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October 22, 2018 


Hospital board unsure about proposal to station Carle ambulance here
A neighboring county's hospital would like to base one of its ambulances at Crawford Memorial Hospital.

But while CMH board members want to do all they can to make sure patients are able to get the services they need, they are hesitant to do anything that might harm the local ambulance service.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Christmas-box program gets started here
Local residents have less than a month to prepare their shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Robinson will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Area community colleges' tax levies up because of projected higher EAV
Tax levies topped the agenda for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board Tuesday.

The Board of Trustees, meeting at the IECC West Richland Center, Noble, certified the district's tentative levies for the fiscal year ending June 30.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Unit 2 to make case for local support at IASB convention
Robinson Unit 2 will show its support for increased local control of Illinois schools during the upcoming Illinois Association of School Boards convention.

"Local control is the key," board president Dennis Inboden said during a discussion Monday of resolutions the IASB will vote on during the annual event, Nov. 16-18 in Chicago.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Unit 3 board discusses education 'hall of fame'
Can you name one teacher or school staff member who had an impact on your life? That was a question Palestine Unit 3 Superintendent Chris Long asked the Palestine School Board and those in attendance at Monday night's meeting.

"Every student has had that one teacher or educator throughout their career that was a difference maker," Long said.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Unit 4 makes personnel moves
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education approved some personnel moves during a brief meeting Monday.

The board accepted the resignations of Sonya Williams as grade school aide and Brooke Bennett as high school cheer coach.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Hutsonville board approves assignments
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education Monday night approved several extracurricular assignments and approved the annual audit.

The board hired Jacki Tracy as fifth and sixth grade cheerleading coach, Mike Billingsly as junior high basketball coach, Shawna Heldebrandt as high school softball coach, and Laddie Storkman as full-time bus driver.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Computer virus affects county budget, payroll
Crawford County is recovering from a computer virus that knocked out a server affecting several offices last month.

During Thursday's Crawford County Board meeting, County Treasurer Twyla Bailey and Clerk Fayrene Wright spoke about some of the difficulties encountered because of the virus.º

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Delinquent taxes in paper next week
Time is running out for Crawford County property owners who still haven't paid this year's taxes.

The annual delinquent tax list will be published in Thursday's Daily News. Those taxpayers who still owe and who don't want included in the list have until 4 p.m. Monday to get the money to the office of Crawford County Treasurer Twyla Bailey.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Everything 'well in place' in Robinson audit
Robinson's finances are in good order, according to its latest audit.

The Robinson City Council was informed Tuesday that the city's annual audit was good. Aldermen also agreed to buy some new tools and equipment for the street department during their meeting.

Friday, October 12, 2018

RHS alumnus donates signed Rockwell prints to Unit 2 schools
A Robinson High School alumnus has returned to his hometown with a surprising - and artistic - donation for local schools.

Wynn Ritch, RHS Class of 1963, presented Robinson Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick, RHS principal Victoria McDonald and Lincoln Elementary School principal Kathy Bemont with three prints of classic Saturday Evening Post covers signed by legendary artist Norman Rockwell.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Oblong allows more vehicles, shuts down solicitors
The residents of Oblong can now ride their UTVs and side-by-side vehicles, and should no longer be bothered by unwanted door-to-door solicitors.

The Oblong Village Board approved changes to two ordinances during Wednesday night's meeting. The first change includes side-by-sides and UTV vehicles to the golf-cart neighborhood vehicle ordinance. If a vehicle meets the requirements and a fee is paid, a permit can be issued to drive the carts around town.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Mental-health agency shutting down in area
A mental-health service that has provided clinical services to area residents for decades is closing its doors.

Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers Inc. is filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7, according to Executive Director Glenn Jackson. The last day for client services was Wednesday and employees have started receiving termination notices.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Area nursing home closing 1 of 2 facilities
In what it says was a difficult decision, the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Village nursing homes will close its facility known as "South Campus," at 1616 Cedar Street in Lawrenceville, effective Dec. 31.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

LTC spring comedy cast announced
Barbara Shimer, director of theater at Lincoln Trail College, has announced the cast for the 2018 fall production, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's comedy, You Can't Take It With You.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

19 parcels, 43 trailers in county tax sale
Local properties with overdue taxes dating back to 2014 are going on the auction block.

Crawford County has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2014 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2015 and prior real estate taxes. The county is offering the parcels and mobile homes to the public.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Holiday fest is top winner in tourism grants
Six local organizations will split more than $17,000 in tourism grants from the City of Robinson.

Indiana Rail Road, however, will go empty-handed after a vote by the city council.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Construction Career Day planned at SENCO Friday for high-school students
Construction Career Day 2018 will be Friday at the SENCO corporate office at 1408 S. Eaton in Robinson.

The event is sponsored by SENCO and Lytle Electric in conjunction with Twin Rivers Career and Technical Education System and Crawford County Development Association.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Not too early to start planning for 2018 flu shots
Summer came and passed. And hard as it is to believe, flu season is rapidly approaching.

Crawford County Health Department will begin flu vaccination clinics Tuesday, Oct. 2. The first clinic, from 8 to 11 a.m. will be for adults only at the health department office, 202 N. Christopher.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fest-of-Ale back in City Park with BBQ cookoff
Cheers, Crawford County. The second annual Fest-of-Ale is Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. at Robinson City Park. Organizers anticipate as many craft beer breweries as last year, when more than 800 people attended.

"It ought to be a great time. We're looking for a good crowd," Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said.

Friday, September 21, 2018


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