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home : local news February 26, 2015 


Council hears dog problems
Robinson City Council Tuesday night heard about problems with loose and neglected dogs in the city.
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Increased reporting seen on FOID's mental-health rules
The mental health provisions of the Firearms Owner Identification are seeing use statewide, the Illinois Public Health Department reported.

There were 1,286 registrations in 2014, with 4,364 events reported by all clinicians and 138,565 events reported by all facilities.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Drug Court, other 'diversion' efforts have an impact
The diversion numbers for the various Adult Redeploy Initiative programs, including the program in Crawford County, have been released for 2014.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Record-low temperatures can threaten pipes
With low-temperature records being broken in the area and the thermometer regularly plunging into the single digits or even below zero, the Siberian Express appears to be stubbornly lingering at least for another week. For those who have not already prepared their homes for the frigid conditions, there's still time.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shelter site is chosen
A local group has released some information about its continuing efforts to establish a homeless shelter in the county.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

County board signs on to tax appeal process
The Crawford County Board is the last area taxing body to approve an agreement to pay for handling Marathon's appeal of its property tax assessment.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IECC OKs tuition increase effective with summer term
Tuition rates have increased at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges.

The Illinois Eastern Community Colleges board approved fiscal year 2016 tuition rates, to be effective with the summer 2015 term, when it met Tuesday at Lincoln Trail College.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thaw will be slow to arrive
Cold temperatures are keeping Crawford County from digging out from the second major snowfall this week.
Friday, February 20, 2015

CMH board reassured on refinery tax appeal
The Crawford Memorial Hospital Board will join with other area taxing bodies preparing for Marathon's appeal of its property tax assessment.

Members agreed, however, only after Crawford County Board Chairman Gareld Bilyew provided them assurances that this time would not be like the last.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Palestine board hears about preparation for PARCC, ACT
Palestine Unit 3 students are gearing up for testing when they return to school.

School was closed again Thursday due to arctic temperatures, and grade school principal Sheila Mikeworth and Dean of Students Tangi Waldrop reported to the school board Wednesday night students are preparing for the PARCC and ACT test.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Unit 2 gearing up for refinery's tax challenge
Robinson Unit 2 is joining with other area taxing bodies to deal with tax assessment appeals.

The Unit 2 board Tuesday entered into a funding agreement with other taxing bodies to pay legal and appraisal fees as they prepare for a hearing before the Crawford County Board of Review on the assessment of the Marathon refinery.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hutsonville OKs school calendar, hears about budget
The Hutsonville Unit 1 school board is already making plans for the next school year.

After a brief discussion, the board Tuesday night adopted the 2015-16 school calendar with a start date of Aug. 17 and a teacher's institute.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

'Jail,' IRS-related scams among latest to hit here
Scams continue to "hammer" the local area, Crawford County Sheriff William Rutan reports.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Police seeking info on homicide at trailer park
The death of a man found at 1:57 p.m. Sunday in Bennett's Trailer Park is being investigated as a homicide by Robinson police.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shadle gets 18 years after 2014 manhunt
A man who was arrested after an extensive search in April 2014 has been sentenced in federal court.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter finally serves up big snow
The first significant snowfall to hit Crawford County this winter would have closed schools - if they hadn't already been closed for Presidents' Day.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Council approves rezoning for tattoo parlor
The Robinson City Council Tuesday night voted to rezone part of a parcel to allow the operation of a tattoo parlor.
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hutsonville board gets updates on sewer plant, water connection
Village of Hutsonville officials will be talking about water issues for several more months, but progress is being made.
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Righter bill would address reported Medicaid fraud
In light of a recent report from the Illinois Auditor General that found the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services paid $3.7 million for medical services to more than 1,000 people who were recorded as dead, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) filed legislation intended to address waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicaid system.
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gas higher, but pace of increases slowing
A recent spike in gasoline prices may be moderating.

Average retail gasoline prices in Illinois rose 14.5 cents per gallon last week, averaging $2.30 a gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 4,378 gas outlets in Illinois.

Sunday, February 15, 2015


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