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January 23, 2019 


Citizens' information helps in Palestine arrests
The arrests of two people made last month in Palestine would not be possible without the aid of some anonymous citizens.

In December the village's Saratoga Tavern was found broken into with an undetermined amount of alcohol and cash missing. Chief Jeff Besing asked the public for help and announced that Crawford County Crimestoppers would reward any with information leading to the thieves arrest a total of $300.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Safari makes science fun
When you mix some chemicals with water (above), they build up gas and can't be contained. Seventh-graders learned about this concept during the Science Safari held in the Robinson Community Center Thursday, and sponsored by local companies and the University of Illinois Extension Service.
Friday, January 18, 2019

IDOT offers safety tips for weekend's big winter storm
The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a winter storm arriving this evening will make travel a challenge throughout much of Illinois, with some areas to the north possibly receiving up to 8 inches of snow. Everywhere, motorists should be prepared for high winds and colder temperatures persisting through the weekend, causing drifting and icing even on treated surfaces.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Comedy night for CEO
The 2019 Crawford County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) class is having a comedy night, Saturday, Feb. 16, hosted by Lincoln Trail College and catered by Empty Pocket Creations.
Friday, January 18, 2019

CMH trying for pilot program to help veterans
Crawford Memorial Hospital hopes to get a grant that will allow it to provide more services to area veterans.

Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski told the CMH board Wednesday the hospital was asked by the Illinois Critical Hospital Network to participate in a pilot program to develop programs to help veterans. It hopes to get a grant from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to fund it.

Friday, January 18, 2019

New licensing law could cost small gun dealers
A new gun law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will increase costs to owners of small gun shops and could drive some out of business.

In Chicago, surrounded by gun violence survivors, prevention advocates, community leaders and elected officials who have worked to require licenses for gun dealers, the governor signed SB 337, a measure intended to combat illegal gun trafficking. Illinois is the 16th state to require gun dealers to be certified by the state.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Shutdown shouldn't affect local food benefits
A state agency is assuring citizens that the government shutdown will not keep them from getting needed benefits.

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced that February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be funded through the end of February, but they will be issued to Illinois customers on or before Jan. 20. Typically, benefits are issued in the first few days of the month.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RHS band's bowl trip a blast
About 70 Robinson High School students rang in the new year performing in Tampa, Fla.

Members of the RHS Marching Maroons traveled to Tampa to participate in the 2019 Outback Bowl. They were accompanied by band director Justin Murray, colorguard director Jessica Cheesman, their fellow Robinson Unit 2 staff members Chris Jansen, Andrew Flynn and Dan Brickner, principal Victoria McDonald and 15 chaperones.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Chamber director ready with new ideas
The new executive director of the Robinson Chamber of Commerce is starting off the New Year with a new look and new ideas.

Lisa Schaefer was recently hired to replace Mary Kindt, who retired last month after serving the chamber and community since 2002.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Righter opposes pay increases for Pritzker agency officials
Crawford County's state senator is opposed to pay increases for officials in the new administration.

The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to pass a measure that authorizes an increase in salaries for agency officials who will be serving in the administration of new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Hutsonville looks at cost of 'emergency' water
The Village of Hutsonville has a new trustee, and the village board is weighing the cost of water in times of an emergency.

During Tuesday night's meeting Jim Sikorsky was named to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Ryan Terry, after Terry resigned because of moving out of the village. Sikorsky has been a resident and homeowner in Hutsonville for around 10 years, and works in the information technology/computer industry. He has served on several organizational boards, but this is the first time he has served an elected position.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

County board again looks at PTELL vote
After many years, the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law may again be put to a vote by Crawford County residents.

The Crawford County Board Thursday will consider a resolution to place a referendum on the April 2 ballot to "limit annual property tax extension increases in Crawford County."

Thursday, January 10, 2019

City council approves variance for garage
Three items were taken care of quickly during Tuesday night's Robinson City Council meeting.

Gerod and Desiree Briggs were on hand to see if their variance request for a metal garage on their property was approved.

While they did not speak to the council during the meeting, Alderman Barbara Alexander said they would like to have a 40x76 foot metal garage added to their property at 10399 E. 1150th Ave. This also includes a 12-foot attached porch.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vixen found after long journey in holiday miracle
The elusive white Great Pyrenees, Vixen, has been caught and is receiving love and care.

"It was a Christmas miracle," said Crawford County Animal Control Officer Denise McKinney.

For almost three months the agency has been working to catch a large-breed white dog running loose along Illinois Route 1 near Gordon Junction.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Man arrested on charges of child pornography
Alleged lewd messages and photos sent to underage girls led to a Robinson man's arrest by the Robinson Police Department Friday.

According to the Robinson Police Department report, Thomas J. Attaway, 21, Robinson, was arrested about 6:02 p.m. on charges of child pornography and unlawful grooming, following an investigation.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Hospital's electronic health-record system went live Monday
Crawford Memorial Hospital's new computer health-record system went live Monday.

"We're excited the go-live date is finally here, after months of intense training and development," CMH Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski said. "Just like when we expand our physical hospital, this is an investment in patient care and the future of CMH."

Patients may notice some minor delays or changes in the short term as staff implements this new system.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

RPD officer rescues man from house fire
A Robinson police officer is being recognized for "just doing his job" by dragging a man to safety after his house had caught fire New Year's Eve.

Robinson K-9 Officer Nathaniel Nicklaus was captured on dash camera video dragging fire victim Carl Tarwater, 64, Robinson, to safety from a New Year's Eve fire. Nicklaus' actions may have saved Tarwater's life, buy Nicklaus says he was "just doing his job."

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Shutdown puts crimp in village's wastewater plans
The Village of Palestine is laying the groundwork for some major sewer projects in the coming months.

The village is pursuing grants that will enable it to make improvements at the lagoon and also to map and inspect the miles of sewer lines beneath the ground.

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Oblong to curb e-cigs, review mobile homes
January is a good time for housekeeping and planning, and the Oblong Village Board did a little of both Wednesday night.

Along the order of housekeeping, the board approved an ordinance change that would include electronic smoking devices ("vaping") along with cigarettes when it comes to where they can be used. They are no longer allowed within 10 feet of seating areas, and basically must follow the same regulation as cigarette smoke. In addition, local police can now write rule-breakers a citation.

Friday, January 04, 2019

County jobless rate increases slightly
Crawford County unemployment rates nudged slightly upward in November.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up from 4.9 percent in both November 2017 and October.

Friday, January 04, 2019


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