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home : local news June 23, 2017 


Heath Foundation gives more than $125K in grants
Stewart Schutte, Trust Officer at First National Bank Trust Services in Robinson, announced recently the Mary Heath Foundation would award grants totaling more than $125,000.00 to eligible organizations.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Coaches, others concerned over tennis surface
Plans to renovate Washington Park's tennis courts remain in place, but opinions differ on the best materials for the job.

Robinson City Council heard from local tennis coaches who prefer asphalt courts to tile, the material aldermen had already approved.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hutsonville OKs raises, looks at increasing patrols
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night approved pay increases for employees, a street closing and utility work.

The village approved a four percent raise for the two full-time village employees.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cooling-assistance program trying to let utility users know about services
With nature turning up the heat, it's becoming harder and more expensive to stay cool. Even local residents who don't usually need help paying their bills may find their resources stretched trying to keep up with utility costs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Consolidation petition ready for Unit 1, 3
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten is ready to present the petition for consolidation to the Hutsonville Unit 1 and Palestine Unit 3 school boards.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Woman killed in area Jeep crash; two are injured
A well-known area woman was killed and two family members were seriously injured in a single-vehicle traffic accident Saturday morning in northern Lawrence County, according to the Illinois State Police.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lions looking for volunteers to be recognized
A local group seeks to honor "Knights of Need."

A century ago, on June 7, 1917, insurance agent Melvin Jones called a meeting of Business Circle of Chicago along with quest clubs, Royal Order of Lions, Vortex Club of St. Louis, Business and Professional Men's Association of St. Paul and the Optimist Club.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reward being offered for info on school fire
If you know who started last Thursday's fire at the former Lawrenceville High School, a financial reward could be awaiting.

According to Andy DeLoriea, local manager of the property, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fire that gutted the east end of the building.

Friday, June 02, 2017

As field dry out, farmers work to finish planting
Farmers in Crawford and neighboring counties continue to plant corn and soybeans.

There were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Statewide, the average temperature was 63 degrees, 2.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged.74 inches, .34 inches below normal.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Driving-season kickoff doesn't boost gas prices
Despite the kickoff of the unofficial summer driving season over the weekend, local and regional gasoline prices are on the decline.

Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.34 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

School-building fire probe underway
The cause of the fire that ravaged the former Lawrenceville High School last Thursday likely won't be determined for "a little while," according to Lawrence-Allison Fire Protection District Chief Mike Mefford.
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Local communities plan Memorial Day celebrations
Crawford County will honor America's fallen troops and kick off summer this holiday weekend.
Friday, May 26, 2017

Righter: Dem plan doesn't touch unpaid bills
Crawford County's state senator calls a new Democratic budget proposal "a giant step backward."

Senate Democrats added spending to a budget plan Tuesday to lure more Democratic support before voting to approve a $5.4 billion tax increase without a single Republican "aye."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Council reviews new rules for derelict property
A newly-formed Robinson committee unveiled the city's new rules for condemned properties during Tuesday's city council meeting.

Last winter, the council approved the formation of a building renovation committee in order to monitor the abandoned, derelict buildings in the city, and to create a list of all the condemned properties.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Family, board discuss honors for Higginbotham
Remembrance and recognition were on the minds of a family whose son died in 2012.

The family of Gage Higginbotham asked the Hutsonville Unit 1 school board Monday to make arrangements for honoring the former Hutsonville student, who would've graduated this weekend if not for his death.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unit 2 will help city fix Washington tennis courts
Robinson Unit 2 took another step toward finding a new architectural firm and agreed to help pay for resurfacing the Washington Park tennis courts Monday.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Vennard to fill seat on Palestine school board
Tara Vennard will join the Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education.

Vennard was appointed to fill the vacant two-year board seat left over from the general consolidated election. She will take her oath of office at the June 19 meeting.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Unit 4 board approves football coach, final school calendar
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday night made personnel and policy moves to close out one school year and prepare for the next.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

County picks auction service for Commercium sale
Crawford County is one step closer to selling the Commercium.

County board members Thursday approved Bob Fiscus Auction Service, Robinson, to handle the sale of the building. The board approached all local auctioneers about taking on the project, with two submitting plans.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pool, bath house roof upgrades OK'd by council
The Robinson city pool has some upgrades coming soon.

During Tuesday's city council meeting several shelter and furniture items were approved, most notably for the bath house.

Friday, May 12, 2017


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