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July 22, 2018 

Residents question use of tax money in Unit 2 facility
Robinson Unit 2 school board Monday answered questions from local residents concerned about the use of their tax dollars, especially in regard to plans for a new transportation facility.

Several taxpayers were present for Monday's board meeting with questions on topics ranging from whether the current South Jackson Street facility couldn't be fixed up to whether that many students actually still ride buses.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Competition for teachers gets Unit 3 attention
The competition for substitute teachers had the Palestine Unit 3 School Board's attention during their meeting on Monday.

With all the local school districts in competition for substitutes, the board decided that an increase in daily pay would help them be able to attract more.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Unit 4 plan for dealing with funding crisis on track so far
It's great when a plan works, and it seems the course the Oblong 4 Unit 4 Board of Education charted a few years ago to get through the Illinois school funding crisis is on course.

Oblong Superintendent Jeff Patchett showed the board this year's treasurer's report and compared it to the last five years which demonstrated growth for the first time.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Unit 1 working though summer maintenance for upcoming year
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education heard reports on summer maintenance and approved a number of items in anticipation of the first day of school during Monday night's meeting.

Thanks to an unexpected, but very welcome transportation fund payment and new money from the state, the district closed out the year around $167,000 to the good.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

City to work on S. Cross; Fest of Ale planned
Portions of South Cross Street will be resurfaced following action by the Robinson City Council Tuesday.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard received permission to advertise for bids as the street department intends to do work from Highsmith to Chaplin and Sycamore to Poplar.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

County's June was hotter, drier than last year
Crawford County was the hot place to be in June.

Days and nights were both warmer here than in 2017, according to the National Weather Service. And conditions were drier, thanks to slightly less precipitation.

The average daytime high temperature during June was 85.2 degrees. This was up from more than 84.1 degrees last year.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Centenarians share memories
Three hundred years of living memory was shared during a cracker barrel discussion at the Fife Opera House Sunday.

Palestine Preservation Projects Society presented "Century of Memories," in which three local centenarians discussed their memories from 100 years of life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Seals arrested following stand off with police
The search for a suspect who fled from a traffic stop resulted in an arrest at a Palestine residence on Friday.

According to Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing, about 9:45 a.m. he pulled over a 1997 White Dodge truck near Palestine High School at Main and Franklin Street. Besing said the stop was in reference to a subject wanted out of Knox County, Ind. for felony warrants.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

State probes fiscal crisis at area nursing home
Representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health arrived in Lawrenceville Friday afternoon to begin an investigation into two United Methodist Village nursing facilities.
Thursday, July 05, 2018

Drunken drivers won't escape cops this week
The Crawford County Sheriff's Office announced its plans for July 4 traffic enforcement with focus on drunk and unbuckled drivers.

The crackdown will run through July 8, to encompass the Independence Day holiday, an all-too-often deadly time on Illinois roads.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

'Comic-con' organizer enlarges, moves event
After putting on one-day comic book conventions at Lincoln Trail College each of the past two summers, Michael Kasinger is doubling up and moving south.

Kasinger will host the PWHACK Comics and Pop Culture Convention in the gymnasium at Lawrenceville High School, Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Unit 2 trying to fit bus barn into existing budget
Robinson Unit 2 school board members want to be certain when they build a new transportation facility they do it right and in a cost-effective manner.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Despite weather, progress made on Pepsi facility
Updates on construction at the Ridgway Industrial Park and work on the Washington Park tennis courts was brought to the Robinson City Council's attention during last night's meeting.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fish fry, concert kick off city's Fourth festivities
Robinson's main event of the summer is about to get underway.

The annual Robinson Fourth of July Celebration at Robinson City Park starts Friday with a fish fry, ice cream, music and a carnival.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Lions offer free hearing screenings this Friday
Robinson Lions Club is partnering with the Lions of Illinois Foundation to offer free hearing screenings on Friday at the Lions Shelter at Robinson City Park from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Man tries to flee after hearing
Being told that his bond would be revoked sent a Palestine man into panic at the Crawford County Courthouse on Friday.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Community leader Chamblin dies at 86
Jack Chamblin was larger than life.

Chamblin, Robinson, died Thursday at 86. He was, among other things, a long-time business and civic leader in Robinson and an avid supporter of his alma mater, the University of Illinois.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Rauner talks business during campaign stop
In Robinson for a brief campaign visit Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner complimented Marathon refinery employees for working hard, supporting education and giving back to the community - values he says he has also tried to exemplify.

Rauner made a brief stop in Robinson Wednesday morning to show his support of Marathon's work and growth.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hutsonville seeking 'compromise' on letting residents raise chickens
The Hutsonville Village Board would like to hear residents' thoughts on allowing chickens to be raised in the village.

Michael Delaney and his family came before the board to ask for an exception to village Ordinance 86-3. It prohibits livestock animals from being in town.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Soccer club still raising funds for new pitches behind Nuttall Middle School
Work is underway this summer behind Nuttall Middle School to build two regulation size soccer fields.

The project is being funded through efforts by the Robinson Soccer Club, a not for profit, organization dedicated to providing the opportunity for local youth to participate in competitive soccer.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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