LTC Children's Choir and a newly formed small ensemble
On Dec. 14, admission is a freewill donation. On Dec. 15, admission is $6 adults, $4 students and seniors.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Local Salvation Army kicks off 'Rock the Red Kettle'|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - The local Salvation Army kicked off it's "2013 Rock the Red Kettle Campaign" Friday. |
Several activities are planned to help raise $16,000, that will be used to serve the most vulnerable local families through the next year. Assistance is provided with utilities, rent, prescription drugs, and gasoline for transportation to out of town medical appointments. Funds are in place in both Units 10 and 20 for students who need school supplies, warm clothing, field trip fees, or gym shoes. Head lice kits are provided free of charge to those who need them through the Lawrence County Health Department.
The campaign had raised $4,500 toward their goal as of Saturday evening.
The Parkview BETA Club rang the first bells both Friday and Saturday at the Lawrenceville Walmart while singing carols and greeting customers.
Jane Benson and her granddaughters rang the bells at Borowiak's IGA on Saturday. Benson explained, "I told the girls we would ring the bells to get help to people who need it. Ella focused her attention on ringing the bell while her sister, Ava, danced the hour away."
Money from last year's local campaign brought much needed help to nearly 150 families.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Parade of Lights set for Dec. 7|
| LAWRENCEVILLE - The sixth annual Lawrenceville Parade of Lights is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7.|
Lineup for the holiday event is 4 p.m. at south 12th Street and Adams Street.
All entries are welcome. Call 943-3413 to join in the parade.
Parade of Lights is hosted by Lawrenceville Elks.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|BCC celebrates 25th anniversary|
|Nobody can argue now that the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce's Basketball Capital Classic wasn't a good idea. |
The tournament will turn 25 years old this weekend, when games are played in the venerable old gym in Bridgeport and the brand, spanking new one in Lawrenceville.
Through a quarter-century the tournament has rolled with the punches. The quality of the field has steadily improved and now it's considered one of the area's premier Thanksgiving get-togethers.
Those who have been primarily involved from the beginning say the Capital Classic was the brain-child of Phil Alsman, a coach and teacher at Parkview Junior High School, who died in 1995.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
|Airport awarded $225,000 for construction project|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - Governor Pat Quinn Thursday announced a $225,000 capital investment for a construction project at Lawrenceville-Vincennes International Airport at Mid-American Air Center.|
State officials said the project is part of Quinn's agenda to create jobs and drive Illinois' economy forward. The contract was awarded following a competitive bidding process and addresses a critical infrastructure need while creating construction jobs.
Friday, November 22, 2013
|Local residents teaming up to benefit Humane Society|
| LAWRENCEVILLE - A group of Lawrence County residents who go by the name, Team TNT, are hosting a pet food drive from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Wal-Mart to benefit the Lawrence County Humane Society.|
The team will be collecting dog and cat food and other items needed to operate the Humane Society's dog and cat kennels.
Organizers said the Lawrence County Humane Society is currently in need of the following items: Purina Dog Chow brand dog food in the green bag, Ol Roy brand dog food in the red bag, Pedigree brand canned dog food, Frontline brand flea prevention, Purina Cat Chow brand cat food in the blue bag, Special Kitty cat litter (non clumping), gallons of bleach, Pinesol or Lysol brand disinfectant, paper towels, dog collars of any size, puppy pads, laundry detergent, Glad garbage bags (30 gallon, 25 count red drawstring), dog leashes (5 foot braided rope leash) and flea control collars.
Monetary donations are always needed.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|Historic millstones gets new home|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - Several generations of students have lounged on the mill stones located south of the parking lot at the old Lawrenceville High School without giving a thought as to what they were or from where they came. |
When the new school was built, and classes were no longer held in the old building, the Lawrence County Historical Society was faced with the relocation of these historic artifacts. Thanks to Moore Brothers, Inc. of Bridgeport, and the Lawrence County Board of Supervisors, they now have a new home on the south side of the courthouse lawn.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013