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April 25, 2019 


City council OKs budget; Sutfin joins police board
Changes were made to the Robinson Police Commission Board following last night's city council meeting.

During the meeting, Mayor Roger Pethtel revealed that the city had received a letter of resignation from Joe Davis, who is resigning because of health concerns.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Angel, McCoy officially join Unit 1 school board
The Hutsonville Board of Education reorganized and began making plans for the end of this year and the start of next.

The district said goodbye to long time board members Bill Wymann and Sherman Newlin, and welcomed new board members Mark Angel and Connor McCoy. Current board members Matt Draper and Travis Matthews again took the oath office with Angel and McCoy, with their reelection to the board.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Three newcomers sworn in to Unit 2 board
It was a short meeting, but when it was finished, the Robinson Unit 2 school board officially had three new members, two new officers and a new meeting time.

The Unit 2 board re-organized Tuesday, welcoming three new members in the wake of the recent consolidated election.

Taking the oath of office were newcomers Dr. Michael Elliott II, Mary Jane Parker and Veronica Murphy, as well as re-elected incumbent Amy Stone.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Robinson man to get 25 years for conviction of child sex assault
A Robinson man will spend the next 25 years of his life prison after being found guilty of a child sex crime.

Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich announced Monday that Alfred Waldrop, 56, was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for the felony offense of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Unit 3 members sworn in; Biggs still president
In their first meeting since the Crawford County Clerk's Office announced the official results of the recent consolidated election, the Palestine Unit 3 school board seated a new member and re-organized Monday.

Board members Corie Biggs, Tara Vennard, Don Wagoner, Jeff Besing and newly-elected J.R. Dunlap were sworn in by vice president Shari Eckert.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

'Vaping' info session planned at Hutsonville
With the increase of vaping among young people and the number of issues beginning to be seen in local schools, Hutsonville schools in conjunction with local communities, is putting together an informative and educational seminar.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Fifth District appellate justice assigned
Circuit Judge Mark M. Boie of the First Judicial Circuit has been assigned as an Appellate Court Justice in the Fifth District.

The Fifth Judicial District is composed of 37 counties in the southernmost part of Illinois, including Crawford, Jasper and Lawrence.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Local spring cleanups start this week
Local communities are gearing up for their annual spring cleanup days.

In Robinson, city workers will pick up yard waste April 29 to May 3. Republic Services will collect other items on paid customers' regular pickup days May 6 to 10.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

United Way helps make author's visit possible
Local elementary and middle school students will have a chance to learn about writing from a nationally-known author during a three-day visit here.

Jordan Sonnenblick will conduct writers' workshops and make presentations to local students at Lincoln Trail College Tuesday, April 30 through Thursday, May 2.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

LTC Foundation to award more than $130K
The Lincoln Trail College Foundation will again provide thousands of dollars in assistance to LTC students in the coming academic year.

The foundation will award more than $130,351 in scholarships to students for the 2019-20 school year, Executive Director Rod Harmon said. It will also provide $16,000 to $17,000 to cover the cost of dual credit courses for students from Crawford County's four high schools.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

IECC approves adding 11 acres for sport facility
Lincoln Trail College can move ahead with a planned outdoor sports complex and renovations to the Zwermann Arts Center Theater following action by the Illinois Eastern Community College District Board Tuesday.

The trustees, meeting at LTC, accepted a donation from the Lincoln Trail Foundation of 11 acres west of the baseball diamond.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Hospital adopts budgets; new CFO hired
As Crawford Memorial Hospital's fiscal year draws to a close, finances again were a prime topic of discussion at Wednesday's CMH board meeting.

The annual capital and operations budgets were adopted, as was the annual appropriations ordinance.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Unit 2 looks at staff additions, OKs 2nd officer
A new teacher, a new school resource officer, a new administrator and a new class are among the items Robinson Unit 2 is looking at for the upcoming school year.

Unit 2 board members Monday reviewed ideas presented by the program evaluation committee to consider for inclusion in next year's budget.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Oblong sports boosters report $41K for district last year, plan for 2019
The Oblong Sports Boosters continue their work providing athletic opportunities in the Unit 4 school district.

Sports boosters president Rick Potts gave a rundown of his groups activities to the Unit 4 Board of Education and told them a few of their plans for next year.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Signup day for local Head Start program April 18
Robinson area parents of children between the ages of three and five looking for comprehensive preschool services can sign up for ERBA Head Start next week.

Sign-up for the program is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the ERBA office, 100 S. Washington, Robinson. Head Start staff members will be on hand to answer questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Hutsonville Village Board gives approval to plan beer tent at River Fest
Plans are in the works to have a beer tent at River Fest this year, and to replace a culvert on Hillcrest Street in Hutsonville

Ryan Terry came before the Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night to elaborate on plans to have a beer tent at River Fest, scheduled for Aug. 3-4, and receive the village's approval before proceeding.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Most egg hunts in county are set for Saturday
Several community organizations will be staging their annual egg hunts Saturday - but Robinson's will be a week later.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hutsonville Village Board gives approval to plan beer tent at River Fest
Plans are in the works to have a beer tent at River Fest this year, and to replace a culvert on Hillcrest Street in Hutsonville

Ryan Terry came before the Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night to elaborate on plans to have a beer tent at River Fest, scheduled for Aug. 3-4, and receive the village's approval before proceeding.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Postal carriers send message on dog bites
Local mail carriers want to deliver a special message to dog owners about keeping their pets under control.

This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. According to the U.S. Postal Service, 5,714 postal employees were victimized by dogs last year. When a dog attacks a letter carrier, the dog owner could be held liable for all medical expenses, repayment of lost work hours, replacement of the uniform and other costs, which can run into thousands of dollars.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Winter chill lingered in March here, local statistics show
Crawford County was dryer and cooler in March than it was a year ago.

According to the National Weather Service, 2.70 inches of rain and more than 1.6 inches of snow was reported in the county during March.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


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