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Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Official Visit
Official Visit
State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) hosted Leadership Crawford County, a group of citizens from Crawford County who want to make a difference in their community, at the Capitol Wednesday. Every year, the group visits the Statehouse in Springfield to speak with lawmakers, such as Righter, and experiences the legislative process up-close. This picture was taken on the Senate floor. (Submitted photo)

IECC board OKs tuition increase at four colleges
The cost of attending Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is going up.

Citing the continued uncertainty of state funding for the community college system, IECC trustees Tuesday voted to increase tuition at the district's four colleges. Tuition will go up $5 per semester hour to $88 beginning with the upcoming summer term.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Big things are happening at Lincoln Trail College. Two weeks ago, the Lincoln Trail College Foundation appropriated $165,000 for college projects that will be completed over the next six months. Foundation Executive Director Rod Harmon is excited about the trajectory he sees the College taking.


Local News

Paris coach hired for RHS football
Robinson High School has a new head football coach.

The Robinson Unit 2 school board Tuesday hired Casey Pinnell to take the helm of the Robinson Maroons beginning with the 2018-19 season. He will take over for the retiring Tim Nolen.

This will be the Paris native's second head coaching position. Pinnell has worked as head coach for Tri-County in Shiloh for three years. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Paris and Danville.
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Sports
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Panthers hold off Tigers for 59-54 win
The third time was the charm for Oblong High School's boys' basketball team.

After losing the first two meetings with county rival Hutsonville-Palestine this season, the Panthers finally broke through Friday night and celebrated Senior Night with a 59-54 win over the Tigers in a Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division game to close out the regular season.

"We finally got them," OHS head coach Ryan Cheek said. "After they got us twice on neutral courts, we knew we had to protect our house and we were able to come out and do that."

"Credit Oblong with the way they played," HHS-PHS head coach Mike Billingsly said. "We knew it was going to be a close game and that our execution had to be good. I thought it was, but theirs was just a little better."

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Insight & Opinion
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Gun-crime solutions worth considering
Editor:

I sent a letter to the editor a few days ago expressing an opinion on the Florida shooting and have had some ask me what I would do to help fix some of the problems leading to this and other horrible crimes. Accordingly I thought I'd just lay my opinions out there. I know there are people on both sides of this issue who won't like something in what I believe, but here goes.
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