August 28, 2014

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Lawrenceville High School dance team
Members of the Lawrenceville High School dance team who were present when this photo was taken are: (from left) Selena Castillo, Darian Foster, Hannah Frey, Kayla Potts, Amerae Miller, Lexie Gaither, Graycie Sapp and Cydnee Witsman.

Sumner Fall Festival begins Sept. 4
The Sumner Fall Festival is just over a week away. This year's event will be held Sept. 4-6 and will center around the theme "No Place Like Home".

The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday with the royal family coronation. The Everyday People will provide gospel entertainment at 7 p.m. to round out the evening.

Friday will bring activities for young and old alike. The baby contest and Little Miss and Mr. pageant begins at 6 p.m. There is also a cruise in at the same time followed by music from Hot Rod Lincoln at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Kids' Corner

Local news

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
Local sports

Salukis will be better, but so will competition
BRIDGEPORT - Red Hill High School's football team won only twice last season, and in the ever-changing Little Illini Conference the schedule is even tougher.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014


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