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October 17, 2018 


Computer virus affects county budget, payroll
Crawford County is recovering from a computer virus that knocked out a server affecting several offices last month.

During Thursday's Crawford County Board meeting, County Treasurer Twyla Bailey and Clerk Fayrene Wright spoke about some of the difficulties encountered because of the virus.º

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Delinquent taxes in paper next week
Time is running out for Crawford County property owners who still haven't paid this year's taxes.

The annual delinquent tax list will be published in Thursday's Daily News. Those taxpayers who still owe and who don't want included in the list have until 4 p.m. Monday to get the money to the office of Crawford County Treasurer Twyla Bailey.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Everything 'well in place' in Robinson audit
Robinson's finances are in good order, according to its latest audit.

The Robinson City Council was informed Tuesday that the city's annual audit was good. Aldermen also agreed to buy some new tools and equipment for the street department during their meeting.

Friday, October 12, 2018

RHS alumnus donates signed Rockwell prints to Unit 2 schools
A Robinson High School alumnus has returned to his hometown with a surprising - and artistic - donation for local schools.

Wynn Ritch, RHS Class of 1963, presented Robinson Unit 2 Superintendent Josh Quick, RHS principal Victoria McDonald and Lincoln Elementary School principal Kathy Bemont with three prints of classic Saturday Evening Post covers signed by legendary artist Norman Rockwell.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Oblong allows more vehicles, shuts down solicitors
The residents of Oblong can now ride their UTVs and side-by-side vehicles, and should no longer be bothered by unwanted door-to-door solicitors.

The Oblong Village Board approved changes to two ordinances during Wednesday night's meeting. The first change includes side-by-sides and UTV vehicles to the golf-cart neighborhood vehicle ordinance. If a vehicle meets the requirements and a fee is paid, a permit can be issued to drive the carts around town.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Mental-health agency shutting down in area
A mental-health service that has provided clinical services to area residents for decades is closing its doors.

Southeastern Illinois Counseling Centers Inc. is filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7, according to Executive Director Glenn Jackson. The last day for client services was Wednesday and employees have started receiving termination notices.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Area nursing home closing 1 of 2 facilities
In what it says was a difficult decision, the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Village nursing homes will close its facility known as "South Campus," at 1616 Cedar Street in Lawrenceville, effective Dec. 31.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

LTC spring comedy cast announced
Barbara Shimer, director of theater at Lincoln Trail College, has announced the cast for the 2018 fall production, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's comedy, You Can't Take It With You.
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

19 parcels, 43 trailers in county tax sale
Local properties with overdue taxes dating back to 2014 are going on the auction block.

Crawford County has completed its tax deed proceedings on real estate properties that were delinquent for 2014 and mobile homes that were delinquent for 2015 and prior real estate taxes. The county is offering the parcels and mobile homes to the public.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Holiday fest is top winner in tourism grants
Six local organizations will split more than $17,000 in tourism grants from the City of Robinson.

Indiana Rail Road, however, will go empty-handed after a vote by the city council.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Construction Career Day planned at SENCO Friday for high-school students
Construction Career Day 2018 will be Friday at the SENCO corporate office at 1408 S. Eaton in Robinson.

The event is sponsored by SENCO and Lytle Electric in conjunction with Twin Rivers Career and Technical Education System and Crawford County Development Association.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Not too early to start planning for 2018 flu shots
Summer came and passed. And hard as it is to believe, flu season is rapidly approaching.

Crawford County Health Department will begin flu vaccination clinics Tuesday, Oct. 2. The first clinic, from 8 to 11 a.m. will be for adults only at the health department office, 202 N. Christopher.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fest-of-Ale back in City Park with BBQ cookoff
Cheers, Crawford County. The second annual Fest-of-Ale is Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. at Robinson City Park. Organizers anticipate as many craft beer breweries as last year, when more than 800 people attended.

"It ought to be a great time. We're looking for a good crowd," Robinson Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer said.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Drying weather helps harvest get rolling again
Harvest in Crawford County and other parts of Illinois was back up to speed last week thanks to drier weather conditions.

Statewide, the average temperature was 71 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged .01 inches, .75 inches below normal.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

LTC gets high marks from rating services
Lincoln Trail College has earned high scores from three different websites that rank colleges in Illinois for current and prospective students.

Schools.com, TheBestColleges.org, and the state's Illinois College 2 Career sites all provide students with information to help them make a college decision. All three give LTC high marks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

City council approves intergovernmental agreement on enterprise zone
The Robinson City Council approved a new enterprise zone agreement, as well as an agreement with Ameren Energy and also made plans for upcoming events on Tuesday.

However, the meeting started off with sorrow after Mayor Roger Pethtel said that former Crawford County Development Association Executive Director Bob Berty died earlier in the day.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Berty a civic-minded mentor, 'go-to guy'
A man instrumental in the creation of the Robinson Enterprise Zone and the development of the city's parks has died.

Robert Berty, 81, a civic, business and economic development leader here for 50 years, died Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, following several weeks of failing health.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Preschool finds home for future on LTC campus
Building boxes out of plastic squares to make a house for dinosaurs may seem childish, but to a three-year-old it is fun, play, imagination and adventure, to teachers and aides at Storybrooke Preschool it is a way to evaluate motor skills and a child's ability to learn.

Storybrooke Preschool has a new home and bright future on the campus of Lincoln Trail College.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crawford Co. 4-H members do well in Illinois State Fair judging
Nearly thirty 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.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gullett, 'face' of the Daily News for 53 years, dies at 80
For years, Larry Gullett was a fixture of the Daily News.

Seated at his desk next to the entrance, he was as common a sight as the blue newspaper box just outside the front door.

Gullett worked for the newspaper for 53 years before retiring at the age of 70 in May 2008. "I never planned on staying longer than anyone else," he said at the time. "I just always felt lucky to have this job."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


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