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A donation was made last week to the Bridgeport Senior Citizens Center by the Bridgeport Masonic Lodge #386, represented by Butch Hensley (standing at far left) and Terry Andrews (standing at far right). The Lodge is encouraging others to support the local Center by joining in the luncheon meal for Masonic Lodge Recognition Day on the first Monday of every month. The Masonic group meets at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings at their lodge, located at 201 Washington Street. The Senior Center is on Olive Street. Also pictured are: (standing) Rusty May, Liz Osborn (site manager) and Esther Brumley with Geneva Osborn (seated) accepting the check. (Photo by Barbara E. Allender)

Former Bridgeport resident Amanda Biggs performs at 6 p.m., accompanied by national/international performing songwriter Krista Detor.

Spotlight is on music, art for Third Annual Harmony Fest
  Echoes of fiddles and guitars will ring across the rolling landscape of rural Lawrence County on Saturday, Aug. 23. The Third Annual Harmony Fest will welcome the sounds and sights of music and art at its best with a variety of performers and artists scheduled for this year’s event.
   With Kyilindi Bagpipes and Drums to sound off its start at 12 noon, music will continue throughout the afternoon to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Sumner looks forward to becoming home of the ‘Pride’ softball team
  By Barbara E. Allender
   A welcome response from the Sumner City Council during their meeting on Tuesday to a request for a use agreement by the Lawrence County Pride traveling softball league.
   Eric Paulin, along with other representatives of the group, addressed the Council with a request to upgrade the Sumner City Park baseball diamond for use by the newly forming league. Paulin said that it would take some dirt moving, drainage work and concession stand upgrades for which the group would solicit funds and volunteers.
U.S. Route 50 Coalition meets
  The U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition met Monday, August 4th at the City Hall Chambers in Salem, IL.
   Upon learning the news that lobbyist Brice Sheriff resigned from this position with Illinois Strategies, a new lobbyist was welcomed.
Christian Academy closes
  The operation of a local Christian school, the St. Francisville Christian Academy, has ended. After 16 years , the elementary school pre-registration sessions over the past month failed to provide an adequate basis for maintaining the school. Only five students had registered.
Bridgeport City Council meeting cancelled
  Due to the absence of the mayor and three council members, the Bridgeport City Council meeting was cancelled on Tuesday. The date for the make-up meeting will be announced at a later date.

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The 2014 Green Charter Trust Scholarship recipients were awarded their checks on Wednesday, Aug. 6 in a reception at Red Hill High School in Bridgeport. Those graduates receiving the scholarship were: (from left) Travis Walton, Lori Fiscus, Kelsi Perrott, Jayla Perrott, Ashlyn Carr, Noah Puntney, Taylor Klein, Erin Hill and Madeline Fleisher. Jim Stout of the Red Hill Academic Foundation, along with Ron Green, presented the awards which totaled $30,000 this year. In 14 years, the Green scholarship has assisted 116 individual students with continuing education. The scholarship has presented $264,700 to Bridgeport Township and Red Hill High School graduates throughout the years. Out of 27 applicants, the ten above received the awards in the amount of $1,500 for each semester this school year. (Photo by Barbara E. Allender)


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