July 9, 2014

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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.

Unit 10 sets student registration date
BRIDGEPORT - Student registration in the Red Hill Unit 10 school district is from noon until 7 p.m. July 22.

School officials said district-wide registration for all buildings and grade levels will be held at Red Hill Junior/Senior High School, 908 Church Street, Bridgeport.

People should enter through the north entrance and register in the school cafeteria, officials said.

A representative from each school building - Red Hill Jr./Sr. High, Sumner Attendance Center and Bridgeport Grade School - will be available to register students and answer questions.

"All registration packet information must be completed and submitted and all outstanding fees from prior years must be paid," school officials indicated in a news release.

Forms will be available on the district website ( beginning Monday. Forms will be under the Parent Tab/Forms and Document/Parent Forms, or they may be picked up at Unit 10 attendance centers after Monday.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
County seeking election judges
LAWRENCEVILLE - It's not too early to begin finding election judges for the November election.

In accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, the Lawrence County Clerk's office is in the process of preparing a roster of election judges for all local elections spanning the next two years.

Election judges work at polling locations on election day to help oversee the voting process and offer general assistance as necessary in compliance with election law.

Lawrence County Clerk Will C. Gibson has indicated that due in part to several existing election judges having stepped down, the county is experiencing a significant shortfall. The clerk has asked that anyone who might be interested in serving as a judge to call his office at (618) 943-2346 and ask to speak with him or his election deputy, Amy Rand.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Lincoln Trail College tops CNN Money's state list for student success
ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College recently topped CNN Money's list for student success among public two-year colleges.

LTC was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 12 nationally with its 71.9 percent graduation and transfer rate. The college also had one of the highest first-year student retention rates in the state at 88.1 percent.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Foundation Family Fun Festival set for Saturday
BRIDGEPORT - The Red Hill Foundation will host Family Fun Festival all day Saturday at Lanterman Park.

The day's activities will kick-off with a photo opportunity with Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine from 10-11 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. Pictures will cost $2. Pony rides will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at a cost of $2. Face painting will be available from 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m. at $.50 per child. The grill is scheduled to open from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. with a menu featuring pork burgers, hot dogs and chips.

Monday, July 7, 2014
Fireworks Sunday behind new Lawrenceville H.S.
City officials said fireworks will be launched behind Lawrenceville High School on the west side.

For safety purposes, a wide perimeter around the launch area will be blocked off. City officials noted that the pubic may not drive, park, sit or walk within the blocked area.

Spectators may use the high school parking lots, the football field parking lot, the grassy area between the football field and Harper Drive and the grade school parking lot.

By order of Mayor Don Wagner and Police Chief Jim White, "absolutely no fireworks of nay kind and no spectators are to be on the football field or track. Please observe and follow all signs and instructions."

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Memorial bridge to be closed for Friday fireworks show
WESTPORT - Lawrence County Sheriff Russell Adams reminds area residents that the Lincoln Memorial Bridge will close at 5 p.m. Friday in preparation for the Vincennes fireworks over the Wabash River.

No one will be allowed to cross the bridge from 5 p.m. until the conclusion of the display.

Adams noted in a press release that U.S. Route 50 will remain open throughout the evening, allowing travel from Lawrence County into Vincennes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Registration begins for Arts Council's Kids Theater Workshop
LAWRENCEVILLE - Monday is the registration deadline to reserve a T-shirt for the Lawrence County Arts Council's annual Kids Theater Workshop.

The event is open to students entering third through ninth grade this fall. The workshop will be July 21-25 at Parkside Elementary School.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
State police ACE parol results in 22 citations in county
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge recently announced an Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement (ACE) patrol in Lawrence County resulted in 22 citations and 38 written warnings on June 20.

The ISP reports there were no drug or alcohol related arrests, no DUIs and no citations issued for suspended licenses. However among the citations listed, there were seven for speeding and two for occupant restraint violations.

Monday, June 30, 2014
Jobless rate up in most area counties
SPRINGFIELD - The 2014 downward trend in unemployment figures hit a snag in May as Illinois' rate remained the same and the United States increased.

The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Services (IDES) reports a 0.2 percent increase in unemployment across the country from last month's 5.9 percent.

Monday, June 30, 2014
Authorities say Vincennes man died of smoke inhalation
VINCENNES - The Knox County Sheriff's Department has released more information surrounding a fatal fire Thursday morning.

Daniel Toth, 50, was found by Vincennes Township firefighters after responding to a pole barn fire in the 2000 block of Sievers Extension Road.

Knox County Coroner Gordon Becher reportedly told several media outlets Toth died of smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office.

Friday, June 27, 2014


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