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November 15, 2018 


Open house for new Extension office Friday
Employees of the Crawford County University of Illinois Extension Office are excited to be fully moved into their new location at 216 S. Cross in Robinson and are inviting the community to drop in Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for an open house.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Oblong village board works on holiday prep
The Village of Oblong is preparing for the holiday season and the village board Wednesday approved several related requests.
Sunday, November 11, 2018

County taking 1A could lead to improvements
The state is turning over Illinois Route 1A to Crawford County, but it will be months before the hand-off is complete.

It was announced recently that the Illinois Department of Transportation has offered to transfer control of the state highway from Trimble to Prison Road to the county highway department. It will also pay $1.8 million into the county's Motor Fuel Tax Fund in compensation for accepting the 4.4-mile stretch of road.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Rutan re-elected; others unopposed
Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan won a second four-year term in Tuesday's general election.

Rutan, a Republican, held off Democrat challengers Floyd Brinkman, garnering 4,657 ballots to Brinkman's 2,292, or more than 67 percent of the vote.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

While challengers fall, board will still look different
The Crawford County Board remains a completely Republican - and male - governing body.

Efforts by two Democrat women in District 3 fell short in Tuesday's general election. Still, the board membership will be different when the county's new fiscal year begins Dec. 1.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Clerk 'thrilled'with 55% turnout
A strong turnout and a single technical glitch did nothing to slow tabulation of Tuesday's election results.

In fact, all results from Crawford County's 24 precincts were in to the Crawford County Clerk's Office by 8:30 p.m., Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Shimkus, Miller win overwhelmingly
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus retained his seat in Congress in Tuesday's election.

Meanwhile, his fellow Republican, newly-elected State Rep. Chris Miller, will have a Democratic governor to work with.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Veterans Day observances scheduled in county
On Sunday, a century will have passed since the war to end all wars ended. Various organizations around the area will honor local veterans in observance of Veterans Day and this anniversary.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Palestine OKs blues, jazz fest
A new festival is coming to Palestine in 2019.

The Palestine Village Board approved the first Blues and Jazz festival for June 8 at the Main Street Pavilion. It will feature a beer truck and a barbecue competition. The plan is for a one-day event, similar to the Wine and Arts Festival though on a smaller scale. They hope to attract at least three blues and jazz bands that will play all day, wrapping up by 11 p.m.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Brinkman challenging Rutan; budgeting one of issues
Crawford County Sheriff Bill Rutan is being challenged in his bid for re-election by Robinson City Police Officer Floyd Brinkman. The winner will serve a four-year term as county sheriff.
Monday, November 05, 2018

Big changes ahead, whatever Tuesday's outcome
Whatever the outcome of Tuesday's general election, the Crawford County Board will be a different group when it reorganizes Dec. 1.

Two Republican incumbents, Gareld Bilyew in District 3 and Terry McCoy in District 4 are not seeking re-election.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Bailey looks to boost treasurer office efficiency
Incumbent Crawford County Treasurer Twyla Bailey, 54, will be running unopposed for her third term. A lifelong Crawford County resident, Bailey grew up in Hutsonville and graduated from high school in 1983. She then went on to Lincoln Trail College and graduated with a Secretarial Degree in 1985. Bailey began her career in the county treasurer's office in 1987, becoming the treasurer in January 2010.
Monday, November 05, 2018

Newlin wants to keep serving as regional supt.
Monte Newlin, 53, seeks retention as regional superintendent of schools for Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties. Newlin became regional superintendent in 2011 filling in the for retiring Carol Steinman. The following year he was elected to an unexpired two-year term and was re-elected to a full four-year term in 2014.
Monday, November 05, 2018

Clerk working on tech development
Incumbent Fayrene Wright will be unopposed for the Crawford County Clerk nomination. Wright, 60, is finishing her first term as county clerk and hopes to continue to become more involved in her office's technology and cyber security systems. Like most of society today, Wright's duties and office functions are conducted electronically, which she believes offer a great convenience to taxpayers and customers.
Monday, November 05, 2018

First-timers competing for 110th District seat
The Republican Party has held a tight grip on the 110th District, but Democratic candidate Shirley Bell would like to give Republican candidate Chris Miller a run for his money in this open-seat election.
Monday, November 05, 2018

Crawford, other area jobless rates on the decline
Unemployment in Crawford County dipped in September.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 4.6 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking jobs during the month. This was down from 5 percent last year and 5.4 percent in August.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oblong's Fall Follies gets underway Saturday morning
Folks seeking creepy, kooky and altogether ooky fun will want to be in Oblong this weekend for the 52nd annual Fall Follies.

Food, music, cute kids and creepy critters are on tap, leading up to the largest nighttime parade in Illinois Saturday.

Sponsored by the Oblong Chamber of Commerce, Fall Follies gets underway early with the ninth annual Spooktacular 5K at Oblong Park. The walk/run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Check-in is 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. To register, call 592-3633.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Elderly Palestine man found after search
Following an almost two-hour search, an elderly Palestine man was found unharmed at a local residence Tuesday.

Palestine Police Chief Jeff Besing said that Crawford County dispatch received a call from a family that an 84-year-old male family member went missing about 7:21 p.m. The family, who resides in the 200 block of West Market, said that Phillip E. Ogalsbee hadn't been seen for about 30 minutes.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Superintendents open to exploring sales tax again
A referendum on the Jasper County ballot may once again revive interest in implimenting a 1-percent sales tax to help schools in Crawford County.

On Nov. 6, Jasper County voters will be asked, "Shall a retailers' occupation tax and a service occupation tax (commonly referred to as a 'sales tax') be imposed in The County of Jasper Illinois, at a rate of 1 percent to be used exclusively for school facility purposes?"

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

United Way welcomes new campaign director
United Way of Crawford County says goodbye to a valued member and hello to a new campaign director.

United Way of Crawford County Executive Director Mark Hill announced in the quarterly news letter that UWCC has a new campaign chair, Mitzi Martin. She is a former member of the Hershey team and is now helping with the CMH board.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


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