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October 17, 2019 

Pallet factory lost in $100K blaze
A local business suffered thousands of dollars in damage in a fire Friday.

Trimble Industries pallet factory on Illinois Route 1A north of Robinson was destroyed by the blaze reported shortly after noon, Robinson Fire Chief Travis Miller said. No one was injured but Miller estimated the loss at $100,000.

The cause is unknown, but employees said they first noticed flames in the factory's air compressor room. The entire building was engulfed when Robinson firefighters arrived.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

County rejects referendum on pot dispensaries
Crawford County voters will not get to weigh in on whether cannabis dispensaries should be allowed in unincorporated parts of the county.

The Crawford County Board Thursday voted 5-4 against putting an advisory referendum on the matter on the March primary ballot. Some board members wanted to give the public the opportunity to make clear their opinion on the issue, but others pointed out that, as elected representatives, it is their duty to decide on such things.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Citizens need to do their part in yard-waste pickup
A service provided by the city of Robinson has been met with confusion and a lot of phone calls by residents to city officials.

Every week the city provides limited service to residents for disposal of tree branches, yard and garden waste and lawn trimmings with a curb pick-up service.

But similar to all services, there are guidelines residents must follow, and this is where a lot of the confusion is coming from, according to Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mayor breaks tie to say 'no' to pot business in city
One vote in last night's Robinson City Council meeting determined whether recreational cannabis businesses would be allowed in Robinson.

With the council split at 4-4 on the issue, Mayor Roger Pethtel was asked to cast the deciding vote for the tiebreaker.

Pethtel voted to prohibit licensed marijuana dispensaries from selling their product in city limits once it becomes legal in the state Jan 1.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hutsonville board bans pot businesses
In anticipation of Illinois' legalization of marijuana Jan. 1, the Village of Hutsonville has banned businesses that produce or sell cannabis.

In a 5-0 vote the village board voted to ban production and sales establishments within the village limits. After more than a month of reflection and a brief discussion, the motion to ban was made by Trustee Monte Newlin and seconded by Guy Rumler, with all trustees present voting to ban.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Haunts aplenty in area
Are you looking for a scary good time? Check out this season's haunted houses and trails.

The Hutsonville Fire Department has been working hard to create a frightening good time in their Haunted Fire House. New rooms of fun and gore have been added, and don't worry these first responders will be right there if you get too scared.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hunter's trail-cam helped find man missing north of Martinsville
A Florida man who became lost hunting north of Martinsville has been found.

Clark County Sheriff Bill Brown said Charles Egner, 66, Florida, was found safe Saturday morning after going missing Wednesday while hunting in Martinsville.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Oblong board leaves pot decision up to voters
It will be up to the voters to decide if they want to allow cannabis production or sales in the Village of Oblong.

At the village board meeting Wednesday three options were on the table. The first option was to prohibit the establishment of a cannabis sales or production business. That option was unanimously voted down.

The second option was to amend the current business code and tax ordinances allowing for the establishment of a cannabis business. That option was unanimously approved.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Police present seminar on scams
Each year citizens are scammed out of millions of their hard-earned dollars. With the increased sophistication of technology, scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to get their hands on your money.

The Robinson Police Department is playing host to a seminar on scamming and how to avoid it at the Robinson Community Center Monday, Oct. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

GED classes can be 'great return on investment'
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is a reminder that reading, writing, and basic math remain an elusive target for 36 million adults nationwide.

According to the National Coalition for Literacy, the 36 million adults that struggle with basic academic skills also find it difficult to function effectively as workers, parents, citizens, and consumers in today's society.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

State police offer harvest-season safety tips
Illinois State Police in District 12 urge motorists to exercise due caution while traveling on Illinois roadways during harvest.

As farmers begin to move equipment from field to field, they may be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. "Remain especially alert behind the wheel during harvest season," said District 12 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt. "Be prepared to reduce speed immediately upon encountering slow moving farm vehicles."

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Tuesday is first day to apply for home energy aid
Senior citizens and persons with disabilities can begin applying for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Tuesday, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Office of Community Assistance announced this week.

Families with children younger than age five can apply beginning Nov. 1. All other applicants must wait until Dec. 1.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Park getting fitness facility
A Robinson park will soon be the site of an outdoor fitness facility, while another park is almost ready for its official opening.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday approved release of donated funds to buy fitness equipment for Washington Park. The outdoor fitness facility, a project of Leadership Crawford County, will be completely funded by a $10,170 donation from the United Way.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 2 wrapping up work on new bus barn
Robinson Unit 2 took steps on several construction projects Monday.

Two projects were approved by the Unit 2 school board for the new transportation facility on West Main Street. First, two electric poles need to be relocated. Then, some drainage and concrete work are needed.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Palestine OKs balanced budget
Palestine Unit 3 anticipates a balanced budget this year.

The Unit 3 board approved the 2019-20 budget during its regular monthly meeting Monday. It calls for projected revenues of more than $3.72 million and expenditures of $3.65 million. The meeting was preceded by a public budget hearing during which Interim Superintendent Jo Campbell presented an overview of revenue and expense information contained in the budget and addressed questions.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 1 spending for tech, greenhouse
The Hutsonville Unit 1 School District is looking at a strong fiscal year after approving the FY 2020 budget during Monday night's board of education meeting.

The budget reflects revenues of $4,789,055 and $4,862,610 in expenses. Superintendent Julie Kraemer noted the budget does reflect a negative amount of $73,555, but that is only if all money is spent. Kraemer noted that this budget includes the purchase of two buses, some tech hardware for the distance learning classes, and money for the Greenhouse project.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Unit 4 gives final approval to budget
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education took care of some routine matters when it met Monday.

The board gave final approval to the 2019-20 budget and approved substitute teachers, aides, bus drivers, cooks and custodians for the school year.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

LTC Foundation lines up shows, aids projects
The Lincoln Trail College Foundation continues its celebration of LTC's 50th anniversary while preparing for hitting the half-century mark itself next year.

The foundation has two events coming up Thursday. The foundation board will meet during the day to seat new officers and disburse funds to assist the college. The next fund-raising concert sponsored by the organization is 7 p.m. in LTC's Zwermann Arts Center Theater.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Events at refinery, OHS, preserve this week
The Fest of Ale is only one event taking place in Crawford County this week.

On Thursday, Marathon Petroleum will be hosting its annual Community Day from 2:30 to 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the Main Office.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Crawford County Fest-of-Ale returns to City Park
Cheers, Crawford County. The third annual Fest-of-Ale is Saturday.

The event is 2 to 8 p.m. at Robinson City Park, rain or shine. It is open only to persons 21 and older and IDs will be checked at the entrance. Attendees will be given wrist bands that will allow them to come and go during the day.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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