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February 24, 2018 

IECC board OKs tuition increase at four colleges
The cost of attending Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is going up.

Citing the continued uncertainty of state funding for the community college system, IECC trustees Tuesday voted to increase tuition at the district's four colleges. Tuition will go up $5 per semester hour to $88 beginning with the upcoming summer term.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Paris coach hired for RHS football
Robinson High School has a new head football coach.

The Robinson Unit 2 school board Tuesday hired Casey Pinnell to take the helm of the Robinson Maroons beginning with the 2018-19 season. He will take over for the retiring Tim Nolen.

This will be the Paris native's second head coaching position. Pinnell has worked as head coach for Tri-County in Shiloh for three years. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Paris and Danville.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Unit 1 board approves 2018-19 school calendar
The Hutsonville Unit 1 board Tuesday night adopted the 2018-19 school calendar.

The school year will start August 15 and 16 with teacher's institutes and the first day for students will be Friday, Aug. 17. Christmas break will begin Dec. 21 with an early dismissal and students will return Tuesday, Jan. 8. A teacher's institute is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RHS informing students, reviewing safety measures
Recent events have Robinson Unit 2 officials reviewing safety and security measures.

The most-recent school shooting in Florida prompted discussion during Tuesday's school board meeting at Robinson High School.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Palestine board hires new principal for grade school
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Tuesday night hired a new grade-school principal, sold the old modular building behind the high school and answered a few consolidation questions.

Elementary teacher Jessica Sisil will be the new grade-school principal for the 2018-19 school year. Current Principal Robbie Kline will become the Title I teacher/director.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Area 12-year-old faces felony charge following threats
Local law enforcement is taking all threats seriously after the shooting that killed 17 in Florida.

"Threats of school shootings are very serious matters that the State's Attorney's Office and all members of law enforcement in Crawford County take very seriously," Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich told the Daily News.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'Auction' to help communities with broadband
Locations in Crawford and neighboring counties are among the nearly 36,000 rural homes and businesses in Illinois currently unserved by high-speed Internet service that could get connectivity in the near future with the help of a federal program.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Election-judge mandate eased by county board
Precincts that have trouble finding five election judges for the March 20 primary will be permitted to make do with three, following a vote by the Crawford County Board.

Board members Thursday approved a resolution that reduce the required number of election judges to three per precinct. This should help less populous precincts that have had problems finding five people to work the polls.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Clerk explains early voting with Drury challenge
Crawford County voters can vote early after all, but some might get a "do-over" depending on the outcome of a state candidacy challenge.

Early voting was delayed because of legal wrangling over a would-be Democrat candidate for attorney general. State Rep. Scott Drury's name is on the March 20 Democrat ballot here but could be removed depending on a judge's decision.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hutsonville seeks new trustee as Bogard resigns
The Village of Hutsonville is looking for a new trustee, and will be looking into some street repair.

Village Trustee Jason Bogard submitted his resignation from the board Tuesday night. Bogard had moved out of the village a few months ago with plans to return in a short period of time. In his resignation to the board he stated he does believe he will be able to return as planned and does not believe he can continue to serve the community in the manor it deserves. He is also required to live in the village by ordinance.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

City works with pottery owners on cleanup plan
The Robinson City Council Tuesday paid $21,000 as part of an agreement to clean up the former Briggs pottery property.

During the last council meeting, the council approved a request from Randy and Tina Mikeworth to demolish and/or clean up the former manufacturing site between Reed Street and Hershey Chocolate.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Salt Fork reps address merger issues at meeting
Local residents had the chance to ask questions and voice concerns during the first of three town hall meetings hosted by the Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten Monday.

The meeting was opened by committee member and Hutsonville teacher Diane Wyman. She reminded those present that facts can be verified and opinions, while they may be factual, cannot. She then went on to introduce representatives from the Salt Fork School District to give a presentation on their own school consolidation challenges.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palestine school van stolen, found over weekend
The Palestine Police Department is investigating a case involving a stolen vehicle owned by the Palestine Unit 3 school district.

According to Chief Jeff Besing, about 11:30 p.m. Saturday he observed a white Chevrolet van with municipal license plates, which he knew was owned by the district, traveling north on Washington Street.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

County jobless rate still lower than last year
Crawford County unemployment took a slight bump upwards in December, but remained below the rate of a year earlier.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5.3 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up slightly from 4.9 percent in November, but somewhat less than the 5.9-percent rate posted in December 2016.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Consolidation group plans town meetings
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten meet Thursday night to discuss the upcoming town meetings and marketing.

The committee is working on an informational handout. It was reported that the committee has raise $500 to cover marketing costs. The plan is to use public meetings, traditional media and social media to provide as much information as possible to the public.

Monday, February 12, 2018

LTC Foundation designates $165,000 for tech, other campus projects
Big things are happening at Lincoln Trail College.

Two weeks ago, the Lincoln Trail College Foundation appropriated $165,000 for college projects that will be completed over the next six months.

Foundation Executive Director Rod Harmon is excited about the trajectory he sees the College taking.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Oblong village to help businesses with renovations
The Oblong Village Board approved application forms for TIFF district funds and discussed upcoming plans and projects Wednesday.

Money is now beginning to accumulate from the downtown TIFF district and Mayor Teresa Fielder and the Ad Hoc committee have been working on a way for downtown businesses to apply for the funds.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Broadway star brings Billy Joel tribute to LTC
It is not often that a Broadway performer makes it onto the stage of the Zwermann Arts Center on the campus of Lincoln Trail College, but for one night only, Michael Cavanaugh, a charismatic performer, musician and actor known for his piano and lead vocals in the Broadway musical Movin' Out, will bring his Billy Joel tribute to Robinson Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

State-level ballot challenge delays '18 early voting
Crawford County residents who wanted to get a jump on the election season and cast their ballots Thursday will just have to wait.

Thursday is the statutory start of early voting for the March 20 primary in Illinois. However, ballots are not available because of pending court proceedings at the state level, Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

County's 'abnormally dry' spell could end
Crawford County, along with much of the state, has been going through a dry spell in recent months, but that could be about to change.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about half of Illinois is experiencing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

Monday, February 05, 2018

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