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December 11, 2018 

Robinson men help bring clean water to Africa
Two Robinson men helped bring safe clean drinking water to thousands in Africa.

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over and we have a couple weeks until Christmas, take a moment and think about how much water each of us consumes in a day. According to the United States Geological Service, the average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons, this includes bathing, showering and other hygiene practices, dish washing, clothes washing, toilet flushing, and drinking.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Fulling selected chairman of new county board
David Fulling is the new chairman of the Crawford County Board.

Fulling, Robinson, was unanimously elected to the position at the board's post-election reorganization today.

Fulling has been on the board 14 years and was last re-elected as a Republican in District 2 in November 2016.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

CMH OKs $150K for fitness center
Crawford Memorial Hospital is willing to contribute $150,000 toward a new community fitness center.

The CMH Board Wednesday approved giving $50,000 per year for three years to the proposed facility.

Monday, December 03, 2018

'Badge battle' Monday helps with blood needs
Robinson first responders are on a mission to help combat the shortage of blood and save lives by collecting blood for hospital patients in need during the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive.
Monday, November 26, 2018

End of harvest meets beginning of winter-like temperatures in area
Harvest is over, and not any too soon.

As of Monday, only 4 percent of the state's soybean crop remained in the fields. Only 1 percent remained at this point in 2017.

Winter wheat seeding was almost completed, too. A total of 95 percent of the crop was planted, compared to 99 percent last year. Eighty-four percent of the wheat has emerged, compared to 91 percent last year.

Monday, November 26, 2018

First-season deer harvest up in Crawford County
Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 58,836 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season on Nov. 16-18.

Hunters took 51,450 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2017. Illinois' seven-day Firearm Deer Season will conclude Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Romaine lettuce disappears from shelves in area
If your Thanksgiving dinner was to include a dish made with romaine lettuce, you're out of luck.

Area stores have pulled romaine from their produce departments because of a multistate E. coli outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration report 32 people in 11 states have been infected with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) linked to the lettuce.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Palestine library to offer writing, publishing classes
A $6,500 grant will again let Palestine Public Library offer workshops for :"lifelong learning."

The library has received the Leo Herning Foundation Grant again this year. The grant, submitted by Director Laurel Adams, is named "Stay Connected Technology Workshops." The funds provide the community with workshops that will teach citizens how to use technology and encourage the use of higher education at any age.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Area community-college board approves district's tax levies
Illinois Eastern Community College trustees have approved the district's annual tax levies.

Originally proposed in October, the 2018-19 levies were certified by trustees during their meeting Wednesday at Wabash Valley College, Mount Carmel. A public hearing on the levies preceded the regular meeting.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Unit 2 buys W. Main building as bus barn
Robinson Unit 2 buses will have a new home in a familiar place next summer.

The Robinson Unit 2 school board Monday voted to purchase 301 W. Main, Robinson, as the district's new bus barn and storage and maintenance facility.

The 4.71-acre property includes a large gravel lot, the former C&D Motor Sports building and two large storage buildings.

The main structure was built in 2013 on the former site of the Robinson shoe factory.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Unit 2 takes new levy approach
Robinson Unit 2 is taking a different approach to setting its tax levy for the coming year.

The state has changed how it funds education. Gone are general state aid payments, replaced by evidence-based funding, Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick told the Unit Board Monday.

Using statistical data including enrollment, the state now determines how much money a district needs to provide the best possible education to its students. Traditionally, Quick has had to do this while setting the annual levy.

Friday, November 23, 2018

'Great effort' by driver to keep bus from tipping
The Palestine Unit 3 board met in regular session Tuesday night, despite the absence of the district's two principals. High-school principal Tangi Waldrop and grade-school principal Jessica Sisil were unable to attend because of an incident that happened earlier in the day.

About 4 p.m. one of the district's buses was involved in an accident while returning students home. Superintendent Chris Long informed the board and those in attendance that a deer was the cause of the accident.

Friday, November 23, 2018

New Unit 4 tax plan anticipates changes in district property values
A tentative tax levy was passed by the Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education which reflects anticipated changes in property values in the district.

The levy was passed based on an Estimated Assessed Valuation of $53,500,000. Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett said this reflects an anticipated increase in the value of real estate and farmland in the district.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Hutsonville approves tentative levy, hears reports on school safety
The Hutsonville Board of Education Monday approved a tentative tax levy and heard reports on school safety, school report cards and energy savings.

It is hoped the levy will capitalize on increased property value in the coming year. In a finance meeting, Superintendent Julie Kraemer outlined in detail the proposed levy.

Friday, November 23, 2018

College seeking volunteers for literacy program
Lincoln Trail College is looking for students and volunteers for the Volunteer Literacy Program.

Funding is in place for the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Volunteer Literacy program to resume, and Volunteer Specialist Vicki Cretors is looking for both tutors and students in the Crawford County area.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Santa arrives Friday at fest
Santa makes his first Crawford County appearance Friday evening in Robinson, as the Christmas Magic Festival kicks off the holiday season.

The festival kicks off Friday evening starting at 4. There will be decorated booths with food, games, drinks, face painting, bonfires, and Christmas merchandise for early shopping.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Kraemer finishes police training
The Village of Hutsonville Tuesday night recognized its new police officer, discussed increased water rates and heard reports on nuisance properties.

Julie Kraemer has been officially recognized by the Village of Hutsonville as a part-time police officer. Kraemer, who is the Hutsonville School District superintendent, recently graduated second in her class from the part-time police academy and passed her final examination.

Friday, November 16, 2018

N. Lincoln culvert work could start after Thanksgiving
The Robinson City Council settled some old business Tuesday.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard announced that plans for the placement of a new culvert on North Lincoln are moving forward.

"The North Lincoln culvert was delivered today (Tuesday), and the plan is to start the project the Monday after Thanksgiving," Hillard said.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Open house for new Extension office Friday
Employees of the Crawford County University of Illinois Extension Office are excited to be fully moved into their new location at 216 S. Cross in Robinson and are inviting the community to drop in Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for an open house.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Oblong village board works on holiday prep
The Village of Oblong is preparing for the holiday season and the village board Wednesday approved several related requests.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

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