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Miss Lawrence County Fair Queen Allisen Rhinehart has been on a merry-go-round ride around Lawrence County since winning the crown. This weekend, she will be vying for the position of Miss Illinois.

Miss Lawrence County vying for state queen this weekend
  Miss Lawrence County Fair Queen Allisen Rhinehart will be representing the county at the state pageant in Springfield this weekend.
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Bridgeport to make water plant repairs
  By Barbara E. Allender
   The City of Bridgeport may need to get their water from an alternate source while repairs are being made.
   John Acree of Lamac Engineering spoke to the Bridgeport City Council during their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 10 concerning issues that require attention.
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Lawrenceville businesses expand
  By Barbara E. Allender
   Tax Increment Financing in the City of Lawrenceville is proving beneficial for growing businesses.
   One established business which will further focus on the business of growing plants, ACE Hardware, will be expanding with a greenhouse and materials for gardening and landscaping.
   The expansion will warrant increasing part-time employment to full time, raising wages from $10”20,000. It is expected, however, that sales could also be increased by $50,000.
   The cost of the project is $22,000. During a meeting of the Lawrenceville City Council, a recommendation, made by the TIF district board, was approved for a reimbursement of $15,500 for concrete work needed for the expansion.
   Yost Development will also be expanding in the TIF district. An inherent need for housing has warranted the construction of a 30-unit apartment complex. To make provisions for the Courtney Drive units, the city council voted during its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12 on property adjustments for yard space, parking spaces, and sewer easement.
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FCA helps Fish & Loaves program
  If past support for the Fish & Loaves program is any indication of a community’s desire to help one another, the upcoming food drive should be met with plentiful supply.
   The Red Hill High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club and Lawrenceville High School FCA are encouraging donations with a food drive at the schools, beginning January 30 - February 7. Then, donations will be accepted at the RHHS vs. LHS boys basketball game in Lawrenceville, as well.
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