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December 6, 2019 


No flu shot yet? Getting it now can still help prevent illness
It's not too late to get a flu shot.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urges everyone six months and older who has not been vaccinated, to get their flu shot this week as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

County-board race only one on primary ballot
Few local residents are running in the March 17 primaries, following the filing period that ended Monday, but there will be one race on the ballot.

Mark W. Hill, Robinson, filed to run Monday as a Republican for a District 4 seat on the Crawford County Board. He will face Shane Robinson, Robinson, who filed last week.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Santa Train marks 30 years of holiday spirit
For the 30th consecutive Christmas season, Santa Claus will be coming to town by train. Children living in communities in southern Indiana and eastern Illinois served by The Indiana Rail Road Company will get a chance to see St. Nick aboard the company's Santa Train Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Children's home has new director of child care
Oblong Children's Christian Home has hired a new executive director for child care.

Jeff Robinson, who has a lengthy ministry history in Illinois, began his job Monday. He and his wife, Tina, recently moved into the residence provided for them on the Oblong campus from their home in Indianapolis.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Committeeman candidates added to ballot
Filings for the March 17 primaries continue to trickle in.

Only one new candidate filed Wednesday and one other filed early today, Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

School holiday concerts begin Tuesday at HCC
'Tis the season for holiday school concerts.

In Robinson, Washington Elementary School second-graders start things off with a concert at Highland Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The WES first grade Christmas program is 6 p.m. Thursday at HCC.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Big weekend: H'ville event, Leaverton lights
The holiday season gets in full swing in Palestine and Hutsonville this weekend.
Friday, November 29, 2019

Strauch retirement leads to promotion, new hire
Robinson City Council Tuesday night made some personnel moves related to a long-time police officer's retirement.

Robinson police sergeant Dan Strauch has filed for retirement, so Chief of Police Chad Weaver and Alderman Gene Sinclair said a promotion for a new sergeant and patrol officer is needed.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Police on the lookout for holiday display vandals
Christmas decorations in three of the county's villages have reportedly been damaged. Jeff Besing and Chad Pusey, the police chiefs of Palestine and Oblong, respectively, announced earlier this week that reports of Christmas decorations being vandalized have been reported.

These acts include wires on lights being cut, as well as extension cord wires. Pusey also confirmed that vandalism has also been reported at the Oblong Park.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Candidates begin filing for March primary election
The spring primary is still almost five months away, but there is already a race shaping up for the fall general election.

Among the candidates who have filed for the March 17 primaries so far is incumbent coroner Earl Deckard, who is running as a Republican. On the Democrat side, Vickie Becker has filed to run for the same office.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Bigger share of taxes may go to CMH next year
Higher liability premiums mean Crawford County taxpayers may see a increase in the share of their property taxes going to Crawford Memorial Hospital next year.

The CMH board Wednesday approved tax levies for the coming year. Most hospital revenues are generated through providing patient services, but as a government entity, the hospital district is entitled to levy taxes. The most significant is likely the tax to pay for liability insurance coverage.

Friday, November 22, 2019

National organization recognizes Lincoln Trail College for affordability
Lincoln Trail College was recognized by EDsmart as one of the most affordable colleges in the nation. The Utah-based organization, which provides information to prospective college students and ranks colleges, named Lincoln Trail College as the 11th most affordable college in the United States.
Friday, November 22, 2019

'Christmas Magic' highlights first weekend of season
Ho ho ho, it's magic.

Robinson will kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas Magic Festival this weekend. A parade, ice skating and the arrival of Santa are all part of the fun.

Activities get underway at 4 p.m. Friday when food and craft booths and the portable ice skating rink open on the Crawford County Courthouse square. Ice skating, sponsored by the Robinson Elks, proved a popular part of the event last year and rink will be open until 9 p.m. Friday.

Friday, November 22, 2019

New agreements will ease IECC students' path to teaching
Illinois Eastern Community College trustees have taken steps to address a statewide educator shortage.

During their meeting Tuesday at Frontier Community College, Fairfield, trustees approved three articulation agreements for IECC students with Eastern Illinois University.

These agreements should assist with the transfer from IECC's associate in science and arts degree with an education focus into EIU's bachelor degrees in early childhood education, elementary education and middle level education.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Approving levy for Unit 2 is a guessing game
Several questions remain unanswered, but Robinson Unit 2 has a tentative tax levy for the coming year.

Unit 2 board members, meeting at Lincoln Elementary School Monday, approved the tentative 2020 levy.

The levy, which does not include money needed to pay off bonds, is almost $12.4 million, up about $100,000, or 6.22 percent, from this year's tax extension. Including bonds, the total levy is closer to $14.6 million.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Unit 1 board reviews state school 'report card'
A review of the school report card and tax levy were focus of discussion at the Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education meeting Monday night.

High School Principal Travis Titsworth and Grade School/Junior High Principal Robin Karas both reviewed the annual school report cards for the board.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Unit 3 board studies audit, out-of-district waiver
The seasons might not show it but graduation is just around the corner for local eighth-graders and seniors. During Monday night's Palestine Unit 3 board meeting, dates for both graduations were approved for the spring.

High school graduation will take place first, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Palestine High School. Meanwhile Palestine Grade School's eighth grade graduation will be at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18 at the grade school.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Oblong school board OKs tentative tax levy
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education gave tentative approval to the 2020-21 tax levy and approved a waiver that would allow non-resident students of full-time employees to attend school in the district without paying extra tuition.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Claypool Foundation grants more than $33,000
More than $33,000 was awarded to five local organizations Friday at the First National Bank in Oblong.

Trust Officer Blake Hemrich announced that five applicants were chosen out of 13 who applied for grants from the Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation.

The Crawford County Sheriff's Office was awarded $10,000, which Sheriff Bill Rutan said will be used to purchase two small drones.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Council OKs tentative levy, preps for fest
The Robinson City Council Tuesday night approved a tentative tax levy for the city.

City Treasurer Denise Jobe read aloud the various categories and their amounts for the levy, which will be on display at City Hall until Tuesday, Dec. 10.

On that day a Truth in Taxation hearing will take place at 6:45 p.m., prior to the city council meeting at 7. A vote on making the levy permanent will be on the agenda.

Thursday, November 14, 2019


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