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January 18, 2019

1/2/2019 11:01:00 AM
Junior-high, high-school X-C both see success

Editor's note: This is the fourth and last in a series of articles compiled by Tom Compton of the Daily News staff reviewing local news highlights from 2018. Dates indicate when the original article appeared, so time and date references in the highlight are relative to that date.


10-1: In what it says was a difficult decision, the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Village nursing homes will close its facility known as "South Campus," in Lawrenceville, effective Dec. 31.

10-1: The wine will flow once more in Palestine during the 16th annual Wabash Valley Wine & Art Festival sponsored by the Palestine Development Association.

10-1: Oblong High School senior Madison Workman, escorted by Zane Belford, was crowned homecoming queen.

10-2: Nuttall Middle School's cross country teams continue to pile up the hardware. Both NMS teams picked up first-place plaques Monday by winning their respective Little Eastern Illini Conference meets, while they also earned a couple of handfuls of individual All-Conference awards as well.

10-3: Only one boys' golfer from Crawford County remains standing following the first round of postseason play at the IHSA Class 1A Robinson Regional at Quail Creek Country Club Hutsonville's Trent Matthews, who shot a 90 to finish 21st overall among the 70 golfers in the field and earn one of the 10 individual qualifying spots handed out.

10-4: Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers Inc. is filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7, according to Executive Director Glenn Jackson. The last day for client services was Wednesday and employees have started receiving termination notices.

10-4: Three girls from Crawford County extended their golf seasons at the IHSA Class 1A Girls Golf Sectional in Effingham. Advancing from OHS were Nyah Laino and teammate Abbie Dart. Meanwhile, Robinson's Nyah Schulte came in with a 90 to qualify as well.

10-8: Palestine High School crowned Quentin Postlewaite and Drew York as this year's Homecoming King and Queen during halftime of the OPH-Villa Grove football game.

10-9: Authorities are trying to determine what caused an four-wheeler accident that claimed the life of Thaddeus Reavill, 47, Cooksville, Tenn.

10-10: Championships continue to pile up for Robinson High School's boys' cross country team. The Maroons claimed their third title in less than a month after winning the Little Illini Conference championship in Olney.

10-22: Placing four runners among the top-nine finishers allowed Robinson High School's boys' cross country team to cruise to another championship. The Maroons ran away from the field at the IHSA Class 1A Robinson Regional to win the title, which is the fifth straight regional crown for RHS and the 26th in the last 34 years.

10-25: For the second straight year, Nuttall Middle School's seventh grade girls' basketball team has won the Little Eastern Illini Conference Tournament championship.

10-25: The Ark of the Covenant will celebrate Thanksgiving in its new facility. The grand opening of the organization's new building at 503 E. Hazel is Tuesday, Nov. 13. The structure is directly behind the former Robinson Wesleyan Church that has housed the charity soup kitchen for several years.

10-29: Bowdy Lee Potts and Sophia Ann Jones were crowned this year's Little Mr. and Miss Fall Follies Saturday morning in Oblong. The crowning was just many of the fun filled event going on during this years Fall Follies that concluded in the Spooktakular Parade.


11-5: Robinson High School's boys' cross country team capped off their season with a sixth-place finish at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in Peoria. Robinson High School junior Negus Bogard brought home some hardware from the IHSA Class 1A Boys Cross Country State Finals Saturday, as he finished third to earn All-State honors.

11-7: Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker defeated Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, while Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul topped Republican attorney Erika Harold for the open attorney general seat. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus retained his seat in Congress for the 15th District over Democratic challenger Kevin Gaither. Republican Chris Miller, Oakland, won the 110th District over Democratic candidate Shirley Bell.

11-7: The Crawford County Board remains a completely Republican - and male - governing body. Jonathon Goff was elected to a four-year term, and Kevin Dart for a two-year term. Meanwhile, several candidates ran unopposed for the board. Incumbents Clint Williamson ran for a four year-term and Kevin Morrison sought a two-year term.

Another Republican incumbent, Kip Randolph, won another term, and GOP newcomer Koert Bartman ran without opposition.

11-8: The state is turning over Illinois Route 1A to Crawford County, but it will be months before the hand-off is complete.

11-9: Five county organizations each received a share of more than $36,000 in grants from the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation.

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11-13: Lincoln Trail College volleyball freshman Mandi Alspach was one of 20 players to receive NJCAA All-Region 24 honors, as she was named to the eight-player Second Team.

11-13: A big success at last year's Christmas Magic festival was the skating rink, and the Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee will once again be offering ice skating, thanks to Gina Mills Country Financial and Robinson Elks, who are the co-sponsors this year.

11-14: The Hutsonville Village Board recognized their newest police officer Julie Kraemer during Tuesday night's board meeting. Kraemer also serves as the Hutsonville School District's superintendent.

11-14: The Ark of the Covenant Soup Kitchen held an open house for their new facility before serving their November Thanksgiving dinner. The soup kitchen opened in 2012 serving around 35 people. The new facility located behind the church at 503 E. Hazel St., Robinson, has a full kitchen and large restaurant style dinning hall.

11-16: After a troubled summer, an area nursing facility is in compliance with the Illinois Department of Public Health. United Methodist Village North Campus, Lawrenceville, is in good standing, according to IDPH reports.

11-19: Several people were out decorating Christmas trees in Hutsonville for this weekend's annual Christmas on the River. Organizers have 160 live trees placed along the banks of the Wabash River and Clover Street in front of the ball diamond. The lights will be turned on Thanksgiving night with lighting of the big tree Saturday during the celebration.

11-20: Robinson Unit 2 buses will have a new home in a familiar place next summer. The Robinson Unit 2 school board voted to purchase 301 W. Main, Robinson, as the district's new bus barn and storage and maintenance facility.

11-21: Area stores have pulled romaine from their produce departments because of a multistate E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration report 32 people in 11 states have been infected with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) linked to the lettuce.

11-26: Sponsored by the Crawford County Ministerial Alliance for the second year in a row, Bethlehem Village will be open for two nights starting Friday and Saturday in the Robinson City Park.

11-26: Crawford County has topped this year's area Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection. This year the Heartland District collection center received 10,425 shoeboxes from five local collections centers including the Robinson Free Methodist Church, where 3,120 boxes were collected.


12-4: President George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94. He was president from 1989 to 1993. He served as vice president for the previous eight years under President Ronald Reagan.

12-5: Billie Grant donated two uniforms she wore while she was a student at Oblong High School in the 1930s to the Crawford County Historical Society Museum. A rayon designed softball uniform sponsored by Marshall Funeral Home, and the baton twirler uniform for the Panthers.

12-7: On Dec. 21, Richard Fear, the man who didn't think square dancing was for him, will retire after 30 years as a caller, the person who tells the dancers what steps to take.

12-10: A life devoted to education has ended. Bev Turkal, former president of Lincoln Trail College and Robinson Unit 2 superintendent died. She was 85.

12-10: Nick Booth and Marian Heleine where crowned Hutsonville High School Homecoming King and Queen Saturday night between JV and varsity basketball games.

12-14: Twelve grants totaling more than $110,000 were awarded by the Mary Heath Foundation to local organizations in Crawford, Jasper and Effingham counties.

12-17: It was another split decision at the annual Crawford County Shrine Games at Lincoln Trail College. For the second straight year, each side of the county picked up a win with Oblong winning the girls' game and Hutsonville-Palestine winning the boys' contest.

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