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home : local news March 22, 2017 

Consolidation to be on the ballot in 2018
Unity was the order of the day as the Palestine-Hutsonville Committee of 10 voted on some election decisions which will determine the future of both districts.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Police watching St. Patrick's Day celebrants
As one of the country's most popular holidays, St. Patrick's day has long celebrated the roots of millions of Americans with Irish ancestry. But all too often the celebration can turn deadly because of impaired driving. This year, if you'll be drinking alcohol, the Robinson Police Department has some advice for you: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

County-wide cleanup is LCC group's project
April 22 is the date chosen for a new county-wide cleanup initiative.

Homeowners in need of assistance with minor repairs, trash or yard waste removal, gutter-cleaning, painting, etc. may call upon volunteers to assist, all in an effort to beautify the county.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Palestine targeting junk vehicles, tall grass
Palestine residents, beware. If you have an abandoned or inoperable vehicle in public view, you could soon be fined for an ordinance violation.
Monday, March 06, 2017

School-merger committee outlines election options
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten and alternates are hard at work evaluating the volumes of information needed to bring the issue of school consolidation before the voters. One of the early and largest hurdles to negotiate is exactly how a new school board would be elected.
Friday, March 03, 2017

Council acts on drainage issue
Two items were on the agenda at Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting, but only one item was voted on.

Aldermen took action on an amendment to Chapter 5 of the city code, the section involving street and sidewalk improvements.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Despite global cuts, Hershey 'pretty happy' with U.S. operation
Hershey Co. announced Tuesday it expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the layoffs coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.
Thursday, March 02, 2017

Quick out of Unit 2 race
The field of candidates for Robinson Unit 2 school board has thinned.

Robert Quick has officially withdrawn from the race, he told the Daily News in an email Monday. Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright confirmed this, saying Quick withdrew in time so his name will not appear on the April 4 consolidated election ballot.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Colleges' board approves $6.25 millon in bonds
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees gave final approval for a $6.25 million bond issue Tuesday.

In light of the ongoing state budget crisis, IECC is using revenues from the issuance of the bonds to pay for the district's operating expenses.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Unit 2 likely to retain assistant principal at RHS
Robinson High School will likely still have an assistant principal next year, after Unit 2 school board members debated whether to retain the position.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Unit 1 board gets update on Commitee of 10
The Hutsonville Unit 1 school board met Tuesday with positive news on last week's Committee of 10 meeting. Board member Chad Guyer said timelines were discussed between the district and Palestine, and several decisions could be voted on next month.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Palestine school board sets graduation dates
Palestine Unit 3 graduation dates were set and the Board of Education discussed early childhood programs, policy updates and the Committee of Ten meeting during Tuesday night's meeting.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spay/neuter group uses month to encourage action
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New bill relieves taxpayers of inmates' defense
Gov. Bruce Rauner announced his support for a bill that would help ease the burden of the Illinois Department of Corrections and taxpayers by taking into account an inmate's ability to pay for a private attorney.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

County board raises rate for paying jurors
A new pay rate for jurors, new handbooks for county employees and the replacement of an old bridge were among the items addressed by the Crawford County Board Thursday.
Monday, February 20, 2017

CMH will demolish old Convalescent Center
The old Crawford County Convalescent Center has date with the wrecking ball.

The former nursing home has been purchased by Crawford Memorial Hospital and the CMH Board Wednesday accepted a low bid from Moore Brothers to demolish the structure on Mefford Street, just north of the hospital.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Hutsonville ball field bleachers to be covered
The Hutsonville Summer Recreation League is making improvements to Daugherty Field, and rates for renting the Community Center may be going up.
Monday, February 20, 2017

Decision now up to court in case of condemnation
It appears that the case of a condemned Robinson property is headed to court.

After condemning a property at 206 Tampa, the Robinson City Council voted to go to court and put a lien on it.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Despite budget crunch, LTC has some big plans
New Lincoln Trail College President Ryan Gower is committed to making sure LTC programs are aligned with community needs.

To do that, it will be necessary to add new courses, change additional ones and upgrade facilities. These things, however, cost money - something in short supply thanks to the fact the state has not had a budget in nearly two years.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New bobcat season nets 5 in Crawford, Jasper
Hunters and trappers took a preliminary total of 141 bobcats during the 2016-17 Illinois bobcat hunting and trapping season, including one trapped in Crawford County.

In neighboring Jasper County, four bobcats were taken, two by hunting and two by trapping.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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