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home : local news : local news October 24, 2016 

CMH seeking bids on radiology renovation work
It's been a long time coming, but Crawford Memorial Hospital is ready to embark on the final stage of its master plan.

The CMH board Wednesday authorized architect David Johnson to release drawings for Phase I of the renovation of the radiology department to potential bidders. The goal is to have bids to consider at the January meeting so work can begin sometime next year.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Unit 1 OKs final spots on Committee of 10
A good audit report was revealed, final preparations were made for the Committee of 10 and a co-op agreement for a junior-high scholastic bowl team was approved at Tuesday's Hutsonville Unit 1 school board meeting.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

IECC board responds to state budget mess by planning bond issue
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees plan to issue $6 million in funding bonds to help cover the costs of maintaining the district.

The IECC board, meeting Tuesday at Frontier Community College in Fairfield, approved a resolution declaring its intent to issue the bonds.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Unit 2 works on activity policy for homeschoolers
Robinson Unit 2 school-board members are continuing efforts to change district policy on homeschooled students participating in extracurricular activities.

"It's a more complex issue than just saying 'we didn't allow it last month and now we do,'" Quick said.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Unit 3 needs more Committee of Ten volunteers
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Monday night approved the lease of a bus, heard the audit report and discussed the Committee of Ten.

Unit 3 is still searching for people to serve on the Committee of Ten with Hutsonville.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Oblong school board approves deal with national purchasing co-op
With no tax levy or budget on the agenda, the Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education moved quickly though its meeting Monday.

The board approved an agreement with Buy Board National Purchasing Cooperative which will allow the district to compare prices on items it is already buying to get the best deals possible.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Report: Corn harvest mostly complete in area
As harvest in Crawford County and other parts of the state continues to progress at a good pace, some farmers have started sowing winter wheat.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois farmers had already planted 20 percent of the expected wheat crop by early last week.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Oblong man faces federal child-sex charges
An Oblong man is facing federal charges he attempted to lure a minor into sexual activity.

Dustin E. Noblit, 28, is also accused of child pornography offenses in a three-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury Oct. 4 Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced Friday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sheriff proposes kitchen addition to county jail
Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan would like to expand the Crawford County Jail.

During Thursday's meeting of the Crawford County Board, Rutan said he had included $15,000 in his budget requests for fiscal 2017 to hire an architect to look at the jail and draw up plans for a small addition that would provide space for a kitchen and existing employees and equipment.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Absentee, early voters already turning out
Early voting and absentee voting are both keeping the Crawford County Clerk's Office busy.

Local voters have been able to cast early ballots for the Nov. 8 general election at Clerk Fayrene Wright's office in the county annex building for more than two weeks.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ex-addict visiting area schools with story of hope
A former drug addict is telling his story next week at an area high school.

Admission will be free on Oct. 19, when Tim Ryan delivers his message in a 6 p.m. program in the Lawrenceville High School gymnasium.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Council approves craft-beer fest, but issues remain
There will be a craft-beer festival in Robinson next fall, despite some concerns from community members and aldermen. But the date is still up in the air.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hutsonville looks at condemnation progress
Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night reviewed condemned properties, cannabis possession, water and sewer operator contracts, village cleanup and the April elections.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

'Scary season' kicks off Friday
Looking to put a little friendly fright in your Halloween celebration? Check out these hauntingly good local attractions.

Kicking off the scary season, the Palestine High School Drama Club presents "Your Worst Nightmare" this weekend.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Utility ready to help with Matthew, but no calls yet
Hurricane Matthew is gone, but residents of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas continue to suffer from its after effects.

Rivers across eastern North Carolina continue to rise thanks to rainfall from the hurricane and evacuations are being ordered in cities along three different rivers. State resources are stretched to their limits.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spooktacular 5K kicks off big Oblong event
An annual fundraising event will benefit from its connection with the 50th anniversary of Oblong's Fall Follies.

The Oblong Spooktacular 5K, a a benefit race sponsored by the Oblong Chamber of Commerce and the Oblong Children's Christian Home, will kick off the celebration.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

State raising awareness of cybersecurity risks, offering online safety tips
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and Illinois officials are doing their part to help.

Reports on computer hacks and online information breaches are in the news almost daily. While the news stories come and go, the effects of having your personal information compromised can be long-lasting.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Holiday shoebox project underway
Local residents, organizations and churches are already gearing up for another season of give through the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Events planned to help Robinson cancer patient
Friends and family of Lisa Graham Miller, Robinson, will hosting several fundraising events over the next few weeks to help in her battle with cancer.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Palestine artist honored by state tourism office
The state tourism office has recognized a local business as part of the "Illinois Made" Program.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Tourism to honor official Illinois makers as part of its Illinois Made initiative.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

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