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July 19, 2019 


4 hurt as car, EMS collide
Four people were sent to the hospital Tuesday after a collision between a car and an ambulance.

Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan said the United Life Care Ambulance was on an emergency transfer run from Crawford Memorial Hospital to Good Samaritan in Vincennes about 6:14 p.m.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

IECC board takes action on LTC 'Theater Renaissance'
Illinois Eastern Community College trustees have taken the next step in Lincoln Trail College's ongoing "Theater Renaissance" project.

The IECC board, meeting Tuesday at Frontier Community College in Fairfield, approved a contract with Walk Architecture, Effingham, for architectural services for the planned LTC performing arts addition.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Security, paving among prep for Unit 2's year
With the start of a new school year only a month away, Robinson Unit 2 board members Monday continued efforts on summer renovations and began thinking about projects for next year.

One project, the paving of the new transportation barn parking lot is finished, while a second paving project at Robinson High School is about to begin. A third project, however, remodeling the RHS entrance for increased security, is running behind.Security, paving among prep for Unit 2's year

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Unit 3 board makes personnel moves for beginning of year
The Palestine Unit 3 School Board Monday approved a contractor to paint Palestine Grade School's bus barn. The contract was awarded to Crampton Painting and Drywall, Robinson. The district hopes to have the painting done before the end of summer.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hutsonville school board OKs new drug policy
The Hutsonville Unit 1 school board Monday night approved the new student drug policy, discussed the budget year just ending and approved personnel changes.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Unit 4 changes: New security cameras, new grade-school cafeteria tables
The Oblong Unit 4 Board of Education Monday made personnel moves to get ready for the upcoming school year.

After a closed session, the board hired Michelle Meese as assistant superintendent. Meese will also continue to serve as the grade school principal.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

RPD K9 officer Dex now wearing body armor
Robinson Police Department K9 Officer Dex was gifted with a new garment recently, as he received body armor donated from a non-profit organization.

According to a Facebook post posted by Sgt. Dan Strauch, the bullet and stab protective vest was donated from Vested Interest in K9's Inc. The organization based in Massachusetts provides vests, made in the United States, to police dogs throughout the country.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Robinson school registration starts this month
July is half over and the 2019-20 school year is fast approaching.

Parents and guardians of Robinson Unit 2 students can register their children for the new year online beginning July 25. Registration runs through Aug. 1.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

County deputies get new tool to use for high water rescues
With all the rain and storms we have had this spring and early summer imagine driving home after dark in the rain and suddenly hitting a section of road where water is rushing across from a flash flood. You can't stop in time and before you know it your car is washed off the road into a field or a bank bursting creek. You call 911 from you cell phone and within minutes help is at your car door.

The newest vehicle in the Crawford County Sheriff's Department is a police version of the AVGP Grizzly armored personnel carrier.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rural pharmacies to receive state financial help
SPRINGFIELD - Independent pharmacies that serve Medicaid patients in small communities in Illinois will soon start receiving additional payments from the state.

The Department of Healthcare and Family Services confirmed Monday that it has begun implementing a program lawmakers established in 2018 known as the Critical Access Care Pharmacy Program, which provides up to $10 million a year in additional reimbursements for independent, brick and mortar pharmacies located in counties with fewer than 50,000 people.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

New ownership will keep local animal clinic open
Many of the best pets are "rescues," and the local veterinary clinic itself has turned out to be the Crawford County animal community's latest rescue.

The Robinson Hospital for Animals, whose closing was announced several weeks ago, is becoming part of the O'Brien Veterinary Group.

A Friday Facebook posting indicated the Robinson Hospital for Animals would remain open under new ownership.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Entertainment, cookout ready for Fourth fest
It appears that everything is set for next week's Independence Day festivities at Robinson City Park.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Robinson City Council Tuesday that negotiations for the community cookout and entertainment have gone well, and the park will be ready.

A band from Tennessee will be performing that evening, while hot dogs, dilly bars and Pepsi products will be served during the cookout.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Oblong Unit 4 school board OKs budget, makes personnel moves
The Oblong Unit 4 school board took care of administrative issues Monday night and continues to work toward the coming school year.

Prior to Monday night's regular board meeting a budget hearing was held to adopt the amended budget for 2018-2019 school year.

Monday, July 01, 2019

H'ville OKs budget, discusses drug-test policy
The Hutsonville Unit 2 Board of Education Monday night approved a tentative 2019 budget, heard a report on how 2018 should close out and discussed new student drug testing and physical education policies.

Superintendent Julie Kraemer went over how she expects the 2018 fiscal year to close at the end of the month.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Sisil is acting Unit 3 chief after Long's death
The Palestine Unit School Board met for the first time Monday night since the passing of interim superintendent Chris Long. Long died June 10 in Effingham.

Since that time the board has met and named grade-school principal Jessica Sisil as acting superintendent. Sisil became principal at Palestine Grade School at the start of the 2018-19 semester.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Unit 2 rejects offer for CSE softball diamond
Robinson High School won't be getting a girls' softball diamond, but Nuttall Middle School is gaining an assistant principal for 2019-20.

Robinson Unit 2 board members Monday officially turned down the offer by the Crossroads Sporting Events Foundation to build a softball diamond behind RHS. They do, though, want to work with the group and the City of Robinson to see if improvements can be made to fields at Robinson City Park.

Monday, July 01, 2019

CMH looking at plans for wound care clinic here
Crawford Memorial Hospital hopes to establish a wound care clinic later this year.

Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski told the CMH Board Wednesday hospital officials have been in talks with Healogics, a Florida-based company that operates almost 700 wound care centers. The company is interested in assisting CMH start its own clinic.

Florkowski said the high number of diabetes patients and nursing home residents in the county mean there is a need for wound care.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Mary Heath Foundation grants more than $142K
A dozen of the area's community organizations arrived at the First National Bank in Olney, Oblong, for the latest Mary Heath Grant awardings Tuesday.

According to Stewart Schutte, Trust Officer at First National Bank Trust Services in Robinson, a total of 34 applications were received during this period.

Organizations that were fortunate enough to have their applications approved included village boards, schools, police and fire departments, and fairs.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

IECC says 'so long' to Bruce, makes plans
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges trustees is making plans for the future even as they bid farewell to the district's long-time chief executive officer.

The board expressed appreciation to Terry L. Bruce during Tuesday's meeting at Wabash Valley College, Mount Carmel. Bruce was recognized for more than 23 years of leadership as the district's CEO.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Kids vulnerable to 'catfishing' in summer months
Summer is a great time for fun and relaxation, but it can quickly turn to boredom and bad decisions, especially when it comes to online activities.

Cyberstalking, blackmail scams, "catfishing" and other predatory cybercrimes are common year-round, but during summer months when children are out of school and days are longer, people tend to let down their guard and do things they might not otherwise do.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


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