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Last Spring, a bike ride to raise awareness of the historic value of the St. Francisville 13th Street Bridge was organized. Although its fate is not solid, it was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Francisville’s 13th Street Bridge
  By Barbara E. Allender
   Some St. Francisville residents who have worked to preserve a place in history are now celebrating a historic moment for their community.
   On April 26, the 13th Street Bridge was approved as a site worthy of placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The news was officially published on May 6 via a government website.
   As of the Wednesday, May 11 meeting of the city council, however, Mayor Don Ravellette and council members were not aware of the designation. During the meeting, Alderman “Speed” Moody told the Council that he had consulted the HLR engineering firm recently to confirm that the process to remove the bridge was still being processed in Springfield.
   The 13th street bridge (SN 051-9906) is programmed in FY 2018 to be removed and replaced with a 20 foot wide roadway.
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Area entertainer to be featured on RFD-TV
  By Barbara E. Allender
   To many in the area who may have heard Bryan Dale Headley on the radio, watched him perform original music or do his uncanny impersonation of Willie Nelson, he is just a humble, hard-working man who has a God-given talent. To the world, he has become "The Singing Blacksmith."
   This nickname has justly been given as he has also perfected the art of blacksmithing to complement his love of music, American traditions and the rural way of life.
   Producers of RFD-TV’s Rural Heritage program have recognized the authenticity of Headley’s performances and work and will feature him in some upcoming programs.
   During a special Memorial Day tribute to Veterans, he will demonstrate the forging of a shepherds hook. He will also perform the original song, "The Veteran,” on guitar.
   A music video for “The Veteran,” produced by Trevor May, an Olney, Ill., native, will also be featured on the episode. The film includes many local veterans from the Richland and Edwards County area.
   The show will air at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 24 with a second showing, Saturday, May 28th at 2 p.m.
   Another show has been filmed around the theme of his song "This Ol Barn" and will air this summer/fall.
  
 
'Bike Night' is Saturday in Sumner
  The Sumner Booster Club will present a ‘Bike Night,’ Saturday, May 21 from 5—9 p.m., at “The Shack’ on Christy Avenue.
   The public will be notified by Noon via an announcement on WAKO Radio (103.1 fm) if weather warrants cancellation of the event.
  
 
 

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Red Hill High School presents 2016 graduates
  The Red Hill High School Class of 2016 Commencement Exercises were conducted on Sunday afternoon in Bridgeport as 69 seniors received their diplomas.
   The welcoming address was given by Salutatorian Hannah Burkhardt who completed courses with a 3.96 grade point average.
   Six valedictorians, Zachary Breault, Michael Buchanan, Sarah Buchanan, Laura Perry, Brooklyne Wells and Paul Williams, who each earned a 4.0 gpa, gave farewell address speeches.
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Lawrenceville continues sidewalk construction
  The City of Lawrenceville continues to work on its sidewalks. While sidewalk concrete pouring is finishing up on the south side of the Courthouse Square, sidewalks being executed via the “Safe Routes to School” grant, should be complete in July. It is a two-year project which allots $58,463 plus TIF monies to complete.
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Unit 10 to meet
  The Red Hill Unit 10 School District Board will meet in regular session tonight (Thursday, May 19) at 7 p.m. in the Red Hill Jr./Sr. High School library.
   Agenda items include consideration of waterproofing services for the RHJHSH south gym, student handbook changes, FY 16 amended budget, resignations of a high school business teacher and elementary teacher, as well as employment of coaches.
  
 


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