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October 23, 2019 

Service dog will brighten Oblong kids' days
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education took care of a few routine matters and also approved a service dog at its meeting Monday.

The board approved a service dog request at Oblong High School and Oblong Grade School. The dog will not be at the schools to service the needs of any specific student, but will rather be a friendly face for the kids to see as they enter the schools to get their day off to a positive start.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Part of Unit 2's ex-Heath facility offered to RFPD dept.
Part of Robinson Unit 2's South Jackson Street property may soon have a new owner.

The Unit 2 board Monday voted to transfer ownership of the seven southernmost lots of the property to the Robinson Fire Protection District. The lots, previously used for bus parking, contain no structures and adjoin the Robinson Fire Station property.

The fire protection district board still must vote to approve the transfer before the transfer can be finalized, Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick said.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Unit 3 budget submitted; shooter drill a success
The fiscal year 2019 budget for Palestine Unit 3 has been submitted to the state. Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell informed the school board at Monday night's meeting that last month's approved budget is now squared away.

This year's budget calls for projected revenues of more than $3.72 million, and expenditures of $3.65 million.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

H'ville board OKs audit, policies
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education approved the annual audit and made personnel changes during Monday night's meeting.

Kemper CPA Group performed the annual audit of the school district and found nothing out of the ordinary. They also noted the district was in good financial shape with the exception of some fund balances which they attributed to timing on receipt of revenue and expenses.

Wednesday, October 23, 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

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