October 20, 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.

Vincennes man dies in Crawford County accident
ROBINSON - Crawford County Coroner Earl Deckard is searching for family or friends of a Vincennes man who died Thursday afternoon.

Lester Emory Lyles, 65, Vincennes, Ind., was traveling west on County Road 100N, about a half mile west of Illinois Route 1, at around 1:10 p.m., when he apparently suffered a medical emergency, ran off the road and crashed into a small creek.

A local resident found the vehicle with Lyles inside unresponsive. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and he was transported to Crawford Memorial Hospital by United Life Care Ambulance Service, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

An autopsy is scheduled for later today to determine the exact cause of death.

Deckard said an attempt to locate family members was unsuccessful yesterday. Vincennes Police went to his home, but made no contact.

Lyles is reported to have girlfriend, but she has not been located.

Lyles reportedly has horses in the southern part of Crawford County, and may have been going to check on them at the time of the accident.

Anyone with information about Lyles or his family are encouraged to contact the coroner through the Crawford County Sheriff's office at 618-546-1515.

Friday, October 17, 2014
County Medicare recipients can change their Part D beginning Wednesday
LAWRENCEVILLE - Area Medicare recipients can change their Part D Drug Plan beginning Wednesday at the Lawrenceville Senior Citizens Center.

The open enrollment period will continue until Dec. 7. Senior Health Insurance Program counselors will be present to offer assistance in choosing the best plan.

Attendees are asked to bring the medications and Medicare card.

To schedule an appointment, call 943-2177.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
New county 4-H club established
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County 4-H has created a new club called the Show and Grow 4-H Club.

The group will be led by Lindsi Tiffany and Kristen Stanescu and will meet the second Tuesday of each moth at 5:30 p.m. at Tiffany's house.

Among the groups activities will be a food drive for the Humane Society.

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 943-5018.

Monday, October 13, 2014
Local water tower project delayed
LAWRENCEVILLE - One month after approving repairs to the city's water tower, the Lawrenceville City Council received news at Thursday's monthly meeting that the project would be delayed until at least spring.

"The company that was going to do the work got tied up, up north in Northern Indiana and they contacted us and said it would be two to three, maybe four weeks before they'd get here," Mayor Don Wagner said. "We don't want it that late because that takes us into December and we're going to have to operate water under full pressure 24 hours a day with no water tower.

"With the winter we've been told is coming, we don't even want to take the chance. It's just as easy to wait until March. So in the first week of March, we're going to attempt to do the water tower project weather permitting."

Friday, October 10, 2014
County schools to participate in earthquake drill
LAWRENCEVILLE - Both Lawrence County school districts will participate in the nation-wide Great Central U.S. Shakeout earthquake drill.

The fourth annual event will be observed at 10:16 a.m. on Oct. 16, when participants are encouraged to "Drop, Cover and Hold On".

Unit 10 officials confirmed that the Sumner Attendance Center, Bridgeport Grade School and Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School will all participate in the drill.

In the Lawrenceville Unit 20 schools - Parkside Elementary, Parkview Jr. High School and Lawrenceville High School - were also listed on the event website listed as registered participants.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
ISP focusing on Lawrence County in October
EFFINGHAM - Illinois State Police District 12 Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge recently announced ISP officials will conduct a trio of special patrols in Lawrence County throughout October.

Officials will conduct Occupant Restraint, Roadside Safety Checks and Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcements. Motorists and passengers will be checked for proper seat belt use and child restraint, driving in an unsafe manner or with suspended and revoked licenses, transporting open containers and DUI.

The ISP reports 40 percent of all fatal crashes in Illinois are related to drug and alcohol imparement. Seat belts also reportedly save over 12,000 lives each year and half of those killed in accidents were not properly buckled up. In accordance with state law, all vehicle occupants must wear seat belts or be properly restrained in child seats.

This project is funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Emerald Ash Borer working its way into area
SPRINGFIELD - So far Lawrence County has evaded an invasive pest responsible for killing millions of ash trees in North America, including 14 new counties in Illinois.

Several counties throughout the state, including nearby Clark, Cumberland and Effingham, are under quarantine due to the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).

Those counties are Boone, Bureau, Champaign, Carroll, Clark, Coles, Cook, Cumberland, DeKalb, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Macon, Marion, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Moultrie, Ogle, Piatt, Putnam, Rock Island, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Vermilion, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.
Registration under way for 4-H
LAWRENCEVILLE - The University of Illinois Extension office in Lawrence County recently announced registration is being accepted for 4-H.

Local 4-H members will also use this opportunity to tell other youth about their 4-H experiences. The enrollment coincides with National 4-H Week from Sunday through Oct. 11.

"National 4-H Week is a great chance to promote 4-H and encourage young people to become a part of the Lawrence County 4-H program, " said Samantha Gaither, U of I 4-H Program Coordinator in Lawrence County. "This is the perfect time of year to join 4-H and let young people and their parents know the benefits of joining a 4-H club."

Registration is open anyone ages 8-18 by Sept. 1, 2014. There is a special club for 5-7 year olds called 4-H Cloverbuds.

For more information on joining 4-H, contact Gaither, by calling 943-5018 or by email at

'Bells are Ringing' to be presented later this month
VINCENNES - The Vincennes University Music and Theatre departments will present "Bells Are Ringing" at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Oct. 23-25 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26.

There will be a reception following the Oct. 23 performance where the audience will have an opportunity to meet the cast and crew.

The show is directed by Jane R. Frazier, assistant professor of communication. Musical direction is by Lisa Miller, associate professor of music. The show centers around "Susanswerphone", a 1950s telephone answering service in New York City. An up-beat Ella Peterson falls in love with Jeff, a playwriter who doesn't think he can write anymore. Musical numbers such as "The Party's Over," "Just in Time," and "It's a Perfect Relationship" will be featured.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Death ruled a suicide


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