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Fourth of July on the 10th
Lawrence County residents received a belated Fourth of July treat Sunday evening. Lawrenceville’s fireworks display, rained out on July 3, lit up the sky with colored lights for 15 minutes. The event was held at Lawrenceville High School on James Street. At times multiple bursts of different colors delighted groups of onlookers along the streets and in their backyards. Last weekend fireworks displays were held in Bridgeport, St. Francisville and over the Wabash River between Westport and Vincennes.


Hidden in plain site
ROBINSON -Could you recognize the signs of drug abuse in your child or loved one? A free upcoming community event geared toward families and the community will shed light on the growing drug problem facing rural southern Illinois.

This event will be on Sept. 13, at Highland Church of Christ, 500 W. Highland Ave., Robinson. The talk will begin at 6 p.m., with an interactive drug awareness exhibit opening at 5:30 p.m.

The "Hidden in Plain Sight" exhibit, presented by Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA), is an interactive exhibit that helps teach parents what to look for if they suspect their child has a drug problem. Open only to those age 21 and older, the exhibit features a mock bedroom with drug paraphernalia camouflaged throughout the room.

The highlight of the night will be the evening's speakers "A Man in Recovery," a Naperville, Illinois-based group with the mission of helping drug addicts and their families.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
LIHEAP enrollment through ERBA begins Thursday
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (ERBA) will begin accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Thursday

Local ERBA officials stressed that this Sept. 1 round of applications is only for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability.

On Oct. 3, applications will be accepted for families with children under age six and for disconnected households. On Nov. 1, all other eligible households may make application.

Residents should call 943-2938 for an appointment.

Monday, August 29, 2016
LHS, RHHS plan homecoming parades, coronation ceremonies
Lawrence County schools are back in session and homecomings are only weeks away.

The Lawrenceville High School homecoming parade is scheduled for Sept. 30. LHS officials said the parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. with lineup at 4:30 p.m.

In the event of rain, the parade will be rescheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 1.

Coronation will immediately follow the parade on Ed Loeb Field.

School officials said parade entries can be called in to LHS after Labor Day.

The Red Hill homecoming parade is also set for Sept. 30. Start time is 5 p.m. with lineup beginning at 4 p.m. according to RHHS officials.

The annual homecoming pep rally and king and queen coronation will follow the parade on the high school football field.

In Bridgeport, the RHHS parade route will change slightly. Officials said the parade lineup will be along Gray Street and its attached side roads. The parade will begin at the intersection of Gillespie Street and Judy Avenue. From there, the parade route will turn east onto Chestnut, and then north onto Church Street and back to the high school.

People who would like to be in the parade should contact Natalie Dunkin or Tena Seed at Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School at 945-2521. Deadline to enter is 3 p.m. Sept. 26.

Both schools will play their homecoming football games on Saturday.

Monday, August 29, 2016
County hunter ed classes set to begin in October
SUMNER - Lawrence County Extension and the Department of Natural Resources will be offering Hunter Education Classes in October.

The classes are set for Oct. 3, 4 and 5 from 6-9:30 p.m. in the main building of the Lawrence County fairgrounds. Registration each evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with classes starting promptly at 6 p.m.

Class size will be limited to first 60 registered. Youth must attend all 3 sessions. There is no fee.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
VU Alumni Community Series lineup announced
VINCENNES - The lineup for the 2016-2017 Vincennes University Alumni Community Series has been announced.  

Now in its 65th season, the Alumni Community Series will provide entertainment at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on VU's campus.

Kicking off the season on Sept. 9 will be "You've Got a Friend," the music of Carole King and James Taylor featuring Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield.  The two will present a nostalgic concert performance while being accompanied by a 24-piece orchestra.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
19th annual CROP Walk set for Sept. 25
BRIDGEPORT - The 19th annual Lawrence County CROP Walk, sponsored by Church World Service, is scheduled for Sept. 25 in Bridgeport.

The walk, a national effort to combat hunger, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Gray Community Building, according to officials.

In place of a one-evening rally, this year CROP recruiters can pick up their CROP packets at the following locatioins this week:

- Monday: Bridgeport Presbyterian Church, 7-8 p.m.

- Wednesday: Lawrenceville Christian Church, noon-1 p.m.

- Thursday: Sumner Sign of the Kingdom, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

- Friday: St. Francisville Free Methodist Church, 10-11 a.m. and Lawrenceville Christian Church, 5-6 p.m.

CROP is a national walk held each year in an effort to stomp out hunger locally as well as globally. Organizers noted that 25 percent of the money earned from the walk will be divided equally between the county's two Sign of the Kingdom sites.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
LTC community music ensembles beginning fall reshearsals
ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College invites any community member with a love of music to join one of three music ensembles that are open to the public. 

They are tuition free and require no audition. 

The concert choir meets on Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  Choir is open to any singer high school-age and older. Jazz Band will rehearse on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Membership for the jazz band is open to any community member with jazz background.

Concert Band will have rehearsals from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the rehearsal hall. 


Friday, August 19, 2016
LCHS speakers to kick off programs related to water
LAWRENCEVILLE - Gary Zwilling, USDA National Resources Conservation Service; Victoria Goad, Lawrence County Farm Bureau; and Trevor Irwin, USDA Farm Service Agency will be the featured speakers at Monday's Lawrence County Historical Society meeting.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. To provide more seating, organizers said the meeting will be held in the lower level of Lawrence Public Library, 814 12th St., Lawrenceville.

The trio will be kicking off the scheduled programs in conjunction with the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit about water and the ways it has influenced the lives of Lawrence County residents.

The speakers will discuss the history of soil and water conservation efforts in the county and the benefits these efforts have provided for our waterways.

Future conservation programs will also be discussed, according to officials.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
SIU 'Eclipse 2017: One Year Countdown' begins Sunday
CARBONDALE - With a total solar eclipse a year away, officials at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are marking the occasion and using it as an opportunity to educate the public and new students on what to expect and how to get involved.

The event, "Eclipse 2017: One Year Countdown," begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday, in the Student Center Auditorium. The evening will feature videos and a movie about eclipses, as well as information on the 2017 eclipse, followed by an invitation to night sky observations later that evening.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Companion exhibits being completed
LAWRENCEVILLE - The arrival of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit is fast approaching, and with it, is the completion of the Lawrence County Historical Society's companion exhibits.

One of the most educational is the one titled "Water and the Way We Made our Fortunes." The story of the pearls found in the Wabash River and the button factory at St. Francisville is highlighted with an actual mussel bar used to drag the river bottom and a button punch machine. Shells of the different types of mussels are also on display. Our local jewelry designer, Wanda Sechrest, has agreed to make unique one-of-kind jewelry pieces from vintage mother of pearl buttons that will be for sale at the History Center. If your business or family has not chosen an exhibit to sponsor for $100, this one would make a good one to choose. Just stop by the History Center on the Square or call Donna Burton 618-943-4317.

Friday, August 12, 2016


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