December 20, 2013
|Reminder of winter|
| A huge display of icicles is shown hanging off the side of a building in downtown Lawrenceville as a result of a major winter storm that rolled through the region Dec. 5 and 6. The storm dumped a layer of ice and then more than 10 inches of snow on the area. Schools in Lawrence County were out for four days due to hazardous road conditions. Lawrence County residents received an inch of new snow overnight on Dec. 9.|
|Unit 10 to conduct 'active shooter' drill Monday at BGS
|BRIDGEPORT - On Monday, the Red Hill Unit 10 school district will conduct its first "active shooter" drill at Bridgeport Grade School beginning at 10 a.m. |
This drill will be conducted without any students or staff on the premises, according to Superintendent Matt Seaton. The drill is being conducted in conjunction with the Bridgeport Police Department, Sumner Police Department, Lawrenceville Police Department, Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, and Lawrence County Emergency Management Agency.
"Residents in the area will notice several emergency vehicles at Bridgeport Grade School during this time," Seaton said.
Seaton noted that drills of this nature are now required to be held in every school building in Illinois annually after the Illinois General Assembly passed SB1625 in 2013. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation into law in July of 2013.
Any questions regarding the drill can be directed to Superintendent Matt Seaton at (618) 945-2061.
Friday, December 20, 2013
|McQueen sentenced to 50 years in prison|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - Tyler R. McQueen, convicted of first degree murder in May, was sentenced to 50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday in Lawrence County Circuit Court.|
McQueen, 22, was charged in the March 2012 slaying of 78-year-old Robert Westall and has been incarcerated in Lawrence County Jail for the past 21 months.
See Monday's Daily Record for details.
Friday, December 20, 2013
|Consolidation forum tentatively set for Jan. 23|
|The Lawrenceville Unit 20 and Red Hill Unit 10 school districts will vote this week on a proposal to conduct a joint meeting on Jan. 23 to discuss the pros and cons of consolidating the two districts that make up Lawrence County.|
A news release from Unit 20 Superintendent Doug Daugherty points out that the meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. at New Hope Christian Church in Bridgeport, will be for informational purposes only and no action will be taken on the consolidation question at the meeting.
The Unit 20 school board is scheduled to vote Wednesday night on whether or not to schedule a consolidation public forum, and the Unit 10 board is scheduled to take a similar vote Thursday night on the prospects of a joint meeting.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
|Christmas programs rescheduled|
| The following Christmas programs were rescheduled due to the recent inclement weather.|
Monday at 2 p.m. the Parkside Elementary School first graders will sing Christmas songs in the gym.
Tuesday at 2 p.m. the second grade program will take place in the Parkside gym.
Wednesday at 7 p.m. the Sumner Attendance Center will host the fifth and sixth grade band and choir concert in the gym.
Thursday at 2 p.m. the Parkside third grade students will have their performance in the gym.
The fourth grade caroling trip to Walmart and United Methodist Village will be replaced by a spring trip. A date and time has not been set for this trip.
All of the programs are free and open to the public.
Friday, December 13, 2013
|State fire officials offer
holiday safety tips
|SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois fire officials are offering tips for a safe holiday season.|
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal says there were a dozen fires linked to holiday decorations, Christmas trees and other recreational materials in December 2012. That resulted in more than $85,000 of damage.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|ERBA to host local meeting about Affordable Care Act|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - The Embarras River Basin Agency is scheduled to host an informational meeting Dec. 18 to educate Lawrence County community members about the new health insurance options available through "Get Covered Illinois - The Official Health Marketplace."|
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the ERBA Outreach Office, 1211 State St., Lawrenceville.
ERBA Executive Director Marsha Roll said as a partner organization, ERBA is dedicated to spreading the word about "Get Covered Illinois" and the range of health insurance options available to resident in Lawrence County.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|LCMH honors local resident with Forward Look Award|
|SUMNER - Retiring Lawrence County Memorial Hospital Chief Financial Officer Jerry Klein was the recipient was the 2013 Forward Look Award.|
The Forward Look Award is given annually "in recognition of valuable community service toward the betterment of community health."
The award has been presented to a community member almost annually since 1963. Klein received the honor Wednesday night at the hospital board's December dinner meeting at Red Hill State Park's Trace Inn restaurant.
Klein is retiring at the end of the year after serving as the hospital's CFO for more than seven years.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
|LTC to present holiday concerts|
|ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College will present its annual Holiday Festival of Music at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in LTC's Zwermann Arts Center Theater.|
Themed "Sing Noel," the concert celebrates the holiday season in its entirety with the Concert Choir performing a medley of classic favorites including Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," the Hanukkah song "Light One Candle," and the classic Advent carol "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."
Other highlights include performances of "Breath of Heaven," several African spiritual pieces, and Felix Mendelssohn's "There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth."
Rounding out the concert will be performances by the Statesmen Singers, LTC Children's Choir and a newly formed small ensemble
On Dec. 14, admission is a freewill donation. On Dec. 15, admission is $6 adults, $4 students and seniors.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Local Salvation Army kicks off 'Rock the Red Kettle'|
|LAWRENCEVILLE - The local Salvation Army kicked off it's "2013 Rock the Red Kettle Campaign" Friday. |
Several activities are planned to help raise $16,000, that will be used to serve the most vulnerable local families through the next year. Assistance is provided with utilities, rent, prescription drugs, and gasoline for transportation to out of town medical appointments. Funds are in place in both Units 10 and 20 for students who need school supplies, warm clothing, field trip fees, or gym shoes. Head lice kits are provided free of charge to those who need them through the Lawrence County Health Department.
The campaign had raised $4,500 toward their goal as of Saturday evening.
The Parkview BETA Club rang the first bells both Friday and Saturday at the Lawrenceville Walmart while singing carols and greeting customers.
Jane Benson and her granddaughters rang the bells at Borowiak's IGA on Saturday. Benson explained, "I told the girls we would ring the bells to get help to people who need it. Ella focused her attention on ringing the bell while her sister, Ava, danced the hour away."
Money from last year's local campaign brought much needed help to nearly 150 families.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Parade of Lights set for Dec. 7|
| LAWRENCEVILLE - The sixth annual Lawrenceville Parade of Lights is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7.|
Lineup for the holiday event is 4 p.m. at south 12th Street and Adams Street.
All entries are welcome. Call 943-3413 to join in the parade.
Parade of Lights is hosted by Lawrenceville Elks.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013