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home : local news July 26, 2017 


Committee of Ten to pursue ballot petition
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten will continue to pursue school consolidation through a citizens' petition.

The committee voted 9-1 Monday night in favor of collecting enough signatures from local voters to place the question of consolidation on the ballot for the voters to decide.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Queen crowned Saturday
Grace Amburgey was crowned as 2017 Miss Crawford County Fair Saturday night by 2016 Queen Carley Travis, with the assistance of Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Claudia VanOpdrop. Julie Gower was named first runner-up, and Mykala Wolf second runner up and Miss Congeniality.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

One of two fires Sunday related to morning storm
Two early-morning fires Sunday had Robinson firefighters dodging storms and scrambling for water.

Robinson Fire Department was first called out at 4:40 a.m. for a house fire at 1208 N. Lincoln. The fire at the residence of Jeffrey Carter appeared to have started in the rear of the one-level ranch-style house.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Saturday-night pageant kicks off county fair week
Five local residents will be vying for the crown of Miss Crawford County Fair Saturday night.
Friday, July 21, 2017

CMH's new CEO getting settled
Crawford Memorial Hospital's new chief executive officer is getting new know CMH better and is eager to build on its many positives.
Friday, July 21, 2017

Harmony Park reaches goal, will add 6 instruments
The final fundraiser for Harmony Park, the musical-instrument installation at Robinson's Washington Park, will be a cookout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at First Robinson Savings Bank on Main Street.
Friday, July 21, 2017

IECC board OKs tech plan; LTC co-ops with CMH
An updated technology plan was the highlight of Tuesday's Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' Board of Trustees meeting.

Trustees, meeting at Olney Central College, approved the updated plan for fiscal years 2018 through 2020.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Unit 3 board preps for year, talks 'Plan B's'
Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education kicked off the 2017-18 school year Monday by approving contracts, employing teachers and aides, and discussing possible "Plan Bs" now that the board has rejected consolidation with Hustonville Unit 1.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

'Senior pranks' now banned by Robinson HS
Robinson High School students planning a "senior prank" for graduation week 2018 may find their practical joke no laughing matter.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Oblong Unit 4 school board makes personnel moves, approves bids
With the start of the next school year approaching, the Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday night nailed down a few more details.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Unit 1 registration to be online-only this year
The 2017-18 school year is just around the corner and following Monday's Hutsonville Unit 1 board meeting, there will be only one way to register.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Finishing touches are being put on 2017 county fair
The Crawford County Fair gets underway Thursday.

Final preparations are underway today at the fairgrounds in Oblong. Activities begin with general project judging Thursday. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with judging following at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Council OKs belt ordinance for golf carts
Golf-cart owners in Robinson will have to abide by some new rules approved by Robinson City Council Tuesday night.

Under new rules announced by Police Committee Chairman Gene Sinclair, seat-belt use is now mandatory.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Brothers wander the Wabash
Growing up along the Wabash River, many wonder about where it starts and where it ends, and while maps and Google images can show the exact point, it is still not the same as traveling down the river.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Online bill pay on the way for Oblong water
Water customers in Oblong will soon be able to pay their bills online, and a new committee has been formed to look at new ways of dealing with dilapidated properties.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Group raises $67K for new tennis-court surface
Plans may be changing for the reconstruction of the Robinson tennis courts.

At Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Shimer announced that the Robinson tennis coaches, who attended the previous meeting, have raised sufficient funds for an asphalt tennis court to be installed at Washington Park.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Robinson 4th fest kicks off Friday night
The annual Robinson Fourth of July Celebration gets underway at Robinson City Park Friday.

Kicking activities off is a Country Roads fish fry at the Shrine Shelter from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chief: 'Zero tolerance' for DUI during holiday
As friends and family gather to celebrate the upcoming Fourth July holiday, local law enforcement will be conducting extra patrols in an effort to stop drunken drivers.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Phillips: Issues remain on state spending plan
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Democrats are finalizing a proposed state spending plan that could be ready for Republican scrutiny as early as today, with just four days before Illinois begins a third year in a row without a budget.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Imaging/radiology next up in CMH renovations
Thanks to a lower price tag, Crawford Memorial Hospital will move ahead with plans to renovate its imaging/radiology department.

The CMH board Wednesday voted to move ahead on the project and also discussed looking into the feasibility of also saving money on three sets of outstanding bonds.

Monday, June 26, 2017


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