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January 18, 2019 


Shutdown shouldn't affect local food benefits
A state agency is assuring citizens that the government shutdown will not keep them from getting needed benefits.

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be funded through the end of February, but they will be issued to Illinois customers on or before Jan. 20. Typically, benefits are issued in the first few days of the month.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RHS band's bowl trip a blast
About 70 Robinson High School students rang in the new year performing in Tampa, Fla.

Members of the RHS Marching Maroons traveled to Tampa to participate in the 2019 Outback Bowl. They were accompanied by band director Justin Murray, colorguard director Jessica Cheesman, their fellow Robinson Unit 2 staff members Chris Jansen, Andrew Flynn and Dan Brickner, principal Victoria McDonald and 15 chaperones.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Chamber director ready with new ideas
The new executive director of the Robinson Chamber of Commerce is starting off the New Year with a new look and new ideas.

Lisa Schaefer was recently hired to replace Mary Kindt, who retired last month after serving the chamber and community since 2002.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Righter opposes pay increases for Pritzker agency officials
Crawford County's state senator is opposed to pay increases for officials in the new administration.

The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to pass a measure that authorizes an increase in salaries for agency officials who will be serving in the administration of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hutsonville looks at cost of 'emergency' water
The Village of Hutsonville has a new trustee, and the village board is weighing the cost of water in times of an emergency.

During Tuesday night's meeting Jim Sikorsky was named to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Ryan Terry, after Terry resigned because of moving out of the village. Sikorsky has been a resident and homeowner in Hutsonville for around 10 years, and works in the information technology/computer industry. He has served on several organizational boards, but this is the first time he has served an elected position.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

County board again looks at PTELL vote
After many years, the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law may again be put to a vote by Crawford County residents.

The Crawford County Board Thursday will consider a resolution to place a referendum on the April 2 ballot to "limit annual property tax extension increases in Crawford County."

Thursday, January 10, 2019

City council approves variance for garage
Three items were taken care of quickly during Tuesday night's Robinson City Council meeting.

Gerod and Desiree Briggs were on hand to see if their variance request for a metal garage on their property was approved.

While they did not speak to the council during the meeting, Alderman Barbara Alexander said they would like to have a 40x76 foot metal garage added to their property at 10399 E. 1150th Ave. This also includes a 12-foot attached porch.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vixen found after long journey in holiday miracle
The elusive white Great Pyrenees, Vixen, has been caught and is receiving love and care.

"It was a Christmas miracle," said Crawford County Animal Control Officer Denise McKinney.

For almost three months the agency has been working to catch a large-breed white dog running loose along Illinois Route 1 near Gordon Junction.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Man arrested on charges of child pornography
Alleged lewd messages and photos sent to underage girls led to a Robinson man's arrest by the Robinson Police Department Friday.

According to the Robinson Police Department report, Thomas J. Attaway, 21, Robinson, was arrested about 6:02 p.m. on charges of child pornography and unlawful grooming, following an investigation.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Hospital's electronic health-record system went live Monday
Crawford Memorial Hospital's new computer health-record system went live Monday.

"We're excited the go-live date is finally here, after months of intense training and development," CMH Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski said. "Just like when we expand our physical hospital, this is an investment in patient care and the future of CMH."

Patients may notice some minor delays or changes in the short term as staff implements this new system.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

RPD officer rescues man from house fire
A Robinson police officer is being recognized for "just doing his job" by dragging a man to safety after his house had caught fire New Year's Eve.

Robinson K-9 Officer Nathaniel Nicklaus was captured on dash camera video dragging fire victim Carl Tarwater, 64, Robinson, to safety from a New Year's Eve fire. Nicklaus' actions may have saved Tarwater's life, buy Nicklaus says he was "just doing his job."

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Shutdown puts crimp in village's wastewater plans
The Village of Palestine is laying the groundwork for some major sewer projects in the coming months.

The village is pursuing grants that will enable it to make improvements at the lagoon and also to map and inspect the miles of sewer lines beneath the ground.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Oblong to curb e-cigs, review mobile homes
January is a good time for housekeeping and planning, and the Oblong Village Board did a little of both Wednesday night.

Along the order of housekeeping, the board approved an ordinance change that would include electronic smoking devices ("vaping") along with cigarettes when it comes to where they can be used. They are no longer allowed within 10 feet of seating areas, and basically must follow the same regulation as cigarette smoke. In addition, local police can now write rule-breakers a citation.

Friday, January 04, 2019

County jobless rate increases slightly
Crawford County unemployment rates nudged slightly upward in November.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up from 4.9 percent in both November 2017 and October.

Friday, January 04, 2019

Another suspect arrested in Saratoga burglary
Just over a week after an arrest was made following a reported burglary in Palestine early this month, the Palestine Police Department arrested another local resident, who was also charged with another crime reported recently.

According to Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing, Keondre Weck, 18, Robinson, was taken into custody about 5:55 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of Vincennes Avenue.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

County dealing with new laws taking effect
Crawford County is taking steps to comply with new laws, but it's not always easy.

Keeping up with new state mandates requires money and space, two things local governments don't always have in abundance.

In the case of one law, however, the county had just what was needed.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Junior-high, high-school X-C both see success
Editor's note: This is the fourth and last in a series of articles compiled by Tom Compton of the Daily News staff reviewing local news highlights from 2018. Dates indicate when the original article appeared, so time and date references in the highlight are relative to that date.
Wednesday, January 02, 2019

State finally passes budget; area senior-care facility comes under fire
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles compiled by Tom Compton of the Daily News staff reviewing local news highlights from 2018. Dates indicate when the original article appeared, so time and date references in the highlight are relative to that date.
Friday, December 28, 2018

Strawbridge has trial date; Phillippe trial rescheduled
A man accused of murder has a trial date in Crawford County Circuit Court, while another defendant in the same case has had her trial rescheduled.

Jason Strawbridge, 45, is charged with first-degree murder, a Class M felony, in the July 24 shooting death of Sandra Kendall, 62, Bellair.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Restaurant's request for liquor license approved
The transfer of a liquor license to allow a bar to be installed at a Robinson restaurant was approved by the city council Tuesday night.

Mayor Roger Pethtel began the new business portion of the meeting by announcing that the owner of BackPorch Smokehouse would like to upgrade to an E-2 license from their current E-1.

Friday, December 28, 2018


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