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Friday, November 22, 2019

Blaze of Glory
Blaze of Glory
Oblong High School students watched as members of the school's FFA chapter conducted a flag retirement ceremony Tuesday. More than 500 old American flags of various sizes were consigned to the flames. Burning is considered the most appropriate way to dispose of an old flag. (Randy Harrison photo)

'Christmas Magic' highlights first weekend of season
Ho ho ho, it's magic.

Robinson will kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Magic Festival this weekend. A parade, ice skating and the arrival of Santa are all part of the fun.

Activities get underway at 4 p.m. Friday when food and craft booths and the portable ice skating rink open on the Crawford County Courthouse square. Ice skating, sponsored by the Robinson Elks, proved a popular part of the event last year and rink will be open until 9 p.m. Friday.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Despite the rain, 40 people still participated in the 10th Annual Oblong Spooktacular 5K Saturday. Nearly 100 registered men, women, and children were poised and ready for the event, but the number who crossed the finish line was much smaller, chiefly due to the continual rain. Those who did finish ranged in age from 7 to 76.

Local News

Bigger share of taxes may go to CMH next year
Higher liability premiums mean Crawford County taxpayers may see a increase in the share of their property taxes going to Crawford Memorial Hospital next year.

The CMH board Wednesday approved tax levies for the coming year. Most hospital revenues are generated through providing patient services, but as a government entity, the hospital district is entitled to levy taxes. The most significant is likely the tax to pay for liability insurance coverage.
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Scoresheets | High School Sports | College Sports

NMS 8th girls win LEIC tourney
Championships continue to be collected by Nuttall Middle School teams, with the latest coming courtesy of the NMS eighth grade girls' basketball team.

The Lady Raiders repeated as Little Eastern Illini Conference champions by defeating Paris Mayo in Thursday night (Oct. 31)'s title game, 31-18, at Paris Mayo Middle School.

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Insight & Opinion
Letters to the Editor | Guest Columns | Signs of Life

'Civic Great Awakening' is needed
Many of us sense our great nation - that City upon a Hill - is slipping down the slope, yet we're not sure how to restrain the slide.

Our democratic process is wonderful, yet not perfect. For example, frequent elections - combined with candidates who think the fate of the Western World rides on their personal re-election - induce politicians to focus laser-like on short-term gratification, their own and that of the voters.
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