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January 29, 2020 


New IECC chancellor will face challenges
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' new leader will face challenges posed by the economy and the area's changing population.

The IECC Board of Trustees is conducting a search for a new chancellor with hopes of filling the position in March or April. During a "State of the District" report last week, IECC interim Chief Executive Officer Marilyn Holt spoke of the highlights of 2019 and the challenges that the district and chancellor will deal with in 2020.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Crawford, Clark deer season totals down; Lawrence, Jasper are up
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 153,048 deer during all 2019-20 archery and firearm seasons, which concluded Jan. 19.

The total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 151,709 deer in 2018-19.

During the 2019-20 seasons, hunters took 45 percent female deer and 55 percent male.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

State-contest memories 'will last a lifetime' for fair queen
Miss Crawford County Fair Queen MaryAnn Catt made a good showing at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs held its 110th annual convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield, this past weekend.

"I did have a great time over the weekend," said Catt. "I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful girls, learn more about our state, and more specifically the state agricultural fair system. They keep you busy for the whole weekend, but I made memories that will last a lifetime!"

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Bus-driver shortage challenges Unit 4
A shortage of bus drivers is causing the Oblong Unit 4 school district to use alternate routes to get students to and from school.

Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett said that a shortage of substitute drivers has forced the district into using the alternate routes which does cause some delays.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Health officials staying informed on coronavirus
As local residents continue to seek immunizations against the still widespread flu, the Crawford County Health Department is keeping up to date on the developing coronavirus situation.

"There is nothing in our local area," CCHD Nursing Supervisor Jenna Thompson told the Daily News.

Monday, January 27, 2020

State, federal tax filing begins Monday
The Illinois Department of Revenue will begin accepting 2019 individual income tax returns Monday, the same date the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting individual income tax returns.

A taxpayer who electronically files an error-free return should get a direct-deposit refund within four weeks. Last year, IDOR saw a 2.5% increase in the number of electronic filers; of the 6,179,810 individual tax returns, 88.3% were filed electronically and 63% received refunds.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Merom power plant closing
Two nearby Indiana employers are laying off employees and shutting down operations.

Hoosier Energy will retire its coal-fired Merom Generating Station in Sullivan County in 2023 as part of a new long-range resource plan. Meanwhile, Sunrise Coal LLC in Carlisle has stopped production.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Unit 2 talking about 'positive' behavior plan
A proposal to provide increased behavioral help at a younger age is being considered by the Robinson Unit 2 school board.

A group of elementary educators brought the proposal to start a PASS - Positive Approach to Student Success - program here to the board during its meeting Tuesday at Nuttall Middle School.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Unit 3 board will apply for maintenance grant
The Palestine Unit 3 School Board Tuesday night started working on plans to help with maintenance projects in the district.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Jo Campbell told the board that after discussions with the district's architect, custodian and others, they believe the time is right to apply for an Illinois School Maintenance Project Grant.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Kraemer: Unit 1 school budget looks 'on track'
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education Tuesday night reviewed the mid-year budget, approved a maintenance grant application and hired several volunteer coaches.
Thursday, January 23, 2020

IECC survey shows those working at area colleges 'satisfied' with jobs
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' employees are pleased with their workplaces, according to the results of an annual survey.

Results of the Employee Satisfaction Survey for fiscal 2019 were presented to the IECC Board of Trustees Tuesday during a meeting at Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Demand easing gas price, tensions may increase it
Low demand, especially in the Midwest, has been driving gasoline prices down recently, but actions in the Middle East could still rock the market.

Illinois gas prices have fallen 9.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51 per gallon today, according to a daily survey of 4,378 stations by the GasBuddy analysis service. Gas prices in Illinois are 0.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 41.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Watershed-plan meetings Jan. 30
Farmers and landowners in the Embarras River Watershed have the opportunity to take part in water quality discussions ahead of an update to the river's watershed plan.

Two meetings are planned for the Crawford County area. Both are Thursday, Jan. 30. The first is 8 to 10 a.m. at the Jasper County Farm Bureau, 105 S. Hutton Drive, Newton. The second is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Clark County Farm Bureau, 9 Trotter Lane, Martinsville.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

After '19 losses, farmers facing another soaking
The state's climatologist is predicting Illinois farmers are likely to endure more burdensome wet weather while they try to plant cash crops this spring after suffering major losses as a result of a record-wet planting season last year.

April through June is likely to be wetter than normal in Illinois, according to rainfall projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, posing a challenge to corn and soybean farmers in the heart of planting season.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Firm hired to manage papers
A media company formed by North Carolina's last two independent daily newspapers has been hired to manage two family-owned publications in eastern Illinois.
Monday, January 20, 2020

CMH board OKs closing Magnolia Center
Employees and residents of Crawford Memorial Hospital's Magnolia Center learned Thursday that the 50-year-old skilled care facility will be closing.

Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski was to meet with workers and residents Thursday and plans to continue meeting with concerned parties, including relatives and caregivers, in the next week.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Another crash leaves driver dead
The fifth fatality in an area vehicle accident over the past week occurred Thursday night on Illinois Route 33.

Illinois State Police report a Lawrenceville man was killed in a one-car crash south of Russellville.

Monday, January 20, 2020

New Tempco owners hope county can help grow industry
The new owners of a long-time Robinson business hope the Crawford County Board will support their efforts to get a state grant that will allow them to renovate and modernize their factory.
Monday, January 20, 2020

H'ville to limit parking of semis
Tractor-trailers will no longer be allowed to park overnight in residential areas of the Village of Hutsonville.

After discussion the issue for several months, village trustees voted to prohibit parking semis in residential areas - tractors, trailers or both - unless they are inside a covered and enclosed building. Semis may park in commercial areas or at the parking lot next to the bridge when space allows.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

City to work with resident with pool-related drainage issue
Concerns about drainage problems at her home prompted a Robinson resident to speak to the Robinson City Council Tuesday night.

Cathy Blaha, a lifelong Robinson resident, informed the council that her home on Fairway Drive has flooding in the backyard because of a neighbor's pool. Blaha moved to the residence last June.

Thursday, January 16, 2020


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