September 15, 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.

Grant allows for free computer help for county residents
BRIDGEPORT - Lawrence County residents in need of computer use or computer-related assistance will now have another place within the county to receive free help.

The Red Hill Unit 10 school corporation recently received an "Eliminate the Digital Divide" grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce to open a Technology Learning Center at the high school.

"The lab will be open so people that need access to computers, internet and printing will have it all available to them. It's open for students and adults so it doesn't matter how old you are," Assistant Technology Director Tammy Parker said. "We've found there are several people in the county that don't have access to computers or internet."

The grant enabled the school to purchase 30 new Macintosh computers that Parker said will be loaded with all the necessary programs.

The lab can be accessed through the main doors at the high school from 3:45-6 p.m. on weekdays. There will be a monitor on duty at all times to help with any needs.

A basic computer class focusing on employment skills will also be taught twice a week from 4-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 29.

Registration for the free class will begin Wednesday online at or by picking up a form at the Red Hill Jr./Sr. High Office. The class is also free to attend.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Extension offering hunter safety classes
SUMNER - Hunter Safety Education Classes will be held Oct. 7-9 from 6-9:30 p.m. each day at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

The Lawrence Extension, University of Illinois and the Department of Natural Resources are offering the course to area youth wanting a hunting license.

Registration will be held at 5:45 p.m. each evening with classes starting promptly at 6 p.m. All sessions will be limited to the first 50 registrants. Youth are required to attend all three free sessions.

The 10-hour course will include instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid survival techniques and regulations.

Participants must attend all 10 hours and successfully complete a final exam before receiving a Certificate of Competency.

Friday, September 12, 2014
LTHS/LHS alumni mixer a popular part of homecoming
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Township High School/Lawrenceville High School alumni mixer is always a popular addition to homecoming week.

The annual event is slated for 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday at the Lawrenceville Elks Lodge and will be hosted by Lawrenceville Delts and the Elks.

Organizers said hot hors d'oeuvres will be served from 6 p.m. until they are gone on the first floor. A DJ will be playing music from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. on the third floor.

A minimum $10 donation will be used for LHS scholarships and local philanthropic projects. Everyone, 21-years-old and older, even if they are not an LHS graduate, are invited to attend, organizers said.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
IDPH warns of respiratory illness sweeping Midwest
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning residents that several Illinois and Missouri hospitals have reported cases of severe respiratory illness that has hospitalized hundreds of children.

"The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is closely monitoring the increase in respiratory illness found in some hospitals," IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said. "While we are seeing some severe illnesses and take these very seriously, it's important to know that the steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, and the treatment for this, are similar to those of most illnesses."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Reservations being accepted for local 'Black History Tour'
LAWRENCEVILLE - Local and area residents are urged to make their reservations now for the second annual "Lawrence County Black History Tour."

This unique tour of Lawrence County, through an area once known as "Little Africa," will be taken in an air-conditioned bus while residents "learn about a forgotten chapter in our county's rich history."

The popular event is scheduled for Oct. 4. There will be a 9-11 a.m. morning tour and an 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. afternoon tour. Tours will begin and end at the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce building at 12th and State Street in Lawrenceville.

Each tour will last two hours and will accommodate 26 people on a first-come first-serve basis, according to Lawrence County Historical Society organizers.

Friday, September 5, 2014
VU Fall Family Weekend is Sept. 12-14
VINCENNES - Vincennes University's Fall Family Weekend, Sept. 12-14, includes a variety of activities for students and family members, including the VU Tube Race on the Wabash River.  

Most events are free and the public is invited to attend.

Fall Family Weekend will kick off on Sept. 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Student Center at 10:30 a.m. (EDT), near the P.E. Complex.  At 9 p.m. there will be Bingo at the Student Union Food Court and food and prizes will be available.

The Sept. 13 events lead off with the Farmer's Market which opens at 8 a.m. at the Riverfront Pavilion.  Just a block away, on Patrick Henry Drive, will be a Chili Cook-Off and tasting begins at 1 p.m. with winners announced at 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
ISP report fatal traffic accident in Fayette County
BROWNSTOWN - The Illinois State Police reports a fatal accident occurred at 1:52 p.m. Sunday in Fayette County.

Jeanette A. Sassage, 71, Shobonier, entered Interstate 70 at the Brownstown-Bluff City interchange traveling the wrong direction.

Her eastbound 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe collided head-on with a westbound 2014 semi driven by Uulu M. Azamat, 22, Chicago.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
IDNR announces revised hydraulic fracking rules
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently announced it has revised rules regarding implementing the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act.

The revised rules were submitted to the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules for a required second public notice period.

"As the agency charged with standing up a brand new regulatory program, it was important that our staff took the time needed to consider all the public feedback and do the job right," IDNR Director Marc Miller said. "We believe the revised rules submitted to JCAR today accurately reflect the intent of the law, and take into account the concerns of our constituents."

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
LCHD announces flu vaccination clinics schedule
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Health Department will offer several adult flu vaccination clinics around the area throughout early to mid-September.

The first clinic will be from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. during Dine with a Doc on Sept. 5 at the Lawrenceville Senior Center. Other sessions are: Sept. 8 - from 8-8:30 a.m. at Middaugh Manor in Bridgeport, 8:45-9:45 a.m. at Lawrenceville's Lewis Manor and from 10-11 a.m. at Smith Manor in Lawrenceville; Sept. 10 - from 9-11 a.m. at the Lawrenceville Senior Center; Sept. 11 - from 9-11 a.m. at the Bridgeport Senior Center and from 1-3 p.m. at the Sumner Senior Center; and Sept. 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the Russellville Community Center and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the St. Francisville Senior Center.

Friday, August 29, 2014
Law enforcement begins 'Drive Sober' campaign
PRINGFIELD - As Labor Day weekend approaches, the Illinois State Police is joining forces with local and county law enforcement and the Illinois Department of Transportation in a "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The campaign began on Aug. 15 when Illinois law enforcement agencies began cracking down on impaired drivers. The increased patrols this Labor Day weekend are part of a statewide effort to keep the 2014 fatalities at a lower rate than previous years. The campaign will come to a close on Sept. 1.

As of Tuesday, a press release from IDOT stated there have been 562 fatalities this year, which is 83 lower than the same time last year.

"While we are encouraged that seat belt usage is up and motor vehicle fatalities are down so far this year, we can never be complacent about safety," said Erica Borggren, Acting IDOT Secretary. "Any death on Illinois roadways is one too many - particularly when using seat belts and driving sober could have prevented it."

The release also states over 94 percent of Illinois motorists have been buckling up based on an observational survey conducted in June, which is a 0.4 percent increase over 93.7 percent in 2013. Last year, 991 people were killed on Illinois roads, marking the fifth straight year that Illinois motor vehicle fatalities were less than 1,000.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


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