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September 18, 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

UMV president resigns amid fiscal controversy
The CEO of an embattled area nursing facility has resigned.

United Methodist Village President and Chief Executive Officer Paula McKnight resigned last Tuesday, in the wake of an ongoing crisis at the two Lawrenceville nursing facilities.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Days of Caring has 'enormous' support here
More than 115 volunteers donated more than 496 hours of work during the recent Crawford County United Way Days of Caring.

The event was an enormous success again this year,organizers say. Several projects were started and/or completed.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Got pink? Now you can wear it while hunting
On Park District Conservation Day at the Illinois State Fair, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation legalizing blaze pink hunting gear and increasing penalties for wildlife poaching.

House Bill 4231 permits hunters to wear blaze pink clothing in addition to blaze orange. Both colors of clothing are equally visible to the human eye, however, deer are believed to be color blind to red and can see very little orange or pink.

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Council OKs truck route, looks at mini-park
A local logging firm will have an easier time getting access to its property thanks to the Robinson City Council's approval of a new truck route on Tuesday.

City Attorney Frank Weber and Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick asked the council for permission to establish a logging truck route on Christopher Boulevard (between KFC and Baymont Inn) as part of an agreement between the city, Randy Stephens and Don Lachenmayr.

Friday, August 31, 2018

County Democrats choose board candidates in caucus this week
Local Democrats have put forth county-board candidates following a caucus this week.
Friday, August 31, 2018

Lineup of events ready to go for Labor Day fest
The Annual Labor Day Celebration is set to begin in Palestine with four days of events downtown, at Leaverton Park and in Pioneer City Arena where professional rodeo returns to Crawford County for three performances.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Woman pleads not guility in mother's death
A rural Oblong woman accused of playing a role in her mother's death has pleaded not guilty.

Kristine K. Phillippe, 40, was in Crawford County Court today for an arraignment hearing on a charge of first-degree murder (accountability) in the July 24 shooting death of Sandra Kendall, 62, Bellair.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Palestine police issue Labor Day precautions
Palestine police want visitors to the village to be careful as Labor Day weekend approaches.

"With the Labor Day/Rodeo activities beginning in a few short days, I would like to remind the residents and motorist that traffic on our village streets is going to increase immensely," said Police Chief Jeff Besing. "Please be extra-cautious while traveling in the village as there will be many yard sales going on, activities on Main Street plus the daily campground and rodeo traffic."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Hospital on brief lockdown after teen's false report
Reports of a shooter near Crawford Memorial Hospital put the building briefly on lockdown Monday evening. But the Robinson Police Department has said the report they received turned out to be false.

About 7:49 p.m. a 15-year old male Robinson resident reported a masked intruder entered his home on Mefford Street and shot him in the shoulder.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

RHS color guard dress consignment Saturday
The Robinson High School Colorguard will once again be hosting its biennial Formal Dress Consignment Sale Saturday.

"Anyone and everyone is invited to come to sell or shop for dresses," an organizer said. "It's a great time for students to clear out their closets and make some money or find the perfect dress for homecoming, winter formals, prom, or graduation."

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

GOP caucus puts Dart on county board '18 ballot
Kevin Dart will replace Kevin Utterback on the Crawford County Board, at least until the November election.

Crawford County Republicans held a caucus Friday morning and elected Dart to fill the seat vacated by Utterback's July 4 death.

The county board declared Utterback's District 3 seat vacant at its August meeting.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

ROE preschool program moving to LTC facility
A local preschool program has a new home.

Storybrooke Preschool, a program offered by Regional Office of Education 12, is moving to the Lincoln Trail College North Campus. Forty students will attend morning classes and another 40 will attend during the afternoon beginning tomorrow, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Chief Executive Officer Terry Bruce told the Daily News.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Unit 2 planning interim quarters for transportation
Robinson Unit 2 transportation workers will soon have a new, temporary headquarters to use while the school board continues efforts to find a permanent solution to its transportation and maintenance facility concerns.
Friday, August 24, 2018

Changes will make little difference in bottom line for Unit 2 budget
Robinson Unit 2 has a tentative 2018-19 budget ready to be placed on public display.

It will undergo a few minor changes before the board of education gives it final approval in September, though.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Oblong projects balanced budget for new year
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education put the final pieces of the puzzle for the upcoming school year into place at its meeting Monday.

The board approved a tentative budget for the 20i8-19 school year and set a hearing date of Monday, Sept. 20 at 5:50 p.m. The budget will now be open at the unit office for public review.

Friday, August 24, 2018


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