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August 14, 2018 


2 facing murder charges to be in court Wednesday
Two people charged in the death of a rural Oblong woman are scheduled to make their preliminary appearance in Crawford County Circuit Court Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

New report notes cooperation in local government
A new report highlights examples of local governments banding together to share services, equipment and expertise to increase government efficiency and save taxpayer dollars.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Help is there for those targeted by scammers
Education and vigilance many be the best protection against scams, say local police.

Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year. Most go unreported or underreported, said Crawford County Sheriff's Deputy and Lead Investigator Eric Leckey, and very few are prosecuted.

Monday, August 13, 2018

'Welcome back' to RHS is Aug. 16
Robinson High School will have a "welcome back" cookout and orientation for all students and family members Thursday, Aug. 16.

Hot dogs, water and popcorn will be provided in the gym for all those that attend. Freshmen and new students will be meeting in the cafetorium for a more in depth presentation and Chromebook distribution.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hutsonville, Oblong schools receive national ranking
Two area schools have received national rankings for academic performance.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Cox dies in crash, but legacy will keep saving lives
Crawford County Rescue Squad Captain Randy Cox's death Saturday night as the result of a motorcycle accident is a "great loss to this county," according to one colleague and many others who worked with him.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Residents question use of tax money in Unit 2 facility
Robinson Unit 2 school board Monday answered questions from local residents concerned about the use of their tax dollars, especially in regard to plans for a new transportation facility.

Several taxpayers were present for Monday's board meeting with questions on topics ranging from whether the current South Jackson Street facility couldn't be fixed up to whether that many students actually still ride buses.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Competition for teachers gets Unit 3 attention
The competition for substitute teachers had the Palestine Unit 3 School Board's attention during their meeting on Monday.

With all the local school districts in competition for substitutes, the board decided that an increase in daily pay would help them be able to attract more.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Unit 4 plan for dealing with funding crisis on track so far
It's great when a plan works, and it seems the course the Oblong 4 Unit 4 Board of Education charted a few years ago to get through the Illinois school funding crisis is on course.

Oblong Superintendent Jeff Patchett showed the board this year's treasurer's report and compared it to the last five years which demonstrated growth for the first time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Unit 1 working though summer maintenance for upcoming year
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education heard reports on summer maintenance and approved a number of items in anticipation of the first day of school during Monday night's meeting.

Thanks to an unexpected, but very welcome transportation fund payment and new money from the state, the district closed out the year around $167,000 to the good.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

City to work on S. Cross; Fest of Ale planned
Portions of South Cross Street will be resurfaced following action by the Robinson City Council Tuesday.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard received permission to advertise for bids as the street department intends to do work from Highsmith to Chaplin and Sycamore to Poplar.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

County's June was hotter, drier than last year
Crawford County was the hot place to be in June.

Days and nights were both warmer here than in 2017, according to the National Weather Service. And conditions were drier, thanks to slightly less precipitation.

The average daytime high temperature during June was 85.2 degrees. This was up from more than 84.1 degrees last year.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Centenarians share memories
Three hundred years of living memory was shared during a cracker barrel discussion at the Fife Opera House Sunday.

Palestine Preservation Projects Society presented "Century of Memories," in which three local centenarians discussed their memories from 100 years of life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Seals arrested following stand off with police
The search for a suspect who fled from a traffic stop resulted in an arrest at a Palestine residence on Friday.

According to Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing, about 9:45 a.m. he pulled over a 1997 White Dodge truck near Palestine High School at Main and Franklin Street. Besing said the stop was in reference to a subject wanted out of Knox County, Ind. for felony warrants.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

State probes fiscal crisis at area nursing home
Representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health arrived in Lawrenceville Friday afternoon to begin an investigation into two United Methodist Village nursing facilities.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Drunken drivers won't escape cops this week
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office announced its plans for July 4 traffic enforcement with focus on drunk and unbuckled drivers.

The crackdown will run through July 8, to encompass the Independence Day holiday, an all-too-often deadly time on Illinois roads.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

'Comic-con' organizer enlarges, moves event
After putting on one-day comic book conventions at Lincoln Trail College each of the past two summers, Michael Kasinger is doubling up and moving south.

Kasinger will host the PWHACK Comics and Pop Culture Convention in the gymnasium at Lawrenceville High School, Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Unit 2 trying to fit bus barn into existing budget
Robinson Unit 2 school board members want to be certain when they build a new transportation facility they do it right and in a cost-effective manner.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Despite weather, progress made on Pepsi facility
Updates on construction at the Ridgway Industrial Park and work on the Washington Park tennis courts was brought to the Robinson City Council's attention during last night's meeting.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fish fry, concert kick off city's Fourth festivities
Robinson's main event of the summer is about to get underway.

The annual Robinson Fourth of July Celebration at Robinson City Park starts Friday with a fish fry, ice cream, music and a carnival.

Thursday, June 28, 2018


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