June 24, 2016

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Memorial Day service
About 200 people gathered at the Lawrenceville City Cemetery Monday for a Memorial Day observance. Judge Jim Osborne, chairman of the board of the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes was the guest speaker during the 30-minute ceremony. Osborne encouraged residents to enjoy the day but never forget to remember our veterans and what the day stands for. While the ceremony was hosted by VFW Post 2244, members of the Moose, Elks, National Guard, Rolling Thunder and fire department were among others who participated.

Americans urged to use FEMA app
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging residents across the nation to download and use the FEMA smartphone app.

The app is designed to help families prepare for a wide array of natural and man-made disasters, and can help affected Americans recover, should disaster strike.

According to a recent survey by Pew Research, 40 percent of Americans have used their smartphone to look up government services or information.

Additionally, a majority of smartphone owners use their devices to keep up to date with breaking news, and to be informed about what is happening in their community.

Friday, June 24, 2016
'When thunder roars, go indoors'
SPRINGFIELD - "When thunder roars, go indoors" is more than a catchy phrase about lightning safety.

It's a reminder that you're at risk of being struck by lightning if you're outdoors and can hear thunder. That's the message the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies will promote during Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 19-25.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Stringtown to hold annual picnic July 17
LAWRENCEVILLE - The St. Joseph Stringtown Annual Parish Picnic will be held on July 17. Memories, photos, videos and momentos of the Parish will be displayed in the Parish Hall after dinner.

The Mass begins at 10 a.m.

The all-you-can-eat smorgasbord will be served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday, June 20, 2016
Unclaimed property up for online auction June 20-24
SPRINGFIELD - Collectible coins, gold jewelry and sterling dinnerware are some of the 11,600 unclaimed property items worth $45,000 to be auctioned online June 20-24.

Items include a 1911 Indian Head 2 1/2 dollar gold coin; a 22KT gold necklace; a 1918 Illinois Centennial half dollar coin; and vintage Hohner harmonicas.

Auction participants can register by clicking the auction link under the Resource Center at

Thousands of items are surrendered each year, residents should check I-Cash every six months at

Treasurer Frerichs' office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property.

Monday, June 20, 2016
ISP releases May enforcement activity
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police District 12 Interim Commander, Lieutenant Cory Ristvedt, recently announced activity and enforcement figures for the month of May.

Troopers in District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and

Richland counties, answered 260 calls for service and initiated 2,403 incidents in the field.

In addition, enforcement figures totaled 1,324 citations and 961 written warnings, including 671 speeding citations, 25 DUIs, 241 seat belt citations, 11 child restraint citations, 321 written warnings for speeding, and 55 criminal arrests.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Corpse flower readies for fifth blooming at Eastern Illinois U.
CHARLESTON - Eastern Illinois University's Titan Arum (aka Corpse Flower) appears to be honoring its tradition of a biennial flowering.

Steven Malehorn, manager of Eastern Illinois University's H.F. Thut Greenhouse, says he is eagerly waiting the plant's fifth blooming.  Earlier bloomings took place in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

The developing flower (technically an inflorescence) could grow to be seven feet tall and three feet wide, and will definitely smell "nasty," Malehorn said.  He "guesstimates," based on the plant's past four blooms, is that the plant will bloom "at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, plus or minus two days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Despite budget crisis, there will be a county fair
SUMNER - Despite the Illinois budget crisis, there will be a fair in Lawrence County this summer.

Lawrence County Junior Fair officials said the fair is set for July 22 - July 29 at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, along U.S. Route 50 between Sumner and Bridgeport.

A statement released by the fair board said there will be changes, however.

"Since no funding will be received from the State for the 2016 fair, the Lawrence County Fair Board members have decided to go ahead with the fair with changes in classes in departments and how it will be funded. The fair board is offering sponsorships and always accepting donations.  The exhibit entry fees have also changed."

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Illinois Department of Public Health preps for public health emergency
SPRINGFIELD - During the week of June 13-17, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will test the ability of the state public health system to receive and distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency.

In the event of an emergency severe enough to cause local medical supplies to run out (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake, etc.), the state can request what is called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items. The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Lawrence County tentative assessment multiplier announced
SPRINGFIELD - Lawrence County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0396, 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.  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, state officials said in a news release.

Monday, June 6, 2016
IEMA: Family preparedness must include pets
SPRINGFIELD - If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don't forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.

Throughout the month of June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of emergency preparedness for pets. According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 65 percent of U.S. households include at least one pet.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


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