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February 19, 2018 


Clerk explains early voting with Drury challenge
Crawford County voters can vote early after all, but some might get a "do-over" depending on the outcome of a state candidacy challenge.

Early voting was delayed because of legal wrangling over a would-be Democrat candidate for attorney general. State Rep. Scott Drury's name is on the March 20 Democrat ballot here but could be removed depending on a judge's decision.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hutsonville seeks new trustee as Bogard resigns
The Village of Hutsonville is looking for a new trustee, and will be looking into some street repair.

Village Trustee Jason Bogard submitted his resignation from the board Tuesday night. Bogard had moved out of the village a few months ago with plans to return in a short period of time. In his resignation to the board he stated he does believe he will be able to return as planned and does not believe he can continue to serve the community in the manor it deserves. He is also required to live in the village by ordinance.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

City works with pottery owners on cleanup plan
The Robinson City Council Tuesday paid $21,000 as part of an agreement to clean up the former Briggs pottery property.

During the last council meeting, the council approved a request from Randy and Tina Mikeworth to demolish and/or clean up the former manufacturing site between Reed Street and Hershey Chocolate.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Salt Fork reps address merger issues at meeting
Local residents had the chance to ask questions and voice concerns during the first of three town hall meetings hosted by the Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten Monday.

The meeting was opened by committee member and Hutsonville teacher Diane Wyman. She reminded those present that facts can be verified and opinions, while they may be factual, cannot. She then went on to introduce representatives from the Salt Fork School District to give a presentation on their own school consolidation challenges.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palestine school van stolen, found over weekend
The Palestine Police Department is investigating a case involving a stolen vehicle owned by the Palestine Unit 3 school district.

According to Chief Jeff Besing, about 11:30 p.m. Saturday he observed a white Chevrolet van with municipal license plates, which he knew was owned by the district, traveling north on Washington Street.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

County jobless rate still lower than last year
Crawford County unemployment took a slight bump upwards in December, but remained below the rate of a year earlier.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5.3 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up slightly from 4.9 percent in November, but somewhat less than the 5.9-percent rate posted in December 2016.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Consolidation group plans town meetings
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten meet Thursday night to discuss the upcoming town meetings and marketing.

The committee is working on an informational handout. It was reported that the committee has raise $500 to cover marketing costs. The plan is to use public meetings, traditional media and social media to provide as much information as possible to the public.

Monday, February 12, 2018

LTC Foundation designates $165,000 for tech, other campus projects
Big things are happening at Lincoln Trail College.

Two weeks ago, the Lincoln Trail College Foundation appropriated $165,000 for college projects that will be completed over the next six months.

Foundation Executive Director Rod Harmon is excited about the trajectory he sees the College taking.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Oblong village to help businesses with renovations
The Oblong Village Board approved application forms for TIFF district funds and discussed upcoming plans and projects Wednesday.

Money is now beginning to accumulate from the downtown TIFF district and Mayor Teresa Fielder and the Ad Hoc committee have been working on a way for downtown businesses to apply for the funds.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Broadway star brings Billy Joel tribute to LTC
It is not often that a Broadway performer makes it onto the stage of the Zwermann Arts Center on the campus of Lincoln Trail College, but for one night only, Michael Cavanaugh, a charismatic performer, musician and actor known for his piano and lead vocals in the Broadway musical Movin' Out, will bring his Billy Joel tribute to Robinson Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

State-level ballot challenge delays '18 early voting
Crawford County residents who wanted to get a jump on the election season and cast their ballots Thursday will just have to wait.

Thursday is the statutory start of early voting for the March 20 primary in Illinois. However, ballots are not available because of pending court proceedings at the state level, Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

County's 'abnormally dry' spell could end
Crawford County, along with much of the state, has been going through a dry spell in recent months, but that could be about to change.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about half of Illinois is experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Palestine working on Main St. properties
The Village of Palestine continues to move ahead with the condemnation and removal of two properties on Main Street.

The village has been working to improve or remove two properties on Main Street owned by David Matteson. Mayor Rob Byrley told trustees at Thursday night's village-board meeting that plans for the demolition of the south building are moving ahead with testing for asbestos coming soon.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Area firefighter charged in two cases of arson
A St. Francisville volunteer firefighter is in jail facing two counts of arson.

Kaleb Goodwin, 22, is being held without bond in Lawrence County Jail, accused of setting fire to vacant St. Francisville houses Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Restroom threat leads to lockdown
An area high school was placed on lockdown by administrators Tuesday, after a threatening message carved into a restroom wall gave cause for concern.

According to Unit 20 Schools superintendent Doug Daugherty, Lawrenceville High School was placed on lockdown shortly after noon.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Medal of Honor winner Davis to speak at RHIT
Duty, honor and country are principles that decorated Vietnam War hero and former Crawford County resident Sammy Lee Davis has upheld throughout his military career.

Davis lived in the Flat Rock area for many years. During that time, is was common for him to speak about his experiences, and the principles that guided him, to local students and civic groups.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

County is issued 'multiplier' for property taxes
A key factor in preparing this year's property tax bills has arrived.

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Crawford County native named to state fair board
A man with local ties has been appointed to the Illinois State Fair Board.

Cory Jobe was recently appointed to the State Fair Advisory Board by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Jobe and two other new members will strengthen the board by adding key professional experience in the areas of event promotion, entertainment, marketing and development.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Progress made on Pepsi site
Robinson City Council has taken the next step in preparing for the construction of Pepsi MidAmerica's new distribution center here.

It will be about two months before ground is broken in the Ridgway Industrial Park for the new facility. Robinson aldermen Tuesday heard a progress report about the project and approved a survey to be done on the property.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Crawford County deer-season total tops 2,000
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 147,535 deer during all 2017-18 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded on Jan. 14. The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 144,303 deer in 2016-17.
Thursday, January 25, 2018


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