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home : local news : local news November 24, 2015 

Hit/run wreck leads to charges
A Robinson man injured in a single-vehicle accident at Palestine early today is facing charges.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recent rainfall causing 'abnormally dry' areas to shrink here
A small corner of the northeast part of Crawford County is still abnormally dry despite recent rains.

However, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the dry part of the county continues to shrink thanks to rainfall during the past two weeks.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Santa lights tree Friday to begin holiday season
Break out the egg nog and start roasting those chestnuts, it's time to be "Bringing Back Christmas Magic."

Robinson's Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee's annual Christmas celebration is this weekend. Santa will arrive at the Crawford County Courthouse to light the Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Friday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Local school facility tax helping area districts
While Crawford County voters decisively rejected the same measure in 2013, Lawrence County schools have been reaping millions from a local sales tax.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Harris retiring, LTC seeking new president
Lincoln Trail College is in the market for a new president.

LTC President Kathy Harris has announced her intention to retire, effective June 16. Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees approved her retirement Tuesday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

5th grade demos Chromebooks for Unit 2 board
Robinson Unit 2 school board members Monday saw firsthand some of what local elementary students are capable of with a computer, giving them ample reason to seek a technology grant that will let the district buy more.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

'Your Voice' forums well-received at Unit 1
The Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education Monday night heard reports on the "Your Voice" forums and upcoming school events.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Unit 3 board has in-depth discussions of 'options for the future'
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education is taking the initiative to open dialogue with Robinson Unit 2 and Hutsonvillle Unit 1 on options for the future.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

County approves $85K in loans to help businesses
The Crawford County Board is providing financial assistance to two new Oblong businesses and a local man purchasing a long-time Palestine company.

Board members Thursday approved $85,000 in business loans from the county's Revolving Loan Fund Loan.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fair, 4-H, food bank among Claypool winners
The Silas and Ruth Claypool Foundation awarded more than $35,000 in grants to Crawford County organizations.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

County will return to doing animal control
After years of contracting out animal control, Crawford County will return to rounding up stray animals on its own later this year.

But before that can happen, the Crawford County Board has three related ordinances it will have to adopt during its meeting Thursday.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hutsonville discusses upgrades, old grade school
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night heard reports on the status of several grants and discussed the old grade-school building.

Mayor Tina Callaway reported that a grant to replace the existing wastewater treatment plant using leftover FEMA emergency funding was not approved.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Crawford County 4-H seeking new members during special week
Local 4-Hers are celebrating Crawford County 4-H Week.

Leaders of the program say the annual week is a great chance to promote 4-H and encourage young people to become a part of the 4-H program.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Families get help after collapse; gawkers warned
The two families that were displaced because of the building collapse in Palestine yesterday have found housing.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Historic Palestine building in danger
Palestine may have lost a historic building and special connection to its historic past.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day events planned for Wednesday
Local organizations are planning special programs to mark the 97th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Budget impasse forces Oblong to raise telecom tax
Oblong residents can expect see an increase in cable, Internet and phone rates - but not from the service providers.

The Oblong Village Board voted Wednesday night to increase the telecommunication tax rate collected by the village.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Local bands do well in Follies field show, parade
A big part of the Oblong Fall Follies is the Spooktacular Field Show and Spooktacular Parade. and this year did not disappoint.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Righter running again, focusing on budget, jobs
Crawford County's state senator, Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), announced this week that he is seeking re-election to the Illinois Senate from the 55th District.

Righter has served the 14-county 55th District since 2013.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

State police targeting DUIs, others this month
State police will be keeping a sharp eye out for drunken drivers in the area this month.

District 12 Commander Captain Kelly Hodge nnounced that the Illinois State Police will conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement patrols in Crawford and Clark counties during November.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

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