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March 16, 2018 

Voters will consier precinct committeemen in primary
Precinct committeemen for the two parties will be elected during Tuesday's primary.

There are no contested races, although there was going to be one on the Republican side.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pair of Republicans competing for county clerk
Two Republicans are vying to be their party's candidate for Crawford County clerk.

Incumbent Fayrene Wright, who has just completed her first term, will go against local businessman and Crawford County Board member Jim Keller in Tuesday's GOP primary.

At this time there are no Democrat candidates running for the office.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Robinson chamber rewards five for outstanding service to city
A lively, large crowd was on hand for last night's Robinson Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet, in which five individuals were recognized and rewarded for their services to the community.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

County-board ballot features race for 2-year term
Two incumbents and two newcomers are running unopposed for Crawford County Board in the March 20 primary.

And while there are no contests for full, four-year terms, there is one for a two-year term.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Pre-vote reminder: 'Electioneering' is against the law
In the excitement of a heated or contested political race, campaigners sometimes forget the law governing "electioneering" near a polling place.

Electioneering is prohibited in all polling places and within 100 feet of any polling place. If the polling place is more than 100 feet inside a building, the 100 feet begins at the designated primary entrance to the building.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Oblong trustees OK beer tent for Hootenanny
The Oblong Chamber of Commerce second annual Hootenanny could get a little more exciting this summer with the addition of a beer tent.

During Wednesday night's Oblong Village Board meeting representatives from the chamber came before the board requesting permission to add a beer garden/tent to the Hootenanny scheduled for July 7 in the city park.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Miller or Davis will face Bell in 110th District
As two Republican candidates square off in the primary election, one Democratic candidate will wait and watch to see who she will run against in November for the 110th District state representative seat.

Republican candidates Chris Miller and Terry A. Davis will face off March 20 while Democratic candidate Shirley A. Bell should receive her party's nod in preparation for November.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Factors show gas prices rising, but not (yet) this week
After creeping up near $2.50 a gallon, local gasoline prices dropped sharply at the beginning of the week.

Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois rose 3.2 cents per gallon last week, averaging $2.46 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

National anti-bullying speaker set for this fall
The Palestine Police Department has announced it's co-sponsoring a program on bullying and youth violence in the fall.

Chief Jeff Besing received confirmation Friday that the United Way of Knox County (Crawford County chapter) is going to co-sponsor, along with the police department, a "True Lies--Teen Violence & Bullying" program Oct. 16 at Lincoln Trail College.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Third consolidation town-hall more 'conversational'
The third in a series of town-hall meetings sponsored by the Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten was more relaxed and conversational Tuesday night, after Monday night's frustration-filled and emotionally-charged questioning.
Friday, March 02, 2018

Council rejects proposal for liquor/gaming license for convenience store
A Robinson convenience store will not be awarded a liquor license.

The Robinson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday against a motion to give Huck's a liquor license which would allow the store to have an enclosed area for gaming.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Consolidation town-hall shows frustration
Emotions briefly overflowed during Monday night's Committee of Ten town hall meeting.

As the March 20 election quickly approaches, the questions surrounding the proposed consolidation of the Hutsonville and Palestine school districts continue to need answers and it is the frustration with some of those answers that is causing conflict.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

IECC board OKs tuition increase at four colleges
The cost of attending Illinois Eastern Community Colleges is going up.

Citing the continued uncertainty of state funding for the community college system, IECC trustees Tuesday voted to increase tuition at the district's four colleges. Tuition will go up $5 per semester hour to $88 beginning with the upcoming summer term.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Paris coach hired for RHS football
Robinson High School has a new head football coach.

The Robinson Unit 2 school board Tuesday hired Casey Pinnell to take the helm of the Robinson Maroons beginning with the 2018-19 season. He will take over for the retiring Tim Nolen.

This will be the Paris native's second head coaching position. Pinnell has worked as head coach for Tri-County in Shiloh for three years. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach at Paris and Danville.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Unit 1 board approves 2018-19 school calendar
The Hutsonville Unit 1 board Tuesday night adopted the 2018-19 school calendar.

The school year will start August 15 and 16 with teacher's institutes and the first day for students will be Friday, Aug. 17. Christmas break will begin Dec. 21 with an early dismissal and students will return Tuesday, Jan. 8. A teacher's institute is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 7.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

RHS informing students, reviewing safety measures
Recent events have Robinson Unit 2 officials reviewing safety and security measures.

The most-recent school shooting in Florida prompted discussion during Tuesday's school board meeting at Robinson High School.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Palestine board hires new principal for grade school
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Tuesday night hired a new grade-school principal, sold the old modular building behind the high school and answered a few consolidation questions.

Elementary teacher Jessica Sisil will be the new grade-school principal for the 2018-19 school year. Current Principal Robbie Kline will become the Title I teacher/director.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Area 12-year-old faces felony charge following threats
Local law enforcement is taking all threats seriously after the shooting that killed 17 in Florida.

"Threats of school shootings are very serious matters that the State's Attorney's Office and all members of law enforcement in Crawford County take very seriously," Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich told the Daily News.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'Auction' to help communities with broadband
Locations in Crawford and neighboring counties are among the nearly 36,000 rural homes and businesses in Illinois currently unserved by high-speed Internet service that could get connectivity in the near future with the help of a federal program.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Election-judge mandate eased by county board
Precincts that have trouble finding five election judges for the March 20 primary will be permitted to make do with three, following a vote by the Crawford County Board.

Board members Thursday approved a resolution that reduce the required number of election judges to three per precinct. This should help less populous precincts that have had problems finding five people to work the polls.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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