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January 18, 2019

12/28/2018 10:51:00 AM
State finally passes budget; area senior-care facility comes under fire
2018 in review


4-5: The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police are asking for the public's help in an investigation into the discovery of five dead white pelicans, along with another injured pelican, at the Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Jasper County April 3.

4-11: A Robinson High School athlete has the opportunity to compete with athletes all over the world this summer after being selected to compete at an event in Australia. RHS junior Grayson Wolf received an invitation to compete in the 18th Annual International Games track and field event, hosted by Down Under Sports, in July, as a member of Team Illinois.

4-11: Strong efforts by a pair of county teams netted them first and second-place finishes in a four-team meet at the Robinson High School track Tuesday. Robinson's boys won 12 events on their way to winning the meet with 128 points, while Palestine-Hutsonville won three events and scored 52 points to finish second. Olney came in third with 37 points, followed by Newton with 28.

4-13: Palestine Police arrested two people on multiple charges Thursday following a report of illegal drug activity involving a tattoo parlor. Charles E. Morehead, 28, and Bethany D. Kiser, 23, both of Palestine, were arrested following an investigation involving the Inkphoria Tattoo shop and residence in the 300 block of South Main.

4-13: Crawford County is featured in a big way in a new regional tourism guide. The county was honored as the 23rd to join IllinoisSouth Tourism by taking both the front page and the opening two-page spread of the spring/summer 2018 issue of Tourism Times.

4-16: Lincoln Grade School is organizing a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Crawford County will operate under the umbrella of the Mid-Illinois Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. It will begin as a school-based program and eventually grow into a community-based program.

4-16: Two Newton teenagers face charges in the recent shooting of pelicans in Jasper County. The two boys are charged with unlawful take of migratory waterfowl with a rifle, unlawful discharge of a firearm from a public roadway, unlawful firing of a rifle over/into waters of the state and unlawfully disturbing/harassing wild birds by the use or aid of a motor vehicle.

4-18: Robinson High School senior Alex Hermann was chosen as a member of the 2018 IHSA All-State Academic Team. This elite team is composed of only 13 males and 13 females from the entire state.

4-24: United Methodist Village, which it says is a 142-bed facility in Lawrenceville is again facing a $25,000 fine for infractions that occurred in 2017, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. According to an IDPH email, United Methodist Village was cited for "Type A" violations. This class of violations pertains to a condition "in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted."

4-24: Robinson High School celebrated its 2018 prom. A total of five seniors each made up the court, but it was Taren Williamson and Malia Gunn who were crowned the new king and queen.

4-27: Robinson High School senior Amy McGahey recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue her track career at the University of Southern Ind.

4-30: Hutsonville High School's annual prom took place Saturday night, with Henry Mehler and Halle Jackson crowned as the school's newest royalty.

4-30: It was a special night for Madison Neeley and Jarrett Manhart as they were crowned queen and king of the Oblong High School Prom.


5-1: Domination on the track continued for Nuttall Middle School's track teams, as all four of them won championships at the Little Eastern Illini Conference Meet in Toledo. Robinson dominated the standings in the seventh grade meets, while the eighth grade teams both won by fairly close margins.

5-1: Alicia D. Stephens will spend the next seven years behind bars as part of a negotiated plea agreement, the 23-year-old Bridgeport woman accepted a seven-year term in the Illinois Department of Corrections Monday morning in Lawrence Circuit Court. The plea agreement brings to a close the case that resulted in the death of Rodney S. Stephens, 36, West York, in a Nov. 30 early morning traffic accident on U.S. Route 50, about a mile east of Lawrenceville.

5-2: A Hutsonville school administrator has been acknowledged and rewarded by her fellow colleagues. Hutsonville Unit #1 Superintendent Julie L. Kraemer, was named the 2018 Superintendent of Distinction by her colleagues in the Wabash Valley Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

5-7: Palestine High School prom king Wyatt Kennedy and queen Halley Steffey celebrate after being crowned Saturday.

5-8: It was a clean sweep for the west side of the county Monday, as Oblong High School's baseball and softball teams both picked up wins over rival Hutsonville-Palestine in the annual Crawford County Shrine Game in Oblong.

5-8: Strong showings led to second-place finishes for Robinson High School's boys' and girls' track teams at the Little Illini Conference Meet in Paris.

5-9: Kyle Anderson was welcomed aboard the Hutsonville Police Department by Police Chief Paul Maxwell.

5-9: For the fourth time in the past 10 years, Robinson High School has qualified a team for the state bass fishing finals. Robinson's bass fishing team of Kade Lassen and Jason Meeks - with Thomas Brown as the alternate - qualified for the state tournament by finishing third at the IHSA Sectional held at Forbes State Park Lake in Kinmundy.

