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April 20, 2019 


IECC approves adding 11 acres for sport facility
Lincoln Trail College can move ahead with a planned outdoor sports complex and renovations to the Zwermann Arts Center Theater following action by the Illinois Eastern Community College District Board Tuesday.

The trustees, meeting at LTC, accepted a donation from the Lincoln Trail Foundation of 11 acres west of the baseball diamond.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hospital adopts budgets; new CFO hired
As Crawford Memorial Hospital's fiscal year draws to a close, finances again were a prime topic of discussion at Wednesday's CMH board meeting.

The annual capital and operations budgets were adopted, as was the annual appropriations ordinance.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Unit 2 looks at staff additions, OKs 2nd officer
A new teacher, a new school resource officer, a new administrator and a new class are among the items Robinson Unit 2 is looking at for the upcoming school year.

Unit 2 board members Monday reviewed ideas presented by the program evaluation committee to consider for inclusion in next year's budget.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Oblong sports boosters report $41K for district last year, plan for 2019
The Oblong Sports Boosters continue their work providing athletic opportunities in the Unit 4 school district.

Sports boosters president Rick Potts gave a rundown of his groups activities to the Unit 4 Board of Education and told them a few of their plans for next year.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Signup day for local Head Start program April 18
Robinson area parents of children between the ages of three and five looking for comprehensive preschool services can sign up for ERBA Head Start next week.

Sign-up for the program is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the ERBA office, 100 S. Washington, Robinson. Head Start staff members will be on hand to answer questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hutsonville Village Board gives approval to plan beer tent at River Fest
Plans are in the works to have a beer tent at River Fest this year, and to replace a culvert on Hillcrest Street in Hutsonville

Ryan Terry came before the Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night to elaborate on plans to have a beer tent at River Fest, scheduled for Aug. 3-4, and receive the village's approval before proceeding.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Most egg hunts in county are set for Saturday
Several community organizations will be staging their annual egg hunts Saturday - but Robinson's will be a week later.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hutsonville Village Board gives approval to plan beer tent at River Fest
Plans are in the works to have a beer tent at River Fest this year, and to replace a culvert on Hillcrest Street in Hutsonville

Ryan Terry came before the Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night to elaborate on plans to have a beer tent at River Fest, scheduled for Aug. 3-4, and receive the village's approval before proceeding.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Postal carriers send message on dog bites
Local mail carriers want to deliver a special message to dog owners about keeping their pets under control.

This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. According to the U.S. Postal Service, 5,714 postal employees were victimized by dogs last year. When a dog attacks a letter carrier, the dog owner could be held liable for all medical expenses, repayment of lost work hours, replacement of the uniform and other costs, which can run into thousands of dollars.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Winter chill lingered in March here, local statistics show
Crawford County was dryer and cooler in March than it was a year ago.

According to the National Weather Service, 2.70 inches of rain and more than 1.6 inches of snow was reported in the county during March.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dog owner faces charge after bite
Crawford County Animal Control was dispatched to the 200 block of East Franklin, Palestine, Friday, along with Palestine Police Department, after receiving a complaint of a dog bite near Palestine High School.

According to Chief Jeff Besing, he arrived about 12:55 p.m. and discovered a male student had been bitten on the left upper thigh by a brindle-colored pit bull.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Sheriff's group misrepresented by scammers
The Illinois Sheriff's Association is advising all Illinois county residents that there is currently underway a phone campaign fraudulently using the name and phone numbers of the Illinois Sheriff's Association.

The Sheriff's Association never solicits by phone but does conduct a direct mail campaign throughout the state endorsed by individual sheriffs.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Hootenanny events, budget OK'd by Oblong
The Oblong Village Board Wednesday night approved a budget, a beer garden and preparing for spring cleanup.

The board approved an annual budget of $1,262,498. 33. That number is up about $75,000 over last year. Mayor Teresa Fielder said the purchase of a backhoe and other items are part of that increase. The board also approved a $45,000 resolution on street and highway maintenance that will be funded by Motor Fuel Tax funds from the state.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Health department offers wellness, lab services
The Crawford County Health Department is celebrating Public Health Week by focusing on two of its many programs that impact the health and well-being of the community.

CCHD provides services to residents from the youngest to the eldest. This includes the Women, Infants and Children program, better known as WIC, for mothers, babies and children up to age five. The goal is to give the best possible start for a long healthy life.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Electronics recycling at CCSW facility April 20
Local residents will have the opportunity to rid themselves of old electronic devices during a upcoming electronics recycling event at the Crawford County Solid Waste Recycling Center, 1630 E. Eaton, Robinson.

The collection, a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, is sponsored by Ambraw Valley Solid Waste Management and is meant primarily for residential wastes, not materials from businesses.

Friday, April 05, 2019

County votes to turn over loan fund to CCDA
A behind-the-scenes change means Crawford County's revolving-loan fund will continue to help new and existing businesses. The only difference those who benefit from it are likely to see, however, is where they make their payments.

The Crawford County Board Tuesday voted to turn over the loan fund to the Crawford County Development Association. In return, the CCDA will pay the county $10.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Robinson man gets 17 years for drugs, weapons
A Robinson man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison on drug and weapons charges.

Michael S. Johnson, 48, was sentenced Tuesday to 210 months in prison for convictions on methamphetamine and firearm charges, according to United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven D. Weinhoeft.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Security camera to be installed at new park
A new security camera, whose feed can be viewed via YouTube, will be installed near the future South Cross Street Park.

The council Tuesday night approved a new camera, which will be installed at the west/northwest corner of the building on the site's south side.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said the Weber family, who owns the building, agreed to donate the space for free.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Oblong has four incumbents on school ballot
Four incumbents are on the ballot for the Oblong Unit 4 school board election.
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Four incumbents, two write-ins on Unit 3 ballot
Voters in the Palestine Unit 3 district will have four incumbent board members and two write-in candidates to choose from on April 2.

The incumbents are Jeff Besing, Corie Biggs, Don Wagoner and Tara Vennard. Newcomers Jim Bush and Lloyd "JR" Dunlap will be vying for seats on the board along with those four incumbents.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


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