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November 21, 2019 

Approving levy for Unit 2 is a guessing game
Several questions remain unanswered, but Robinson Unit 2 has a tentative tax levy for the coming year.

Unit 2 board members, meeting at Lincoln Elementary School Monday, approved the tentative 2020 levy.

The levy, which does not include money needed to pay off bonds, is almost $12.4 million, up about $100,000, or 6.22 percent, from this year's tax extension. Including bonds, the total levy is closer to $14.6 million.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Unit 1 board reviews state school 'report card'
A review of the school report card and tax levy were focus of discussion at the Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education meeting Monday night.

High School Principal Travis Titsworth and Grade School/Junior High Principal Robin Karas both reviewed the annual school report cards for the board.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Unit 3 board studies audit, out-of-district waiver
The seasons might not show it but graduation is just around the corner for local eighth-graders and seniors. During Monday night's Palestine Unit 3 board meeting, dates for both graduations were approved for the spring.

High school graduation will take place first, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Palestine High School. Meanwhile Palestine Grade School's eighth grade graduation will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18 at the grade school.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Oblong school board OKs tentative tax levy
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education gave tentative approval to the 2020-21 tax levy and approved a waiver that would allow non-resident students of full-time employees to attend school in the district without paying extra tuition.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Claypool Foundation grants more than $33,000
More than $33,000 was awarded to five local organizations Friday at the First National Bank in Oblong.

Trust Officer Blake Hemrich announced that five applicants were chosen out of 13 who applied for grants from the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was awarded $10,000, which Sheriff Bill Rutan said will be used to purchase two small drones.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Council OKs tentative levy, preps for fest
The Robinson City Council Tuesday night approved a tentative tax levy for the city.

City Treasurer Denise Jobe read aloud the various categories and their amounts for the levy, which will be on display at City Hall until Tuesday, Dec. 10.

On that day a Truth in Taxation hearing will take place at 6:45 p.m., prior to the city council meeting at 7. A vote on making the levy permanent will be on the agenda.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hutsonville deals with clogged, aging sewer line
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night heard several reports on infrastructure problems, accepted a resignation and promoted a part-time police officer.

Aging sewer pipes clogged on the northeast side of town last week. According to Rob Plew, the old clay tile sewer pipe is full of sediment. Extra effort to jet out the line was needed and other work is scheduled as weather permits. Plew said that particular line is under water several months of the year, which adds to the problem of dirt seeping in.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Righter: Bill would address ethics probes
The Senate Republican Caucus introduced a proposal they say will ensure independent investigations of members of the General Assembly. And Crawford County's state senator said it would stop an "unchecked culture" of government wrongdoing.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Oblong Legion, funeral home to conduct Veterans Day ceremony
Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong, and the Oblong American Legion Post 219 will conduct their 21st Annual Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong.

The Oblong American Legion Post 219 will be posting colors and there will be a short service and reading of the names on the crosses.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Wet, cold, windy forecast facing trick-or-treaters
Crawford County and area Halloween events get started tonight.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Local investors to keep Tempco open
Three local investors have stepped in to prevent a Crawford County employer from closing.

Rusty Reinoehl, Chris Thurman and David Chamblin are purchasing Tempco Products Company. The sale is expected to be finalized Jan. 1.

"We thought it was a good opportunity," Reinoehl told the Daily News.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Rain dampens participation in Spooktacular 5K event
Despite the rain, 40 people still participated in the 10th Annual Oblong Spooktacular 5K Saturday. Nearly 100 registered men, women, and children were poised and ready for the event, but the number who crossed the finish line was much smaller, chiefly due to the continual rain. Those who did finish ranged in age from 7 to 76.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

IECC looking for chancellor to replace Bruce
The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District is opening up the search for a new chancellor.

IECC Board of Trustees Chairman G. Andrew Fischer announced today an open invitation for applications for the position.

It was explained IECC is searching for "a leader who can build on our history, while inspiring and championing a collective vision for the future."

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

County will benefit from capital plan
Crawford County could be looking at nearly $20 million in road and bridge repairs as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation this week released the department's annual Multi-Year Plan of road and bridge projects across the state.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Service dog will brighten Oblong kids' days
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education took care of a few routine matters and also approved a service dog at its meeting Monday.

The board approved a service dog request at Oblong High School and Oblong Grade School. The dog will not be at the schools to service the needs of any specific student, but will rather be a friendly face for the kids to see as they enter the schools to get their day off to a positive start.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Part of Unit 2's ex-Heath facility offered to RFPD dept.
Part of Robinson Unit 2's South Jackson Street property may soon have a new owner.

The Unit 2 board Monday voted to transfer ownership of the seven southernmost lots of the property to the Robinson Fire Protection District. The lots, previously used for bus parking, contain no structures and adjoin the Robinson Fire Station property.

The fire protection district board still must vote to approve the transfer before the transfer can be finalized, Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick said.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Unit 3 budget submitted; shooter drill a success
The fiscal year 2019 budget for Palestine Unit 3 has been submitted to the state. Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell informed the school board at Monday night's meeting that last month's approved budget is now squared away.

This year's budget calls for projected revenues of more than $3.72 million, and expenditures of $3.65 million.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

H'ville board OKs audit, policies
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education approved the annual audit and made personnel changes during Monday night's meeting.

Kemper CPA Group performed the annual audit of the school district and found nothing out of the ordinary. They also noted the district was in good financial shape with the exception of some fund balances which they attributed to timing on receipt of revenue and expenses.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Proposed solar farm would save money, train students
A plan to use solar panels to power Lincoln Trail College may not only save Illinois Eastern Community Colleges money, it could help train students to work in a growing technological field.

First, however, LTC must be approved for participation in a state program that will drastically cut the net cost of the project.

The IECC board of trustees this week approved a project management agreement with Tick Tock Energy for construction of a solar array at LTC.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tourism growing in state and county
Tourism continues to grow in the State of Illinois and Crawford County.

The Illinois Office of Tourism recently announced both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $41.7 billion in 2018 which is a $2 billion boost to the state's economy since 2017. More than 117 million visitors came to Illinois in 2018 - the eighth consecutive year of record tourism growth in the state - contributing to an increase of visitor spending, tax revenue and local jobs.

Friday, October 18, 2019

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