5-10: For just the second time ever, a former Lincoln Trail College baseball player has played a game in the major leagues. Ex-Statesmen Justin Hancock, a 2011 graduate, made his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs.

5-21: A Sullivan, Ind., woman with ties to Hutsonville died after her vehicle went into the Wabash River at the boat ramp in Hutsonville. Barbara Michelle Hightshoe, 56, was driving a 2005 Hyundai, entered the water and traveled about 120 feet from the end of the ramp before sinking to the bottom of the Wabash.

5-21: A chance to earn a state medal came up just short for Oblong's Shyanna Chapman. The OHS junior fell one spot shy of earning a medal, as she placed 10th in the discus at the IHSA Class 1A Girls Track State Finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

5-21: Oblong High School's softball team rolled to another regional championship Saturday, as the Lady Panthers thumped Red Hill, 13-3, in the title game of the IHSA Class 1A Red Hill Regional.

5-21: Former part-time officer Jacob Leek was promoted to full-time patrolman following the promotion of Officer Dan Strauch to sergeant. Strauch and Leek were both sworn in by Mayor Roger Pethtel last Friday.

5-21: Robinson High School's boys' tennis team will have a representative at the state finals for the first time in five years following Kaden Buchanan's fourth-place finish at the IHSA Class 1A Effingham Sectional

5-22: Lotte Crozier is celebrating her 100th birthday this week. She was born May 24, 1918, in Flat Rock.

5-22: Robinson Unit 2 is considering the next step toward construction of a new transportation facility north of Robinson High School.

5-29: Three top-10 finishes and points for both local teams represented highlighted the IHSA Class 1A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston Saturday. Palestine-Hutsonville's Negus Bogard started his day fifth in a field of 31 runners in the 3200 with a time of 9:49.20. He then competed in the 1600, where he placed 10th out of 12 in the finals with a time of 4:33.03, just a little over a second shy of ninth-place and another medal. Meanwhile, Robinson's 3200 relay team finished ninth out of 12 teams running with a time of 8:18.52.


6-1: Illinois lawmakers approved a spending plan on Thursday, putting the state on track to have a full budget in place ahead of the new financial year for the first time since Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took office in 2015. The House agreed to the $38.5 billion proposal by a 97-18 vote, following a landslide 54-2 tally in the Senate.

6-1: The northern tip of a powerful thunderstorm blew through Crawford County Thursday around noon, knocking down trees and knocking out power for several hours.

6-4: After 46 years in business, Robinson's Goodwill store will close its doors. Wabash Valley Goodwill Industries announced Friday the local store on the south side of the courthouse square will be phased out "on or near July 3."

6-11: A new race is shaping up for the November general election after local parties fill gaps on the ballot. Both the Republican and Democrat parties have nominated candidates for a seat on the Crawford County Board. Jon Goff has been nominated by the Crawford County Republican Party and the Democrats have selected Olga Abella.

6-11: Work is underway this summer behind Nuttall Middle School to build two regulation size soccer fields. The Robinson Soccer Club currently has teams made up of Crawford County area youth ranging in ages from 8 to 18.

6-12: A total of 10 players (5 softball, 5 baseball) from Crawford County were recognized for their achievements on the field this past season by being named to one of the All-Little Okaw Valley Conference Southeast Division teams recently. Oblong was represented by nine players (5 softball, 4 baseball), while Hutsonville-Palestine had one.

6-14: In Robinson for a brief campaign visit Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner complimented Marathon refinery employees for working hard, supporting education and giving back to the community - values he says he has also tried to exemplify.

6-14: Stevee Walker, Robinson High School student was selected by faculty in November, to represent RHS at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. on the campus of Weslyan University, Bloomington.

6-15: The Lincoln Trail College Foundation, at its recent 48th annual meeting, elected officers, recapped the year and discussed plans for the coming year. Von Meeks was elected president. During the 2017-18 school year the board distributed about $174,000 in scholarships, provided funding for a $53,000 renovation to the chemistry lab classroom, donated $17,000 to remodeled the cafeteria/student union area, and completed paving the walking path around Miller Lake.

6-20: The Hutsonville Unit 1 School District will be the administrator for a new two-county preschool program grant and continue its existing preschool program. The Illinois State Board of Education grant is called FY19 Prevention Initiative and awarded $461,482 a year for five years with a grant total of $2,307,410.

6-22: Jack Chamblin, Robinson, died Thursday at 86. He was, among other things, a long-time business and civic leader in Robinson and an avid supporter of his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

6-26: Players from Crawford County came out on the winning side at the annual Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game in Terre Haute. Representing Crawford County were Robinson's Kasey Cornwell and Branton Scott, Palestine-Hutsonville's Isaac York and Max Illyes and Oblong's Jayce Fielder.

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