November 21, 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.

Christmas Gala Concert is Dec. 3
VINCENNES, - The Vincennes University Music Department will present its annual Christmas Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m. (EST) Dec. 3, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The concert will showcase various Christmas songs in a variety of musical styles.  

Featured performers include the Concert Band, VU Connection, Concert Choir, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Blues Ensemble, as well as faculty.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Unit 20 looking to fill vacancy on board
LAWRENCEVILLE - After 13 years on the Unit 20 school board, Mary K. Benefiel tendered her resignation via a letter read at Wednesday's monthly meeting in the Parkside Elementary School community room.

The resignation creates an opening on the seven-person board that must be filled quickly.

Superintendent Doug Daugherty praised Benefiel and explained the process of finding a replacement.

"She's been a great asset to the board and the community. She and her husband are moving to Champaign, so she'll be leaving the board," Daugherty said, noting that the position will be posted in the Daily Record, asking for applications from anybody from District 4 to apply.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Quinn urges residents to use warming centers
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn is urging people across Illinois to take advantage of the state's warming centers as temperatures across the state continue to fall. 

The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide shelter from the bitter cold. The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state.  

In Lawrence County, the Department of Human Services building is located along the U.S. Route 50 frontage road, on the south side, just west of Lawrenceville. There are also Department of Human Services buildings in nearby Mount Carmel, Olney and Robinson.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
BGS students fighting hunger with food drive
BRIDGEPORT - If it's up to the children at Bridgeport Grade School, nobody would go hungry this holiday season.

Nor would a pet.

The students, who range from pre-kindergarten though third grade, have been participating in a food drive which started last month and ends Friday.

As of Monday, more than 1,700 food items and more than 1,200 pounds of pet food had been collected.

The pet food will be given to the Lawrence County Humane Society. The food will be delivered to White House Christian Church and New Hope Christian Church, who will take care of the distribution.

Jennifer Schneider, a long-time physical education teacher at the school, says it's the most pet food the drive has ever raised.

"We've never had this much pet food to take to the humane society," she said. "The kids are really excited because they wanted the pets to have food, too. They kept saying, 'We need to feed the pets.'"

Prizes are involved, which makes it even more fun. Any class that brings in 300 cans or more gets to play a dodgeball game against the teachers, some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. All students who were responsible for 30 cans of food or more receive a Popsicle.

The top prize, awarded to the class responsible for the most donations, will get to enjoy an ice cream sundae party.

School officials say it's not to late for the public to help out. Anyone who'd like to donate can drop items off at the school office through Friday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
ISP to conduct seat belt patrols in Lawrence County
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Lawrence, Marion and Richland Counties during November.

OREP allows the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws. Safety belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Owning a book IS a big deal
LAWRENCEVILLE - Suzanne Jordan's belief is that students should be able to read any time they want.

To that end the Reading Specialist at Parkside Elementary has gone the extra mile to ensure that all students in the school will have a book of their own.

Through the Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois READS program - which encourages Illinoisans to read books by Illinois authors - and thanks in part to a grant from the Community Unit School District #20 Academic Foundation-Ed Loeb Special Projects Grant - each student at the school went home with a paperback book on Thursday.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Odin teen killed in crash
ODIN - An Odin teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Marion County Tuesday.

Kaleb D. Paschal, 16, Odin, was killed in the accident that occurred on Odin Road, .3 miles north of Green Street Road at `12:54 p.m..

According to the Illinois State Police, Paschal was traveling north on Odin Road in a 2009 Toyota Solara. The vehicle went off the road to the west and struck a tree before coming to rest.

Paschal, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.

The coroner's office is continuing an investigation, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Parkview inducts new Beta Club members
LAWRENCEVILLE - Parkview Junior High School's Junior Beta Club inducted new members recently in a ceremony at the school.

The National Junior Beta Club recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, fosters leadership skills, grants scholarships and provides settings for students to develop interpersonal relationship skills. Parkview Beta Club members are expected to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 and above, have no disciplinary referrals and participate in a variety of school and community events.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Businessman, entrepreneur Frank Ladner dies at 87
LAWRENCEVILLE - Well-known Lawrenceville businessman and entrepreneur Frank S. Ladner died Saturday at the age of 87.

Instrumental in making Golden Rule Insurance Company a national success, Ladner was also known for his extraordinary generosity and love for his community.

Ladner had been active in helping Lawrence County and Vincnnes University for many years, intensifying his efforts since 2004. His contributions included the construction of a medical clinic, the founding of the Lawrence County Vocational Technical Center, and providing major support for the construction of a two-story parking garage in Lawrence.

He financed the rebuilding of offices for Golden Rule Insurance following a 2007 fire and spear-headed drives for the successful construction of a new emergency room and later a state-of-the art surgery suite for Lawrence County Memorial Hospital.

Monday, November 10, 2014
Veterans get in Red Skelton Museum free Nov. 6-12
VINCENNES - Veterans will be admitted free to the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes Nov. 6-12, with the exception of Nov. 10 when the Museum will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day.

Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), and Sunday, 12- 5 p.m.  The Museum is located adjacent to Vincennes University's Red Skelton Performing Arts Center located at 20 Red Skelton Blvd.

A veteran himself, Red Skelton's patriotism inspired him to entertain thousands of troops at military bases in the U.S. and abroad. He was part of the entertainment corps in WWII and also performed at rallies to advertise the sale of war bonds to help finance World War II.

After the end of the Korean War, Red traveled abroad and entertained servicemen still posted at U.S. bases in Korea and Japan. He also visited war wounded at hospitals throughout his long comedy career

Friday, November 7, 2014


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