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home : local news August 19, 2014 


Travelers try out Hutsonville's new dock
Two intrepid travelers stopped in Hutsonville last week on their water journey to Louisiana.

Susan Wilson and George Garett are making their way down the Wabash River with a final destination of reaching Baton Rouge.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Work on major Main St. project begins Sept. 9
Work on several Robinson streets, including a major project to resurface Illinois Route 33 through town, is nearly ready to begin.

The local projects include work on four streets. Those are North Jefferson from Oak to Schuyler, Highland Avenue east of Jackson, Loyland Drive and a section of Otey Street.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Marshall bank robber still at large
Law enforcement is still searching for a man who robbed the First Financial Bank of Marshall.

The robber struck the facility at 11:09 a.m. Friday, taking an undisclosed amount of money.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Area Christian school falls victim to low enrollment
Dwindling enrollment has caused an area parochial school to close its doors permanently.

The St. Francisville Christian Academy, located at Fifth and St. John streets, will not re-open this fall, despite several registration sessions over the last month. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

County board OKs plat for new subdivision
Crawford County Board members gave a tentative green light to plans for a new subdivision Thursday.

The board also heard updates on property taxes and bridge work during its monthly meeting.

Monday, August 18, 2014

'Sign and drive' means less work for circuit clerks
Local drivers will no longer post their driver's license as bond after a new law signed into effect by Governor Pat Quinn.
Monday, August 18, 2014

City OKs street work, wastewater repairs
Robinson City council had a 12-minute meeting Tuesday night, dealing primarily with utilities.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Hutsonville signs commitment to fix water wells
The Village of Hutsonville continues to address water concerns, and will be putting up some new traffic signs.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Palestine still gathering info on streetscape plan
The Palestine Village Board had a wide-ranging meeting Thursday night, including discussions on an old apartment building and the streetscape project.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Flight a dream come true for WWII buff
A young World War II history aficionado had the chance of a lifetime to fly in one of that war's iconic planes.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Oblong approves permits for parades
The Oblong Village Board Wednesday night approved parade permits and heard reports on summer projects.
Monday, August 18, 2014

Chromebooks previewed for students, parents
Hutsonville schools held their first orientation for the district's new Chromebooks Wednesday night in the school commons.

The district is the first in the county to have a computer for each student.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Flat Rock fest, Oblong events ready to roll
Frantic frogs, beautiful babies and much more are on tap for the Flat Rock Homecoming Festival this weekend.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Stats: Cool, dry July continues a mild summer
Crawford County was cooler and drier in July.

According to figures from Official Weather Observer Ron Brock, Palestine, the county received 3.65 inches of rain during July.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Internet project making progress
Higher-speed Internet service will be available soon in southeastern Illinois as part of a four-year state project to improve broadband infrastructure in 55 counties.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

State changes law on school use of 'epi-pens'
More school personnel will be able to administer emergency allergy shots with the signing of a new state law.
Friday, August 01, 2014

KidneyMobile returns soon with free screening
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is teaming up with Crawford County Health Department to provide free kidney screenings Wednesday, Aug. 13, for all local residents.
Friday, August 01, 2014

Massacre back as part of Hutsonville's River Fest event
Fireworks, fishing, food and fun - and an Indian massacre - are all part of Hutsonville's River Fest this weekend.

The festival kicks off Friday night in downtown Hutsonville, along the banks of the Wabash, at 5 p.m. with a car and bike show.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some communities may have trouble getting salt
Last winter's weather took a toll on supplies of road salt both here and across the state.

As a result, nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find road salt, according to state officials.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spay/neuter effort becomes full-time job
The Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation is wrapping up its fifth year of working to control the local population of feral cats and dogs.

The group has trapped, treated, neutered and released more than 2,000 animals, and has grown dramatically since Kathy Chamblin began the group. It is now a 10- to 12-hour a day job for herself and the two other primary volunteers, she said.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


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