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home : local news July 28, 2015 

4-H auction raises more than $82,000
Crawford County 4-H'ers continued a summer tradition Thursday at the annual 4-H auction.

Total sales for the event were $82,168.15, just shy of the totals of each of the last two years. Beef brought in the majority of that total once again, as 14 cattle were sold for $51,142.75.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Halterman gets 24 years on meth-related charges
A Crawford County man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison on methamphetamine-related charges.

David C. Halterman, 45, Palestine, was sentenced to 292 months Monday, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, said.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Utility assistance falls victim to state fiscal mess
Thousands of people in Crawford and neighboring counties are struggling with utility bills because of the ongoing budget impasse in Springfield.

Funding for two utility-assistance programs administered in the area by the Embarras River Basin Agency remains in limbo while the legislature continues work on the budget, three weeks after the beginning of the fiscal year.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unit 2 looking at how to open sports practices
After several months, the Robinson Unit 2 coaches' handbook has been approved, but the issue of open practices remains under review.

Unit 2 board members unanimously approved the handbook Monday. It sets forth the expectations the board has for district coaches, Superintendent Josh Quick explained.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stephens named part-time principal at Hutsonville
Monday's meeting of the Hutsonville Unit 1 Board of Education saw the promotion of a teacher to part-time principal.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Oblong school board names coaches, assistants
Personnel moves topped the agenda at the Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education meeting Monday.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Unit 3 reinstates junior-high baseball for fall
The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education continues to look at long-term goals, while making short-term decisions.

The board approved reinstating junior-high boys' baseball for fall 2015. According to Interim Superintendent Chris Long, the district was approached about reinstating the sport.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Magazine reports details of Livvix saga
A Los Angeles magazine has posted new information on Everett Adam Livvix's activities in Israel on its website.

LA Weekly,, has a lengthy story on Kevin Orenshein, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles who was accused of providing Livvix with weapons and explosives in a supposed plot to blow up Muslim holy sites in Israel.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wheat harvest wrapping up despite weather woes; July continues wet
Local and state farmers are getting closer to wrapping up the winter wheat harvest.

State harvest figures increased to 83 percent complete during the past week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This was up from 69 percent a week earlier, despite continued challenges from cool, wet weather conditions.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cleanup may be near for building in Porterville
Cleanup of a partially-demolished building in Porterville should begin soon.

Members of the Crawford County Board were updated on efforts to clear up former store building in Porterville by Sheriff William Rutan during their Thursday meeting.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tuesday deadline for first property-tax payment
Time to pay up, Crawford County.

The deadline to pay the first installment of this year's property taxes is Tuesday. Taxes can be paid at Crawford County Treasurer Twyla Bailey's office in the county annex building, at local banks or online at

Monday, July 20, 2015

Accident near Stoy is fatal
A Claremont man died in a single-vehicle accident Monday afternoon near Stoy.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

County misses most of storms' impact, but heat will linger
While the worst of the severe weather predicted for the past 24 hours stayed to the north and west, Crawford County was still affected by an early-morning storm.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

75th annual Crawford County Fair ready to kick off
The 75th annual Crawford County Fair is ready to get underway at the fairgrounds in Oblong.

While the event officially begins Saturday, some events are planned for Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Spay/neuter benefit event coming up
The annual fundraiser of a successful local animal-control initiative is coming up soon.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Crops starting to feel stress of soggy weather
The rain keeps on fallin' down.

Rainfall in Crawford County and other parts of the state has diminished since July 1, but there has still been enough precipitation to limit days available for fieldwork.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Livvix court date set for Thursday here
Everett Adam Livvix may no longer be in an Israeli jail, but his legal troubles in this country are not over.

Livvix was arraigned on a 2012 felony theft charge in Crawford County Circuit Court Wednesday and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in the case at 1 p.m. July 16.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kidney screening here July 13
Crawford County Health Department is teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to provide a free kidney and health screening for all community members.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Newlin beginning second term as regional school superintendent
The area's regional superintendent of schools says statewide changes in regional offices of education will not impact the five-county area.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Budget impasse threatens aid for child care
As the battle over the Illinois budget continues, statistics are quickly translating into adversity for many individuals.

The Child Care Assistance Program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services has been running low on funds since the first of the year, and could be canceled entirely without approval of a new budget.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

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