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Olney pool closed due to coronavirus exposure

The Musgrove Aquatic Center in Olney has been closed after one of the lifeguards there tested positive for COVID-19. An investigation is currently under way by the Richland County Tuberculosis and Public Health Office.

Winter wheat harvest nears completion

Winter wheat harvest here and across Illinois is almost completed, considerably earlier than in 2019.

Fest of Ale 'good to go'

The fourth annual Fest of Ale is scheduled for Robinson City Park Saturday, Sept. 19.

June drier, hotter here

After a moderately rainy April and May, only 2.43 inches of rain was reported here in June.

Fancil honored for dedication and sacrifice

Oblong honored fallen Police Chief Jack Fancil Sunday.

No Wine and Arts Festival this year

The annual Wine and Arts Festival has been postponed until next year.

The fire that reshaped Main Street in Palestine

When Jean LaMotte first saw the promising land in 1678, it reminded the French explorer of the Biblical land of milk and honey. The village of Palestine turned into a bustling town full of …

Two area men face federal sex charges

Two area residents are among 14 Illinois men facing federal charges stemming from an FBI-led operation targeting online predators attempting to meet minors for sex.
Local news

United Way makes donations

Three different Crawford County organizations were the recent recipients of United Way donations. Robinwood Assembly of God received funding for a freezer for its food pantry. The church …

Red Cross testing donations for COVID-19 antibodies

For a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors with insight into whether they have been exposed to the …

Lake Land College plans reopening

Lake Land College is the latest area school to announce its reopening plans. Lake Land, Mattoon, plans to offer fall semester course in a variety of formats including online, virtual face-to-face, …

Local director’s movie to play at theater

Jed Brian, director off “Unlisted Owner”, will have his movie shown at the Eagle Theater Friday beginning at 9 p.m. Brian, will be there at 8 p.m. signing merchandise and speaking movie …

Soup kitchen serves breakfast for supper

Breakfast for supper are on the menu from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Ark of the Covenant Soup Kitchen. Biscuits and gravy and assorted desserts will be available. People should call …

Square dance July 17

The Robinson Star Prowlers square dance club will host a square dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Robinson Community Center. Caller will be Keith Dishman. Spectators are welcome.
Schools
Beals among state principal group leaders

Nuttall Middle School principal Craig Beals has been retained as the Illinois Principals Association’s association treasurer for the 2020-21 school year.

Florkowski makes dean’s list

LTC's Boyce to head education caucus

Hutsonville Unit 1 hires attorney

Sports

A’s down Cardinals for first win

Another close contest took place in Robinson Community Little League Major Division action Thursday, with the Steve Tracy Insurance/First Choice Electrical Service Athletics holding on for a 7-5 win …

Rip’s Auto downs Hello Gorgeous, 4-1

The top two teams in the Junior Prep Division squared off against each other Thursday and the No. 1 squad came out on top once again. Rip’s Auto stayed unbeaten on the season with a 4-1 win over …

Four RHS football players to play in WVFCA All-Star Game Saturday

A handful of former Robinson High School football players will get to don the pads one more time Saturday, as the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association is set to hold their annual All-Star Game …
Life

Second South Cross concert Saturday

Cross Street Station will again the the site for music, food and fun Saturday.

Square dance July 17

The Robinson Star Prowlers square dance club will host a square dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 17, at the Robinson Community …

Children's home to host art event

The Oblong Children’s Christian Home will host an Art is Relative fund raiser Thursday, July 23.
Crime

Police 07.08.20

July 2 Morgan Johnson, 21, Robinson, was in a 2007 Ford when it veered off of the roadway, on 200E near 650N. Johnson over …