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Lawrence County’s unemployment picture continues to improve

LAWRENCEVILLE — Unemployment rates in all 102 Illinois counties fell in August, and the .7% improvement in Lawrence County was about average. According to statistics released recently by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Lawrence County rate dropped to 7.9% in August, down from 8.6% in July.

Hospital to light pole in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LAWRENCEVILLE — The light pole in front of Lawrence County Memorial Hospital will again be lit up in pink next month, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

For first time since Sept. 4, Lawrence County isn't on Illinois Department of Public Health warning list

SPRINGFIELD — For the first time since Sept. 4, Lawrence County is not on the list of counties to be considered at a warning level for COVID-19, issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Lawrence County was first put on the list on Sept. 4, when it was one of 29 Counties named. On Sept. 11, it was one of 30 counties, and on Sept. 18 it was one of 24.

Lawrenceville's Heritage State Bank to partner with First Bank

LAWRENCEVILLE – Carmi-based First Bank (First National Bank of Carmi) and Heritage State Bank, headquartered in Lawrenceville, have jointly announced a partnership under which First Bank will acquire Heritage State Bank.

Unit 20 approves 2020-21 budget

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Community Unit School District No. 20 Board of Education met on Sept. 23 at Lawrenceville High School for its regular monthly meeting where the board unanimously approved the budget for the 2020-21 school year.

Two Sumner residents jailed on methamphetamine charges

LAWRENCEVILLE — Bridgeport police arrested two Sumner residents on drug charges on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Schools

Vincennes University receives $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment

VINCENNES — Vincennes University has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to fund programs that strengthen workforce development, dual credit career and technical education, and that help diversify the pipeline of students headed into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.

Future scientists gets hands dirty at Vincennes University/Purdue University soil judging invitational

VINCENNES — While most people their age were probably sleeping in on a recent Saturday morning, 71 high school students from 10 schools were hard at work at 8 a.m. getting their hands dirty in holes dug into the ground.

SIU faculty have record year winning outside funding

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The complex-looking machinery in Arash Komaee’s engineering laboratory at Southern Illinois University Carbondale may someday lead to, among other things, equipment that uses natural magnets to manipulate medical devices inside a patient’s body in a non-invasive manner.
Local news

Lawrence County authorities have busy weekend

LAWRENCEVILLE — It was a busy weekend for Lawrence County law enforcement, as seven arrests were made between Friday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Vincennes sites to present political parties class

VINCENNES — The Vincennes State Historic Sites is presenting a five-session class about the history of American political parties. The sessions will take place at the Old State Bank, 114 North Second Street, on Wednesday’s from 6:30 until 8 p.m. EDT. The dates of the class are Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Petrolia Water District issues boil order

PETROLIA — A water leak has forced the Petrolia Water District to issue a boil order, according to a district official.

Vincennes sites to present political parties class

VINCENNES — The Vincennes State Historic Sites is presenting a five-session class about the history of American political parties. The sessions will take place at the Old State Bank, 114 North Second Street, on Wednesday’s from 6:30 until 8 p.m. EDT.

New simulators will enhance experience for IECC/OCC nursing program students

OLNEY — New classroom simulators are ensuring students in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges/Olney Central College Associate Degree Nursing Program have the skills needed to succeed in their clinical and healthcare settings.
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VINCENNES — Many students have noticed the new and colorful French Quarter Apartments located along Second Street. Vincennes University broke ground in October of 2019 and managed to complete enough of the project to have students moving in by the start of Fall 2020 classes. The apartments aren’t all the way finished, but so far they are an eye-catching addition to VU.
CHICAGO – Landmarks Illinois has awarded the first grant through its new Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side to the Muddy Waters Original Jam Out (MOJO) Museum, a nonprofit working to preserve blues legend Muddy Waters’ former home in North Kenwood and convert it into a museum and cultural center.
Children walking outdoors URBANA, Ill. – Amid one of the strangest back-to-school seasons in modern history, many teachers, parents, and caregivers are struggling to enrich their students’ experiences beyond screen-based learning. A new study from University of Illinois researchers suggests daily outdoor lessons in green spaces could boost self-regulation in young children, setting them up for greater academic and social-emotional success.
Sports
Lawrence County's Brayden Green (left) and Seth Seitzinger (right) run at the front of the field along with Flora's Isaac Stanford during Saturday's cross country race at Lawrenceville City Park. Green wound up second in the race behind Stanford,  while Seitzinger ended up fourth.  Josh Brown | Daily Record

XC teams host pair of recent meets

LAWRENCEVILLE –– After being on the road during the early part of the schedule, Lawrence County’s high school cross country …

PJHS baseball falls short in regional title game

LAWRENCEVILLE –– When it comes to the postseason, especially in a championship game, it is usually the first team to blink that …

Illinois fall trout season begins Oct. 17

SPRINGFIELD — The 2020 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Saturday, Oct. 17 at more than 50 ponds, lakes, and streams …