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home : local news February 19, 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

Area man convicted on meth charge
An area man was convicted on methamphetamine charges during a trial that ended Tuesday.

According to Lawrence County State's Attorney Michael M. Strange, Steven F. Plowman, 51, was found guilty of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony. He was charged with possessing less than five grams of methamphetamine.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Oblong gets $17K for cop car
The Village of Oblong will receive a Department of Agriculture grant for a new police vehicle.

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency announced this month that four grants have been awarded in the 15th congressional district.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Ed-funding reform 'framework' identifies needs
Local school officials are looking at a new "framework" for education funding reform that comes from the governor's office.

Gov. Bruce Rauner's Illinois School Funding Reform Commission recently approved a framework for members of the General Assembly to create a new school-funding formula.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Chili cook-off to help student entrepreneurs
The Crawford County CEO class is hosting a chili cook-off and auction Saturday at the Robinson Community Center to help fund student businesses.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017

'Multiplier' for county tax bills issued by state
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 Constance Beard.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Palestine looks at proposed burn ban
Palestine inched closer to a total burn ban in the village during the village board meeting Thursday.

Village trustees have been seeking input from residents for a 24-hour, seven-day per week burn ban.

Monday, February 06, 2017

City getting help with prison's bill
Money to pay part of the outstanding sewer bill for the Robinson Correctional Center is expected to arrive sometime in the next few weeks.

State Rep. Reggie Phillips (R-Charleston) was scheduled to meet today with Mayor Roger Pethtel in a round-table discussion over the prison's lack of funding to pay its wastewater bill, which totals $58,000 from August through December.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Oblong board OKs fun run, preps for budget
The Oblong Village Board quickly took care of the village's business during Wednesday night's meeting, but did approve a fun run, use of the park by the Antique Tractor and Engine Club and discussed working on the upcoming budget.
Friday, February 03, 2017

Man charged with DUI after multiple-injury wreck
Several Oblong residents were seriously injured in an alcohol-related single-vehicle crash in Jasper County Wednesday evening.

According to Illinois State Police, Wayne E. Belford, 37, was traveling east on Jasper County 400th Ave. about 7:37 p.m. when his vehicle ramped the levee on 400th just east of 1975th St.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Newlin explains audit finding on credit-card use
While findings of a nearly two-year-old audit of the Regional Office of Education District 12 raised questions about use of an ROE credit card, auditors did not indicate that any criminal charges were warranted.

The June 30, 2015, audit report on the ROE serving Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Richland counties was performed for the State of Illinois Office of Auditor General and released last month.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Carlson retiring from CFO post at hospital
Crawford Memorial Hospital now is searching for two top officials.

The CMH Board is launching a national search for a new chief financial officer following the retirement of CFO Rick Carlson. Carlson notified the board this week of his plans to retire after 16 years with the hospital.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Unit 2 working on health/life safety bonds
Robinson Unit 2 continues to move ahead with plans to refinance health and life safety bonds, despite the fact interest rates are back up.

Superintendent Josh Quick told the board Tuesday higher rates mean the money the district will save by refinancing the 2007 bonds will not be as much as first hoped, but it will still be between $600,000 and $700,000.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Unit 1 officials still unsure of state-aid payments
Hutsonville schools are still waiting to see how state-aid payments match up with the district's new budget that counts on them.

The Unit 1 school board got an update on the fiscal year 2017 budget when it met Tuesday night.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Relay for Life kickoff reception here Saturday
Relay for Life may be months away, but now is the time to start preparing.

Kickoff for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Crawford County begins with a reception in the Highland Church of Christ Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Unit 3 board answers merger-study questions
Palestine Unit 3 board members answered questions about the Committee of Ten process during the school board's regular meeting Monday.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Woman's death preceded fire, autopsy results show
Neither fire nor smoke killed a Palestine woman whose body was found following a trailer fire Friday.

Crawford County Coroner Earl Deckard reported Tuesday morning that preliminary autopsy results indicate that Amy S. Moore, 314 E. Franklin, Palestine, was dead before the fire started in the trailer where she lived with her two small children.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fire claims life of woman; children taken to hospital
he death of a Palestine woman is being investigated following a trailer fire Friday.

The body of Amy S. Moore, 41, 314 E. Franklin St., Palestine was found inside her home by LaMotte Township fireman who were called to the residence for a structure fire at 12:27 p.m. Friday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two in jail on drug-related charges after search of Palestine home
A combined search by the Palestine and Olney Police Departments led to the arrest of a Palestine man and woman on drug-related charges Friday.

About 8:15 a.m. both departments executed a search warrant at 207 Vincennes Ave., Palestine, in reference to recovering possible stolen items.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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