November 25, 2014

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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.

Two to be sworn in as Second Judicial Circuit judges
MOUNT VERNON - Two area attorneys will be sworn in as judges to the Illinois Second Judicial Circuit Court in separate ceremonies on Dec. 1.

Chief Judge Thomas J. Tedeschi, in a news release, said Michael J. Molt will be sworn in as Wayne County Resident Circuit Judge in an 8:30 a.m. ceremony on the second floor of the Fairfield courthouse.

Retired White County judge Thomas Sutton will perform the ceremony.

Molt has practiced law in different capacities in Wayne County for 40 years. He was raised on a farm in Larnard Township in Wayne County and has lived in Wayne County his entire life.

At 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, William C. Hudson, will be sworn in as Wabash County Resident Circuit Judge in the courthouse in Mount Carmel.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Who's Who nomination form available at WVC
MOUNT CARMEL - Diana Spear, assistant Dean of Student Services at Wabash Valley College, has announced that Who's Who in American Junior Colleges nomination forms are now available in the Student Services Office.

Students must be a sophomore with an overall 3.0 or higher GPA to be nominated. The nomination form requires a faculty recommendation. Students should be eligible for graduation in May or by no later than August 2015.

Forms are due in the Student Services Office by no later than 4 p.m., Dec. 5.

Monday, November 24, 2014
LTC preparing for Santa Day
ROBINSON - Let Lincoln Trail College help you ring in the holiday season on Dec. 6.

Santa Day will kick off the activities from 1-4 p.m. in the Student Union. The event includes free seasonal games, activities and craft projects.

College officials said Santa Claus will be there to meet with children in the LTC Library. People will also be permitted to bring their camera and get a picture with Santa.

The Tuba Christmas concert is planned for 3 p.m. at the Zwermann Arts Center Theater. The free performance features area low brass musicians.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Christmas Gala Concert is Dec. 3
VINCENNES, - The Vincennes University Music Department will present its annual Christmas Gala Concert at 7:30 p.m. (EST) Dec. 3, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The concert will showcase various Christmas songs in a variety of musical styles.  

Featured performers include the Concert Band, VU Connection, Concert Choir, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Blues Ensemble, as well as faculty.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Unit 20 looking to fill vacancy on board
LAWRENCEVILLE - After 13 years on the Unit 20 school board, Mary K. Benefiel tendered her resignation via a letter read at Wednesday's monthly meeting in the Parkside Elementary School community room.

The resignation creates an opening on the seven-person board that must be filled quickly.

Superintendent Doug Daugherty praised Benefiel and explained the process of finding a replacement.

"She's been a great asset to the board and the community. She and her husband are moving to Champaign, so she'll be leaving the board," Daugherty said, noting that the position will be posted in the Daily Record, asking for applications from anybody from District 4 to apply.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Quinn urges residents to use warming centers
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn is urging people across Illinois to take advantage of the state's warming centers as temperatures across the state continue to fall. 

The state has opened more than 100 warming centers across Illinois to provide shelter from the bitter cold. The warming centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) offices throughout the state.  

In Lawrence County, the Department of Human Services building is located along the U.S. Route 50 frontage road, on the south side, just west of Lawrenceville. There are also Department of Human Services buildings in nearby Mount Carmel, Olney and Robinson.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
BGS students fighting hunger with food drive
BRIDGEPORT - If it's up to the children at Bridgeport Grade School, nobody would go hungry this holiday season.

Nor would a pet.

The students, who range from pre-kindergarten though third grade, have been participating in a food drive which started last month and ends Friday.

As of Monday, more than 1,700 food items and more than 1,200 pounds of pet food had been collected.

The pet food will be given to the Lawrence County Humane Society. The food will be delivered to White House Christian Church and New Hope Christian Church, who will take care of the distribution.

Jennifer Schneider, a long-time physical education teacher at the school, says it's the most pet food the drive has ever raised.

"We've never had this much pet food to take to the humane society," she said. "The kids are really excited because they wanted the pets to have food, too. They kept saying, 'We need to feed the pets.'"

Prizes are involved, which makes it even more fun. Any class that brings in 300 cans or more gets to play a dodgeball game against the teachers, some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. All students who were responsible for 30 cans of food or more receive a Popsicle.

The top prize, awarded to the class responsible for the most donations, will get to enjoy an ice cream sundae party.

School officials say it's not to late for the public to help out. Anyone who'd like to donate can drop items off at the school office through Friday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
ISP to conduct seat belt patrols in Lawrence County
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12 will conduct Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrols (OREP) in Lawrence, Marion and Richland Counties during November.

OREP allows the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on traffic violations and related compliance with safety belt and child safety seat laws. Safety belt enforcement zones will also be set up to ensure the driver and passengers are buckled up. Illinois law requires all vehicle passengers (front and back) to be buckled up.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Owning a book IS a big deal
LAWRENCEVILLE - Suzanne Jordan's belief is that students should be able to read any time they want.

To that end the Reading Specialist at Parkside Elementary has gone the extra mile to ensure that all students in the school will have a book of their own.

Through the Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois READS program - which encourages Illinoisans to read books by Illinois authors - and thanks in part to a grant from the Community Unit School District #20 Academic Foundation-Ed Loeb Special Projects Grant - each student at the school went home with a paperback book on Thursday.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Odin teen killed in crash
ODIN - An Odin teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Marion County Tuesday.

Kaleb D. Paschal, 16, Odin, was killed in the accident that occurred on Odin Road, .3 miles north of Green Street Road at `12:54 p.m..

According to the Illinois State Police, Paschal was traveling north on Odin Road in a 2009 Toyota Solara. The vehicle went off the road to the west and struck a tree before coming to rest.

Paschal, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.

The coroner's office is continuing an investigation, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


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