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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

County-wide burn ban in effect
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office has executed a county wide burn ban effective Friday until further notice.
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

Wine festival crowd can see CCA's art show
Crawford County Arts has announced its annual Crawford County Art Show.

The 29th annual show will be open to the public Sunday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 13, in its usual home at The Fife Opera House. During the second weekend (Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8) audiences can visit the artwork while also enjoying the Wabash Valley Wine and Art Fest.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Unit 2 says 6th graders can be on sports teams
Nuttall Middle School sixth-graders may again be able to participate in school sports this year following action by the Robinson Unit 2 school board Monday.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unit 3 school board still talking about re-organization
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education heard more about school re-organization options, school startup, approved a tentative budget and junior high softball cooperative.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Unit 1 still working towards consolidation with Palestine
The Hutsonville school board met in regular session Monday and were notified that things could be moving forward in regards to consolidation with Palestine.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yost challenging Phillips for 110th District
Parade season means political season as candidates old and new get out to press the flesh with voters. A new face this season is Jeremy Yost running for state representative.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

No new leads in England death, now 3 years old
Three years ago, Norman England was found dead in a rural Flat Rock home. And law enforcement is still looking for that piece of evidence that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed him.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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

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