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January 18, 2019

12/28/2018 10:41:00 AM
School-merger effort makes news early in year
2018 in review

1-3: The first baby born in 2018 at Crawford Memorial Hospital was born Monday, Jan. 1 at 1:38 a.m. Zylas Remlinger, is the son of Brianna Stifle and Cameron Remlinger of Robinson. Zylas weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 19 and a half inches long.

1-3: A high-speed chase near Palestine ended when a Flat Rock man crashed his vehicle into a tree. David W. Christine, 56, Flat Rock, drove through three bean fields and collided with a tree.

1-9: With the launch of its "Theater Renaissance" capital campaign, Lincoln Trail College is seeking to modernize its facilities. Over the next two years, the college hopes to raise about $180,000 to update the Zwermann Arts Center.

1-10: Since wintry precipitation landed in the county overnight, county law enforcement departments have reported a total of 11 weather-related accidents.

1-10: University of Illinois Extension, in conjunction with Crawford County Master Gardeners and Lincoln Trail College, will play host to the 16th Annual Winter Day in the Garden Seminar Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Zwermann Arts Center.

1-11: The first Crawford County baby of the new year was born at Good Samaritan Hospital. Susan Esther Liddle was born at 4:01 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Vincennes facility. Her parents are James and Emmie Liddle, Oblong. Susan weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

1-18: The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten will have two informational "town hall" meetings in March and possibly a third in February at Lincoln Trail College. During Wednesday night's meeting the committee discussed ways to get information out to voters regarding the question of consolidating the Palestine Unit 3 and Hutsonville Unit 1 school districts.

1-19: A mob scene, described as the result of a personal vendetta, led to the arrest of five Robinson residents. Arrested were Brandi J. Gangolf, 19; Skylar L. Gregory, 20; Curtis J. Higgins, 20; Robert S. Weck, 20; and Garret Woods, 19. According to Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan, Gangolf, Gregory, Higgins and Weck traveled to a location on Rocky Bluff Road, north of Robinson, where they proceeded to rob Woods as part of a personal vendetta.

1-22: A Robinson teenager is dead and another faces charges following a single-vehicle accident. The crash occurred on Indian Boundary Line Road, about a mile and a half northwest of Robinson, shortly after 11:30 p.m. Shane Langley, 18, was declared dead at the scene. Langley was a passenger in a 2013 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by David Goff Jr., 17.

1-22: Two girls' basketball teams finished play in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament on a high note. Oblong has a strong finish by placing fifth with a 60-45 win over Argenta-Oreana, while Palestine-Hutsonville picked up its first win of the season with a 39-32 victory over Decatur Lutheran in the 11th-place game on championship night in Arcola.

1-23: Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,535 deer during all 2017-18 archery and firearm seasons. Crawford County hunters took a total of 2,075.

1-29: Glenn Ramey, 54, Olney, pleaded guilty to a charge of predatory criminal sexual assault. As part of a plea agreement, the charge he murdered Sabrina Stauffenberg, Olney. Nov. 23, 2016, will be dropped.

1-29: Mixed results netted Hutsonville-Palestine's boys' basketball team a sixth-place finish in the Little Okaw Valley Conference Tournament over the weekend.

1-29: A chance to win the conference tournament championship and a chance to avenge an earlier loss were in the sights of Robinson High School's boys' basketball team Friday night, but unfortunately for the Maroons, they ran into a buzz saw. Top-seeded Casey-Westfield shot the lights out and the second-seeded Maroons did not have enough answers for the Warriors in a 67-44 loss in the title game of the Little Illini Conference Tournament at Red Hill High School in Bridgeport.

1-29: More than half of Robinson High School's wrestling team placed among the top six in their respective weight classes Saturday, which helped the Maroons place sixth out of 12 teams at the Eastern Illinois Tournament in Lawrenceville.


2-5: There was both good and bad that came from Robinson High School's wrestling team's performance at the IHSA Class 1A Fairfield Regional. The Maroons managed to qualify four wrestlers for the Sectional, while several wrestlers had solid performances and helped the team to a fifth-place finish in the nine-team meet.

2-5: A sold-out crowd enjoyed tea and sweets and engaged in singing at Sunday's 26th annual Teeny Tiny Tea Party in Palestine.

2-6: A rough stretch over the middle two quarters led to the season coming to an end for Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' basketball team. The Lady Pioneers were in the game for a quarter, but were outscored 36-14 over the next two periods en route to a 48-30 loss to Dieterich in the opening game of the IHSA Class 1A Dieterich Regional.

2-6: Robinson and Cumberland's girls' basketball teams put up a large number of attempts, but made very few of them in the opening-round game at the IHSA Class 2A Casey-Westfield Regional. Fortunately, the Lady Maroons found the range and rolled to a 45-24 victory to open the postseason.

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2-7: Oblong High School's girls' basketball team fought off Dieterich to pick up a 55-47 win in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Dieterich Regional.

2-8: Illinois will celebrate 200 years of history this year with a full celebration Dec. 3.

2-8: Robinson grabbed an early lead, but could not make it stand up against No. 1-seeded Marshall, as their season came to an end with a 46-36 loss in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 2A Casey-Westfield Regional.

2-12: The Palestine Police Department are investigating a case involving a stolen vehicle owned by the Palestine Unit 3 school district. Chief Jeff Besing observed a white Chevrolet van owned by the district, traveling north on Washington Street. It was later confirmed the suspected stolen vehicle had been driven in the Robinson area before it was spotted in Palestine. The investigation took a different turn Sunday morning when Besing set out to search for the vehicle again. He arrived at the high school where the vehicle was found parked with the doors open and keys left inside. No damage was found.

