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November 24, 2017 

Unit 1 discusses football co-op, participation
Despite not being on the agenda Monday, a good portion of Hutsonville Unit 1 school board meeting was spent discussing the condition of the high-school football program it shares with Palestine Unit 3.

Superintendent Julie Kraemer told board members discussions of a co-op in football with Oblong Unit 4 have restarted after Oblong representatives offered an invitation by mail recently to both Palestine and Hutsonville.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unit 2 board reviews health/life safety survey
The latest round of health/life safety projects may cost Robinson Unit 2 schools a lot less than 10 years ago.

The preliminary results of the state-mandated 10-year Health/Life Safety Survey were discussed during Monday's Unit 2 school board meeting. Based on architect's estimates, Robinson school may need more than $2.8 million in Life Safety repairs and renovations during the next decade. That is down from $6.5 to $7 million in the 2007 survey.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unit 3 board discusses sale of modular building
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Monday night approved two early graduations, a school-sponsored trip, and discussed the sale of the old modular classroom.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Oblong Unit 4 board adopts new tentative tax levy, approves coaches
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday night approved a tentative tax levy and approved a field trip request.

The tentative tax levy approved is based on an Equalized Assessed Valuation of $53 million. A hearing date was set for Dec. 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Merger petition OK'd for ballot
The petition for the consolidation of the Hutsonville Unit 1 and Palestine Unit 2 school districts has been approved the the State Superintendent of Schools and can now be placed on the March 2018 ballot.
Monday, November 20, 2017

CMH helping with helmets
Crawford Memorial Hospital is practicing "preventative medicine" with a donation that will protect local high-school football players from concussions.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Claypool Foundation gives $41K to groups
Six Crawford County agencies are sharing in more than $41,000 distributed this week by the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation.

Three organizations - Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Palestine Community Food Bank and Robinson Soccer Club - each got $10,000.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hutsonville board extends electrical aggregation contract to 2020
The Hutsonville Village Board heard a report on the NPDES permit and extended the electric aggregation contract.

As an example of the state's challenges, the Village of Hutsonville has not received their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the waste water treatment plant. The renewal application was submitted back in June, but the permit has not yet been received.

Friday, November 17, 2017

City council oks Pepsi agreement
Robinson city officials have put out the welcome mat for Pepsi.

Robinson City Council Tuesday approved a supplemental resolution in support of the Pepsi Mid America project, the next step toward bringing a distribution center to the Ridgeway Industrial Park south of Hershey. Work on the facility could begin in April if the company agrees to the plan.

Friday, November 17, 2017

New quarter spotlights Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark
A new quarter shines the spotlight on George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana.

The United States Mint held a ceremony Tuesday near the Wabash River to officially launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter, the 40th release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the final coin of 2017.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday season gets underway this weekend
Robinson is bringing back the Christmas magic with a lighting celebration, a parade, ice skating and more this weekend.

Events sponsered by the Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee are planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

City takes steps to prepare for Pepsi project
Robinson City Council is expected to take the next step toward bringing a Pepsi MidAmerica distribution center here Tuesday.

The center would offer 25 jobs to start and possibly more later on. Company representatives have said they would be interested in turning dirt and starting the project as soon as April.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Police: watch for thieves following behind holiday-season deliveries
The Palestine Police Department is offering safety tips as the holiday season approaches.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Variety of weekend events honor veterans
Crawford County Veterans Day observances continue Saturday and Sunday.
Monday, November 13, 2017

50 years ago, Flat Rock's Davis made history
Veteran's Day is about honoring those men and women who heard the musket fire and bugle call, and were fortunate enough to return home. This year marks the 50th anniversary of heroism a 21-year-old soldier demonstrated while serving in Vietnam which earned him America's most prestigious medal.
Friday, November 10, 2017

Veterans Day celebration kicks off Thursday
While Saturday is Veterans Day, some Crawford County observances are starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend.
Thursday, November 09, 2017

New Hebron sets shoebox record
A new record was set and Christmas joy was spread during Christmas shoebox packing for Operation Christmas Child at New Hebron Christian School Tuesday.
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Regional school chief approves merger petition
Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin on Monday approved a petition by voters to put consolidation of Hutsonville Unit 1 and Palestine Unit 3 schools on the March ballot.

As part of the announcement, Newlin said he will be sending the petition on to State Superintendent Tony Smith for further consideration.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

County 4-Hers seek new members
During Crawford County 4-H Week - now through Friday - local youth are joining more than six million 4-H members across the nation in a fall membership drive.
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Outdoor furnaces a new issue for Oblong trustees
The Oblong Village Board discussed external wood furnaces and the Fall Follies during a busy Wednesday night meeting.

Exterior wood-burning furnaces have become more popular in rural settings, but at least one Oblong resident is concerned about the environmental impact they can have when placed in the village.

Monday, November 06, 2017

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