July 3, 2015

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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.

Crest predictions go up and down for Embarras and Wabash
LAWRENCEVILLE - Despite another half-inch of rain in Lawrence County Thursday, and even more in the area to the north, the National Weather Service forecasters from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service raised, and then lowered anticipated crests for the Embarras and Wabash rivers.

As of mid-morning, the Embarras River was at 35.17 feet and expected to crest at 35.6 feet sometime Monday, according to the NWS.

A crest of 35.4 feet was in the forcast early Thursday, however Thursday afternoon it changed to 37.2 feet. Early this morning forecasters dropped the anticipated high water mark to 35.6 feet.

The Embarras, at Lawrenceville, reached a crest of 35.42 feet at 5:45 a.m. Thursday and after staying at that level for about four hours began a slow fall to its current level. The river is expected to begin to rise again later today.

The Wabash River at Westport was at 21.81 about 7:45 a.m. today on its way to a crest of 22.6 feet. As with the Embarras, the predicted Wabash crest has gone up and down for the past several days from 23.4 feet to 21.9 feet to its current prediction.

Rain, possibly heavy at times, is in the forecast for tonight. River levels and crest forecasts could change depending on how much rain falls in southeastern Illinois.

Friday, June 26, 2015
St. Francisville fireworks, fish fry postponed until July 25
ST. FRANCISVILLE - With the Wabash River out of its banks and flooding River Park, the St. Francisville Community Improvement Corporation has been forced to postpone its annual fish fry and fireworks display.

Organizers said the festivities, scheduled for Saturday, have been rescheduled for July 25 at River Park.

The fish fry will be from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and include catfish dinners, fish sandwiches, hamburgers and more.

In addition to the fish fry, a fireworks display will be held over the Wabash River at dusk. People are urged to bring their lawn chairs.

Other activities during the day will include a 1 p.m. Corn Hole tournament and music.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NWS lowers Wabash crest prediction
LAWRENCEVILLE - While flooding in Lawrence County continues to be closely monitored and rivers continue to rise, the National Weather Service has provided some encouraging news.

Wednesday evening, the NWS's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service lowered the predicted crest for the Wabash River at the Lincoln Memorial Bridge at Westport. The Wabash is now expected to crest at 22.1 feet on Friday evening.

Weather forecasters had been calling for the Wabash to crest at 23.4 feet on Saturday. Flood stage for the river at Westport and Vincennes is 16 feet. The Wabash has been above that 16-foot mark since Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wabash, Embarras above flood stage
LAWRENCEVILLE - More than 5 1/2 inches of rain over a five day period in Lawrence County and similar amounts of precipitation north and northeast has caused flooding.

Fields and county roads in many areas of Lawrence County are flooded as Lawrence County remains under a flood warning.

According to National Weather Service sources, parts of Lawrence County has received 5.63 inches of rain since Wednesday, including 3.37 inches on Friday and 1.01 inches early this morning.

To the north, Crawford County, has seen 4-5 inches of rain.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Vincennes University interim president to begin duties Aug. 1
VINCENNES - Charles R. "Chuck" Johnson was selected to serve as interim president of Vincennes University following the retirement of VU President Dick Helton on July 31.  

Johnson has served as provost/vice president of Instructional Services/dean of faculty at VU since August 2012.

Helton announced his retirement plans on May 27. Helton is the longest serving president of Indiana's public institutions for higher education.

With Helton's arrival in 2004, VU has experienced historic growth with system-wide headcount enrollment last fall surpassing 19,000 students, marking eight years of continuous growth.

Monday, June 22, 2015
IECC board approves major building requests
MOUNT CARMEL - Applications for new buildings for fiscal year 2017 were approved by the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Tuesday at Wabash Valley College.

Two capital project requests in ranking order were submitted to the Illinois Community College Board for consideration of funding.

College officials said Olney Central College requested funding for an Applied Technology Center at a cost of $2,252,000. Frontier Community College requested funding for a Student Education and Support Center at a cost of $3,271,000.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
LTC going completely smoke-free
ROBINSON - Lincoln Trail College will be among the colleges around Illinois going completely tobacco-free beginning July 1.

Former Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Smoke-Free Campus Act last year. It prohibits smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities, both indoors and outdoors. It also bans the use of tobacco in university-owned vehicles. The ban extends to students, faculty, staff and guests.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Author of book on slavery to be guest speaker
LAWRENCEVILLE - Darrel Dexter, the author of "Bondage in Egypt: Slavery in Southern Illinois" will be the guest speaker at the Lawrence County Historical Society's Monday meeting.

The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public at the LCHS museum, located at the corner of 12th and State.

Dexter is a native of Cairo and an award-winning teacher and historian. Historical Society officials said Dexter's book represents the first scholarly effort to show how the institution of slavery persisted in Illinois after its admission to the Union as a free state, and well into the 19th century.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Lawrence County Camp Girls celebrate 80th year at camp
SPENCER, Ind. - Lawrence County Camp Girls' annual week-long summer camp is winding down.

This is the 80th year the organization has held the annual camp at McCormick's Creek State Park, located in Spencer, Indiana.

Camp Girls officials said more than 90 campers from Lawrence County made the trek Sunday up to McCormick's Creek. Over 30 camp personnel went up on Saturday to set up and prepare the camp for the girls' arrival on Sunday.

This year's camp has a staff with over 200 years of combined camp staff experience; the majority of whom were campers in their youth.

Friday, June 12, 2015
Sumner to add flea market to farmers market on third Saturday
SUMNER - At Tuesday night's Sumner City Council meeting, it was decided to add an additional element of a flea market to the Sumner Farmer's Market.

The farmer's market is open every Saturday from 7 a.m.-noon and the flea market will be there on the third Saturday of each month from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The first farmer's market/flea market will be June 20.

The Sumner Farmer's Market is located on Christy Avenue.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


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