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January 23, 2018 


'Mob action' leads to early AM arrest of 5
A mob scene, described as the result of a personal vendetta, led to the arrest of five Robinson residents about 12:30 a.m. today.

Arrested were Brandi J. Gangolf, 19; Skylar L. Gregory, 20; Curtis J. Higgins, 20; Robert S. Weck, 20; and Garret Woods, 19.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Town-hall meetings on consolidation set
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten will have two informational "town hall" meetings in March and possibly a third in February at Lincoln Trail College.
Monday, January 22, 2018

New contract gives IECC staff 2.5% raise
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges has a new contract with its education staff.

The two-year contract is the result of a collective bargaining agreement with the Illinois Education Association-National Education Association approved by the IECC Board of Trustees Tuesday during a meeting at Lincoln Trail College.

Monday, January 22, 2018

CMH preparing for state Medicaid changes
Crawford Memorial Hospital is getting ready for the statewide switch to managed care for Medicaid and for the implementation of round-the-clock orthopedic services.
Monday, January 22, 2018

Unit 2 transportation may move to RHS/NMS campus
The Robinson Unit 2 bus fleet may be rolling toward a new home.

Unit 2 board members Tuesday voted to talk with an architect about the possibility of building a new transportation facility, most likely in the area of Robinson High School and Nuttall Middle School.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Unit 1 concerned over state payments
Concerns over the state's failure to pay its share for transportation and pre-kindergarten programs were at the forefront of Tuesday's Hutsonville Unit 1 board meeting.

General state aid payments are on the way, Superintendent Julie Kraemer told the board, but transportation and pre-k payments are not. Final fund balances for fiscal 2018 will depend on whether or not all payments from the state arrive before the fiscal year ends June 30.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Unit 3 board accepts resignation of PGS principal, fills positions
No school didn't mean a day off for the Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education, as it Tuesday night approved personnel changes and heard reports.

A moment of silence was observed in honor of the recent passing of long-time teacher Marilyn Fritchley at the start of the meeting.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Expert to report on area discovery
Clear evidence of a thriving settlement of Native Americans in the area, perhaps 600 to 800 years ago, has emerged within the past year, and on Feb. 8, anyone interested will have a good chance to learn more.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Polar Bash draws area chill-seekers
The extended weather forecast says it will be near 50 degrees at the Wabash River landing in Russellville Saturday.

That's fine with Zina Schultz, one of the organizers for the Polar Bash on the Wabash. This year's plunge will be the sixth annual event, which raises money for the Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center and Wig Shop. Brave plungers will make their way into the river promptly at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

County helping EMS cope with state fiscal woes
With the state still not keeping up with its financial obligations, the Crawford County Board has stepped in to assist United Life Care Ambulance.

Board members Thursday unanimously approved releasing all money that would be paid to ULC this year at once, rather than in monthly payments between now and Nov. 30. This is the money due under the terms of ULC's multi-year contract with the county.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Weather leads to 11 icy accidents on county roads
'Tis the season for icy roads causing accidents in Crawford County.

Since wintry precipitation landed in the county Sunday, county law enforcement departments have reported a total of 11 weather-related accidents.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hutsonville makes progress on water utility permits
The Village of Hutsonville now has two of the three water and wastewater permits it needs after Tuesday night's meeting.

The trustees also hired a part-time police officer, approved a franchise contract with Ameren and heard a report on street signs.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

'Homemakers' celebrate 70th by serving the community
Formerly known as Homemakers Extension Association, the Crawford County HCE group recently celebrated 70 years in Crawford County.
Thursday, January 11, 2018

New law will help traffic flow, improve safety for both drivers, cyclists
A new Illinois bicycle traffic law will let drivers pass bicycles in a no-passing zone when it's safe to do so.

It is now legal for drivers to cross a solid no-passing centerline into the oncoming lane in order to pass a cyclist by at least three feet, the minimum legal clearance.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Stats: County finally gets white Christmas, but dry month
Crawford County residents experienced their first white Christmas in seven years in December.

Still, it was another dry month here, according to statistics provided by the National Weather Service.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Area criminals get prison for drugs, theft, other charges
Several area people were sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections Wednesday in Lawrence Circuit Court for a variety of crimes.
Monday, January 08, 2018

Oblong water rates to reflect RPWC changes
Oblong Village Board Wednesday night updated a couple of ordinances, approved a water-rate increase and cautioned people to stay off the ice at the village park.

Last month the board discussed increases of $2 to the minimum charge and 25 cents per each additional 1,000 gallons to water customers in reaction to a water-rate increase imposed by the Robinson-Palestine Water Commission. Those rates were approved this month.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Health-care facilities taking flu precautions
An increase in the number of influenza cases in the area has prompted Crawford Memorial Hospital to implement flu restrictions.

The guidelines are designed to help protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of the flu.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Palestine-area chase exceeds 119 mph
A high-speed chase near Palestine Tuesday ended when a Flat Rock man crashed his vehicle into a tree.

Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing said that about 1:46 p.m. he spotted a white Chevy Monte Carlo, which was believed to be a possible burglary suspect vehicle. The vehicle fled south on Illinois Route 33, south of Palestine, with Besing in pursuit.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

County, area jobless rates still improving
Crawford County's unemployment picture continued to brighten in November.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 4.9 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month.

Thursday, January 04, 2018


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