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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.


Lawrence County Sheriff's Department warns of IRS and jury duty scams
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department reports two ongoing scams.

One involves an automated call from an outlet purporting to be the Internal Revenue Service. The second is a "Jury Arrest Warrant Scam" according to Lawrence County Sheriff Russell Adams.

In regard to the IRS scam, Adams says Lawrence Countians have been receiving an automated call. The call claims to be from the IRS and advises citizens to call 240-450-28322 by a certain time period or further action will be taken

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Fire Marshal: Early low temperatures prompt fire safety concerns
CHICAGO - With an early blast of winter hitting Illinois, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is warning the public not to rely on kitchen ovens for heat and to use caution and common sense when using space heaters.

"Fire safety ought to be part of our daily lives. Using space heaters too close to flammable materials, or the oven or stove as ways to heat the home could pose a serious fire hazard," said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. "We urge residents to use common sense to prevent a tragedy."

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Olney woman faces meth charges
BENTON - Jacque Lee Brown, 43, of Olney, has been indicted on a methamphetamine-related charge in a one count indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Benton.

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said Brown faces up to 20 years in prison, up to $250,000 fine, and a supervised release term of up to 3 years.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Illinois employers post 214,000 jobs online
CHICAGO - Illinois employers in November posted 214,000 help-wanted ads on the internet and 85 percent sought full time workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said has reported, citing the independent Conference Board report.

The data is seasonally adjusted.

The November tally is 2,000 more than October and 14,000 more than one year ago. November also marks the sixth consecutive month Illinois employers have advertised for more than 200,000 job opportunities.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Illinois deer harvest up slightly over 2013
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois deer hunters harvested a preliminary total of 76,547 deer during the seven-day traditional firearm deer hunting season that closed Dec. 7.

That figure compares to 74,318 deer harvested during the 2013 firearm season. Preliminary figures for the second segment of the firearm season totaled 24,717, up 34 percent from 18,483 in 2013.

Overall, the total represented a slight increase from 2013, with a preliminary first segment harvest of 51,830 compared with 55,708 deer harvested during the first weekend of the 2013 Firearm Season.

In Lawrence County, a total of 558 deer were taken during the 2014 season, up from 467 a year ago. State officials noted a breakdown for 2014 at 406 during the first season and 152 during the second season.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Santa visiting Sumner Saturday
SUMNER- Santa Claus will be arriving in Sumner on Saturday.

The man from the North Pole will be at Sumner City Hall from 5-7 p.m. to visit with children. Organizers said there will be treats for the childen and hot chocolate and snacks.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Parkside students to be caroling on Thursday
LAWRENCEVILLE - Parkside Elementary School fourth-grade students will take their caroling talents to the public Thursday.

The four fourth-grade classes will be singing Christmas carols at Walmart and at both United Methodist Village campuses.

Robin LeGrand, the Unit 20 music director coordinating the event, said from 8:30-9 a.m. Cara Attebery and Sam Mikeworth's classes will be singing at the Lawrenceville Walmart. From 9:10-9:40 a.m. Denise Dickeson and Brent Watson's classes will sing at Walmart.

All four classes will sing at UMV South Campus from 9:50-10:20 a.m. and at UMV North Campus from 10:30-11 a.m.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Friday rain sends Embarras River out of its banks
LAWRENCEVILLE - More than two inches of rain Friday and early Saturday in southeastern Illinois has caused the Embarras River at Lawrenceville to raise above flood stage.

The Embarras, measured at the U.S. Business 50 bridge on Lawrenceville's east side, was at 31.36 feet as of 5:45 a.m. today. That's a little more than a foot above the 30-foot flood stage.

Monday, December 8, 2014
Unit 10 holiday programs set to begin Monday
BRIDGEPORT - The Red Hill Unit 10 district calendar lists a series of eight different Christmas concerts and programs for December with the first to begin Monday.

At 7 p.m. Monday, fifth and sixth grade students will present a holiday program in the Sumner Attendance Center gym.

On Dec. 12, the Red Hill Junior High School music program is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the junior high gym. On the next day, Dec. 13, the Red Hill High School Christmas concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the main gym.

At Bridgeport Grade School, on Dec. 16, the second and third grade program begins at 10 a.m. while the kindergarten and first grade program is scheduled to get started at 1 p.m. Both programs will be in the gym.

On Dec. 18, fourth grade students will be in the spotlight at 2 p.m. at Sumner Attendance Center.

Two more holiday programs are planned for Dec. 19 in Bridgeport Grade School gym. The preschool event will be broken into two programs with the morning class being on stage at 9 a.m. and the afternoon class at 1 p.m.

Friday, December 5, 2014
LHS junior selected to all-state chorus
LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville High School junior Chandler Lynch has been selected for the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Chorus.

Lynch was one of several LHS music students to audition on Oct. 13 in Effingham. Lynch's score was good enough to be selected for the chorus. It also allowed him to participate in the IMEA District 5 Festival, which took place on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Lynch and LHS Choral Director Robin LeGrand will travel to Peoria next month for the IEMA All-State Conference. The conference will take place Jan. 28-31.

Lynch will rehearse with more than 200 members of the chorus before performing at 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Carver Arena of the Peoria Civic Center.

Friday, December 5, 2014


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