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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.


Pepple School comes alive in Lanterman Park
BRIDGEPORT - The Lawrence County Historical Society "school marm" Anne Weed welcomed approximately 65 Red Hill Unit 10 second grade students to join her in the relocated Pepple School at Bridgeport's Lanterman Park recently.

The second-graders walked from their school building to the park accompanied by their teachers and a classroom assistant. Weed rang her school bell to get the attention of the students.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Assessment officer seeks to update address records
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Chief Assessment Officer Linda A. Kissel is asking all taxpayers who have received their new E-911 address to notify her office so their information can be updated on county records.

"You are responsible to notify this office of your new address so that tax statements can be sent to the proper address," Kissel said in a news release. "There are numerous taxpayers who have not notified us of their new E-911 address in rural St. Francisville, Sumner, Flat Rock or Bridgeport,  and it is possible that their tax statements will be returned to us as their forwarding order has expired."

Please notify Kissel's office in the courthouse annex, located at 1106 Jefferson Street, Lawrenceville,  or call 618-943-2719.
Students earn rewards through exercise program
LAWRENCEVILLE - Six fifth-grade students at Parkside Elementary spent the school year getting fit.

Now, they'll be able to stay that way by riding new bicycles, compliments of an after-school exercise program.

The youngsters were awarded the new two-wheelers Monday morning in a ceremony at the school. Winners were Jared Gray, Karter Clark, Elizabeth Haaff, Shawnetta Stephens, MaKayla Kocher and Darelyn Abbey.

"It's a good day for the kids," said Karri Irvin, a first-grade teacher at PES and one of three teachers who volunteer their time.

Other teachers who volunteered were Becky Lyles, Joni Wells and Jessica Waggoner.

According to Irvin, winners were selected by a variety of criteria, including dedication, manners and attendance.

Irvin said the program received sufficient donations to cover the cost of the six bicycles.

Dr. Larry Herron, another who oversees the program, said fitness is the goal.

"We want to instill it in them while they're young," he said. "We want to stress the importance of being fit, and then we hope they'll stay with it."

Perhaps the new bicycle will give them reason to do just that.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015
IDOT, ISP, local police begin 'Click it or Ticket'
CHICAGO - With Memorial Day approaching and summer right around the corner, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and more than 300 local law enforcement agencies have announced a Click It or Ticket campaign over the next two weeks to crack down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers.

"Every day in Illinois, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. We and our partners in law enforcement are saying that needs to change," said Randy Blankenhorn, Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary. "As we approach the busy Memorial Day weekend and the summer travel season, we want to make sure people are buckling up and making it to their destinations safely."

Kicking off the busy summer travel season, the Click It or Ticket law enforcement mobilization begins this week and lasts through Memorial Day. During this time, police will be enforcing seat belt laws, looking for drunk or drugged drivers and other traffic violations 24/7, with a large number of patrols occurring during the late-night hours when the most unbuckled and impaired fatalities occur on Illinois roads.

Friday, May 15, 2015
IRS scam reported to LCSD
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County Sheriff Russell Adams has reported that a telephone scam has been reported from several residents.

Adams said a caller, from the telephone number 509-588-7570 has called residents from virtually all areas of the county, telling them they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and that if they don't send a certain amount of money, they will be arrested.

Adams said government officials have noted that the IRS does not contact people by telephone. Residents are advised not to send money if they are called by someone claiming to be from the IRS.

The IRS scam is a nationwide scam that has hit several areas of the country.


Friday, May 15, 2015
Annual county photo contest is open to both amateurs and professionals
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Historical Society is holding their second annual photography contest June 12, in conjunction with Art and Wine on the Square event.

The contest is open to both professional and amateur photographers. People can help capture the history of Lawrence County by taking photos of historic landmarks, items, buildings, monuments, etc. Photos must have been taken in Lawrence County from July 1, 2014 to the date of the contest and should not include people. Photos must be of a "historic theme."

Prizes will be: best of show ($100), first place ($50), second place ($25), junior division - under age 18 ($50), and second place junior division - under age 18 ($25).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
LTC commencement set for 7 p.m. Friday
ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College's 45th annual commencement will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday in the LTC Sports Center.

College officials said David Carpenter, LTC Dean of Instruction, will confer degrees and certificates. IECC Board member Michael Correll will give the "Charge to the Class."

LTC President Kathryn Harris will give the welcome and also present candidate for degrees and certificates. Instructor of Drama/Theater Barbara Shimer will announce the candidates for graduation and Lee Gurley of the New Hebron Baptist Church will give the inspirational reading and closing reflections.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Dates announced for LTC summer theater
ROBINSON - Barbara Shimer, director of theater at Lincoln Trail College, has announced the dates for Children's Summer Theater production of "Shrek the Musical, Jr." under the direction of Tara Gallion.

The musical is based on the 2001 DreamWorks movie "Shrek" and features songs such as "Big Bright Beautiful World," "I Know It's Today," and "Freak Flag." 

The workshop will be held from June 1-26, Mondays through Fridays from 9 to 11 am. Performances will be on June 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.

The workshop is for children and youth age 6 through students who will be entering high school this coming fall.  Adults and high school aged students interested in volunteering as crew members are eligible to receive free college credit.  Auditions for roles will be the first day of the workshop, June 1.  All students who sign up will be assigned parts.  Registration for the workshop is currently underway

  There are two scholarships available for this summer program provided by the 2014 CST participants and their families.  Scholarships will be awarded to two students and will cover the workshop fees.  To apply, the student must submit a one page essay that explains why they would like to be the recipient. 

Application for the scholarship is due by May 22.   To register, or for cost information, call the LTC Performing Arts Office at 618-544-8657, Ext. 1433.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Local youth invited to help with 'Farm to Table'
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrence County youth are being invited to participate in a "Lawrence County Farm to Table" event.

The Lawrence County University of Illinois Extension has partnered with Farm Service Agency, Lawrence County Farm Bureau, Lemeron Landscaping, Leggitt Lumber and Hardware, Inc. and Bonnie Plants to create a Meal Garden.

Local officials said youth can be a part of planting, maintaining, and harvesting a meal garden. "The end result is the best part. Youth will be making bruschetta and pizza with all the produce that is harvested," said Samantha Gaither, 4-H program coordinator for Lawrence County.

The garden will be installed prepared at 3:30 p.m. Friday and planted at 8 a.m. Saturday. Youth involved with this garden will be asked to attend maintenance weeks as well as harvest weeks, Gaither said.

People interested in being a part of the gardening crew should contact the Extension office at 618-943-5018.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Illinois Products Farmers Market returns to fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD - Back by popular demand, the Illinois Products Farmers' Market is set to return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for an eighth season on Thursday. This year the market moves to its new location at the Shed, across from the Lincoln stage. The market will be held every Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m., with the exception of the two Thursdays during the Illinois State Fair.
Monday, May 4, 2015


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