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April 20, 2018 


Drugs, other charges result in prison time for 4
Prison sentences were announced for four Crawford County residents Monday.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

IECC CEO adds financial duties during search
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges' top official will be pulling double duty for a while.

IECC trustees, meeting Tuesday at Frontier Community College, Fairfield, appointed Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce as interim chief finance officer and interim treasurer effective May 1. He will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of CFO Roger Browning while a search is conducted to find a permanent replacement.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Unit 1 discusses co-ops in wake of referendum
Election results have had an impact on the Hutsonville-Palestine athletic co-op.

During Monday's Unit 1 board meeting, a large crowd was on hand to voice opinions about the program, after rumors swirled that another school had approached Unit 1 about a co-op following the failure of a referendum on Unit 1 consolidating with Palestine Unit 3.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New state funding plan won't help Unit 2 much
Evidence-based funding is "a step in the right direction," but it will only generate a relatively small increase in state dollars for Robinson Unit 2 schools.

Superintendent Josh Quick explained the revised state funding plan to the Unit 2 board Monday.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Boosters' support for Unit 4 sports tops $50K
Sometimes it takes a little help from your friends.

The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education heard a report Monday night from the Oblong Sports Boosters outlining the help the group has given the school district during the last year.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Security cameras coming for Palestine High School
Work on Palestine High School is on hold until an infrared scan of the gym roof can be done, but new security cameras are on the way.

During discussions about plans for summer work, the Palestine Board of Education agreed to prioritize repairs based on the IR scan of the gym roof, during Monday night's meeting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Hebron Christian School flagpole back in service
Change is in the wind at New Hebron Christian School. It's literally flapping in the breeze.

For the first time in years, the school's flag pole is in use. Recently refurbished through volunteer efforts, the pole was re-dedicated Monday when a new U.S. flag and a new school flag were hoisted aloft during a ceremony.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Newton teens charged in pelican shootings
Two Newton teenagers face charges in the recent shooting of pelicans in Jasper County.

Five dead white pelicans, along with another injured pelican, were discovered at the Newton Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area April 3. Charges were filed with the Jasper County States Attorney Saturday following an investigation conducted by Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

County board helps mental health group
A donation to help improve local mental health services, a proposed new subdivision and bridge replacement work were handled in short order by the Crawford County Board Thursday.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Drug, weapon charges land two in county jail
Palestine Police arrested two people on multiple charges Thursday following a report of illegal drug activity involving a tattoo parlor.

Charles E. Morehead, 28, and Bethany D. Kiser, 23, both of Palestine, were arrested following an investigation involving the Inkphoria Tattoo shop and residence in the 300 block of South Main.

Monday, April 16, 2018

County jobless rate still trending down
Crawford County's unemployment figures continued an overall drop in February, despite an uptick from January.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 5.3 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was up from 5.4 percent a month earlier, but down from 6.7 percent in February 2017.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Demo of Palestine building goes well
The Village of Palestine is doing a little cleaning to start off the new year.

At last week's village board meeting, Mayor Rob Byrley brought the board up to date about the demolition of a building on Main Street.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Health officials focus on oral cancer
Crawford County residents may not enjoy visiting the dentist, but it might help them in the early detection of a form of cancer.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and various health agencies are striving to educate Illinoisans about the lifestyle-related risk factors of the disease and the importance of visiting the dentist regularly for early detection.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Oblong committee to study liquor licenses
The question of who can sell alcohol in the village has again come before the Oblong Village Board.

John and Karen Cross, owners of Blue Truck Trading, formerly Check Mart, came before for the board Wednesday night to ask for a change in the liquor sales ordinance. Specifically they asked that liquor license holders be allowed to live in Crawford County and not limited to the village.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Flat Rock man sentenced to 9 years for battery
For the next day or two, a Flat Rock man will continue to call Lawrence County home.

Then Uriah Shiloh Robinson will be off to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a nine-year term imposed Monday in Lawrence County Circuit Court by Judge Robert M. Hopkins.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

'Spring surge' in gas prices not here yet
Local gasoline prices at the pump are still well below state and national averages - for now.

Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have risen 5.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

March rain helped with near-drought conditions
Crawford County continued to recover from several months of dry weather with plenty of March rain.

According to the National Weather Service, 3.69 inches of rain was reported here during March, with 2.08 inches of the total falling in just the final six days of the month. The heaviest rainfall of the month dropped .93 inches of rain here on March 24.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Weather aborts planting plans
April is here and if Mother Nature will give Crawford County and Illinois a break from the rain, farmers are ready to start another planting season.

In some areas, field work in preparation for planting was already underway before recent soggy weather hit.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

$335K award in diesel fuel spill
Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay $335,000 for a 2016 spill in which nearly 48,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into the Wabash River near the Indiana-Illinois border.
Monday, April 02, 2018

Liquor license OK'd for business
Spotlight Video has been granted Robinson's newest liquor license.

The creation of the license and more preparations for Pepsi Mid-America were part of the business at Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting.

Monday, April 02, 2018


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