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home : local news July 23, 2016 


Mud-drag racing new to county fair this year
The projects are done, the cakes are decorated, the vegetables are picked and the animals have been clipped, curried and combed, its fair time.

The Crawford County Fair gets underway today with general 4-H project judging, and continues through Friday, July 29, with the second night of demo derby.

Friday, July 22, 2016

With heat index around 110°, safety becomes critical
The next few days could be dangerous for those who take the hot weather conditions too lightly.

A heat index of up to 105 degrees was forecast for this afternoon in Crawford County. And the extreme heat is not expected to break until Monday.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Leonard excited about staying in Portland
Standing pat proved very lucrative for Meyers Leonard.

The fourth-year NBA player and former Robinson High School standout decided to test the waters of free agency this offseason and that decision netted him a long-term contract with the team that drafted him.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pokemon game bringing people together
"If you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes," Robin Rose, 26, Hutsonville, said in regards to the recent uprising of news articles debating the dangers of the newest augmented-reality mobile phone game, Pokemon Go.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Community-college board adopts sexual-violence policy
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees took stands on sex, drugs and diversity during their meeting Lincoln Trail College Tuesday.

The IECC board adopted a policy on the "Prevention of Sexual Violence in Higher Education."

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Frank and Duke make park their special project
Three weeks after his dog and wife died, Frank Binder, 82, adopted Duke, a rescue dog that had been brought to the veterinarian's office after being found caught in an animal trap, trying to chew its own leg off.

Duke, after being found abandoned and alone in the woods, underwent surgery to amputate his front left leg, and was soon adopted by Binder.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Unit 3 approves committee to discuss merger
After more than an hour of impassioned discussion, the Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to form a "Committee of Ten" with Hutsonville Unit 1 to study consolidation.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Oblong school board weighing choices on fixing, razing bus barn
The Oblong Unit 4 school board may soon need to take action on the district's bus barn, but for now will continue to weigh its options.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Unit 2 talks reorganization options
While consolidation with other county school districts may not be beneficial for Robinson Unit 2, there are other forms of school reorganization that might provide "win-win" situations for everyone involved.

Unit 2 board members Monday discussed the various ways districts can reorganize to get a consensus which, if any, they might be willing to discuss further.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

County nixes police software purchase with Robinson
The Crawford County Board has voted down plans to join the City of Robinson in purchasing a new police reporting system.

Board members Thursday voted 9-0 against the plan.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rains, but not the winds, help farmers
Recent rains have helped local corn and soybeans, but strong winds that accompanied some of the precipitation were less welcome by farmers.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Council told South Eaton project nearing completion
A project on the east side of Robinson is nearing completion.

City Engineer Jeff Hillard announced at Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting that the construction project on South Eaton Street is now open from Main to Maple Street

Thursday, July 14, 2016

School districts meet once again to discuss reorganization plans
The second meeting of the Special Board of Education Committee for Reorganization between Palestine and Hutsonville school district meet Monday at the Palestine Grade School to present the answers to previously asked questions and to decide where to go from here.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dana Corporation celebrating 50 years in Robinson
A manufacturing firm is celebrating 50 years in Robinson and the public is invited to the party.

Dana Holding Corporation's Robinson facility is turning 50 this year. A public celebration is planned for Saturday, according to Human Resources Manager Kati Sorensen.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Children's home sportsman's day moves to Sam Parr
The Oblong Children's Christian Home will soon embark on its largest fundraiser of the year.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Michael replacing Stork on Palestine board
Palestine Village Board Thursday night said farewell to one trustee and welcomed another.

Following an executive session, the board voted to approve Mary Michael to replace Rick Stork, who is resigning, on the board. She will serve the balance of his term in office.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Weaver to become new Robinson police chief
Robinson will have a new police chief later this summer.

Chad Weaver has been with the department more than 15 years and has experience with the police technology used today, Mayor Roger Pethtel said at a meeting of Robinson City Council Tuesday. Weaver will be sworn in as chief Aug. 3.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Council approves reporting software for police
Robinnson City Council has approved the purchase of new police reporting software from Spillman Technology for $172,543 by a vote of 6-2.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

ISBE predicts how long school funds would last
Most areas schools have enough money to remain open for several months if the state continues to fail to adopt a budget, but only one local district has enough to stay open for the entire 2016-17 school year.
Friday, July 01, 2016

Dry conditions spreading; weekend rain may help
Significant rain is predicted for the holiday weekend, and while that's bad news for some, it's good news for farmers - Crawford County and the rest of Illinois could use a good drink.
Friday, July 01, 2016


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