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October 14, 2019 


Oblong board leaves pot decision up to voters
It will be up to the voters to decide if they want to allow cannabis production or sales in the Village of Oblong.

At the village board meeting Wednesday three options were on the table. The first option was to prohibit the establishment of a cannabis sales or production business. That option was unanimously voted down.

The second option was to amend the current business code and tax ordinances allowing for the establishment of a cannabis business. That option was unanimously approved.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Police present seminar on scams
Each year citizens are scammed out of millions of their hard-earned dollars. With the increased sophistication of technology, scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to get their hands on your money.

The Robinson Police Department is playing host to a seminar on scamming and how to avoid it at the Robinson Community Center Monday, Oct. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

GED classes can be 'great return on investment'
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is a reminder that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for 36 million adults nationwide.

According to the National Coalition for Literacy, the 36 million adults that struggle with basic academic skills also find it difficult to function effectively as workers, parents, citizens, and consumers in today's society.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

State police offer harvest-season safety tips
Illinois State Police in District 12 urge motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on Illinois roadways during harvest.

As farmers begin to move equipment from field to field, they may be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. "Remain especially alert behind the wheel during harvest season," said District 12 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt. "Be prepared to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving farm vehicles."

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday is first day to apply for home energy aid
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities can begin applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Community Assistance announced this week.

Families with children younger than age five can apply beginning Nov. 1. All other applicants must wait until Dec. 1.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Park getting fitness facility
A Robinson park will soon be the site of an outdoor fitness facility, while another park is almost ready for its official opening.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday approved release of donated funds to buy fitness equipment for Washington Park. The outdoor fitness facility, a project of Leadership Crawford County, will be completely funded by a $10,170 donation from the United Way.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 2 wrapping up work on new bus barn
Robinson Unit 2 took steps on several construction projects Monday.

Two projects were approved by the Unit 2 school board for the new transportation facility on West Main Street. First, two electric poles need to be relocated. Then, some drainage and concrete work are needed.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Palestine OKs balanced budget
Palestine Unit 3 anticipates a balanced budget this year.

The Unit 3 board approved the 2019-20 budget during its regular monthly meeting Monday. It calls for projected revenues of more than $3.72 million and expenditures of $3.65 million. The meeting was preceded by a public budget hearing during which Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell presented an overview of revenue and expense information contained in the budget and addressed questions.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 1 spending for tech, greenhouse
The Hutsonville Unit 1 School District is looking at a strong fiscal year after approving the FY 2020 budget during Monday night's board of education meeting.

The budget reflects revenues of $4,789,055 and $4,862,610 in expenses. Superintendent Julie Kraemer noted the budget does reflect a negative amount of $73,555, but that is only if all money is spent. Kraemer noted that this budget includes the purchase of two buses, some tech hardware for the distance learning classes, and money for the Greenhouse project.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 4 gives final approval to budget
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education took care of some routine matters when it met Monday.

The board gave final approval to the 2019-20 budget and approved substitute teachers, aides, bus drivers, cooks and custodians for the school year.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

LTC Foundation lines up shows, aids projects
The Lincoln Trail College Foundation continues its celebration of LTC's 50th anniversary while preparing for hitting the half-century mark itself next year.

The foundation has two events coming up Thursday. The foundation board will meet during the day to seat new officers and disburse funds to assist the college. The next fund-raising concert sponsored by the organization is 7 p.m. in LTC's Zwermann Arts Center Theater.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Events at refinery, OHS, preserve this week
The Fest of Ale is only one event taking place in Crawford County this week.

On Thursday, Marathon Petroleum will be hosting its annual Community Day from 2:30 to 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the Main Office.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Crawford County Fest-of-Ale returns to City Park
Cheers, Crawford County. The third annual Fest-of-Ale is Saturday.

The event is 2 to 8 p.m. at Robinson City Park, rain or shine. It is open only to persons 21 and older and IDs will be checked at the entrance. Attendees will be given wrist bands that will allow them to come and go during the day.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

IECC OKs budget of $33M
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges anticipate spending more than $32.9 million this fiscal year.

IECC trustees adopted an operating fund budget of more than $32.9 million for fiscal year that began July 1 during their meeting Tuesday at Olney Central College.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Crawford 4-Hers rake in awards during state fair
Almost 30 Crawford County 4-H'ers exhibited their livestock and general projects at this year's Illinois State Fair Aug. 8-18 in Springfield. Several Crawford County 4-H'ers were recognized as award winners in their divisions.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

2 local suspects held in Ky., face multiple charges
Two local residents are facing charges in Kentucky.

Anthony John Littlejohn, 39, Martinsville, and Destiny Budd, 19, Oblong, were arrested on drug and stolen vehicle charges last week at the Moutardier Campgrounds, in Edmonson County, Ky.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

County board overwhelmed by pot opposition
Recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois Jan. 1, but it won't be available for sale in most parts of Crawford County.

The Crawford County Board Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting licensed cannabis dispensaries in the unincorporated parts of the county. While the ordinance will have no impact on what happens inside the municipal limits of Robinson or the county's villages, it means that no dispensaries can be created in places such as Annapolis, New Hebron or Bellair.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Real-estate taxes still unpaid on 1,200 parcels
While most of Thursday's Crawford County Board meeting focused on cannabis, matters involving taxes, trucks and more were also on the agenda.

Crawford County Treasurer Twyla Bailey said real estate taxes are still unpaid on 1,200 parcels out of 20,000 in the county. This is 200 more than last year.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Palestine finances in good shape; mini-park will feature LED sign
Palestine's finances got a clean bill of health in the latest audit report.

Carol Holbert, the village's auditor from the firm of Holbert & Phipps, was at Thursday's meeting of the board of trustees and said the village is in good standing and remains consistent in maintaining good accounting procedures. One recommendation was made to provide more clarity about the transfer of excess funds between accounts.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

$36K in prize money up for grabs in rodeo
The 66th Annual Pioneer City Rodeo and Labor Day celebration in Palestine has come and gone, and while organizers were apprehensive about audiences and performers, a sold-out Saturday night and top-notch competitors made for an outstanding weekend.

Bareback and saddle bronc riding have been big events for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and this year's competitors left nothing in the chutes.

Monday, September 9, 2019


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