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December 15, 2017 


Units 3, 4 agree to co-op football
Friday nights in Crawford County could look a bit different next fall after two schools approved a football co-op agreement for the 2018 season.

The Oblong Unit 4 and Palestine Unit 3 school boards approved an intergovernmental agreement to play football together, possibly as soon as next season.

Friday, December 15, 2017

IECC lets Lake Land keep prison-ed programs
Lake Land College will continue to offer educational programs to inmates at the Robinson and Lawrence correctional centers under an agreement with Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Kraemer seeks to add resource officer to duties
The Village of Hutsonville and Hutsonville Unit 1 are working towards a unique solution to the security and safety of the schools.
Friday, December 15, 2017

Robinson residents' electric rates to decrease
Robinson residents will find their electric rates from Ameren Illinois going down the next few years, Mayor Roger Pethtel told the Robinson City Council Tuesday.

Rates will drop after the first of the year and again after 18 months, Pethtel announced during the council meeting.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hutsonville board takes care of end-of-the-year issues
The Hutsonville Village Board cleared up some old business and made way for new as trustees closed out 2017.

The board approved wastewater and water operator contracts with Shannon Woodard earlier this year, and submitted copies to the Illinois EPA as required. Apparently the contract were not worded correctly for the IEPA and had to be reworded and resent.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Jury awards $5.3M in nursing-home case
A company that owns a Robinson long-term care facility has been hit with an almost $5.3 million jury award in a lawsuit filed by a former employee at one of its other facilities.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Horticulturists explain mistletoe history, mystique
Decorating with mistletoe has been a holiday tradition for many centuries in North America and Europe. But why do we have this strange tradition that prompts friends, family, and even enemies to kiss when they meet underneath mistletoe?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

With demo, Hardinville school passes into history
A piece of Crawford County history is gone following the demolition of the former Hardinville School.

The school, which once housed students in kindergarten through eighth grade, was torn down late last month. Owner Gareld Bilyew said the structure was "in very poor condition."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Two weekend accidents result in three deaths
Illinois State Police handled two accidents that resulted in three deaths during the weekend.

A double-fatality crash occurred at 10:28 p.m. Friday on Interstate-57 in Effingham County.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Two more file for precinct committeeman positions
Two more local men have filed to run for precinct committeeman positions.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Pepsi to build new distribution center in Robinson
Pepsi is coming to town.

Robinson Mayor Roger Pethtel today announced the city has received official notice that Pepsi MidAmerica will build its new distribution center here.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Police chase through school causes lockdown
A traffic stop led to a foot pursuit through Robinson High School Thursday afternoon.

Derek Allen Watson, 26, West Salem, was arrested following a vehicle stop and foot chase through the high school.

Monday, December 04, 2017

West York man killed in wreck near Lawrenceville
A Crawford County man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 50 about a mile east of Lawrenceville early Thursday.
Monday, December 04, 2017

More candidates file for upcoming election
A Democrat has joined the race for Crawford County Sheriff.
Monday, December 04, 2017

Unit 1 discusses football co-op, participation
Despite not being on the agenda Monday, a good portion of Hutsonville Unit 1 school board meeting was spent discussing the condition of the high-school football program it shares with Palestine Unit 3.

Superintendent Julie Kraemer told board members discussions of a co-op in football with Oblong Unit 4 have restarted after Oblong representatives offered an invitation by mail recently to both Palestine and Hutsonville.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unit 2 board reviews health/life safety survey
The latest round of health/life safety projects may cost Robinson Unit 2 schools a lot less than 10 years ago.

The preliminary results of the state-mandated 10-year Health/Life Safety Survey were discussed during Monday's Unit 2 school board meeting. Based on architect's estimates, Robinson school may need more than $2.8 million in Life Safety repairs and renovations during the next decade. That is down from $6.5 to $7 million in the 2007 survey.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unit 3 board discusses sale of modular building
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Monday night approved two early graduations, a school-sponsored trip, and discussed the sale of the old modular classroom.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Oblong Unit 4 board adopts new tentative tax levy, approves coaches
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday night approved a tentative tax levy and approved a field trip request.

The tentative tax levy approved is based on an Equalized Assessed Valuation of $53 million. A hearing date was set for Dec. 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Merger petition OK'd for ballot
The petition for the consolidation of the Hutsonville Unit 1 and Palestine Unit 2 school districts has been approved the the State Superintendent of Schools and can now be placed on the March 2018 ballot.
Monday, November 20, 2017

CMH helping with helmets
Crawford Memorial Hospital is practicing "preventative medicine" with a donation that will protect local high-school football players from concussions.
Friday, November 17, 2017


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