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)
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.
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.
A plan to use solar panels to power Lincoln Trail College may not only save Illinois Eastern Community Colleges money, it could help train students to work in a growing technological field. First, however, LTC must be approved for participation in a state program that will drastically cut the net cost of the project. The IECC board of trustees this week...
A local business suffered thousands of dollars in damage in a fire Friday. Trimble Industries pallet factory on Illinois Route 1A north of Robinson was destroyed by the blaze reported shortly after noon, Robinson Fire Chief Travis Miller said. No one was injured but Miller estimated the loss at $100,000. The cause is unknown, but employees said they first...
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.
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.