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September 26, 2017 

August jobless rates stable in county, area
Crawford County's unemployment rate was relatively stable in August.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5.5 percent of the county's work force was unemployed but actively seeking new jobs during the month. This compares to 5.6 percent in August 2016 and 5.4 percent in July.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Oblong school board OKs '17-18 budget
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education gave finial approval to the 2017-18 school budget when it met Thursday.

The budget envisions an ending balance on June 30, 2018 of $2,196,968. The district begins the year with a balance of $1,879,626 and expects to see total revenues of $6,219,617 and total expenditures of $5,902,275.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Health department flu shot clinic is Monday
Believe it or not, flu season is almost here. Fortunately, the Crawford County Health Department is ready to help fight the ailment.

CCDH will host its first influenza vaccination clinic of the year from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at its offices, 202 N. Christopher, Robinson. This clinic will be for adults only.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Unit 3 considers tentative budget, school repairs
The Palestine Unit 3 school board heard reports on the first few weeks of school, approved a tentative budget, and briefly discussed reorganization and facilities planning.
Friday, September 22, 2017

Renovated CMH obstetrics unit to open soon
The long-awaited opening of Crawford Memorial Hospital's renovated obstetrics unit is getting closer.

The Illinois Department of Public Health inspected the completed unit earlier this week, CMH Board members learned Wednesday.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fest of Ale will bring new spirit to City Park
Local residents have long held strong opinions on when, where and how alcohol should be sold and served, but organizers believe this weekend's Crawford County Fest of Ale will open the tap for future events.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Burn ban lifted
Recent rain storms from the last few days have moistened the ground of Crawford County and allowed the sheriff's office to lift a burn ban that prohibited all open fires.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three killed in two accidents Monday evening
Crawford County Coroner Earl Deckard had the unpleasant task of notifying three Robinson families of the deaths of family members following two fatal accidents Monday.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

County reduces tax levy for upcoming fiscal year
Crawford County property owners should see a drop in the share of their real-estate taxes that goes to county government in 2018.

The Crawford County Board Thursday adopted a tax levy for the upcoming fiscal year that is 4.3 percent less that the actual amount collected this year.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Survey will gauge interest in rec center
There is a grassroots efforts underway to explore the feasibility of the construction of a county-wide recreation and sports complex.
Monday, September 18, 2017

Hutsonville expands liquor options
The Village of Hutsonville is looking at expanding the local liquor ordinance and is adding language on drug paraphernalia to an existing ordinance.

In a 4-1 vote the board approved creating a third, over-the-counter beer and wine sales license for a video gaming establishment. Trustee John Brooks was the only "no" vote, and not for moral or ethical reasons, but because of parking. Trustee Monte Newlin was not present.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Robinson prepares for October events
The fall festival season has arrived, and the City of Robinson is doing its part to prepare for events next month.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday was informed of some street closings that need to be made in preparation for the annual Heath Harvest Festival and Robinson First Baptist Church's Autumn Fest.

Monday, September 18, 2017

More spectators, contestants for this year's rodeo
The Pioneer City Rodeo continues to round up growing crowds and top competitors for Palestine's Labor Day Weekend festivities.

"What a weekend! Perfect weather, great turnout and great number of contestants," Rodeo Chairman Marcus Deckard said.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Illinois treasurer touring state to promote services
The state treasurer is Illinois' chief investment officer, but the position is much more than that, according to Michael Frerichs.

During a recent stop in Robinson, Frerichs discussed how, since being elected in November 2014, he has sought to increase revenues of the counties and tried to help provide consumers with what they need to improve their lives.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Crawford jobless rate dips between June and July
Several area counties saw unemployment figure rise slightly between June and July, but remain lower than in 2016.

Crawford County was one of the exceptions, however. Here, the rate dipped between months.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Crops: Dry weather lingers across state; corn, beans closer to maturity
Cooler weather prevailed in Crawford County and other parts of the state last week as corn and soybeans move closer to maturity.

Statewide, the average temperature was 68.9 degrees, 4.7 degrees below normal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A week earlier, the average temperature was 74.2 degrees, .2 degrees above normal.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

LTC is local collection point for flood relief
Local organizers are gathering help for Hurricane Harvey relief.

Lincoln Trail College is partnering with a national organization to gather items and collect monetary donations through Friday to help in the relief efforts for the historic storm.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Pioneer City ready to rock 'n' rodeo this weekend
Palestine is once again the place to be for Labor Day weekend, with a star-studded rodeo and plenty to do for all ages from Main Street to Leaverton Park.

This weekend's edition of the Pioneer City Rodeo will see top stock contractor Championship Pro Rodeo returning with more cowboys and cowgirls to compete for points, buckles and prize money.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Righter: Ed-reform bill will help local schools
With best-guess school budgets waiting for approval next month, the governor is expected to sign a newly passed education reform bill. And Crawford County's state senator calls it a "win" for downstate schools.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

School-merger group sending petition to ROE
The question of consolidation between Hutsonville and Palestine school districts moved one step closer to voters Monday night as the Committee of Ten voted to send the petition on to the Regional Superintendent of Schools.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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