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July 17, 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

Contractor chosen for sanitarium demo
The task of demolishing Allen Sanitarium has been officially assigned.

During Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting, Alderman Jim McKinney announced the city received two bids for the derelict building, with about a $20,000 difference between them.

Upon his recommendation, the council approved accepting the bid of $64,000 from Midwest Solutions.

Friday, June 14, 2019

2-year-old victim of horse kick recovering
Two year old Jason Stutzman is recovering from surgery after being kicked by a horse Monday.

According to reports from his family Jason under went five hours of surgery during which the doctors were able to repair his skull (the doctors described it as "Imagine a rubber ball with a small dent in one side about two inches in diameter and a half inch deep

Friday, June 14, 2019

Unit 3's Long recalled as leader, educator, friend
Palestine Unit 3 Interim Superintendent Chris Long died Tuesday.

The school district released this statement Tuesday: "It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Chris Long the CUSD 3 Superintendent. Chis had an amazingly positive impact on CUSD 3, Palestine! Chris Long loved CUSD 3 and CUSD 3 loved Chris Long!"

Long, 62, of Sigel, died at HSHS St. Anthony Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Hutsonville looks at drainage
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night approved drainage work on the south end of town and some purchase requests for the police department.

Over the past several months the village has been discussing how best to address excess water drainage in the village. Over the past few years the amount of water seeping in to the village has increased and areas the often flood are staying flooded longer and other areas that have not seen water are flooding.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Area gun shops closing, moving in wake of law
At least two area gun dealers are choosing to close up shop rather than comply with a new state law.

In Facebook posts Wilson Sporting Goods, Robinson, and Lost Creek Trading Post, Marshall say they are closing and moving their businesses.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Weather forces hard questions on farmers
After two months of seemingly endless rainfall, many farmers in Crawford County and across the state are faced with hard questions about this year's corn and soybean crops.

"A short break from rain the last few days of May has allowed some planting, but many fields remain wet, some have water standing, and there is no expectation that things will dry up soon to allow widespread planting," said Emerson Nafziger of the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Parent company closing Robinson's animal clinic
Crawford County residents have lost their veterinary services.

The Robinson Hospital for Animals will be closing its doors at the end of the month. An email put out by RHA made announcement official last week.

"It is with a heavy heart that we are writing to inform you that after many years of dedicated service, Robinson Hospital for Animals is unfortunately closing its doors on June 30, 2019. We are honored and grateful to have been entrusted with your pet's care. The good news is that we have a plan in place that will ensure the same level of care, compassion, and medical expertise for your beloved pet."

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Righter won't seek re-election in 55th District
State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, announced he will not be seeking re-election to the 55th District seat he has held since 2003.

"Words can not adequately describe the immeasurable blessing that serving the citizens of east-central and southeastern Illinois has always been," Righter said. "Each day, whether in the Capitol or back home in the district, is a privilege. But after much thought and prayer, I've decided it's time for this chapter of my public service to conclude."

Wednesday, June 05, 2019


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