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home : local news June 29, 2017 

Chief: 'Zero tolerance' for DUI during holiday
As friends and family gather to celebrate the upcoming Fourth July holiday, local law enforcement will be conducting extra patrols in an effort to stop drunken drivers.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Phillips: Issues remain on state spending plan
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that Democrats are finalizing a proposed state spending plan that could be ready for Republican scrutiny as early as today, with just four days before Illinois begins a third year in a row without a budget.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Imaging/radiology next up in CMH renovations
Thanks to a lower price tag, Crawford Memorial Hospital will move ahead with plans to renovate its imaging/radiology department.

The CMH board Wednesday voted to move ahead on the project and also discussed looking into the feasibility of also saving money on three sets of outstanding bonds.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Relay for Life returns to City Park Saturday
Crawford County residents will again do their part to "Knock Cancer Off the Board" Saturday.

The annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Crawford County is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Robinson City Park. Money raised through the event goes to help fight cancer and improve the quality of life of local cancer patients and caregivers.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lawrence Co. hospital official new CEO here
Crawford Memorial Hospital has a new chief executive officer.

Doug Florkowski was named the new CEO. He will take over from Cindy Bradley July 17. Bradley has served as interim CEO since the retirement of Don Annis in January.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Unit 3 board rejects petition on consolidation
"I don't feel it is in our best interest," said Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education President Corie Biggs. And following that, the board voted 5-2 not to approve a resolution to consolidate with Hutsonville.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Unit 2 has new four-year contract with teachers
Robinson Unit 2 has a new contract with its teachers.

The Unit 2 board Monday ratified a four-year contract with the Community Unit Two Education Association. Under terms of the agreement, teachers will receive a 2-percent raise and some annual, incremental increases on health insurance payments.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Oblong OKs new teacher contract, fills faculty, extracurricular positions
A new teachers' contract and other personnel matters were among the highlights of Monday's Oblong Unit 4 school board meeting.

The board ratified an agreement with the Oblong Teacher's Association 2017-18 School year. The one-year contract essentially "rolls over" the previous contract, without change, Superintendent Jeff Patchett said.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Softball field getting updates
An afternoon of volunteer work by Marathon employees resulted in two more projects completed at the softball diamonds at the Robinson City Park.
Monday, June 26, 2017

Heath Foundation gives more than $125K in grants
Stewart Schutte, Trust Officer at First National Bank Trust Services in Robinson, announced recently the Mary Heath Foundation would award grants totaling more than $125,000.00 to eligible organizations.
Friday, June 16, 2017

Coaches, others concerned over tennis surface
Plans to renovate Washington Park's tennis courts remain in place, but opinions differ on the best materials for the job.

Robinson City Council heard from local tennis coaches who prefer asphalt courts to tile, the material aldermen had already approved.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hutsonville OKs raises, looks at increasing patrols
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night approved pay increases for employees, a street closing and utility work.

The village approved a four percent raise for the two full-time village employees.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cooling-assistance program trying to let utility users know about services
With nature turning up the heat, it's becoming harder and more expensive to stay cool. Even local residents who don't usually need help paying their bills may find their resources stretched trying to keep up with utility costs.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Consolidation petition ready for Unit 1, 3
The Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten is ready to present the petition for consolidation to the Hutsonville Unit 1 and Palestine Unit 3 school boards.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Woman killed in area Jeep crash; two are injured
A well-known area woman was killed and two family members were seriously injured in a single-vehicle traffic accident Saturday morning in northern Lawrence County, according to the Illinois State Police.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lions looking for volunteers to be recognized
A local group seeks to honor "Knights of Need."

A century ago, on June 7, 1917, insurance agent Melvin Jones called a meeting of Business Circle of Chicago along with quest clubs, Royal Order of Lions, Vortex Club of St. Louis, Business and Professional Men's Association of St. Paul and the Optimist Club.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Reward being offered for info on school fire
If you know who started last Thursday's fire at the former Lawrenceville High School, a financial reward could be awaiting.

According to Andy DeLoriea, local manager of the property, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the fire that gutted the east end of the building.

Friday, June 02, 2017

As field dry out, farmers work to finish planting
Farmers in Crawford and neighboring counties continue to plant corn and soybeans.

There were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Statewide, the average temperature was 63 degrees, 2.2 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged.74 inches, .34 inches below normal.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Driving-season kickoff doesn't boost gas prices
Despite the kickoff of the unofficial summer driving season over the weekend, local and regional gasoline prices are on the decline.

Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois have fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.34 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

School-building fire probe underway
The cause of the fire that ravaged the former Lawrenceville High School last Thursday likely won't be determined for "a little while," according to Lawrence-Allison Fire Protection District Chief Mike Mefford.
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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