November 24, 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.

Watermelon Drop to kick off Indiana's Bicentennial
VINCENNES - The eighth annual Watermelon Drop on New Year's Eve in Vincennes will be Indiana's first Bicentennial legacy event.

"We are delighted that the Watermelon Drop will be the first official legacy event of Indiana's Bicentennial celebration. It's only fitting that the place where Indiana history started will be the kickoff to this exciting year of statewide celebration," said Mark Hill, chair of the Knox County Bicentennial Committee.

The celebration will feature the introduction of a night time air show and music by the band Hot Rod Lincoln, prior to the traditional fireworks and 16 watermelons dropping to a "splatform" at midnight.

Friday, November 20, 2015
County schools near $4 million in '1 percent' funds
NEWTON - Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin has announced that with the November 2015 disbursement, Lawrence County's two public school districts have collectively received $3,790,146.75 in proceeds from the County School Facility Occupation Tax.

This 1 percent sales tax, which Lawrence County voters approved as an advisory referendum in the Spring 2010 Primary Election, and the Lawrence County Board approved shortly thereafter, generates funds that can be used only for school building construction, renovation, and maintenance.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
NWS issues flood watch for region
LINCOLN - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch "effective from late tonight through late Tuesday night" for southeastern Illinois, including Lawrence County.

Officials from the NWS in Lincoln said a intense storm system is moving through the Midwest and will "transport abundant moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico. This moisture, unusually copious for the middle of November, will result in an extended period of rainfall which will be heavy at times."

Rainfall is expected to be in excess of 3 inches from Havana to Effingham westward and range from 2.5 to 3 inches as far north as the I-74 corridor. Lawrence and adjoining counties are expected to get in the 2 to 2.5 inch range between today and Wednesday morning, according to the NWS.

Monday, November 16, 2015
Community Thanksgiving dinner set for county residents
BRIDGEPORT - A free Thanksgiving dinner will again be available to the residents of Lawrence County.

The meal, sponsored by several county churches, will begin at noon at the Red Hill Junior/Senior High School. Organizers say limited home delivery will be available.

The meal will consist of turkey, dressing, home-made noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, home-made bread and desserts.

Those planning to attend are asked to make their reservation by Nov. 20 by calling 943-4555. People are asked not to call after 8 p.m.

Organizers stressed that everyone is welcome.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Sumner City Council shows support for BCC
SUMNER - Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rachel Hipsher addressed the Sumner City Council Tuesday night at its monthly meeting regarding the Lawrence County Capital Classic.

Hipsher informed council members, this year marks the 27th year for the annual Capital Classic and will be held as usual at both Red Hill and Lawrenceville sites Nov. 27-28. The championship game will be played this year at the Red Hill site.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
November is Winter Preparedness Month
SPRINGFIELD - While the winter of 2015-16 is expected to be milder thanks to the effects of El Nino, its unlikely Illinois will completely avoid the cold temperatures, snow and ice that define Midwestern winters.

To help people prepare for potentially dangerous winter weather, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS) and local emergency management agencies will highlight winter weather preparedness throughout November.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Bee Branch Community Church set for 125th anniversary
PINKSTAFF - The Bee Branch Community Church has been a fixture in rural Lawrence County for 125 years.

On Saturday and Sunday the congregation will celebrate the 125th anniversary with speakers, musical and meals.

From 1-4 p.m. Saturday Rex Seitzinger, Marion Baker, Brian Marley and Gene Riddle will be the guest speakers. The afternoon event will include special music and a we inter roast beginning at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, from 10:30-12:30 p.m. the festivities will continue with speakers Mike Seed, Albert "Butch" Woods and Robin Overbey. There will be special music and soup and salad will be the menu for the noon meal.

The public is invited to help the congregation celebrate the special time. The church and hall are located about 3 miles east of Pinkstaff.

Monday, November 9, 2015
Illinois State Police to conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols
EFFINGHAM - The Illinois State Police (ISP) District 12, will conduct Nighttime Enforcement Patrols (NITE) in Lawrence and Richland Counties during November, according to Commander, Captain Kelly Hodge.

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired drivers. Therefore, officers working NITE patrols will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and are not properly buckled up.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Marching Indians awards program Monday night
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Lawrenceville Marching Indians will present their annual marching awards and field show Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Ed Loeb Field.

The program is free and open to the public. The Marching Indians will present their contest field show called "Rock." Music in the program includes "Stairway to Heaven," "Moon Dance," "Kashmir," and "Born to be Wild."

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Muster on the Wabash: Vincennes to host War of 1812 reenactment
VINCENNES - Staff and volunteers at the Vincennes State Historic Site invite the public out to their 17th annual Muster on the Wabash, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (EDT) and Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The annual program, will take place three miles north of Vincennes on the Wabash River. "Muster on the Wabash commemorates then Indiana Territory Governor William Henry Harrison and his mustering or gathering of troops before the Battle of Tippecanoe," Program Developer Charles Mays said. "Harrison assembled an army of nearly 1,000 men at Fort Knox. They marched out of Vincennes on Sept. 26, 1811 and fought the battle of Tippecanoe on Nov. 7, 1811."

Thursday, October 29, 2015


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