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The fire that reshaped Main Street in Palestine

When Jean LaMotte first saw the promising land in 1678, it reminded the French explorer of the Biblical land of milk and honey. The village of Palestine turned into a bustling town full of …

Two area men face federal sex charges

Two area residents are among 14 Illinois men facing federal charges stemming from an FBI-led operation targeting online predators attempting to meet minors for sex.

Roberts wants to build on library's 'great bones'

The Robinson Public Library District has “great bones” but can be made even better, according to its new director.

Hutsonville Unit 1 hires attorney

Hutsonville School Unit 1 will take a common sense approach to reopening in the fall and has hired an attorney to let state officials know where it stands. The Unit 1 board hired Thomas G. DeVore, a Bond County attorney, during an emergency meeting Tuesday.

No new COVID cases found by testing unit here

Visits by a mobile testing unit have apparently failed to turn up any new cases of COVID-19 in Crawford County.

State wheat harvest more than half completed

Winter wheat harvest continues at a faster pace than a year ago.

Dry conditions continue here

Crawford County crops and lawns continue to crave a drink despite recent rainfall. A total of .91 inch fell here June 20 and 21, the first measurable precipitation here in a week. However, it only …

Local unemployment lower but still high in May

Area unemployment figures showed improvement in May as the economy continued to struggle with the fallout of the coronavirus shutdown. And while the Illinois Department of Employment Security …
Local news

Fire at former Lawrenceville High School is suspicious

For the second time in three years, the former Lawrenceville High School building is the victim of a fire that officials have termed suspicious.

Briefs 07.04.20

Lions club to set up on Fourth The Robinson Lions Club will be at the Robinson City Park Saturday evening for the fourth of July celebration. Members of the club will be set up and selling …

LTC's Boyce to head education caucus

Lincoln Trail College Assistant Professor of History Cyndi Boyce has been elected as the chair of the Community College Caucus of the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s Faculty Advisory Council.

EPC offers 'Movies Under the Stars'

The Effingham Performance Center and Alverson Sound Inc. will present an outdoor summer movie series this month.

Good Samaritan updates visitor policy

Good Samaritan Hospital has once again updated visitor restrictions based on local and national COVID-19 data.

Square dance July 17

The Robinson Star Prowlers square dance club will host a square dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Robinson Community Center.Caller will be Keith Dishman. Spectators are welcome.
Schools
Medical assistant scholarships offered

Six full tuition scholarships are available for the first year of the Certified Medical Assistant program offered at Frontier Community College.Recipients will be selected from students enrolled in …

Lilly grant aids first-year RHIT students

RHIT students seek community service projects

LTC students score grant money

Sports

Sports Briefs 07.04.20

Palestine-Hutsonville Youth Football Camp A free camp for any Palestine or Hutsonville fourth through eighth grader interested in playing football during the Palestine-Hutsonville Youth Football …

Kiwanis, Hello Gorgeous win; Rip’s Auto ties

One team continued its winning ways, one team got back on the winning track and another stayed unbeaten in Robinson Girls Softball Association action this week. In Junior League action, Kiwanis …

Cubs win pair; Yankees, Cardinals also win in RCLL action

Four close games were played over two days in Robinson Community Little League Major Division action this week. In doubleheader action Monday, the Joe’s Italian Foods/First Robinson Savings Bank …
Life

Children's home to host art event

The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host an Art is Relative fund raiser Thursday, July 23.

Marshall band starts new season Friday

The Marshall City Band will open their 145th concert season at 8 p.m. Friday on the Clark County Courthouse lawn.With COVID-19 …

Lincoln museum ready to reopen

After a series of changes to protect visitor health, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum reopens Wednesday.
Crime

Police 07.04.20

June 29 Jessica M. Bowers, 35, Robinson, was arrested for Retail Theft following an investigation in the 1300 block of East Main …