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home : local news : local news March 26, 2015 


City council approves pool expansion project
After numerous meetings, updates and votes, the Robinson City Council has approved nearly $1 million to upgrade and expand the City Pool.

The pool has been in operation since 1955, seeing several rebuilds and upgrades in that time.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Century-old oil well creates headaches for new property owner
A 100-year-old oil well is creating problems for a Robinson home owner.

A water leak in the front yard at 207 E. Cherry, Robinson, had home owner Laura Meadows worried and frustrated.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hill's fitness to stand trial to be tested
The man charged with four class one felonies for allegedly telling people he was going to blow up the courthouse was scheduled to have his preliminary hearing on that charge Thursday.
Monday, March 23, 2015

Hospital board OKs 'aggressive' budget for FY '16
A new budget, new equipment and new hirings were topics at Wednesday's Crawford Memorial Hospital Board meeting.
Friday, March 20, 2015

Soil temps on the rise, planting just around the corner
With the first day of spring two days away, farmers in Crawford County and other parts of the state are getting ready for planting season.

Soil temperatures have been increasing statewide, while soil moisture levels remain high, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

IECC changes tuition waiver policy and cap
The Illinois Eastern Community College Board of Trustees met Tuesday night for their monthly meeting.

Changes were approved to the tuition waiver policy.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sign-ups for Head Start beginning later this month
Robinson area residents with children between the ages 3 and 5 who will not go to kindergarten in the fall but who would like their children to receive comprehensive preschool services can sign up for Head Start later this month.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Unit 1 board continues to discuss reorganization feasibility study
The discussion of a study that suggested the merger of Palestine and Hutsonville school districts continues.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Unit 2 looks at summer sports opportunities
Robinson Unit 2 school board members want the district's athletes to do well at sports, but they want them to enjoy some free time, too.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Oblong rehires teachers, approves power agreement
Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education members are beginning to get their personnel for the next school year in order.

During Monday's meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Miranda Waddell as high school cheer coach effective at the end of the school year and Dave Hasty's retirement as high school teacher effective the end of the 2018-19 school year.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Righter appointed to Unfunded Mandates Task Force
State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) has been appointed to the Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task Force chaired by Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hutsonville alum accepted into EIU art show
A former Hutsonville man received an art scholarship award.

Jacob Milam, Olney, formerly of Hutsonville, received the Irene Couchman Buzzard Scholarship for fine crafts.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Residents can claim Earned Income Tax Credit
Last year 1,409 working individuals and families in Crawford County received more than $3 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. That is an average of $2,186 per household.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Governor's order results in boost for union here
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner fired the first shot across the bow last month against the public sector labor unions by ordering an end to a requirement that workers pay dues even if they decide not to join a union.
Friday, March 13, 2015

City pool project gets $60,000 in tourism money
A grant of $60,000 from the city's tourism committee will benefit the renovation of the city pool.

During the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting Monday, Director Mike Shimer gave an update on the project.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Man gets 4 years on pot charge
A Palestine man has been sentenced to prison on charges of delivering marijuana to a confidential source.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Health officials warn of child poisoning threat from cigarettes
The Crawford County Health Department is joining other health groups in efforts to prevent childhood poisoning by tobacco.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Berty earns Chamber's lifetime-achievement honor
The Robinson Chamber of Commerce gave awards to community members and businesses during their annual banquet Monday night at the Robinson Community Center.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LTC plans reception, other events to celebrate 40 years of theater
Lincoln Trail College Theater is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

In 1975, the first musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Phil Evans, kicked off the theater department. Since then, it has presented 88 plays and musicals to the community.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Trailer-park homicide investigation continues
The investigation into the homicide of Louis "Steve" Reifsteck, 58, Robinson, continues.

Reifsteck was found dead at his home in Bennett's Trailer Park at 1:57 p.m. Sunday, March 1, after a welfare check.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


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