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White Announces reopening plan with expanded hours for license branch

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will reopen all of its branch offices with expanded hours beginning next week.

How to stay safe on outings this summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time for trips to the lakes and afternoons spent outside by the pool. Danger can come with all the fun in the sun activities, but people of …

Daily News implementing digital paywall Monday

As part of ongoing updates and online offerings to the Daily News website,, the paper will launch a new paywall June 1.

Inmate-grown flowers donated to community

The hard work of Robinson Correctional Center inmates is going to help brighten the lives of local residents. Flowers grown by inmates enrolled in Lake Land College’s horticulture program at the …

Teachers are missing their students as school year ends

So many things were left undone this year between students and teachers. No one knew that the last time they saw each other back in March, would be the last time for the rest of the school …

Memorial Day hampered by virus

It’s the Memorial Day weekend, but this year, will anyone notice? This weekend is the traditional start of summer, marked with memorials to those who gave their lives in military service, high …

Planting continues despite wet, cool weather

Corn and soybean planting continued ahead of schedule during the past week, despite Crawford County being cooler and soggier than the rest of Illinois. Corn planted reached 83 percent compared to …

State announces SNAP recipients can buy food online

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced Wednesday that the state will enable all 1.8 million SNAP recipients to buy food from grocery store retailers online.
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The buzz on keeping mosquitoes away

Summer is here, which means so are mosquitoes. The flying pests invade neighborhoods like an army, but they aren’t just a backyard nuisance with bites that itch. They also can carry dangerous diseases, including West Nile virus and Zika.

Sportsman's Day cancelled for 2020

The Oblong Children’s Christian Home has been forced to cancel their annual Sportsman’s Day fundraiser, originally scheduled for July 11.

USDA seeks land values

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will begin surveying famers in Illinois and across the U.S. to estimate the value of agricultural …

USDA offers new grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will …

USDA wants to reduce food waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the availability of $900,000 for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction pilot project for fiscal year 2020. The …

Holcomb to address Rose-Hulman grads

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is planning to present the commencement address as part of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s special virtual graduation event May 30. He also will be awarded an …

Property transfers 05.27.20

Dennis Carder Trust, Denise Carder Trust and Denise Evon Carder, trustee, to Rodney A. Wilson and Deborah E. Wilson at Township 6, Range 14. Stephen E. Pifer and Karen J. Pifer to First Robinson …

West Union library to offer curbside service

The West Union District Library will begin curbside service Monday, June 1.

Blood drives will go on here

There will be blood drives locally despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Police crack down on seat belts

Now and running through Memorial Day weekend, the Robinson Police Department is stepping up enforcement to remind motorists to “Click It or Ticket.” “Our officers see firsthand the tragedies that occur when people do not buckle up,” said Chief Chad Weaver.

Palestine wraps up school year with announcements

Palestine schools have announced the end of the year events and drop offs for the students.

One last drop off for WES students, teachers

Washington Elementary School is planning a final homework and material drop off as well as a drive thru goodbye.
LTC honors students, employees

Lincoln Trail College honored two members of the Class of 2020 along with three staff members with awards. Xavier Roberson was awarded the J. Rod Harmon Excellence in Service Award. The award is …

Palestine proceeding with graduation ceremonies

Oblong board approves budget and fees for next year

Unit 2 plans for post-virus future


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LTC soccer teams make roster additions

While the days of no sports continue to add up, Lincoln Trail College’s soccer teams continue to make preparations for their …
Former Lincoln Trail College basketball player Kendall Williams heads to the basket during a game in the 2017-18 season. Williams has sat out the last two seasons after a series of injuries, but will return to the court next season after committing to play at Cumberland University, a NAIA school in Lebanon, Tenn. Contributed photo

Former LTC player Williams signs with Cumberland

It has taken much longer than expected, but former Lincoln Trail College men’s basketball player Kendall Williams has received an …

Sports Briefs 05.27.20

Robinson Little League planning to start season in June Robinson Community Little League intends to begin their 2020 season in …

Robinson Little League planning to start season in June

Robinson Community Little League intends to begin their 2020 season in June.

Sports: A look back

With no new sports going on now or in the near future, here is a look back at what happened this week in local sports in years gone …

Local couple celebrates 60-year anniversary

Joann (German) and Phillip “Bones” Mendenhall, Oblong, will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married …

Palestine cops arrest one after chase

The following information was provided by local law enforcement agencies May 22 Matthew Watson, 35, Stoy, was arrested, …

Authorities busy with citations

The following information was provided by local law enforcement agencies May 19 James Kerley, 23, Robinson, was issued a city …