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December 13, 2017 


Horticulturists explain mistletoe history, mystique
Decorating with mistletoe has been a holiday tradition for many centuries in North America and Europe. But why do we have this strange tradition that prompts friends, family, and even enemies to kiss when they meet underneath mistletoe?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

With demo, Hardinville school passes into history
A piece of Crawford County history is gone following the demolition of the former Hardinville School.

The school, which once housed students in kindergarten through eighth grade, was torn down late last month. Owner Gareld Bilyew said the structure was "in very poor condition."

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Two weekend accidents result in three deaths
Illinois State Police handled two accidents that resulted in three deaths during the weekend.

A double-fatality crash occurred at 10:28 p.m. Friday on Interstate-57 in Effingham County.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Two more file for precinct committeeman positions
Two more local men have filed to run for precinct committeeman positions.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Pepsi to build new distribution center in Robinson
Pepsi is coming to town.

Robinson Mayor Roger Pethtel today announced the city has received official notice that Pepsi MidAmerica will build its new distribution center here.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Police chase through school causes lockdown
A traffic stop led to a foot pursuit through Robinson High School Thursday afternoon.

Derek Allen Watson, 26, West Salem, was arrested following a vehicle stop and foot chase through the high school.

Monday, December 04, 2017

West York man killed in wreck near Lawrenceville
A Crawford County man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Route 50 about a mile east of Lawrenceville early Thursday.
Monday, December 04, 2017

More candidates file for upcoming election
A Democrat has joined the race for Crawford County Sheriff.
Monday, December 04, 2017

Unit 1 discusses football co-op, participation
Despite not being on the agenda Monday, a good portion of Hutsonville Unit 1 school board meeting was spent discussing the condition of the high-school football program it shares with Palestine Unit 3.

Superintendent Julie Kraemer told board members discussions of a co-op in football with Oblong Unit 4 have restarted after Oblong representatives offered an invitation by mail recently to both Palestine and Hutsonville.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unit 2 board reviews health/life safety survey
The latest round of health/life safety projects may cost Robinson Unit 2 schools a lot less than 10 years ago.

The preliminary results of the state-mandated 10-year Health/Life Safety Survey were discussed during Monday's Unit 2 school board meeting. Based on architect's estimates, Robinson school may need more than $2.8 million in Life Safety repairs and renovations during the next decade. That is down from $6.5 to $7 million in the 2007 survey.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unit 3 board discusses sale of modular building
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education Monday night approved two early graduations, a school-sponsored trip, and discussed the sale of the old modular classroom.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Oblong Unit 4 board adopts new tentative tax levy, approves coaches
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday night approved a tentative tax levy and approved a field trip request.

The tentative tax levy approved is based on an Equalized Assessed Valuation of $53 million. A hearing date was set for Dec. 18 at 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Merger petition OK'd for ballot
The petition for the consolidation of the Hutsonville Unit 1 and Palestine Unit 2 school districts has been approved the the State Superintendent of Schools and can now be placed on the March 2018 ballot.
Monday, November 20, 2017

CMH helping with helmets
Crawford Memorial Hospital is practicing "preventative medicine" with a donation that will protect local high-school football players from concussions.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Claypool Foundation gives $41K to groups
Six Crawford County agencies are sharing in more than $41,000 distributed this week by the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation.

Three organizations - Crawford County Sheriff's Office, Palestine Community Food Bank and Robinson Soccer Club - each got $10,000.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hutsonville board extends electrical aggregation contract to 2020
The Hutsonville Village Board heard a report on the NPDES permit and extended the electric aggregation contract.

As an example of the state's challenges, the Village of Hutsonville has not received their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the waste water treatment plant. The renewal application was submitted back in June, but the permit has not yet been received.

Friday, November 17, 2017

City council oks Pepsi agreement
Robinson city officials have put out the welcome mat for Pepsi.

Robinson City Council Tuesday approved a supplemental resolution in support of the Pepsi Mid America project, the next step toward bringing a distribution center to the Ridgeway Industrial Park south of Hershey. Work on the facility could begin in April if the company agrees to the plan.

Friday, November 17, 2017

New quarter spotlights Revolutionary War hero, George Rogers Clark
A new quarter shines the spotlight on George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana.

The United States Mint held a ceremony Tuesday near the Wabash River to officially launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter, the 40th release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the final coin of 2017.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday season gets underway this weekend
Robinson is bringing back the Christmas magic with a lighting celebration, a parade, ice skating and more this weekend.

Events sponsered by the Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee are planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

City takes steps to prepare for Pepsi project
Robinson City Council is expected to take the next step toward bringing a Pepsi MidAmerica distribution center here Tuesday.

The center would offer 25 jobs to start and possibly more later on. Company representatives have said they would be interested in turning dirt and starting the project as soon as April.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


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