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County still state’s third largest oil producer

The glory days of the oil boom may be more than a century in the past, but Crawford County oilmen still produce hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude annually, generating millions in …

Eagle Theater ready to reopen outdoors

If all goes according to plan, the Eagle Theater will reopen with outdoor showings of “The Breakfast Club” Wednesday and Thursday.

County residents head for the great outdoors

Warmer, sunnier weather and the desire to get out from under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic have people in Crawford County and elsewhere turning to outdoor activities.

State, county take next step toward reopening

Illinois and Crawford County enter Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan Friday.

Hartrich appointed as judge

Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday announced Matthew Hartrich’s appointment as an at-Large circuit judge.

What you should know as Illinois readies to enter ‘Recovery’ phase

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will advance to the “Recovery” phase of Gov. JB Pritzker’s plan to incrementally reopen the state’s economy on Friday after almost 70 days of residents living under a stay-at-home restriction.

Gas prices on the rise around Illinois

Illinois gas prices have risen 7.2 cents per gallon in the past week. The average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Illinois is $2.16 per gallon according to GasBuddy’s survey of 4,378 stations.

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.
Local news

50th wedding anniversary

They were married in the Brick United Methodist Church near West Union on June 7, 1970, by Rev. Walter Volkers. Bill and Mary Ann have three daughters, Cathy (Curt) Thompson, Jennie (Brett) Gray, …

West Union library offering curbside service

The West Union District Library will begin curbside service Monday, June 1. However, in the interest of public health, the library will continue to have its doors closed to the public. The library …

United Way distributes funds to charities

The local COVID-19 relief fund, endowed by donations from area businesses and individuals and the United Way of Crawford County, made its first round of donations last week. This fund was …

25th wedding anniversary

They are the parents of one son and one daughter, Ryan Douglas and Morgan Melisa Gill. Cards may be sent to them at 2626 E 2000th Ave, Oblong, IL 62449.

Unit 2 offers Nuttall scholarship

Applications are being accepted for the John Nuttall Memorial Education Scholarship.

Planning commission elects officers

The Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors will keep the same officers for another year.

Corn planting for 2020 almost completed

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most of the corn expected to be seeded in Crawford County and across the state has been planted. And most of it is already growing.

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 …
Schools
Unit 2 offers Nuttall scholarship

Robinson Unit 2 is accepting applications for the John Nuttall Memorial Education Scholarship. An eligible applicant must be a Crawford County high school graduate and a college junior or senior …

RHS announces honor students

RHS announces awards, scholarships

Hutsonville hosts awards night

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Sports

Lincoln Trail College athletes combine for 3.08 GPA

“I’m very proud of the work of the administration at LTC, the coaches, and our student-athletes,” says Baseball Coach and …
Robinson High School’s Negus Bogard won a pair of medals at the 2019 IHSA Class 1A Boys Track State Finals in Charleston. Bogard finished third in the 1600 and came in eighth in the 3200, which gave the Maroons nine team points and tied RHS for 30th in the team standings. Unfortunately, Bogard was unable to make a return trip to state during his senior season, as it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributed photo

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 …

Sports Briefs 05.30.20

Robinson Little League planning to start season in June Robinson Community Little League intends to begin their 2020 season in …
Lincoln Trail College's Tad Kapek gets inside for a basket during a game against John A. Logan earlier this season. The 6-10 sophomore — who averaged 3.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this past season for the Statesmen — recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at Division II Salem University in West Virginia. Josh Brown | Daily News

LTC’s Kapek to continue basketball career at Salem

Statistics don’t always tell the whole story and they definitely don’t reflect the impact Lincoln Trail College sophomore Tad …
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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 …
Life

Local couple celebrates 60-year anniversary

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

Boat and trailer reported stolen

The following reports were provided by local law enforcement agencies May 23 Payton Weck, 22, Robinson was cited for no Valid …

Palestine cops arrest one after chase

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