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February 19, 2020 

State champs honored at Friday's game
It was a night for celebration at Robinson High School Friday night and it had nothing to do with Valentine's Day.

Prior to Friday night's Little Illini Conference game against Red Hill, RHS recognized the 10th anniversary of the boys' basketball team's state championship victory at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Plans for all-inclusive playground at park moving forward
Even though it's arrival is in the distant future, the Robinson City Park will welcome any aid in the development of its newest attraction.

During a city council meeting last month, plans to advertise for bids for a new all-inclusive playground were approved.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Daily News that the playground will be installed south of the current playground on the east side of the park.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Redistricting gets bipartisan push
State Sen. Dale Righter is among state lawmakers seeking to reform the state's current system of drawing voting maps.

Righter (R-Mattoon) is one of the co-sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18 (SJRCA18), also known as the Fair Maps Amendment, an effort to empower voters by removing lawmakers from the redistricting process.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Oblong, Hutsonville hoping for share of grant money
Two Crawford County villages are the latest to apply for a share of Community Development Assistance Program money.

The Crawford County Board Thursday heard presentations on the needs of Hutsonville and Oblong from Shannon Woodard of the engineering firm of Connor and Connor.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Building renovation approved; new lamps to be added around square
A local building owner's renovation plans were approved by the Robinson City Council during Tuesday's meeting. Tuesday, City Treasurer Denise Jobe informed the council that Jason D. Waggoner submitted the application, which was later approved by the city's community development commitment.
Friday, February 14, 2020

Hutsonville board looks at drug laws and feral cat problem
The Village of Hutsonville is looking at updating their cannabis and synthetic drug laws and discussed a feral cat problem.

With the decriminalization of cannabis by the State of Illinois the village needs to update their ordinances accordingly. Robinson Police Chief Chad Weaver explained to the board how legalization of recreational cannabis works and how some changes to local ordinances are needed. "I hate to equate it to alcohol, but in this case it fits," said Weaver. "You can't have an open or unsealed container."

Friday, February 14, 2020

Love of music connects father and son
The love of music has connected one Crawford County father and son and opened up opportunities they never expected.

Damon Mitchell is no stranger to music. His family has been in the business for decades.

He went to his first concert, where his father Max Mitchell was playing, when he was just six days old.

"I'd like to think that is when it all began," Damon said.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tentative county tax multiplier announced
A key factor in preparing this year's property tax bills has arrived.

Crawford County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to Illinois Department of Revenue Director David Harris. The factor, often called the "multiplier," is the method used to achieve uniform property assessments among counties, as required by law.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Facelift coming for LTC natatorium
The Lincoln Trail College pool may soon be a very different place thanks to a state grant.

LTC has been awarded a $400,000 grant to renovate the natatorium, college President Ryan Gower told the Daily News. It is hoped work can be done this summer, once the money arrives.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Teen with Crawford County ties goes missing
A 14-year-old girl, with ties to Crawford County, has been missing from the Peoria area since 2:45 p.m. Friday.

Elizabeth Kay Nolan, known as Lizzie, is a 2019 eighth-grade graduate of Nuttall Middle School.

Her grandmother, Tammy Spour of Robinson, along with Nolan's two little sisters, have been searching Peoria and surrounding areas for her since she was notified.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Statesmen Park work ready to resume when weather improves
Spring is less than six weeks away and Lincoln Trail College is moving ahead with improvements to Statesmen Park.

Last February, the LTC Foundation board voted vote to deed 10 acres west of the baseball diamond to the college, increasing the size of the campus by 12 percent. Ground was broken on the outdoor sports complex in May, but much of the planned work was delayed by last year's wet weather.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Over-sized vessels on the way to refinery
The first of three over-sized loads is being transported this week from Mt. Vernon, Ind. to Robinson and the Illinois Department of Transportation District 7 Office is in charge of the transport logistics.

The 24-foot wide refinery unit is heading to the Marathon refinery in Robinson.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Colleges put career programs in the spotlight
Lincoln Trail College is joining with community colleges throughout the state to celebrate Career and Technical Education Month.

"Career and Technical Education is a really important part of our mission here at Lincoln Trail College and frankly it's an important part of the community college mission all across the country," said President Dr. Ryan Gower., in a release provided by the college.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Lawyers with local ties argue state high-court case
An area attorney who has practiced often in Crawford County argued a case before the Illinois Supreme Court recently.

Rebecca M. Blakeslee, Lawrenceville, served as the local attorney for Shawna Johnson, Mt. Carmel, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in June 2001.

The lead attorney on the case also had local connections. David D. Jensen of New York is the son of former Lawrence County resident Jayne Hooks, and his grandparents were Dee and Maurice Hooks, both of Lawrenceville.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Oblong to help citizens fill out 2020 census
February is a time for planning and review, and that is what the Oblong Village Board did during its monthly meeting Thursday night.

There were no bids to open for the property at 314 N. Wilson because no one bid. It was reported that two people did pick up bid packets, but none was submitted. The board decided to re-advertise the property with no minimum for another month. The village had hoped to set a minimum bid to recoup expenses incurred in dealing with the property, but have decided that just having the properly cleaned up and back on the tax rolls would be worth the loss of expenses.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Miller hopes action follows 'state of state'
State Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland), who represents Crawford County, said in a press release this week that he was pleased to hear Gov. J.B. Pritzker outline his support of ethics reforms, property tax relief and the Fair Map, and he is hopeful there will be real action on these issues.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Education, health lead state job gains in December '19
Unemployment dropped in Crawford County in December.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 4.4 percent of the county's work force was unemployed and actively seeking new jobs during the month. This was down from 6.2 percent in December 2018, but it was up from 3.5 percent in November.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Cast of Matilda musical announced at LTC
Tara Gallion has announced the cast for Lincoln Trail College's 2020 spring production, Matilda. Inspired by the twisted genius of author Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning musical "revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life."

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Objection cleared; Eary voting can begin Thursday
The way is clear for early voting to begin Thursday in Crawford County.

Ballots were delayed across the state by an objection to a presidential candidate until last week. The objection has been withdrawn and ballots have been certified, Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Editor is retiring; veteran colleague succeeding
The editor of the Daily News is retiring after a 37-year journalism career, handing the reins of the award-winning newspaper to an experienced colleague.

The new editor will be Tom Osborne, who has served as copy editor and online editor of the Daily News since 2001. His name is familiar to many readers as writer of the long-running "Crawford County Wanderer" series on local history. He also wrote for the Daily News about his journey with the Corps of Discovery reenacting the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Monday, February 3, 2020

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