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March 19, 2019 


Health department offering pneumonia vaccines, home colorectal screening kits
The Crawford County Health Department is offering pneumonia vaccinations and home colorectal cancer screening kits.

Special clinics are scheduled at the department for 8 to 11 a.m. Monday and March 25. No appointments are needed.

The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for individuals 65 and older who have not had a pneumonia shot within the last year. It is now recommended that two pneumonia doses be given one year apart. Most insurances are accepted.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Many candidates are unopposed April 2
While Crawford County residents will have to decide which candidate deserves their votes in several races in the April 2 consolidated election, there are also many where candidates are unopposed.
Friday, March 15, 2019

3 on ballot for community-college board
Three candidates are in the running for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees in the April 2 consolidated election.

They are John Brooks of Hutsonville, James Lane of Robinson and Al Henager of Mount Carmel

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hutsonville looking at flood solutions
Hutsonville Village Board continues to look at ways to relieve flooding in several parts of the village.

During Tuesday night's meeting resident Stan Stevens came to the board to voice concerns about the increased flooding in the Hill Crest Street area on the north side of town. Stevens said the amount of flooding seems to get worse after every rain, and local residents would like the village or someone to see what can be done.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Danks retires after more than 28 years as police officer
The end of another era for a Robinson Police Department officer was approved at last night's Robinson City Council meeting.

Chief Chad Weaver announced that he had received a letter from Officer Bryan Danks announcing his intention to retire effective May 1.

"It has truly been an honor to serve the citizens of Robinson for over 28 years as a police officer," Danks said in his letter.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Robinson Chamber presents community awards
Two long-time members of the Robinson business community, a long-time employer and a group of young up-and-comers were honored during the annual Robinson Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday.

Nearly 140 guests were in attendance at the Robinson Community as individuals and businesses were recognized for their contributions to the community.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Oblong to now inspect older trailers brought in
There is no longer an age limit on manufactured homes in Oblong, but residents wanting to bring in older structures will have to get them inspected first.

The Oblong Village Board Wednesday passed an amendment updating the village's "mobile and modular home" ordinance.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Grousing aside, time to 'spring forward'
It's time to "spring ahead" again.

Time change for Crawford and surrounding counties is Sunday.

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so Crawford County residents should turn their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday - if they don't want to get up an hour late Sunday morning.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Free seminar series will focus on birth issues
Crawford County residents interested in learning more about birthing services need not call the midwife. Instead, she will be conducting a free public education series in Robinson this month.

Crawford County native Debra Lowrance is a certified nurse midwife, women's health nurse practitioner and a lactation consultant. She has worked in Decatur the past few years and is a professor at the University of Illinois.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Genealogists offer workshop on German heritage
While many have an intense interest in their German ancestry, deciphering another language can often be very difficult. To help with this dilemma the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will be offering a presentation entitled "Researching Your German Ancestry: Some Helpful Hints." This program will be presented in the Vigo County Public Library lower level conference rooms Monday, March 11.
Monday, March 04, 2019

Librarians at Palestine come out with their own book
Books are in the making, not only the reading, at Palestine Public Library.

The newest book published through the library was produced by the librarians themselves. Children's Librarian Jessica Spinner and Director Laurel Adams have self-published a "how to" book based on their weekly program "Li'l Ones Story Hour with Jessica."

Monday, March 04, 2019

Sports complex just one of many plans for college
As Lincoln Trail College nears the half-century mark, plans are afoot for some of the biggest changes there since the campus opened.

On Thursday, the LTC Foundation board will vote on deeding 10 acres west of the baseball diamond to the college, increasing the size of the campus by 12 percent, President Ryan Gower told the Daily News.

Monday, March 04, 2019

Sheriff has college-scholarship applications
Prospective college students in the state of Illinois will have the opportunity to achieve financial aid thanks to an offer by a state law enforcement agency.

The Illinois Sheriff's Association announced earlier this week that it will be awarding over $50,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2019-20 academic year.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Fuller wins, then wins again in Palestine awards
The Palestine Chamber of Commerce's citizen of the year turned out to be a double winner at Tuesday's awards banquet.

Janice Fuller, the co-owner of The Rocking Horse, was honored as "Citizen of the Year" for her commitment to the village and various organizations within the village.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Robinson wins Wastewater Plant of the Year honor
It's rare that someone brings a trophy to a Robinson City Council meeting, but that was the case Tuesday.

Tom Hose, the foreman at the Robinson Wastewater Treatment Facility, and Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick announced to the council and those in attendance that the facility was named the Group 2 Wastewater Plant of the Year

Thursday, February 28, 2019

LTC student killed in Clark Co. Saturday
A Lincoln Trail College softball player was killed in a Clark County accident early Saturday.

Audria Truelove, 20, Martinsville, was reportedly on her way to practice about 8:25 a.m. when the 2014 Chrysler she was driving collided with the rear of a 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer truck driven by Rahshawn Jordan, 39, Glen Burnie, Md.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

CTE a fast track to workforce
Lincoln Trail College is joining community colleges throughout the state to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

3 suspects in laundry burglary are arrested
For the second time in four months, the Sudsy Dudsy Laundromat in Palestine had surveillance equipment damaged by intruders.

Police Chief Jeff Besing said about 12:18 a.m. Monday three male suspects, appeared at the laundromat and Brock's Storage Units at 107 E. Harrison.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

'Beauty and the Beast' cast announced for spring
Lincoln Trail College's Theater Department has announced the cast for Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Schools get computer science aid
Hutsonville Unit 1 teachers will be getting some extra support to teach computer science courtesy of a retail giant.

Unit 1 has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer school district - a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to computer science education in communities currently underrepresented in the technology field.

Friday, February 15, 2019


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