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Lawrence County Memorial Hospital in Lawrenceville has announced it will host a Family Fun Night next week at the Lawrenceville City Park Pool. It is scheduled for Tuesday July 12th. The event will be free […]


The Maxine Spitler Foundation has announced that grants have been awarded to 15 applicants from both Lawrence and Jasper Counties. 7 of those are going to Lawrence County organizations. The Red Hill CUSD #10 is […]


The Red Hill Unit 10 Board of Education will meet in special session later this week. District officials have informed WAKO News that they will get together Friday July 8th at 4:30 p.m. CDT at […]

Area Obituaries

William “Bill” Eugene Earnst

William “Bill” Eugene Earnst, age 81, long-time resident of Bridgeport, died at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital on July 3rd, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was the second son of Marjorie (Seed) and John […]

Lora Cook

Lora Cook, 87, of Lawrenceville, IL passed away on Friday, July 1st, 2022 at Carle Richland Hospital in Olney, IL. Lora was born on January 15, 1935, in Lawrenceville, IL, the daughter of Charles and […]

Marvella E. Patterson

Marvella E. Patterson, age 80, of Lawrenceville, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Mt Vernon Countryside Manor in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. She was born on June 13, 1942 in Olney, Illinois, the […]

Janet Lynn Strange

Janet Lynn Strange, died on May 30, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois following a stroke. Janet was born June 6, 1950 in Lawrenceville, Illinois to Robert Strange and Ramona Whitson Strange, the […]

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  • Metra ridership remains below pre-pandemic levels as expenses grow July 6, 2022
    (The Center Square) – Ridership on Metra, the taxpayer-supported commuter train agency that serves Chicago and its suburbs, continued to remain significantly below pre-pandemic levels in 2021 while the agency's operating expenses continued to grow.
    By Brett Rowland | The Center Square
  • Pritzker continues to deny he’s seeking higher office July 6, 2022
    (The Center Square) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker continues to deny he’s seeking to make a bid for the White House in 2024.
    By Greg Bishop | The Center Square
  • What the US Military Spends in Illinois July 5, 2022
    The U.S. military budget is the largest in the world, and by a wide margin. The Biden administration recently submitted a defense budget of $773 billion for fiscal 2023 – which is more than the combined budgets of the next…
    Samuel Stebbins, 24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square