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home : local news February 05, 2016 


Simulation helps students start thinking ahead
Crawford County high-school seniors recently got a taste of reality courtesy of University of Illinois Extension.
Friday, February 05, 2016

High school's future among key topics of Unit 3 'brainstorm' session
Palestine Unit 3 school-board members engaged in some brainstorming during a special meeting Wednesday.

Board President Corie Biggs set the agenda to focus on staffing, sales tax, buildings, academics and athletics.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Ex-employee in court today for plant incident
A Palestine man faces several charges after reports of damaged property drew officers of the Crawford County Sheriff's Office and the Palestine Police Department to the Illiana Cores manufacturing building in Palestine early Tuesday.
Friday, February 05, 2016

Jobless rate 6% here, other areas also on decline
Unemployment in Crawford County dipped slightly in December.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 6 percent of the local workforce was unemployed and seeking new jobs during the month.

This was down from 6.8 percent in December 2014 and 6.4 percent in November.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Fiscal-crisis mess will take a long time to clean up
Gov. Bruce Rauner said his administration is working to transform the way Illinois provides health and human services during his State of State address on Wednesday, but even if they fix it tomorrow, it will be too late for some.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Spay/neuter certificate giveaway begins today
In recognition of National Spay and Neuter Awareness Month, the Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation is offering 100 free spay or neuter certificates to Crawford County residents beginning today. Fifty certificates will be reserved for dogs and 50 certificates will be reserved for cats.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Crawford Co. CEO plans comedy-music fundraiser Feb. 6
The Crawford County CEO class is hosting "A Night on the Town" dinner and show as a fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 6.

The show will feature nationally known comedian Isaac Witty, with an acoustic set by local rock and roll band Grapevine Fires. The event will be 6 p.m. at the Robinson Community Center. A catered meal will be served.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Zika virus unlikely to hit locally
Two cases of a disease native to South and Central America and the Carribean have popped up in Illinois, but there is little reason to worry, unless one is headed south of the border, health officials say.
Monday, February 01, 2016

Challenges spark competition in RHS food drive
While gathering goodies for Super Bowl 50, local residents can help those in need by picking up some canned goods and donating them to the Souper Bowl of Caring.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Fiscal crisis cuts senior centers to four days a week
The ongoing state financial crisis has claimed another victim.

Beginning next week, senior citizens centers operated by the Embarras River Basin Agency will only be open four days a week.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Robinson council approves $2 million bid for rebuilding Eaton Street
Robinson City Council Tuesday night approved a $2 million bid for renovating South Eaton Street.

The work will be done by A.J. Walker Construction, Mattoon, the low bidder. The city will now announce its support of the project to the state to move it forward.

Friday, January 29, 2016

LCC prison officer reportedly in serious condition
The Lawrence Correctional Center officer who was viciously attacked earlier this month is reportedly back in the hospital in very serious condition.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Oblong responders help with delivery
Jade Stephens arrived a little quicker than everyone anticipated on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and she had help from Oblong firefighters and paramedics.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LTC chosen as one of 150 top 2-year colleges
Lincoln Trail College has been named as one of top 150 two-year schools in the country.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named LTC as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges, eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program student scholarships.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Funding woes make young teachers think twice
One glaring factor in a recent survey on statewide teacher shortages that was missing from the report is how the State of Illinois has failed to meet its school-funding obligations.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Schools faced with teacher shortages
More and more school districts around Illinois are finding it harder to fill teaching positions and find qualified candidates for the teaching positions they are able to fill, according to a newly released survey from Illinois' regional superintendents of schools.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Man now faces local charges in break-in case
Crawford County has now also filed charges against a Sullivan County, Ind., man who pled guilty to robbing an Indiana gas station.

Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich filed charges against Dakota Smith on Aug. 5, 2015. Smith, 21, is charged with one count of attempted robbery, a Class 3 felony, and armed violence, a Class X felony, in connection with the attempted robbery of the Hutsonville Foods on June 9, 2015.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Attack at Lawrence prison being probed
The attack on a Lawrence Correctional Facility guard in being criminally investigated by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On Saturday, Prison Report, a Facebook page for correctional officers and prison employees, posted that on Friday "there was a vicious assault on an officer at Lawrence Correctional Center in Illinois."

Friday, January 22, 2016

CMH joins initiative to curb infections
Crawford Memorial Hospital has joined a two-state initiative that aims to reduce infections and readmissions.

CMH is one of 215 hospitals in Illinois and Michigan participating in the Hospital Engagement Network 2.0, a year-long program focusing on improved patient safety, Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Fralicker announced during the CMH board meeting Wednesday.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Unit 2 works on list of goals
Plans for the future and a program teaching valuable lessons from the past were among subjects discussed by Robinson Unit 2 school board members Tuesday.

The board, meeting at Nuttall Middle School, talked about strategic planning for the district and narrowing down a list of things they would like to accomplish in coming years.

Thursday, January 21, 2016


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