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Unemployment rates steady in county, area
Crawford and neighboring counties continued to show little change in unemployment rates during August.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5.6 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recent rains get harvest off to a slower start
Harvest is off to a slower start in Crawford County and other parts of Illinois than in recent years.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 9 percent of the state's corn crop had been harvested as of Monday. This was down from the five-year average of 14 percent.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Centennial is theme for Oblong homecoming
Another Crawford County high school is preparing to celebrate homecoming, but this time with a twist.

Oblong High School is celebrating its 100th anniversary during homecoming week beginning Monday.

Monday, September 26, 2016

CCHD says now is the time to get your flu shots
Fall is officially here Thursday and it's time once afgain for flu shots.

Crawford County Health Department announces it will host its opening flu vaccination clinic next week - from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 - at the department's offices.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Robinson opens extra-curriculars to home school kids
Home schooled students can now tryout for extra-curricular activities offered by Robinson Unit 2.

The Unit 2 school board voted 4-3 in favor of the change Monday. Now, Superintendent Josh Quick has to investigate how to implement it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Unit 3 School Board approves 2016-17 budget
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education approved a very black budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year and a number of other business items during Monday night's meeting.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Unit 1 making final Committee of Ten preparations
The Hutsonville Unit 1 school board took a step toward setting its portion of a new committee at its meeting Monday. Superintendent Julie Kraemer said that the time has come to discuss the makeup of the Committee of 10, which includes members of the Palestine Unit 3 school district.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Local Elks helping stock 'RHS Cares Pantry'
The local Elks Lodge is using a grant to help Robinson High School students through the RHS Cares Pantry.

Last year Robinson High School established the pantry to stock necessary items for students who may need something through the RHS Cares program. The pantry is stocked with a variety of personal hygiene items, clothing, food, school supplies and other things that a student might need in an emergency or short-term basis.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

City OKs nearly $20K in local tourism grants
Robinson City Council Tuesday night approved nearly $20,000 in tourism grants, heard updates on the Eaton Street project and approved the purchase of a new police-car computer.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hutsonville still working on abandoned property
The Village of Hutsonville continues to work on cleaning up abandoned properties. Tuesday night the village board also set trick-or-treat night and fall cleanup.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Oblong OKs levy, $19K business loan
The Oblong Village Board had a busy night Wednesday as they loaned money, approved use of the four-way stop and adopted the annual tax levy.
Friday, September 09, 2016

York Township Reunion festival Saturday
The calendar may say there is still almost two weeks left of summer, but the area fall festival season gets underway Saturday with the annual York Township Reunion Festival at West Union Park.
Friday, September 09, 2016

Organizers are happy with Labor Day event results
Nice weather and big crowds helped make the annual Palestine Labor Day Celebration a success during the weekend.

Palestine Chamber of Commerce members were "pretty well pleased" with how things went, parade committee head Janice Fuller said. "We couldn't have asked for better weather and we were glad it didn't rain until after the parade was over."

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Weather boost crowds at rodeo; competition fierce among top cowboys
Attendance for all three nights of rodeo in the Pioneer City Arena was up this year as perfect weather contributed to the crowds and fun.

"It was the spectators that made this happen," said Rodeo Chairman Marcus Deckard. "All three nights were up! Not sure on Saturday, since we have not had a night and year like that for awhile!"

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Bird found here with West Nile virus
A bird found in Crawford County has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first such case this year.

"The positive bird is an indication that West Nile virus is circulating in our area and individuals should take appropriate preventive measures to protect their health," according to Crawford County Health Department Environmental Health/ Emergency Response Coordinator Jerica Robinson.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

County working toward sale of Commercium
Although no buyer for the Commercium has been found, Crawford County officials are working toward the day when they can finally sell the building.

For months, the county has been preparing a "Commercium exit strategy" in hopes it will be able to sell the Robinson structure.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Trash in recycling totes a problem in Palestine
The Palestine Village Board is looking to improve the state of recycling in the village.

Palestine Mayor Pat Schofield told the board Thursday night she had recently visited Crawford County Solid Waste Management and was very surprised by some of the things she found out.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Schools are staying ahead of area impetigo outbreak
A reported impetigo outbreak in area schools has not reached Crawford County, but officials are keeping a watch out for the infectious skin disease.

According to a letter sent out by Martinsville school officials in Clark County, at least six area schools have been affected by the outbreak.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Travis named to 4-H Hall of Fame
An Oblong 4-H Club leader was recognized for her achievements at this year's Illinois State Fair.

Janice Travis was inducted as a member of the 2016 Illinois Hall of Fame Aug. 20, following 19 years of dedication to the Crawford County 4-H program.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Harmony Park fundraising tops first-year goal
Organizers of the Kiwanis Harmony Park Project are happy with the success of fund raising efforts to develop a special-needs-accessible Harmony Park at Washington Park.

The goal of the committee is to raise $20,000 each year for the next three years.

Monday, August 29, 2016


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