October 3, 2015

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Fair royalty
Miss Lawrence County festivities were underway this weekend at the fairgrounds. Above, from left, Hannah Burkhardt, first runner-up; Saylor Price, Jr. Miss Lawrence County 2014; Sadie Gassmann, Miss Illinois County Fair 2015; Katlyn Baker, Miss Lawrence County 2014; Chloe Helderman, Jr. Miss Lawrence County 2015; Baily Adams, Miss Lawrence County 2015; Shelby Smith, people’s choice award and poise and personality award; Andrea Tennis, excellence in character award and Miss Congeniality; and Kelsey Wolfe, second runner-up.

VU Foundation awards more than $1.4 million
VINCENNES - Citing Vincennes University as the "linchpin of Indiana's future," VU Interim President Chuck Johnson told donors at Wednesday's VU Foundation Annual Dinner that their support was important.

"VU is at the center of innovative education and workforce solutions in Indiana because of our reputation for producing graduates who have the knowledge and skills to be successful in their careers and their continued education. Our quality reputation was built over many years - by hundreds of hard-working VU faculty and staff - and it is one of our greatest assets.  As we grow, maintaining our quality must remain a top priority," Johnson said.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Energy assistance program begins Oct. 1
GREENUP - The Embarras River Basin Agency, Inc. (ERBA), will be accepting applications for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), beginning on Thursday for households with members 60 years of age or older, or receiving disability; Nov. 2, for families with children under age 6 and disconnected households; Dec. 1 for all other eligible applicants.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Unemployment steady in county
SPRINGFIELD - Unemployment in Lawrence County and throughout southeastern Illinois remained steady in August according to statistics recently released from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The jobless rate in Lawrence County was 6.4 percent in August, the exact same number reported in July and close to the 6.2 June number.

The number of unemployed workers has changed slightly over the past three months. In June, Employment Security reported 403 employed workers, compared to 412 in July and 406 in August. It should be noted that those numbers only represent employees who are in the Employment Security data base.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
State public health director recommending flu shots
SPRINGFIELD, Ill - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is recommending that everyone older than 6 months be vaccinated against influenza.

The flu season in Illinois typically starts around October and can last up to May. The flu vaccine is becoming available at many local health departments, pharmacies, and health clinics around the state. "The single most effective way to prevent getting the flu is an annual flu shot," said Director Shah. "Influenza is a serious illness and can be fatal. Even healthy people get the flu each year, so it's important for everyone to be vaccinated. Being vaccinated will not only help protect you, but it will help protect people at higher risk of severe illness such as the elderly."

Friday, September 25, 2015
CROP Walk set for Sunday
ST. FRANCISVILLE - This year's Lawrence County CROP Walk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. Francisville fire station.

The annual event is always held on a Sunday afternoon. A recent report incorrectly said the CROP Walk was on Saturday.

In addition to walking to raise funds to help fight hunger, this year CROP organizers are asking all walkers and attendees to bring a non-perishable food item for a food pantry collection to be donated to the city of St. Francisville. Each year, as the site of the CROP walk changes from community to community, the town where the walk is being held will benefit from a food item collection.

Organizers said 25 percent of the monetary proceeds from the walk will remain in the county and be donated to help with food banks at Sign of the Kingdom East and Sign of the Kingdom West.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Historical Society speaker to focus on southern Illinois gangsters
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Historical Society presents Illinois author Taylor Pensoneau at its next meeting, Monday at 7 p.m. at the museum in Lawrenceville.

Pensoneau's talk will revolve around his best-selling book, Brothers Notorious-The Sheltons and a sequel, Dapper & Deadly-The True Story of Black Charlie Harris. Brothers Notorious details the rise and fall of the best known gangster brothers to come out of southern Illinois.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Area residents invited to join Wabash Valley community choir
Mount Carmel - Wabash Valley College is pleased to once again offer Community Choir for the Fall Semester.

Steve Sawyer, instructor/director, extends an invitation to male and female vocalists, high school through senior citizens, to join the choir which will meet from 6:45-8:30 p.m. each Monday evening in the music room (BAC 1) in the Brubeck Arts Center. The first meeting will be Sept. 21. Choir members are encouraged to attend the organizational meeting on Sept. 21 or Sept. 28.

Friday, September 18, 2015
Civic forum to kick off Stronger Economies Together program
MOUNT CARMEL - All members of the public are invited to a civic forum to kick-off the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program for the Greater Wabash region.

The forum will be held Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. at the Red Café on the campus of Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel. Refreshments will be served and an RSVP is requested by Sept. 25.

Organizers said, as a key part of developing a new regional economic plan, the program needs elected officials, business leaders, business owners, private citizens, not-for profits, education professionals, and community leaders to participate in the civic forum.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
LCHD flu vaccine clinics this week
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrence County Health Department wants to encourage everyone to use the convenience and efficiency of a flu shot clinic - no appointments necessary. 

The general public (adults and seniors only) is invited to get their vaccination for the seasonal flu at one of the local senior citizen centers (tentative schedule):

Wednesday (9 a.m.-noon) at the Lawrenceville Senior Citizen Center

Thursday (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) at the Bridgeport Senior Citizen Center

Thursday (1 p.m.-2 p.m.) at the Sumner Senior Citizen Center

Friday (9 a.m.-10 a.m.) at the Russellville Community Center

Friday (noon-1:30 p.m.) at the St. Francisville Senior Citizen Center

Monday, September 14, 2015
Nominations sought for Vincennes University Davis Citation award
VINCENNES - Nominations are now being sought for Vincennes University's 2016 Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation.

The Citation has been presented since 1952 and recognizes individuals who have given outstanding service to their community. Recipients must be either a VU graduate or a resident of the greater Vincennes area (approximately a 45-mile radius). Recipients are selected by a committee representing the VU Alumni Association, VU Board of Trustees, VU Foundation, Vincennes community, and a past recipient of the Davis Citation.

A detailed biographical profile and letters of support are required. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 8. Nomination materials may be sent to Jennifer Gilmore, Director, VU Alumni Association, Vincennes University, 1002 N. First St., Vincennes IN 47591. More information is available by calling the VU Alumni Office at 812-888-4354 or 800-945-ALUM.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


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