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October 21, 2019 


Proposed solar farm would save money, train students
A plan to use solar panels to power Lincoln Trail College may not only save Illinois Eastern Community Colleges money, it could help train students to work in a growing technological field.

First, however, LTC must be approved for participation in a state program that will drastically cut the net cost of the project.

The IECC board of trustees this week approved a project management agreement with Tick Tock Energy for construction of a solar array at LTC.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tourism growing in state and county
Tourism continues to grow in the State of Illinois and Crawford County.

The Illinois Office of Tourism recently announced both international and domestic travel expenditures reached $41.7 billion in 2018 which is a $2 billion boost to the state's economy since 2017. More than 117 million visitors came to Illinois in 2018 - the eighth consecutive year of record tourism growth in the state - contributing to an increase of visitor spending, tax revenue and local jobs.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Hospital board gets mixed financial checkup
The Crawford Memorial Hospital Board heard good and bad financial news and took the next step toward establishing a wound care clinic Wednesday.

The annual audit report was presented to the board by Mark Dallas of the KEB auditing firm. CMH again received an "unmodified" or "clean" audit, meaning all its accounting practices were in full compliance with the law.

Revenues were up, Dallas said, but so were expenses and accounts receivable.

Friday, October 18, 2019

United Way has list of successes to kick off new drive
United Way is kicking off its annual pledge drive and is seeking local residents' support.

The United Way of Crawford County and Knox County, Ind., work together to improve the lives of people in these communities through better health, education and financial stability. Every year UWCC donates thousands of dollars to local organizations to help facilitate the specific objects of those organization that benefit our community as a whole.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Pallet factory lost in $100K blaze
A local business suffered thousands of dollars in damage in a fire Friday.

Trimble Industries pallet factory on Illinois Route 1A north of Robinson was destroyed by the blaze reported shortly after noon, Robinson Fire Chief Travis Miller said. No one was injured but Miller estimated the loss at $100,000.

The cause is unknown, but employees said they first noticed flames in the factory's air compressor room. The entire building was engulfed when Robinson firefighters arrived.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

County rejects referendum on pot dispensaries
Crawford County voters will not get to weigh in on whether cannabis dispensaries should be allowed in unincorporated parts of the county.

The Crawford County Board Thursday voted 5-4 against putting an advisory referendum on the matter on the March primary ballot. Some board members wanted to give the public the opportunity to make clear their opinion on the issue, but others pointed out that, as elected representatives, it is their duty to decide on such things.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Citizens need to do their part in yard-waste pickup
A service provided by the city of Robinson has been met with confusion and a lot of phone calls by residents to city officials.

Every week the city provides limited service to residents for disposal of tree branches, yard and garden waste and lawn trimmings with a curb pick-up service.

But similar to all services, there are guidelines residents must follow, and this is where a lot of the confusion is coming from, according to Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mayor breaks tie to say 'no' to pot business in city
One vote in last night's Robinson City Council meeting determined whether recreational cannabis businesses would be allowed in Robinson.

With the council split at 4-4 on the issue, Mayor Roger Pethtel was asked to cast the deciding vote for the tiebreaker.

Pethtel voted to prohibit licensed marijuana dispensaries from selling their product in city limits once it becomes legal in the state Jan 1.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hutsonville board bans pot businesses
In anticipation of Illinois' legalization of marijuana Jan. 1, the Village of Hutsonville has banned businesses that produce or sell cannabis.

In a 5-0 vote the village board voted to ban production and sales establishments within the village limits. After more than a month of reflection and a brief discussion, the motion to ban was made by Trustee Monte Newlin and seconded by Guy Rumler, with all trustees present voting to ban.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Haunts aplenty in area
Are you looking for a scary good time? Check out this season's haunted houses and trails.

The Hutsonville Fire Department has been working hard to create a frightening good time in their Haunted Fire House. New rooms of fun and gore have been added, and don't worry these first responders will be right there if you get too scared.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hunter's trail-cam helped find man missing north of Martinsville
A Florida man who became lost hunting north of Martinsville has been found.

Clark County Sheriff Bill Brown said Charles Egner, 66, Florida, was found safe Saturday morning after going missing Wednesday while hunting in Martinsville.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Oblong board leaves pot decision up to voters
It will be up to the voters to decide if they want to allow cannabis production or sales in the Village of Oblong.

At the village board meeting Wednesday three options were on the table. The first option was to prohibit the establishment of a cannabis sales or production business. That option was unanimously voted down.

The second option was to amend the current business code and tax ordinances allowing for the establishment of a cannabis business. That option was unanimously approved.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Police present seminar on scams
Each year citizens are scammed out of millions of their hard-earned dollars. With the increased sophistication of technology, scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to get their hands on your money.

The Robinson Police Department is playing host to a seminar on scamming and how to avoid it at the Robinson Community Center Monday, Oct. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

GED classes can be 'great return on investment'
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is a reminder that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for 36 million adults nationwide.

According to the National Coalition for Literacy, the 36 million adults that struggle with basic academic skills also find it difficult to function effectively as workers, parents, citizens, and consumers in today's society.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

State police offer harvest-season safety tips
Illinois State Police in District 12 urge motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on Illinois roadways during harvest.

As farmers begin to move equipment from field to field, they may be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. "Remain especially alert behind the wheel during harvest season," said District 12 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt. "Be prepared to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving farm vehicles."

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday is first day to apply for home energy aid
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities can begin applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Community Assistance announced this week.

Families with children younger than age five can apply beginning Nov. 1. All other applicants must wait until Dec. 1.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Park getting fitness facility
A Robinson park will soon be the site of an outdoor fitness facility, while another park is almost ready for its official opening.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday approved release of donated funds to buy fitness equipment for Washington Park. The outdoor fitness facility, a project of Leadership Crawford County, will be completely funded by a $10,170 donation from the United Way.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 2 wrapping up work on new bus barn
Robinson Unit 2 took steps on several construction projects Monday.

Two projects were approved by the Unit 2 school board for the new transportation facility on West Main Street. First, two electric poles need to be relocated. Then, some drainage and concrete work are needed.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Palestine OKs balanced budget
Palestine Unit 3 anticipates a balanced budget this year.

The Unit 3 board approved the 2019-20 budget during its regular monthly meeting Monday. It calls for projected revenues of more than $3.72 million and expenditures of $3.65 million. The meeting was preceded by a public budget hearing during which Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell presented an overview of revenue and expense information contained in the budget and addressed questions.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 1 spending for tech, greenhouse
The Hutsonville Unit 1 School District is looking at a strong fiscal year after approving the FY 2020 budget during Monday night's board of education meeting.

The budget reflects revenues of $4,789,055 and $4,862,610 in expenses. Superintendent Julie Kraemer noted the budget does reflect a negative amount of $73,555, but that is only if all money is spent. Kraemer noted that this budget includes the purchase of two buses, some tech hardware for the distance learning classes, and money for the Greenhouse project.

Thursday, September 26, 2019


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