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Fourth fest to begin Tuesday
Robinson's annual Fourth of July Celebration gets underway Tuesday at the Robinson City Park.

The event kicks off with rides provided by Shortline Amusements opening at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The band R2K performs at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 29, 2015

School funding likely to survive battle over state budget
Local schools will get more funding this year.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Wednesday to increase state funding for education, ensuring schools remain open even if a dispute between the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature leads to a partial government shutdown.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Council hears about status of derelict property
A home once thought to be improving has begun a slide back downwards, neighbors said, leaving to an unslightly and unsafe neighborhood.

The home at 1002 N. Robb St. was originally on the path to be condemned because of its dilapidated status, including caked dog feces, Mayor Roger Pethtel said during a Robinson City Council meeting Tuesday.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Conservation programs threatened by budget mess
Soil and water conservation programs in Crawford County and elsewhere face the loss of more funding if a state budget isn't approved soon.
Monday, June 29, 2015

Council approves rules for outdoor alcohol
Robinson now allows drinking in outdoor sections of businesses with a liquor license, if they have a wall around the eating/drinking area, after a city council vote Tuesday night.
Monday, June 29, 2015

Palestine residents asked to call 911 for police
To better serve the Village of Palestine, Police Chief Jeff Besing wants to remind residents to call Crawford County Dispatch or 911 for police assistance and not the village office.
Monday, June 29, 2015

Hospital moves on OB/nursery renovations
The complete renovation of Crawford Memorial Hospital's obstetrics unit and nursery is a go.

The CMH board Wednesday gave final approval for the project, clearing the way for Chief Executive Officer Don Annis to sign the contract with low bidder Hannig Construction.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Wabash out of its banks; should crest in a week
It's been two years since the Wabash River flooded heavily enough to be considered the fourth highest in history, and now state emergency managers are concerned again.
Friday, June 19, 2015

Telecom program scales new heights
Lincoln Trail College Telecommunications Technology Lead Instructor Jesse Allen says his program is facing a unique challenge.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

IECC trustees make way for tech center here
All four campuses in the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges are set to get new buildings, after the board approved sending plans for Olney Central College and Frontier Community College after a meeting Tuesday.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Enzo, Strauch head for nationals
A local law-enforcement team qualified for the national K-9 competition, after a competition and certification test in Charleston.

The team was Robinson police officer Dan Strauch and K-9 Enzo, who spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday competing.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Unit 1 board hears good things about reading
A report on reading programs started off the Hutsonville school board meeting Monday.

Diana Stephens, Title 1 teacher, said the program has used a variety of targeted tools, small groups and hands-on projects to improve reading levels.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kline hired as Palestine Grade School principal
Summer business for the Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Monday night included several personnel changes.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Oblong school board deals with personnel, budget items
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday night approved some personnel moves to get ready for the next school year.
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Connecting kids and technology is Palestine's summer-reading theme
Learning the importance of technology for the future is this year's Palestine Public Library summer reading theme.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

County board wants owners to remove demolished store
The owners of a partially-demolished building will be given the first chance to clean up its remains.
Monday, June 15, 2015

Day of Caring clears away community chores
Local residents donated almost 480 hours of labor to Hutsonville, Oblong, Palestine and Robinson during the United Way's Day of Caring.

The approximately 120 workers were so motivated and skilled they were able to take on additional tasks, said John Spitz, who organized the event.

Monday, June 15, 2015

City pool could open this month
The Robinson City Pool may be open by the end of the month, the Robinson City Council heard at their meeting Tuesday night.
Monday, June 15, 2015

Neighbors, prison object to shooting-range plans
Plans for a gun store and shooting range near Robinson were halted, at least temporarily, after denial of a zoning change Tuesday.
Monday, June 15, 2015

Hutsonville moves ahead on water, sewer grants
The Village of Hutsonville continues to move forward with water and sewer projects while as it seeks grants and additional revenue.
Monday, June 15, 2015

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