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January 16, 2018 


County helping EMS cope with state fiscal woes
With the state still not keeping up with its financial obligations, the Crawford County Board has stepped in to assist United Life Care Ambulance.

Board members Thursday unanimously approved releasing all money that would be paid to ULC this year at once, rather than in monthly payments between now and Nov. 30. This is the money due under the terms of ULC's multi-year contract with the county.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weather leads to 11 icy accidents on county roads
'Tis the season for icy roads causing accidents in Crawford County.

Since wintry precipitation landed in the county Sunday, county law enforcement departments have reported a total of 11 weather-related accidents.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hutsonville makes progress on water utility permits
The Village of Hutsonville now has two of the three water and wastewater permits it needs after Tuesday night's meeting.

The trustees also hired a part-time police officer, approved a franchise contract with Ameren and heard a report on street signs.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

'Homemakers' celebrate 70th by serving the community
Formerly known as Homemakers Extension Association, the Crawford County HCE group recently celebrated 70 years in Crawford County.
Thursday, January 11, 2018

New law will help traffic flow, improve safety for both drivers, cyclists
A new Illinois bicycle traffic law will let drivers pass bicycles in a no-passing zone when it's safe to do so.

It is now legal for drivers to cross a solid no-passing centerline into the oncoming lane in order to pass a cyclist by at least three feet, the minimum legal clearance.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Stats: County finally gets white Christmas, but dry month
Crawford County residents experienced their first white Christmas in seven years in December.

Still, it was another dry month here, according to statistics provided by the National Weather Service.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Area criminals get prison for drugs, theft, other charges
Several area people were sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections Wednesday in Lawrence Circuit Court for a variety of crimes.
Monday, January 08, 2018

Oblong water rates to reflect RPWC changes
Oblong Village Board Wednesday night updated a couple of ordinances, approved a water-rate increase and cautioned people to stay off the ice at the village park.

Last month the board discussed increases of $2 to the minimum charge and 25 cents per each additional 1,000 gallons to water customers in reaction to a water-rate increase imposed by the Robinson-Palestine Water Commission. Those rates were approved this month.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Health-care facilities taking flu precautions
An increase in the number of influenza cases in the area has prompted Crawford Memorial Hospital to implement flu restrictions.

The guidelines are designed to help protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of the flu.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Palestine-area chase exceeds 119 mph
A high-speed chase near Palestine Tuesday ended when a Flat Rock man crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing said that about 1:46 p.m. he spotted a white Chevy Monte Carlo, which was believed to be a possible burglary suspect vehicle. The vehicle fled south on Illinois Route 33, south of Palestine, with Besing in pursuit.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

County, area jobless rates still improving
Crawford County's unemployment picture continued to brighten in November.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 4.9 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

New law will make it easier to set up an LLC
Thinking of going into business as an LLC? Local development officials and lawmakers are praising a new state law reducing the cost of creating limited liability companies.
Tuesday, January 02, 2018

City OKs 'model' ordinance on sex harassment
A new Illinois law has required the City of Robinson to adopt a sexual harassment ordinance.

During Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting, City Attorney Frank Weber told the council that Nov. 16 the state amended its Officials and Employees Ethics Act requiring all units of local government to establish a policy prohibiting sexual harassment.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Woman arrested following hit-and-run incident in Palestine
A Palestine woman has been arrested following her role in a hit-and-run accident Friday in Palestine.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Champaign Co. crash fatal for 2 local women
Two Robinson women were killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday south of Philo in Champaign County.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ensure pipes are protected, water utility says
Single-digit lows and below-zero wind chills will be the norm for Crawford County at least through the New Year's weekend, and the Robinson-Palestine Water Commission is urging customers to secure homes and businesses against freezing pipes to avoid costly repairs.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Home security camera helps catch suspect in Robinson burglaries
It didn't take long for the Robinson Police Department to find a man believed to be involved in several vehicular burglaries in Robinson last week. About 9 p.m. Saturday, officers arrested Michael E. Voltz, 31, Madison, Wis., on charges relating to several reported thefts in the north and south/southwest area of Robinson during the morning hours of Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Robinson police probing vehicle burglary spree
A string of vehicular burglaries in Robinson has the Robinson Police Department on alert.

Since 7 a.m. Thursday a total of five burglaries have been reported, all in the south/southwest portion of the town. Windows of some vehicles were also found busted according to the department.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Oblong man realizes 'Jeopardy' dream
Answer: After years of trying, he finally made it onto the television series Jeopardy.

Question: Why is the Oblong Scholastic Bowl Team honoring one of its former members?

The team hosted a reception for Cary Bonnell in the Oblong Elementary School Oblong Room following his appearance on the show which aired Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

LTC seeks to modernize arts center
Lincoln Trail College has launched a Theater Renaissance campaign that aims to modernize and possibly expand the Zwermann Arts Center.

From the beginning, the performing arts have been an important part of the educational mission of the college, according to LTC president Ryan Gower.

Friday, December 22, 2017


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