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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.


Public invited to relive final miles of historic trek
VINCENNES - On March 7, the rangers and volunteers of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park are providing the opportunity for the public to experience the last five miles of George Rogers Clark's approach to Vincennes and Fort Sackville, observe the topography that the patriots used to conceal their movements and learn of Clark's daring strategy.

On Feb. 21, 1779, Clark's army continued their trek to Vincennes by crossing the swollen Wabash River and reaching a small hill called Lower Mammelle.

The journey will begin at the GRCNHP visitor center, located at 401 S. 2nd St., Vincennes. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. (EST) Buses will depart promptly at 10 a.m. There are no fees for the walk, however participants are asked to pre-register by 5 p.m. March 5 by calling the p ark at 812-882-1776, Ext. 210.

Buses will travel south of town and participants will walk approximately five miles back to the park. On the return trip, Park Ranger Jason Collins will interpret key points of interest along the route used during 1779.

Firsthand accounts and current geography will be compared along the trail. Much of the walk is on paved roads and will take place no matter what the weather conditions are, so please dress appropriately.

Period clothing or costumes are not required, but are encouraged.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015
LCAC's 'The Addams Family Musical' hits the stage in March
LAWRENCEVILLE -  Coming in March, The Lawrence County Arts Council will present "The Addams Family Musical" on stage at Lawrenceville High School.

The varied cast features both LCAC alumni and several newcomers. The show opens March 13 at 7 p.m., with additional performances on March 14, at 7:00, and March 15 at 2p.m.. The production will also be shown on the following weekend, March 20-22.

"The Addams Family Musical" was written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Blice, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. The play is based on characters created by Charles Addams.

The LCAC's production of the The Addams Family Musical is directed by Maria Rayborn, Cyndi Hays-Morris, and Erika Reidy; and is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, of New York.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Nominations being accepted for the 'Friend of the Children' award
CARMI - The Guardian Center, Inc. is currently accepting nominations for its 2015 "Friend of the Children" award.

The center wishes to honor an individual who contributes in a special way to meet the needs of children. The ideal candidate is an individual committed to serving children in his or her community.

Members of the public should submit the name of the person(s) believed to have shown exemplary commitment to the needs of children and whose efforts should be acknowledged. Nominations are open to all persons in White, Edwards, Wabash, Saline, Gallatin, Richland, Lawrence and Crawford Counties.

Friday, February 20, 2015
Historic county buildings in need of repair
BRIDGEPORT - Pepple School, a one room schoolhouse, and Dr. John Frank Schrader's office were relocated to Lanterman Park in Bridgeport for preservation in 1976 by the Lawrence County Bicentennial Commission.

Due to lack of funding, both historic buildings are now in need of substantial renovation.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Library program postponed, rescheduled
LAWRENCEVILLE - Thursday's program at Lawrence Public Library has been postponed due to the weather.

Library officials announced that the adult spring program opener has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 3 at the library.

Terri Talarek King, a naturalist and frequent program leader at Oubache Trails, will speak on organic gardening.

King will present "Close to Nature: Organic Gardening." King likes "to help people experience a connection with the natural world."

Gardeners of all skill levels are encouraged to come and share their knowledge, as well as ask questions.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 943-3016.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Lawrence Public Library set to kick off adult spring program
LAWRENCEVILLE - Terri Talarek King, a naturalist and frequent program leader at Oubache Trails, will speak on organic gardening at Lawrence Public Library, Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Lawrence Public Library will be hosting a variety of programs this spring with King at the head of the lineup. King will present "Close to Nature: Organic Gardening." King likes "to help people experience a connection with the natural world."

Gardeners of all skill levels are encouraged to come and share their knowledge, as well as ask questions.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 943-3016.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015
FIrst the snow, now the cold
Lawrence County students are getting an extended vacation due to a slow moving winter storm that dumped 6-8 inches of snow in the county Sunday evening and Monday.

Both Unit 10 and Unit 20 school districts called off classes today due to poor road conditions. Students at both schools were off Friday because of parent-teacher conferences and Monday in observance of President's Day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
FOID mental health system reporting working in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD - FOID Mental Health Reporting System receives thousands of reports in first year.

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced Monday that nearly 1,300 clinicians and other health professionals have registered with the Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) Mental Health Reporting System.

The Firearm concealed Carry Act (PA 98-063) passed in 2013 requires a variety of health professionals to report patients who they believe pose a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others.

The Illinois FOID Mental Health Reporting System is an online system administered by IDHS. It collects information on persons in Illinois who have been declared in court to be mentally disabled; admitted to an inpatient mental health facility within the last five years; determined to be a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others or determined to be developmentally disabled.

Friday, February 13, 2015
District 12 ISP release January statistics
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police have announce activity and enforcement figures for the month of January in District 12.

Troopers in District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, and Richland Counties, answered 211 calls for service and initiated 1,048 incidents in the field.

In addition, enforcement figures totaled 450 citations and 598 written warnings, including 181 speeding citations, 12 DUIs, 71 seat belt citations, 2 child restraint citations, 179 written warnings for speeding, and 30 criminal arrests. Troopers also assisted 214 motorists, conducted 289 Motor Carrier Inspections, and investigated 48 traffic crashes. District 12 investigated 2 fatal traffic crashes in January


Friday, February 13, 2015
Sheriff warns of variety of phone scams
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Sheriff Russell Adams is warning residents of a several telephone scams circulaating throughout the area.

On is from callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or other branches of government.

Adams said the "thieves" are requesting money or Green Dot numbers to settle an outstanding arrest warrant.

"Please do not fall for this scam," Adams said. "The sheriff's office has received numerous calls in recent months from residents reporting that they have been contacted by someone over the phone telling them that they are from the Internal Revenue Service.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


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