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Fair royalty
Miss Lawrence County festivities were underway this weekend at the fairgrounds. Above, from left, Hannah Burkhardt, first runner-up; Saylor Price, Jr. Miss Lawrence County 2014; Sadie Gassmann, Miss Illinois County Fair 2015; Katlyn Baker, Miss Lawrence County 2014; Chloe Helderman, Jr. Miss Lawrence County 2015; Baily Adams, Miss Lawrence County 2015; Shelby Smith, people’s choice award and poise and personality award; Andrea Tennis, excellence in character award and Miss Congeniality; and Kelsey Wolfe, second runner-up.


Lawrence County 4-H general projects show results
SUMNER - Lawrence County 4-H members competed Thursday in the General Projects show at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds to kick off fair week.

Youth competed in photography, clothing, visual arts, animal science and much more. The University of Illinois Extension office would like to congratulate all the winners from our show.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Does corn still need rescuing?
URBANA - The 2015 Illinois corn crop continues to develop on schedule, with 75 percent of the crop having reached silking by July 19. But the crop condition rating continues its steady downward trend, with the good plus excellent percentage now at 55 percent, down from its high of 79 percent at the end of May, said a University of Illinois crop scientist.

"Virtually all of this decline is due to standing water, past or present," said Emerson Nafziger. "Rainfall frequency and amount has moderated some, but parts of western Illinois have received more than 6 inches so far in July."

Friday, July 24, 2015
Real estate tax bills have been mailed
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Treasurer Barbie Morey has announced that the "2014 payable 2015 real estate tax bills" were mailed July 17.

"You should be receiving them in the mail this week or shortly after," Morey said. "Please be aware the tax bills will be on pink paper this year enclosed in an envelope with a notation on the envelope, ATTN: REAL ESTATE TAX BILL.

Bills may be paid at the Lawrence County Treasurer's office located in the Courthouse Annex at 1106 Jefferson Street in Lawrenceville, at most banks in the county, or by mail with the statements.

There is also a drop box located on the front of the Courthouse Annex building.

For questions or concerns, taxpayers can call the treasurer's office at 943-2016 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Residents come together to discuss local issues
BRIDGEPORT - About two dozen residents, many business leaders and members of various organizations, gathered for the recent Lawrence County Rural Issues Community Luncheon.

The University of Illinois Extension participated as a part of the Rural Issues Guide program, which is a nationwide program funded by the Kettering Foundation and addresses issues among rural communities in the United States.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Soil condition remain wet throughout state
CHAMPAIGN - Soil conditions throughout Illinois remain wet as most of the state experienced higher than normal rainfall in the first two weeks of July, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program Manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

Rainfall across the Illinois Climate Network averaged 3.36 inches the first two weeks of July, only 0.03 inches below the long-term average for July. 

Three of the network's stations - Dixon Springs (Pope County), Monmouth (Warren County), and Stelle (Ford County) - measured totals over 5 inches.

According to the Accuweather, Lawrence County received 3.46 inches of rain during the first 14 days of the month. The average for the entire month is 4.31 inches. Parts of the county could have received a little more or a little less. Accuweather's totals come from Mid American Air Center in northeastern Lawrence County.

Friday, July 17, 2015
LHS early registration begins Monday
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School is offering early registration Monday through July 28 from 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. for returning students and incoming freshmen.

School officials said registration forms may be picked up in the main office during this time or may be downloaded at www.cusd20.com.

Completed forms may be returned during early registration or during the Unit 20 district registration from 4-7 p.m. July 29 or 8-11 a.m. July 30.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Residents invited to help restore Lawrence County history
BRIDGEPORT - Lawrence County residents are invited to help the Lawrence County Historical Society renovate two historic buildings, Pepple School and Dr. Schrader's office, both located in Bridgeport's Lanterman Park.

There are a variety of ways to donate to the Lanterman History Village project:

-Buy a bundle of shingles for $25.

-Buy two gallons of paint for $40.

-Help build a porch for $100 worth of lumber.

-Fix a floor for $500 worth of joists.

Send donations to: Lawrence County Historical Society, P.O. Box 425, Lawrenceville, Illinois 62439. For questions or more information, contact David Burgett, project manager, at 618-928-4666.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
RH Unit 10 sets registration date
BRIDGEPORT - District-wide registration for all buildings and grade levels in the Unit 10 school district will be held from noon until 7 p.m. July 21 at Red Hill Junior/Senior High School.

School officials said those registering should come in through the north entrance with registration in the north gymnasium. Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School is at 908 Church St., Bridgeport.

A representative from each building - Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School, 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 before schedules and/or student's classroom assignments will be released," school officials said in a news release.

Forms are available on the district website (www.red.lawrnc.k12.il.us) under Documents/Parents Forms, or they may be picked up at one of the attendance centers.

Officials also noted that anyone wanting to register their student early can go to any of the buildings in the district.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Open house scheduled for retiring VU president
VINCENNES - The public is invited to a July 23 Community Open House to say farewell to Vincennes University President Dick Helton and his wife, Cindy.  

The reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. (EDT) at VU's Green Activities Center.

Following 11 years as VU's President, Helton announced on May 27 that he was retiring effective July 31 so that he and Cindy could move to Cleveland to lend support to their daughter who faces health challenges.

Friday, July 10, 2015
Program to remember battle of Fort Sackville
VINCENNES - On Feb. 23, 1779, Lt. Colonel George Rogers Clark's men slowly surrounded Fort Sackville and began to open fire.

Captain Joseph Bowman wrote, "The cannon played smartly. Not one of our men wounded. Men in the fort badly wounded. Fine sport for the Sons of Liberty." The battle of Fort Sackville was under way. The ultimate surrender of the British two days later changed the course of the young nation's history.

The battle of Fort Sackville will be highlighted during a special program presented at 6 p.m. on July 25 at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (GRCNHP). The program will be free and the public is invited to attend.

Friday, July 10, 2015


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