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Sunday, October 13, 2019

CRT(ed) Away
CRT(ed) Away
Workers and volunteers packed and wrapped at least a semi-load of electronics last Saturday for recycling during the household hazardous waste and electronic take-back day at the Robinson wastewater plant. Obsolete cathode-ray tube televisions and computer monitors and printers were the main items dropped off for recycling, as they can no longer be taken by local trash collection or placed in landfills. (Tom Compton photo)

Oblong board leaves pot decision up to voters
It will be up to the voters to decide if they want to allow cannabis production or sales in the Village of Oblong.

At the village board meeting Wednesday three options were on the table. The first option was to prohibit the establishment of a cannabis sales or production business. That option was unanimously voted down.

The second option was to amend the current business code and tax ordinances allowing for the establishment of a cannabis business. That option was unanimously approved.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Authorities are still investigating an apparent suicide that happened in the New Hebron area Wednesday morning. Aaron Harper, 40, was found dead at his residence, 10803 E. 775th Ave, Robinson, around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Local News

GED classes can be 'great return on investment'
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is a reminder that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for 36 million adults nationwide.

According to the National Coalition for Literacy, the 36 million adults that struggle with basic academic skills also find it difficult to function effectively as workers, parents, citizens, and consumers in today's society.
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Scoresheets | High School Sports | College Sports

Robinson XC boys finish 3rd, girls place 7th at Mattoon Invitational
Producing solid efforts against strong competition continues to be the theme for Robinson High School's cross country teams.

The Maroons and Lady Maroons both performed well in a deep and talented field at the Mattoon Invitational Wednesday (Sept. 25), as they finished third and seventh, respectively.

"I was very pleased overall," RHS head coach Tony Cork said. "We had almost everyone available and the kids ran really well. It is great to see our girls competitive again."

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• RHS, OHS golf teams lose matches
• Lady Maroons dump Dieterich in two
• Robinson, Oblong golf teams score wins in dual matches

Insight & Opinion
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Speculations irrelevant; what matters are facts
Sorting facts from opinions is relatively easy if you have them presented in a way that is not intended to mislead you. The trouble is those presenting, on both sides, have an agenda. They believe something, or they work for someone, or they want you to think a certain way.

In a way we all work for the same big boss - America. This is our country and we are citizens, which requires certain things of us. One of those things is to not be fooled by someone trying to mislead us. That is not partisan, that is universal.
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