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February 16, 2019 


Schools get computer science aid
Hutsonville Unit 1 teachers will be getting some extra support to teach computer science courtesy of a retail giant.

Unit 1 has been selected as an Amazon Future Engineer school district - a partnership between Amazon and Edhesive to improve access to computer science education in communities currently underrepresented in the technology field.

Friday, February 15, 2019

State seeking to fill local 'gaps' in summer nutrition
Crawford and area counties are among those lacking access to healthy meals for children in the summer, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Summer Food Service Program needs partners in 33 Illinois counties to fill gaps in access to healthy meals, according to the board. The program provides nutritious meals to children, age 18 and younger, during the summer months in low-economic areas when school is not in session.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Fallout from lift station failure fixed
The Village of Palestine is working to help residents who were affected by the total failure of a sewer lift station recently.

Palestine Department of Public Works Supervisor Kathy Clark said the lift station of Bryan Street failed and flooded one resident's basement and threatened another. The cause is still unknown, but Clark said she has been working with the suppliers of the equipment to determine the cause. The recent rainy weather has delayed their progress, however.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Oblong may change mobile-home rules
Spring may feel far away, but the Village of Oblong is getting ready for spring cleanup.

During Wednesday's village board meeting, the Ad Hoc committee on dilapidated and unsafe buildings presented possible changes to Oblong's mobile and modular home ordinance.

The ordinance would be updated to cover all "manufactured" homes and would permit some older homes to be moved into the village limits.

Friday, February 08, 2019

1A crash kills man Monday
An autopsy will be performed today on a Robinson man who died following a single-vehicle accident early Monday.

Larry McCormick, 73, was declared dead in the Crawford Memorial Hospital emergency room at 3:21 a.m., Crawford County Coroner Earl Deckard told the Daily News.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Local activities come to a halt in subzero weather
Bitterly cold weather has had a chilling effect on area activities.

Crawford and neighboring counties are under a National Weather Service wind chill warning through noon Thursday. A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and the wind will create dangerously low wind chill values. Frostbite can occur quickly and even hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Weapons bill introduced in state Senate
On the heels of the passage of a gun dealer licensing bill, a freshman upstate senator has introduced a bill to register and ban "assault weapons."

Julie A. Morrison is a member of the Illinois Senate from the 29th District, which includes all or parts of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and North Chicago, introduced Senate Bill 107 last week. The bill is aimed at making owners register and/or banning "assault weapons" outright in the state of Illinois.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Winter heating aid still available to low-income
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity says income-qualified households can still apply for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Persons whose 30-day income has been affected by the federal shutdown, persons who have lost their jobs and students living away from home struggling to pay utility bills can be helped by LIHEAP.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Crawford, area jobless rates inch upward
It was a small increase, but the unemployment rates of Crawford and neighboring counties went up in December.

According the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 6.2 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up from 5.3 percent in December 2017 and 5 percent in November.

Clark County posted a jobless rate of 5.8 percent in December. This was up from 4.3 percent a year earlier and 4.7 percent the previous month.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hutsonville board hires new grade-school principal
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education met last week to hire a new grade-school principal, discuss the school calendar and review the budget.

Superintendent Julie Kraemer informed the board that she was beginning to work on the 2019-20 school calendar and that a tentative calendar is being worked out with other county schools. A change this year is having 176 actual student attendance days instead of 174.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Texting driver strikes area officers during stop
Two Lawrenceville police officers were treated and released at hospitals Sunday evening, when they were struck by a passing vehicle on U.S. Business Route 50 while on a traffic stop.

A St. Francisville woman, Erika Danielle Boger, 39, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other crimes as a result of the accident.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Keeping eyes open is the best defense
January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month and the best defense is to be aware of your surroundings.

When most people think of personal self defense the first thing that comes to mind is some type of martial arts and carrying lethal and non-lethal weapons to fend off a would be attacker, but according to experts the best personal defense is being aware of where you are and what is going on around you.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Oblong's Reider resigns to head Lawrenceville program
A former Oblong High School football coach is moving on for the opportunity to coach again.

The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education accepted the resignation of Travis Reider as grade-school teacher effective at the end of the 2019 school year at Thursday's meeting. Reider had served as the head high-school football coach in the past and led the Panthers to two playoff berths before stepping aside as coach.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Filing period for state tax returns begins Monday
The Illinois Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2018 state individual income tax returns Monday, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting federal individual income tax returns.

The IDOR is reminding taxpayers that filing tax returns electronically and requesting direct deposit into a checking or savings account is still the fastest, most secure way to receive a refund.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Sheriffs' scholarship applications available here
Prospective college students in the state of Illinois will have the opportunity to achieve financial aid thanks to an offer by a state law enforcement agency.

The Illinois Sheriff's Association announced earlier this week that it will be awarding over $50,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2019-20 academic year.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Unit 2 seeks bids on contracting school food services
Less red ink, less paperwork and more students eating school meals could be the outcomes of turning over food services at Robinson Unit 2 schools to a contractor.

The Unit 2 board Tuesday agreed to call for bids for a food services management company to take over the school breakfast and lunch programs at its four schools.

Through funded through the federal government, the school food program runs $80,000 to $100,000 in the red annually, Superintendent Josh Quick said.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

City Council OKs government auction plans
Robinson City Council made short work of a small agenda at its Tuesday meeting.

Bill Burke of United Country Burke Auction and Realty announced his intention to have a government auction in Robinson.

"Robinson is the only town within 30 miles that has a government auction," Burke said.

A government auction sells goods confiscated by various government bodies and agencies. Types of items include cars and commercial vehicles, property, bankrupt stock, proceeds of crime, seized items and liquidated assets.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Palestine High considering changing to seven-period day
Class schedules at Palestine High School might look different in the future.

Principal Tangi Waldrop told the Unit 3 school board Tuesday PHS is considering dropping from an eight-period day to a seven-period day.

Waldrop said this new format could add 12 more minutes to each period and allow labs, such as culinary arts, more time to complete daily lessons.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Citizens' information helps in Palestine arrests
The arrests of two people made last month in Palestine would not be possible without the aid of some anonymous citizens.

In December the village's Saratoga Tavern was found broken into with an undetermined amount of alcohol and cash missing. Chief Jeff Besing asked the public for help and announced that Crawford County Crimestoppers would reward any with information leading to the thieves arrest a total of $300.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Safari makes science fun
When you mix some chemicals with water (above), they build up gas and can't be contained. Seventh-graders learned about this concept during the Science Safari held in the Robinson Community Center Thursday, and sponsored by local companies and the University of Illinois Extension Service.
Friday, January 18, 2019


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