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home : local news : local news August 24, 2016 


First responders to be honored with Sept. 6 dinner
Crawford County's first responders will be honored at a dinner is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Robinson Community Center.

Law enforcement, fire, emergency medical and rescue personnel will be recognized for their countless hours of community service during the dinner sponsored by the local chapter of Modern Woodmen of America.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Local farm family gets state honor
A Crawford County farm family has been honored during the Illinois State Fair for its conservation efforts.

The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Tuesday named Halter-Rich Farms as this year's Conservation Farm Family.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Elvis tribute next in concert series to support LTC
Elvis will be in the building ­- at least award-winning Elvis tribute artist Cody Ray Slaughter - supported by the David Fontana Show Band at the Zwermann Arts Center Theater on the campus of Lincoln Trail College Friday.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Police offer tips on safety as new school year begins
Today is the first day of school in Crawford County, and Robinson police want to remind everyone to be on the lookout for school buses and remind motorists of school-bus safety and laws.
Monday, August 22, 2016

Oblong Unit 4 board approves tentative budget
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Thursday night took the final few steps to prepare for the new school year by passing a tentative budget and putting staff in place.

The board approved a tentative budget, which will see the district in the red, and set a hearing date of Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:50 p.m.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Audit: CMH fiscally healthy
Crawford Memorial Hospital board members heard good news about CMH's finances Wednesday.

CMH again scored high on its annual audit performed by the firm of Kerber, Eck and Braeckel. And while revenues were down during the past year, the hospital is still in better shape than others its size around the country.

Friday, August 19, 2016

IECC approves 5-year plan for technology
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees approved an updated five-year technology plan and a tentative budget for fiscal 2017 Tuesday.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer nutrition program expands to meet kids' needs
The local Nutrition on Weekends program, having partnered with Robinson Elks Lodge 1188, recently completed two successful programs designed to help school children in need.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Unit 2 proposes new 'potentially balanced' budget
Robinson Unit 2 officials hope to end the new school year in the black.

"Considering where we could be, we're looking at a potentially balanced budget this year," Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick said.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Unit 3 discusses next 'committee of 10' steps
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Monday night approved policies regarding weighted grades, credit recovery and discussed the Committee of 10 process.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hutsonville board approves tentative budget
The first day of the new school year is Friday, and the Hutsonville Unit 1 School Board was putting the finishing touches in place at Monday's meeting.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Local highway workers looking for flooded areas
With the county under a flash flood watch until 7 a.m. Tuesday, Crawford County Highway Department employees are searching for submerged roadways.

Fortunately, according to County Engineer Justin Childress, none have been found so far.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

County board votes to draft video-game ordinance
The Crawford County Board has authorized the drafting of an ordinance that could allow video gaming at qualified locations in unincorporated parts of the county.

But that does not mean video gaming is legal in those areas, yet, nor does it mean the board was unanimous in its decision.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bricker here to sign new book
The incredible story of Oblong's Jen Bricker is now a book, and she will be back in Crawford County to sign copies Sunday and Monday.
Friday, August 12, 2016

City OKs new tool to deal with derelict property
The city of Robinson now has a better way to deal with derelict structures following Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Upon a request from City Attorney Frank Weber, the council approved an amendment to the city's nuisance ordinance which would shorten the time it takes for the city to deal with buildings damaged by fire or other factors.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Big events in Oblong, Flat Rock this weekend
It's time to return to Flat Rock for the annual Homecoming event this weekend.

It's just one of several events in the area, including the 30th annual Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

McDonald new RHS principal, Bemont at LES
Victoria McDonald never planned on being the new principal at Robinson High School. But, with the 2016-17 school year about to begin, that is exactly what she is.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Men arrested in three-county meth operation
Two Lawrence County men and a man from Arizona have been indicted by a federal grand jury on methamphetamine-related charges.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Oblong village board approves $17K grant to help chiropractor
The Oblong Village Board Wednesday night approved a medical office grant request, police software and bounce houses at the park.

A request for funds from the Deatherage Memorial Fund was approved for local chiropractor Dr. Crystal Ballew by the board.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Secretary of State again mailing plate reminders
Illinois drivers will soon be receiving reminders again that their license stickers are about to expire.

Secretary of State Jesse White announced Monday his office has reinstated the mailing of vehicle registration reminder notices to Illinois drivers.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016


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