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April 27, 2018 


Feds, railroad will pay for city crossing work
A total of five items were approved during a very brief Robinson City Council meeting Tuesday night. With Mayor Roger Pethtel on vacation, Mayor Pro-Tem and Alderman Russell Snider presided over the meeting, which included the notice of Indiana Rail Road's plans for crossings in the city.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Local libraries get '18 equalization grants
Local libraries have received Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants for the 2018 fiscal year.

"I am proud of the outstanding service Illinois' public libraries provide to our communities," Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White said.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Big Brother/Big Sister program starting at LGS
Lincoln Grade School in Robinson is organizing a Big Brothers/Big Sisters program.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Crawford County will operate under the umbrella of the Mid-Illinois Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and operate out of Lincoln Grade School. It will begin as a school-based program and eventually grow into a community-based program.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Summer, fall registration underway at college
Students looking to take classes at Lincoln Trail College this summer and fall can now register.

Summer Intersession classes begin the week of May 14 while the regular Summer Semester begins June 5. The Fall Semester begins August 16.

Monday, April 23, 2018

CMH purchases image system
Crawford Memorial Hospital is continuing efforts to update its technology with a new digital image system.

The CMH board Wednesday approved purchase of a Picture Archive and Communications System from Sectra Inc.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Student apprehended after threat discovered in RHS restroom
A threatening message in a restroom stall prompted fast action by Robinson Unit 2 and law enforcement officials Wednesday.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Open house at children's home has big turnout
A large crowd turned out Sunday for the open house introducing the Oblong Children's Christian Home's new welcome center.

Groundbreaking for the facility took place in August 2016, and the welcome center became the hub of the business operation last November, when staff transitioned into the new office space.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Drugs, other charges result in prison time for 4
Prison sentences were announced for four Crawford County residents Monday.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

IECC CEO adds financial duties during search
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' top official will be pulling double duty for a while.

IECC trustees, meeting Tuesday at Frontier Community College, Fairfield, appointed Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce as interim chief finance officer and interim treasurer effective May 1. He will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of CFO Roger Browning while a search is conducted to find a permanent replacement.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Unit 1 discusses co-ops in wake of referendum
Election results have had an impact on the Hutsonville-Palestine athletic co-op.

During Monday's Unit 1 board meeting, a large crowd was on hand to voice opinions about the program, after rumors swirled that another school had approached Unit 1 about a co-op following the failure of a referendum on Unit 1 consolidating with Palestine Unit 3.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New state funding plan won't help Unit 2 much
Evidence-based funding is "a step in the right direction," but it will only generate a relatively small increase in state dollars for Robinson Unit 2 schools.

Superintendent Josh Quick explained the revised state funding plan to the Unit 2 board Monday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Boosters' support for Unit 4 sports tops $50K
Sometimes it takes a little help from your friends.

The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education heard a report Monday night from the Oblong Sports Boosters outlining the help the group has given the school district during the last year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Security cameras coming for Palestine High School
Work on Palestine High School is on hold until an infrared scan of the gym roof can be done, but new security cameras are on the way.

During discussions about plans for summer work, the Palestine Board of Education agreed to prioritize repairs based on the IR scan of the gym roof, during Monday night's meeting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Hebron Christian School flagpole back in service
Change is in the wind at New Hebron Christian School. It's literally flapping in the breeze.

For the first time in years, the school's flag pole is in use. Recently refurbished through volunteer efforts, the pole was re-dedicated Monday when a new U.S. flag and a new school flag were hoisted aloft during a ceremony.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Newton teens charged in pelican shootings
Two Newton teenagers face charges in the recent shooting of pelicans in Jasper County.

Five dead white pelicans, along with another injured pelican, were discovered at the Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area April 3. Charges were filed with the Jasper County States Attorney Saturday following an investigation conducted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

County board helps mental health group
A donation to help improve local mental health services, a proposed new subdivision and bridge replacement work were handled in short order by the Crawford County Board Thursday.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Drug, weapon charges land two in county jail
Palestine Police arrested two people on multiple charges Thursday following a report of illegal drug activity involving a tattoo parlor.

Charles E. Morehead, 28, and Bethany D. Kiser, 23, both of Palestine, were arrested following an investigation involving the Inkphoria Tattoo shop and residence in the 300 block of South Main.

Monday, April 16, 2018

County jobless rate still trending down
Crawford County's unemployment figures continued an overall drop in February, despite an uptick from January.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5.3 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up from 5.4 percent a month earlier, but down from 6.7 percent in February 2017.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Demo of Palestine building goes well
The Village of Palestine is doing a little cleaning to start off the new year.

At last week's village board meeting, Mayor Rob Byrley brought the board up to date about the demolition of a building on Main Street.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Health officials focus on oral cancer
Crawford County residents may not enjoy visiting the dentist, but it might help them in the early detection of a form of cancer.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and various health agencies are striving to educate Illinoisans about the lifestyle-related risk factors of the disease and the importance of visiting the dentist regularly for early detection.

Monday, April 09, 2018


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