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Thursday, February 20, 2020

It was a night for celebration at Robinson High School Friday night and it had nothing to do with Valentine's Day. Prior to Friday night's Little Illini Conference game against Red Hill, RHS recognized the 10th anniversary of the boys' basketball team's state championship victory at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.

Plans for all-inclusive playground at park moving forward
Even though it's arrival is in the distant future, the Robinson City Park will welcome any aid in the development of its newest attraction.

During a city council meeting last month, plans to advertise for bids for a new all-inclusive playground were approved.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Daily News that the playground will be installed south of the current playground on the east side of the park.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Playing Through
Playing Through
Giant vessels for Marathon's latest project arrived in Robinson Thursday. Moving the oversized items required closing streets and moving street signs and traffic signals out of the way. According to a Marathon spokesman, additional vessel components to enhance continued refinery operations will arrive next Thursday. (Randy Harrison photos)

Local News

Redistricting gets bipartisan push
State Sen. Dale Righter is among state lawmakers seeking to reform the state's current system of drawing voting maps.

Righter (R-Mattoon) is one of the co-sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18 (SJRCA18), also known as the Fair Maps Amendment, an effort to empower voters by removing lawmakers from the redistricting process.
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Scoresheets | High School Sports | College Sports

Maroons fall short to Vincennes Lincoln, 55-50
In what has started to play like a broken record, Robinson High School's boys' basketball team came out on the short end of another close decision.

For the second straight night, the Maroons took on an opponent from Indiana and suffered another close loss.

After dropping a six-point decision at Terre Haute North Tuesday, Robinson played host to a solid Vincennes Lincoln squad and battled until the end, only to suffer a 55-50 loss.

"It seems like we have this same conversation every night," RHS head coach Mack Thompson said. "I feel so bad because the kids fight so hard and I can't figure out how to get them over the hump."

• Statesmen edged by Wabash Valley, 82-78
• Lady Statesmen hammered by Wabash Valley, 94-63
• Panthers beat Martinsville, 43-42, for 1st win
• Maroons fall short in 56-50 loss at Terre Haute North

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Stone sentence illustrates court problem
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines went into effect while I was serving as a Judicial Clerk to a federal judge here in Illinois. The judge had been on the bench since Carter had nominated him and this was some years later. One of the policy changes the new administrations thought needed was to remove discretion from judges when it came to sentencing.
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