2-13: The Lady Panthers dug themselves an early hole and could never quite climb all the way out of it, suffering a 57-46 loss to Tri-County in the semifinals of the IHSA Class 1A Louisville-North Clay Sectional.

2-15: Local law-encorcement officials say the Florida school shooting tragedy seems to confirm that the training they've been offering locally in recent years is on point. An orphaned 19-year-old with a troubled past and his own AR-15 rifle was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in five years. Fourteen wounded survivors were hospitalized as bodies were recovered from inside and around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

2-16: Two Oblong Lady Panthers advanced to state in the Country Financial Three-Point Showdown. Abbie Dart tied for first by making 10-15 shots, while Summer Johnson made 8-15 and claimed the final spot by making 5-10 in a shoot-off. Dart and Johnson will compete in the preliminary round at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals at Redbird Arena in Normal.

2-22: The Highland Avenue Baptist Church will be presenting a dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. The dramatizations features the thoughts of the Apostles and Jesus Christ during the last days.

2-23: The Palestine Chamber of Commerce had its annual dinner meeting. The Senior Citizen of the Year award was presented to Gene Purcell. Special recognition award winners were LincolnLand Agri-Energy LLC. First Presbyterian Church of Palestine for their music and art, after school and summer reading programs. Chamber member of the year was Marcus Deckard. Brett Burkett was also recognized for the Justin Boots Best Footing Award.

2-26: A fixture in the Robinson community has died. Wilbur R. "Wib" Powden died Saturday of pneumonia at the age of 94. Powden was the owner of Rembrandt Studio and Camera Shop on the northwest corner of the square. He had opened the business in 1946.

2-28: The third in a series of town-hall meetings sponsored by the Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten was more relaxed and conversational Tuesday night, after Monday night's frustration-filled and emotionally-charged questioning.


3-1: Four Robinson High School basketball players have been recognized by being named to one of the All-Little Illini Conference teams. Walker Sandschafer, who was selected to the First Team. Second Team was junior Chance Black, and sophomore Kade Lassen was named to the Honorable Mention Team. On the girls' side, junior Lauren Weber was selected to the Honorable Mention team.

3-1: The local Daughters of the American Revolution will honor Crawford County's four DAR Good Citizens. This year's winners are Sophia Allen, Oblong; Sydney Guyer, Hutsonville; Halley Steffey, Palestine; and Daphane Phillippe, Robinson.

3-2: Students from Hutsonville, Palestine, Robinson and Oblong played in the Crawford County Mass Band Festival at Hutsonville High School. The junior high and high school students, under the direction of members of the Lincoln Trail College music faculty, played a variety of musical and percussion selections.

3-8: A local dentist has turned his 30 year collection of Oldsmobile cars and memorabilia into a museum in Robinson.

3-9: Illinois State Police found more than $1 million worth of pot during traffic stops.

3-9: The First Christian Church of Oblong will celebrate its 125th anniversary.

3-9: As two Republican candidates square off in the primary election, one Democratic candidate will wait and watch to see who she will run against in November for the 110th District state representative seat. Republican candidates Chris Miller and Terry A. Davis will face off March 20 while Democratic candidate Shirley A. Bell should receive her party's nod in preparation for November.

3-9: A total of nine local basketball players were recognized recently for their achievements on the court by being named to one of the All-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division teams. Oblong was represented by six players (four girls, two boys), while Hutsonville-Palestine had a pair of boys selected and Palestine-Hutsonville's girls' team had one selection.

3-12: Frances Cummins will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday, March 24.

3-12: A West York man died in a single-vehicle accident. Allen B. Waggoner, 61, was traveling north on Pleasant Street at high speed when he left the road to the west, striking a utility pole, causing the vehicle to roll over several times, ending up more than 340 feet into a field.

3-13: At the Robinson Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet five individuals were recognized and rewarded for their services to the community. Chris Forde was awarded the outstanding service award. Robinson High School student Daphne Phillippe was awarded the hometown pride youth award. Tempco Products President Steve McGahey was honored as the recipient of the distinguished citizen award. The industry/business award was received by Todd Weber on behalf of Weber Jewelry. The Daniel Q. Adams Chamber Service Award was presented to Chamber President Mike Pierce.

3-14: The RHS Varsity Scholastic Bowl won its sectional tournament at home on Saturday and will be heading back to the IHSA state play-offs on March 16.

3-15: Tara Gallion, Kelsey McDaniel and Justin Janney bring to life the ancient Egyptian love triangle in the Lincoln Trail College production of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida.

3-16: A Crawford County DUI forfeiture case that challenged the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution could have an impact on future cases. In a 5-2 decision the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld a Crawford County Court verdict to seize a $35,000 motorcycle in an aggravated driving under the influence case from 2014.

3-21: The votes have been counted, and as it stands there will be no consolidation of the Hutsonville and Palestine schools. According to the unofficial totals the Hutsonville district the vote was 364 yes and 115 no. In Palestine the vote was 139 yes and 534 no.

3-21: William Rutan fended off two Republican challengers to win the right to run for re-election this fall. Rutan defeated Dave Marqua and Joe Snyder in Tuesday's primary and will now face Democrat Floyd Brinkman Jr. in the general election for Crawford County Sheriff this fall.

3-30: Another Robinson High School football player has decided to continue his career at the next level. Taren Williamson committed earlier this week to play football at MacMurray College, a Division III school in Jacksonville, beginning this fall. Classmate Bryston James committed there last week.

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