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January 21, 2020 


Firm hired to manage papers
A media company formed by North Carolina's last two independent daily newspapers has been hired to manage two family-owned publications in eastern Illinois.
Monday, January 20, 2020

CMH board OKs closing Magnolia Center
Employees and residents of Crawford Memorial Hospital's Magnolia Center learned Thursday that the 50-year-old skilled care facility will be closing.

Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski was to meet with workers and residents Thursday and plans to continue meeting with concerned parties, including relatives and caregivers, in the next week.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Another crash leaves driver dead
The fifth fatality in an area vehicle accident over the past week occurred Thursday night on Illinois Route 33.

Illinois State Police report a Lawrenceville man was killed in a one-car crash south of Russellville.

Monday, January 20, 2020

New Tempco owners hope county can help grow industry
The new owners of a long-time Robinson business hope the Crawford County Board will support their efforts to get a state grant that will allow them to renovate and modernize their factory.
Monday, January 20, 2020

H'ville to limit parking of semis
Tractor-trailers will no longer be allowed to park overnight in residential areas of the Village of Hutsonville.

After discussion the issue for several months, village trustees voted to prohibit parking semis in residential areas - tractors, trailers or both - unless they are inside a covered and enclosed building. Semis may park in commercial areas or at the parking lot next to the bridge when space allows.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

City to work with resident with pool-related drainage issue
Concerns about drainage problems at her home prompted a Robinson resident to speak to the Robinson City Council Tuesday night.

Cathy Blaha, a lifelong Robinson resident, informed the council that her home on Fairway Drive has flooding in the backyard because of a neighbor's pool. Blaha moved to the residence last June.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Waitress takes over coffee house
An award-winning restaurant and destination site is changing ownership after 10 years in business.

The Wabash Coffee House in Hutsonville changed owners last month as former owners Charles "Chuck" and Jackie Eckert turned over the keys to Ashley and Neal Newlin.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Maroons make history with 1,500th win
Only a select few basketball programs in the state of Illinois can boast they are among the leaders in all-time wins, but Robinson High School can consider themselves among that class.

The Maroons posted their 1,500th win in program history Friday night, thanks to a 51-28 conquest of Flora in Little Illini Conference action.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Four killed in area crashes
Illinois State Police reported three fatal accidents on area roads over the weekend, including one in Lawrence County and one in Clark County.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Visitors restricted at hospital as flu cases rise locally
An increase in the number of area influenza cases has prompted Crawford Memorial Hospital to implement visitor restrictions.

CMH has been monitoring the incidence of area flu cases. Officials decided Friday to proactively implementing visitor limitations to help protect our patients, staff and the community from the spread of the disease.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Woman hurt in car-theft incident
The Crawford County Sheriff's Department is investigating how a reported stolen vehicle ended up in Hutson Creek at the bridge along Illinois Route 1 this morning.

According to reports, sheriff's deputies responded to a call of an injured woman and stolen vehicle at 12985 N. State Highway 1, around 2:09 a.m. Sunday.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

No restrictions here yet because of flu outbreak
It's a new year with new worries about the flu.

Health officials in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky are warning residents of a widespread influenza outbreak, with some Hoosier hospitals already placing restrictions on visitors.

That has not happened here, however; Crawford Memorial Hospital is monitoring the flu situation but has not established any restrictions on visiting patients.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Ind. boater last seen at H'ville is found today
An Indiana man is safe and sound after being sought by authorities on both sides of the Wabash River.

Hoosier authorities located James B. Hand, 59, Sullivan, Ind., about 10:30 a.m. Illinois time. He had been reported missing about 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hand was last seen in a canoe on the Wabash, just south of Hutsonville. Later, however, his canoe and campsite on the river were discovered deserted.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Council limits age of mobile homes to be in parks
Robinson's two mobile home parks will have to abide by a new ordinance approved by the Robinson City Council last night.

Zoning Administrator Mike Shimer said that, following a zoning board meeting more than a week ago, it was decided to recommend to the council to set a limit for build dates for the homes allowed on the properties.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Unit 2 levy up, but taxes unlikely to rise
Robinson Unit 2's annual tax levy is up, but it's not likely to have much impact on local tax bills.

The Unit 2 board Monday adopted a levy of almost $14.56 million, including taxes levied to pay bonds and interest. This is up from this year's actual tax revenues of more than $13.8 million, or more than 5.4 percent.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Unit 4 officials hope waiver policy will help draw teachers
Oblong schools will now allow children of employees who don't live in the district to attend school without paying tuition.

The waiver had been under consideration by the district for several years as a tool to attract new teachers to the district, Unit 4 Superintendent Jeff Patchett has noted that with the current teacher shortage, to lose any teachers puts the district in a bind.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Unit 3 hopes to get more out of new levy
Palestine Unit 3 school board members hope to see an increase in the district's anticipated revenue after approving the 2019 tax levy Monday.

Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell said the aggregate levy request of more than $1.6 million should bring about a slight increase in income.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Miller urges stop to 'sweeping' of money from FOID card fund
State Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) says nearly $30 million has been taken from funds generated by FOID applications and Concealed Carry applications - a practice he wants Gov. J.B. Pritzker to stop.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

More holiday events planned
There is still plenty of holiday fun in store as Crawford County's countdown to Christmas continues.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

No flu shot yet? Getting it now can still help prevent illness
It's not too late to get a flu shot.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urges everyone six months and older who has not been vaccinated, to get their flu shot this week as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Thursday, December 5, 2019


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