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ROE's pre-K program moves to Senco site
A local pre-kindergarten program will start the school year in a new home.

Regional Superintendent of Schools Monte Newlin announced today that ROE 12's Storybrooke Pre-K Program has relocated for the 2017-18 school year to a new facility at the SENCO Training Center on Eaton Street.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bids for county tax sale due at treasurer Sept. 1
Local properties with overdue taxes dating back to 2013 will soon be going on the auction block.

Crawford County has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2013 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2014 and prior real estate taxes. The county will now offer the parcels and mobile homes obtained to the public.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Man held after Rt. 1 chase
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was involved in a lengthy car chase which traveled through three counties, and resulted in the arrest of an Indiana man Sunday.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Flat Rock, Oblong events kick off Friday night
The 40th annual Flat Rock Homecoming and 31st annual Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show offer something for everyone this weekend.
Friday, August 11, 2017

Unit 2 online registration runs through Sunday
There is still time to register Robinson Unit 2 students for the coming school year.

Online registration runs through Sunday. About 700 students have yet to sign up.

Friday, August 11, 2017

'Quick fix' for RHS gym floor to take a week
Efforts to restore the Robinson High School gymnasium floor to a useful condition were approved Monday.

Robinson Unit 2 board members, during a special meeting, authorized Missouri Floor Co. to perform a "quick fix" on the damaged floor so it can be used through the 2017-18 school year. The cost is not to exceed $20,000.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Gaming parlors may get to open on Sundays
Robinson's newest gaming parlor may have the city's permission to stay open on Sundays.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday agreed to develop a new ordinance to allow Lacey's Place on East Main to open from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays so the owner can keep up with financial demands.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Palestine looks at pool safety, plan for 'nanobrewery'
Palestine is continuing to look for ways to improve village ordinances about residential swimming-pool safety.
Monday, August 07, 2017

Man guilty of all charges in cop-shooting case
Keith D. "Skinny" McKinney opted not to testify in his own defense on Thursday, a decision he may now regret.

McKinney, 56, Lawrenceville, was later in the day convicted by a jury of eight women and four men of attempted first degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a felon, all felonies.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Oblong board prepares for coming events
The Oblong Village Board Wednesday night approved street closings for parades, and prepared for more festivals in the village.
Friday, August 04, 2017

Testimony continues in attempted-murder trial
Eyewitness Keith Larson is adamant that he saw Keith D. "Skinny" McKinney fire a weapon at Lawrence County Sheriff's Department Deputy Kyle Gilmore on Feb. 22, 2016.

So Larson testified Wednesday in Lawrence County Circuit Court in the trial of McKinney, who is charged with four felonies, including attempted murder.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Defense: Deputy's shooting was part of 'feud'
Lawrence County Sheriff's Department deputy Kyle Gilmore took the witness stand in Lawrence Circuit Court Tuesday and accused Keith D. "Skinny" McKinney of shooting him in the chest Feb. 22, 2016.
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hutsonville's Riverfest set to kick off Friday
A celebration on the Wabash River is in store at Hutsonville's annual Riverfest Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, August 03, 2017

Jury being selected for area cop-shooting trial
Before Keith D. "Skinny" McKinney can be put on trial, it's essential a jury be found.

That proved fairly difficult Monday, as only eight jurors - with a potential for three more - were seated by the time the first day of selections closed down shortly after 2 p.m.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Palestine residents face drug charges after search
A Palestine woman was arrested on multiple drug charges following a search conducted at a Palestine residence Saturday.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Registration gets underway for county's schools
It's time once again to sign students up for another school year.

Crawford County's four school districts have started, or are about to start, registration for the 2017-18 school year, with two district offering online registration only. Details follow.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Crawford Co. 4-H Auction totals more than $54K
Local 4-Hers were honored for their hard work at Thursday's annual auction. Over $54,000 was spent by many bidders throughout Crawford County at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, where the activities will come to an end Saturday.
Monday, July 31, 2017

Despite rains, hot and dry conditions still plague crops
Corn and soybeans here and across the state continue to struggle with hot, dry conditions.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the condition of the Illinois corn crop was rated at 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 49 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

Monday, July 31, 2017

City gaining 2 officers; property owner to comply
Robinson will gain two new part-time police officers and a street sweeper following action by the city council Tuesday night.

Aldermen took action on nine of the 11 items on the agenda, including resolving a property issue from January.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Crawford County Comic Con returns Saturday
San Diego Comic Con may be over for another year, but Crawford County is just gearing up for its own pop culture celebration.

Crawford County Comic Con - "C4: The Explosive Comic and Pop Culture Event" - is Saturday at Lincoln Trail College.

Thursday, July 27, 2017


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