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March 22, 2019 


Five candidates running for three seats on Oblong Village Board
The Village of Oblong has five candidates running for three trustee seats.

Incumbents Jay Haines and Dave Hasty are running to retain their seats, while former mayor Keith Waldrop along with Carrie Sablone and Jennifer Coulter have also thrown their hats in the ring. Trustee Debi Wilson has chosen not to run for another term.

All three seats are four-year terms, and the top three vote-getters will be elected.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Strokes claim DJ 'Roger Dee's life
The voice that brought music, news, comfort and laughter to Crawford County for more than 50 years has gone silent.

"Roger Dee" Reynolds died at 9:28 a.m. EST Tuesday at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.

Reynolds suffered a stroke Feb. 28. He had spent the day working at the radio station and had just arrived home. He suffered a second stroke March 12.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Five candidates on Hutsonville Unit 1 ballot
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education has five candidates running for four trustee seats this election. Two candidates are running to retain their seats, Matt Draper and Travis Matthews, while three others, Connor McCoy, Mark Angel and Tanner Strohm, look to fill the seats vacated by Sherman Newlin and Bill Wyman. who have chosen not to run in this election.
Friday, March 22, 2019

Unit 2 tightening security with 'visitor management'
It may take a few seconds longer to enter Robinson schools starting in the fall, but it will mean increased security for staff and students.

The Robinson Unit 2 school board Monday authorized Superintendent Josh Quick to pursue purchase of a visitor management system for the four schools as the first step toward improved safety and security.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Hutsonville looking at co-op options
Competitiveness could be the driving force behind future athletic cooperatives between schools.

During Monday night's Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education meeting Superintendent Julie Kraemer explained the reasoning for looking at basketball and other sport cooperatives between Hutsonville, Palestine and Oblong. Hutsonville currently coops sports with Palestine, and the two schools agreed to coop football with Oblong last season.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Unit 3 may expand H'ville co-op
Concerns about the small number of athletes for certain teams have the Palestine Unit 3 school board considering expanding their co-op with Hutsonville.

The board Monday night discussed a meeting recently where administrators and athletic directors of Palestine, Hutsonville, Oblong, Martinsville and another district to be revealed later met to discuss the future of the "new" Little Okaw Valley Conference.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

OPH continues, stays with LOVC
The football co-op agreement between Oblong, Palestine and Hutsonville will go on and the team will stay with the Little Okaw Valley Conference.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Righter: No 'free ride' on SNAP benefits
Crawford County's state senator doesn't want a low-income food program detached from its work requirement.

Legislation seeking to make the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program work requirements voluntary was brought before members of the Senate Human Services Committee March 12.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Righter 'town hall' in Robinson next week
State Sen. Dale Righter will be in Robinson to discuss current issues Thursday, March 28.

Righter will play host to a town hall event at the Robinson City Hall Community Center from 6 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Two facing alcohol, gun, drug charges after stop
Drugs, alcohol and a gun landed two Robinson residents behind bars following an early morning traffic stop on Sunday.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Health department offering pneumonia vaccines, home colorectal screening kits
The Crawford County Health Department is offering pneumonia vaccinations and home colorectal cancer screening kits.

Special clinics are scheduled at the department for 8 to 11 a.m. Monday and March 25. No appointments are needed.

The pneumonia vaccine is recommended for individuals 65 and older who have not had a pneumonia shot within the last year. It is now recommended that two pneumonia doses be given one year apart. Most insurances are accepted.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Many candidates are unopposed April 2
While Crawford County residents will have to decide which candidate deserves their votes in several races in the April 2 consolidated election, there are also many where candidates are unopposed.
Friday, March 15, 2019

3 on ballot for community-college board
Three candidates are in the running for Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees in the April 2 consolidated election.

They are John Brooks of Hutsonville, James Lane of Robinson and Al Henager of Mount Carmel

Friday, March 15, 2019

Hutsonville looking at flood solutions
Hutsonville Village Board continues to look at ways to relieve flooding in several parts of the village.

During Tuesday night's meeting resident Stan Stevens came to the board to voice concerns about the increased flooding in the Hill Crest Street area on the north side of town. Stevens said the amount of flooding seems to get worse after every rain, and local residents would like the village or someone to see what can be done.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Danks retires after more than 28 years as police officer
The end of another era for a Robinson Police Department officer was approved at last night's Robinson City Council meeting.

Chief Chad Weaver announced that he had received a letter from Officer Bryan Danks announcing his intention to retire effective May 1.

"It has truly been an honor to serve the citizens of Robinson for over 28 years as a police officer," Danks said in his letter.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Robinson Chamber presents community awards
Two long-time members of the Robinson business community, a long-time employer and a group of young up-and-comers were honored during the annual Robinson Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday.

Nearly 140 guests were in attendance at the Robinson Community as individuals and businesses were recognized for their contributions to the community.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Oblong to now inspect older trailers brought in
There is no longer an age limit on manufactured homes in Oblong, but residents wanting to bring in older structures will have to get them inspected first.

The Oblong Village Board Wednesday passed an amendment updating the village's "mobile and modular home" ordinance.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Grousing aside, time to 'spring forward'
It's time to "spring ahead" again.

Time change for Crawford and surrounding counties is Sunday.

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, so Crawford County residents should turn their clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday - if they don't want to get up an hour late Sunday morning.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Free seminar series will focus on birth issues
Crawford County residents interested in learning more about birthing services need not call the midwife. Instead, she will be conducting a free public education series in Robinson this month.

Crawford County native Debra Lowrance is a certified nurse midwife, women's health nurse practitioner and a lactation consultant. She has worked in Decatur the past few years and is a professor at the University of Illinois.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Genealogists offer workshop on German heritage
While many have an intense interest in their German ancestry, deciphering another language can often be very difficult. To help with this dilemma the Wabash Valley Genealogy Society will be offering a presentation entitled "Researching Your German Ancestry: Some Helpful Hints." This program will be presented in the Vigo County Public Library lower level conference rooms Monday, March 11.
Monday, March 04, 2019


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