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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.


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
Keep Cool Illinois: State opens more than 120 centers
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Department of Human Services office will serve as one of over 120 "cooling" centers.

Gov. Pat Quinn recently announced several state agencies are partnering in an initiative called Keep Cool Illinois.

According to the release, Tollway Oasis locations will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Department of Human Services centers will be open during normal business hours from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lawrence County is currently under an excessive heat warning through 7 p.m. tonight, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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
Bridgeport fire officials alert residents of scam
BRIDGEPORT - Officials with the Bridgeport Fire Protection District are alerting residents to a phone scam circulating in the area.

The call originates from a 630 area code and asks for donations to the Bridgeport Fire Department for Fire Protection Week.

A fire department offical said they do all fundraising locally and don't solicite funds.

The area code reportedly traces back to the Chicago area, where another town named Bridgeport is located. Chicago Police said that town doesn't have a fire department.

Residents who receive the call should not donate and report any calls to the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at 943-5766.

Friday, August 22, 2014
Unit 20 adopts tentative 'shortfall' budget
LAWRENCEVILLE - Another school year, another budget, and another disappointment in state funding.

A Wednesday's monthly Unit 20 school board meeting school officials reported on the start of the 2014-15 school year and adopted a tentative budget.

As has been the case in past years, the budget is not what school officials would have hoped for due to another shortfall in state funding.

Superintendent Doug Daugherty said the district is anticipating a deficit of $130,000 for the new year, but will try to improve on that throughout the course of the school year.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Marching Indians to debut Saturday at Ed Loeb Field
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville High School Marching Indians will host a fund-raiser at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Ed Loeb Field.

The band will debut its contest and halftime show themed "Creature Feature" with music from Phantom of the Opera, Halloween, The Terminator, The Witches Castle and Thriller.

The event is free, but the group will be collecting donations and pledges to help fund a March 2015 trip to Disney World.

Members of the Marching Indians are Owen Atkins, Muriel Brumley, Shannon Brumley, Joe Burkhart, Cale Carpenter, Teresa Chen, Maritza Coranado, Shawn Emmett, Erin Gartner, Kelsey Goodwin, Kourtney Gosnell, Tanner Kasinger, Chandler Lynch, Michael Mack, Curtis Meek, Emily Pargin, Nikita Patel, Graycie Sapp, Victoria Shinkle, Avery Shuff, Ashley Stevens, Paige Tewell and Lindsey Waller. The band is directed by William Magee.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Bras Across the Wabash set for Sept.6
WESTPORT - Lawrence County Memorial Hospital staff will lend its services to help raise breast cancer awarness via Bras Across the Wabash from 10 a.m. until noon on Sept. 6.

"It's kind of an educational breast cancer awareness event. We're going to have some speakers for the event," Lawrence County Memorial Hospital (LCMH) Director of Radiology Debbie Miller said. "We're going to close the Lincoln Bridge for an hour or so and have a survivors walk from the Indiana side to the Illinois side and back."

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
CROP Walk rally Thursday
BRIDGEPORT - The Lawrence County CROP Walk rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursdsay at the Presbyterian Church.

This is the annual organizational rally in preparation for the annual CROP Walk, set for 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Lawrenceville City Park.

As in the past, 25 percent of the proceeds will be divided by Signs of the Kingdom East and West.

CROP is sponosred by Church World Service and delivers assistance locally and globally for the less fortunate facing many different disaster situatons, especially hunger.

For more information, call Gay Kavanaugh (943-3140) or Juilie Lockhart (943-2509)

Monday, August 18, 2014
City Council gets good news at monthly meeting
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville City Council received an abundance of good news during Thursday's monthly meeting at city hall.

Among the information presented was the 2013-14 fiscal audit and employee health insurance plans.

After Kemper CPA Group's Curt Benson presented the audit, Mayor Don Wagner said the city has made strides in an upward direction

"I think it's pretty obvious and I have it here in black and white that we have done much better than we have in the past because of our employees and our council, our city clerk and I helped a little. We turned it around where we're not spending everything we make," Wagner said.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Sumner police issue monthly activity report
SUMNER - Police Chief Travis Trainer released July's patrol reports on Tuesday showing the town didn't have any major problems during the month.

Police issued violations for two instances of driving the wrong way on a one way street; and one violation each for registration, speeding, insurance and a traffic accident resulting in property damage. There were five warnings issued for speeding, three for equipment and one each for registration, required stop and parking.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


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