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Thursday, January 23, 2020

An award-winning restaurant and destination site is changing ownership after 10 years in business. The Wabash Coffee House in Hutsonville changed owners last month as former owners Charles "Chuck" and Jackie Eckert turned over the keys to Ashley and Neal Newlin.

Demand easing gas price, tensions may increase it
Low demand, especially in the Midwest, has been driving gasoline prices down recently, but actions in the Middle East could still rock the market.

Illinois gas prices have fallen 9.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.51 per gallon today, according to a daily survey of 4,378 stations by the GasBuddy analysis service. Gas prices in Illinois are 0.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 41.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

'Matilda' Auditions
'Matilda' Auditions
Auditions for the musical Matilda wrapped up Wednesday at Lincoln Trail College's Zwermann Arts Center. Like the 1996 film and 1988 Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the play is about a five-year old girl who develops telekinetic powers and uses them to overcome obstacles set by her parents and others. Opening night for the play will be Friday, March 20, at the theater. (Blake Nash photo)

Local News

Watershed-plan meetings Jan. 30
Farmers and landowners in the Embarras River Watershed have the opportunity to take part in water quality discussions ahead of an update to the river's watershed plan.

Two meetings are planned for the Crawford County area. Both are Thursday, Jan. 30. The first is 8 to 10 a.m. at the Jasper County Farm Bureau, 105 S. Hutton Drive, Newton. The second is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Clark County Farm Bureau, 9 Trotter Lane, Martinsville.
• After '19 losses, farmers facing another soaking
• Firm hired to manage papers
• CMH board OKs closing Magnolia Center
• Another crash leaves driver dead

Scoresheets | High School Sports | College Sports

RHS wrestlers dominate Fairfield, 65-9
Another dominating performance up and down the line-up led to another impressive victory for Robinson High School's wrestling team Wednesday night (Jan. 8).

The Maroons won 10 of 12 contested matches, including seven via pin, while also picking up pair of forfeit victories en route to a 65-9 win over Fairfield.

• Statesmen fall at Wabash in OT, 90-86
• Lady Statesmen lose GRAC game at Wabash Valley, 84-58
• Maroons fall short to St. Anthony, 53-42
• Tigers lose at Lawrenceville, 75-46

Insight & Opinion
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Letting go of, and holding onto, the past
I have a better than average memory - at least as far as I recall. I also have a habit of keeping things from my past, partly because we moved around a good deal when I was little and I learned that show and tell wasn't just for kindergarten. "That's right, this rock came from the Alamo..." and such things always added a distraction to the desire to be looked at less critically.
• More curbs for lobbyists are needed
• Constitution gives president 'latitude' to act
• 'Average' not good enough for our schools anymore
• It's easier to start a war than to keep a peace

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