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May 20, 2019 


City council moving ahead on Allen Sanitarium demo
Robinson City Council squared away a few items on the former Allen Sanitarium during its meeting Tuesday.

During a previous meeting, the city agreed to buy the abandoned property with the goal of demolishing it.

Tuesday, aldermen agreed on a payment to redeem taxes for the property. They also received a quote for asbestos removal and began seeking bids for the building's demolition.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hutsonville fills vacant police-chief position, discusses drainage
The Village of Hutsonville reviewed a water drainage proposal and appointed a new chief of police during Tuesday night's meeting.

The first order of business Tuesday night was to administer the oath of office to recently elected trustees John Brooks, Bruce Callaway and Janice Zellers. Mayor Tina Callaway then passed out committee assignments, and reminded trustees that annual personnel reviews are do this month as well as the fiscal budget.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

County gets final property multiplier
Work can begin on preparing this year's property tax bills.

Crawford County has been issued a final property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Illinois Department of Revenue Director David Harris. The factor, often called the "multiplier," is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

'Spiritwalker' writes books on 'off-grid' living
A relative newcomer to Robinson is also an author who has published several books on topics such as herbalogy and living off the grid.

Merlyn Seeley, who sometimes used the pen name Spiritwalker, recently published Preparing For The Collapse - Growing, Foraging & Making Natural Medicine.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Little fieldwork getting done yet this crop season
Corn and soybean planting continue to progress slowly across the state.

Little could be accomplished last week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture; there was less than a single day suitable for fieldwork last week.

Statewide, the average temperature was 55.9 degrees, 1.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 3.22 inches, 2.33 inches above normal.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Robinson library districts gets $19,000 in per-capita funding
The Robinson Public Library District has received more than $19,000 from the state to purchase new items.

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White said the $19,296.25 per capita grant to the local library was part of grants totaling $15.4 million to 631 public libraries serving nearly 12 million patrons.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Part of nuclear sub to be added to area museum
Dedication of the USS Indianapolis SSN-697 Nuclear Submarine Monument will take place at 11 a.m. (EDT) June 8, at the Indiana Military Museum, at 715 S. Sixth St., Vincennes, Ind.

The ceremony represents a successful conclusion of a six-year effort to bring the Indianapolis to Indiana as a memorial to those who served not only on the 697 but on the two previous ships that carried the name Indianapolis.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Bruce retiring as CEO of area college system
Terry Bruce is retiring as chief executive officer of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.

Bruce, who was first chosen as CEO in March 1996 and has led the four-college system since then. His retirement is effective June 30.

IECC, which includes Lincoln Trail College as well as Olney Central College, Frontier College in Fairfield,, Wabash Valley in Mt. Carmel, has had four leaders. James Spencer, Harry Smith, Ron Hutkin and Bruce.

Friday, May 10, 2019

K-9 search results in cannabis find, 2 arrests
What started as a routine traffic stop for the Robinson Police Department on Thursday, ended in a tussle and a large amount of cannabis found inside the vehicle.

According to Sgt. Dan Strauch, about 7:41 p.m. a silver Chrysler Pacifica was pulled over for a traffic violation at Lincoln and Highland, but things took a different turn when the K-9 unit arrived.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Local carriers help with Stamp Out Hunger
With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday.

Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest single-day food drive.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Loads of success in Oblong cleanup
Oblong Mayor Teresa Fielder and trustees Wednesday night applauded spring cleanup efforts by village residents, and appropriated funds for village operations this coming year.

"I want to thank the public for their cooperation," Fielder said. She reported that Republic Services left town with three full trucks during spring cleanup and had to send an additional truck the following day to finish. She also noted the Ad Hoc Committee has been working with several local land owners and residents to clean up nuisance properties.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Colllege plans variety of kids' summer events
Tara Gallion, Children's Summer Theater director and Vicky Bonelli, coordinator of community learning, are announcing summer programs for elementary and middle-school students including an expanded theater workshop and several College for Kids options.
Thursday, May 02, 2019

More painting fundraisers for children's home
After a successful painting party April, the Oblong Children's Christian Home is planning for two more painting fundraisers May 4 and July 2. The public may register and participate in either or both of these events.
Thursday, May 02, 2019

Crawford one of 11 counties at risk for measles
Crawford County is among 11 Illinois counties believed to be at high risk for a measles outbreak, according to the Crawford County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The cause for concern is the low vaccination rate among local school children, CCHD Nursing Supervisor Jenna Lee Thompson explained.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Shimer retires at LTC, takes United Way post
The Board of the United Way of Crawford County has announced the hiring of Barbara Shimer for its community resource representative position.

Shimer has recently retired as the Theatre and Arts Director at Lincoln Trail College and is a well-known community activist.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Commercium sells for $8,500 at Friday auction
The Commercium has sold.

About 20 people turned out for the auction of the previously county-owned building on South Cross Friday. Auctioneer Bob Fiscus confirmed the structure brought in $8,500.

This was less than hoped for, but as Fiscus pointed out, the sale achieved the county's primary goal: it is "no longer in the business of handling real estate rental property."

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

City council OKs budget; Sutfin joins police board
Changes were made to the Robinson Police Commission Board following last night's city council meeting.

During the meeting, Mayor Roger Pethtel revealed that the city had received a letter of resignation from Joe Davis, who is resigning because of health concerns.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Angel, McCoy officially join Unit 1 school board
The Hutsonville Board of Education reorganized and began making plans for the end of this year and the start of next.

The district said goodbye to long time board members Bill Wymann and Sherman Newlin, and welcomed new board members Mark Angel and Connor McCoy. Current board members Matt Draper and Travis Matthews again took the oath office with Angel and McCoy, with their reelection to the board.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Three newcomers sworn in to Unit 2 board
It was a short meeting, but when it was finished, the Robinson Unit 2 school board officially had three new members, two new officers and a new meeting time.

The Unit 2 board re-organized Tuesday, welcoming three new members in the wake of the recent consolidated election.

Taking the oath of office were newcomers Dr. Michael Elliott II, Mary Jane Parker and Veronica Murphy, as well as re-elected incumbent Amy Stone.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Robinson man to get 25 years for conviction of child sex assault
A Robinson man will spend the next 25 years of his life prison after being found guilty of a child sex crime.

Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich announced Monday that Alfred Waldrop, 56, was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for the felony offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


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