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June 17, 2019 


Contractor chosen for sanitarium demo
The task of demolishing Allen Sanitarium has been officially assigned.

During Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting, Alderman Jim McKinney announced the city received two bids for the derelict building, with about a $20,000 difference between them.

Upon his recommendation, the council approved accepting the bid of $64,000 from Midwest Solutions.

Friday, June 14, 2019

2-year-old victim of horse kick recovering
Two year old Jason Stutzman is recovering from surgery after being kicked by a horse Monday.

According to reports from his family Jason under went five hours of surgery during which the doctors were able to repair his skull (the doctors described it as "Imagine a rubber ball with a small dent in one side about two inches in diameter and a half inch deep

Friday, June 14, 2019

Unit 3's Long recalled as leader, educator, friend
Palestine Unit 3 Interim Superintendent Chris Long died Tuesday.

The school district released this statement Tuesday: "It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Chris Long the CUSD 3 Superintendent. Chis had an amazingly positive impact on CUSD 3, Palestine! Chris Long loved CUSD 3 and CUSD 3 loved Chris Long!"

Long, 62, of Sigel, died at HSHS St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hutsonville looks at drainage
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night approved drainage work on the south end of town and some purchase requests for the police department.

Over the past several months the village has been discussing how best to address excess water drainage in the village. Over the past few years the amount of water seeping in to the village has increased and areas the often flood are staying flooded longer and other areas that have not seen water are flooding.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Area gun shops closing, moving in wake of law
At least two area gun dealers are choosing to close up shop rather than comply with a new state law.

In Facebook posts Wilson Sporting Goods, Robinson, and Lost Creek Trading Post, Marshall say they are closing and moving their businesses.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Weather forces hard questions on farmers
After two months of seemingly endless rainfall, many farmers in Crawford County and across the state are faced with hard questions about this year's corn and soybean crops.

"A short break from rain the last few days of May has allowed some planting, but many fields remain wet, some have water standing, and there is no expectation that things will dry up soon to allow widespread planting," said Emerson Nafziger of the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Parent company closing Robinson's animal clinic
Crawford County residents have lost their veterinary services.

The Robinson Hospital for Animals will be closing its doors at the end of the month. An email put out by RHA made announcement official last week.

"It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to inform you that after many years of dedicated service, Robinson Hospital for Animals is unfortunately closing its doors on June 30, 2019. We are honored and grateful to have been entrusted with your pet's care. The good news is that we have a plan in place that will ensure the same level of care, compassion, and medical expertise for your beloved pet."

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Righter won't seek re-election in 55th District
State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, announced he will not be seeking re-election to the 55th District seat he has held since 2003.

"Words can not adequately describe the immeasurable blessing that serving the citizens of east-central and southeastern Illinois has always been," Righter said. "Each day, whether in the Capitol or back home in the district, is a privilege. But after much thought and prayer, I've decided it's time for this chapter of my public service to conclude."

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

E-cigs will be part of new cigarette tax in Illinois
A pack of cigarettes will cost an extra dollar in Illinois if the Senate approves a bill passed Saturday by the House.

Buried on page 170 of an 800-page bill providing funds for vertical infrastructure projects is a usage tax increase on cigarettes and a new tax on e-cigarettes.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Robinson Summerfest starts at park Wednesday
Summerfest begins Wednesday at the Robinson City Park.

Primetime Amusements is providing the carnival rides. The 21 rides will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The carnival will open Saturday at an earlier time to be announced, according to Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Sears business moves shouldn't affect local store
A corporate merger should have no impact on a local business.

Jake Baxter, franchise owner and operator of the Robinson Sears Hometown store, said it will be business as usual here, despite the re-joining of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. to Sears' parent company.

Sears Hometown was spun off from Sears Holdings Corp., the former parent company of Sears and Kmart, in 2012.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Flooded-out farmers look at insurance options
With farmers here and across the state falling farther behind on planting because of spring rains, producers who have federal crop insurance coverage and are unable to plant a crop because of flooding or excess moisture are being urged to look into prevented planting options.

Because of continued wet conditions, corn and soybean planting is now more than 50 percentage points behind the five-year average. There were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork last week, down from 2.4 days the previous week.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Flash flooding from storm hits W. Union hard
Thunderstorms dumped as much as seven inches of rain in less than three hours along a narrow line from west off Effingham to the Fairbanks, Ind., area.

In West Union around six inches of rain fell, flooding out the area along Illinois Route 1. The West Union Cafe and other businesses and homes are cleaning up this morning.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Water feature, mural at South Cross mini-park
Construction workers have been busy this week beginning the installation of the new South Cross mini park, which is situated in the vacant lot south of the Robinson Post Office.

The new park will feature a mural which will be situation on the east end of the property in front of the Crawford County Jail, and a water feature will be placed into the center of the grounds.

Friday, May 31, 2019

3-on-3 tourney to help soup kitchen
Three young men have decided to take their love for outdoor basketball and put it to use for a good cause this weekend.

Throughout the warmer months, numerous pickup basketball games are played on Randy's Court, adjacent to Nuttall Middle School in Robinson.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Carnival to be at Summerfest instead of 4th
The carnival featured at Robinson's annual Fourth of July Celebration has folded, forcing city officials to tweak their summer plans.

A carnival is still coming to town, Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Robinson City Council Tuesday. It's just going to be here almost a month earlier than expected.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hartrich wouldn't prosecute under proposed gun law
Crawford County's state's attorney says he will not violate his oath to protect citizens' constitutional rights by prosecuting them under a proposed state gun-control law.

Matthew Hartrich announced Friday if Senate Bill 107 becomes law, he will not prosecute "any law-abiding individual" for violating it unless they commit another criminal offense.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Old-world home for a self-made millionaire
When people see a deer standing in a small woods or open field, one of the most common thoughts is, how can such a large, beautiful creature hide so well?

The same could be said for the Zwermann Mansion at 806 W. Main St. in Robinson.

At close to 4,000 square feet, the Tudor mansion resting on a full city block has gone virtually unnoticed for decades. Hiding behind a wrought-iron fence and the remnants of carefully landscaped gardens filled with exotic trees, evergreens and flowers, this combination of art, craftsmanship and design has stood unnoticed and unaffected by the world around it.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Marathon giving $500,000 toward community rec-center project
The planned Crawford County Recreation Center is a half-million dollars closer to reality thanks to a donation by Marathon Petroleum.

Marathon's Illinois Refining Division recently donated $500,000 to the CCRC project. The facility, to be built on the Lincoln Trail College campus, will address the recreational and quality of life needs in Crawford County.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Palestine board reviews school year during Tuesday meeting
Palestine Unit 3 employees and school board members took time to reflect on the past school year during the board's Tuesday meeting.

Palestine High School principal Tangi Waldrop told the board that last week's "signing day" for seniors was well attended.

For those unfamiliar signing day is a term usually used when high school athletes declare which college they will be attending on an athletic scholarship. Waldrop announced during the April meeting that the school would have theirs, where the seniors would sign a "letter of intent" and announce where they would attend college or a business they agreed to work for.

Thursday, May 30, 2019


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