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Farmers continue planting

Planting season continues across the state. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn planted reached 2 percent, compared to the five-year average of 1 percent. Soybeans planted reached 2 percent. Meanwhile, winter wheat headed reached 2 percent, compared to the average of 1 percent. Condition of the crop was 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 22 percent fair,... READ MORE >

RHS Math Team returns from state

On Saturday, April 6, the Robinson High School math team competed in the ICTM State Math Contest at Illinois State University in Bloomington. Mason Calvert placed 10th individually in the Algebra 1 contest. The Maroons also placed in several team completion categories. The team of Case Beisner, Eva Brashear, Mason Calvert, Evan Gilmore, Kate Rosborough and Jayden Smith was 12th... READ MORE >

New grocery store still possible here

Efforts to bring a new grocery store to Robinson’s west side are continuing. Mayor Mike Shimer confirmed that the city has been contacted by someone interested in bringing a new IGA here. A market survey is being conducted. Meanwhile, there has been no update on the possibility of Baesler’s of Terre Haute opening a Robison store. Shimer said the company... READ MORE >

County jobless rate remains up

Unemployment in Crawford County dropped between January and February but remained slightly higher than it was a year earlier. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the county unemployment rate during the month was 4.6 percent. This was down from 5.1 percent a month earlier but still higher than the 4.2-percent rate posted in February 2023. Neighboring Illinois counties... READ MORE >

Planting season begins

Corn and soybean planting is underway in Illinois. Another planting season has begun, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statewide, 1 percent of both the corn and bean crops have been seeded. Meanwhile, winter wheat continues to grow. Condition of the crop was rated as 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 53 percent good and... READ MORE >

RHS math and science students score high marks

The Robinson High School TEAMS’ members took first and second place in state essay competition and also ranked high in other areas. TEAMS — Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science — recently received their testing results. The students competed in teams of four and participated in an essay contest, design-build challenge and multiple choice exam. Team D, consisting... READ MORE >

Wheat crop condition good

Most of Illinois winter wheat crop is in good shape, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA reported 64 percent of the crop seeded in the fall is in good condition. Another 11 percent is rated as excellent. Sixteen percent is in fair condition, while 7 percent is rated poor and 2 percent is rated very poor. Farmers... READ MORE >

Group to open Robinson community kitchen

A local group is working to establish a new community kitchen in Robinson. Crawford County CARES — 3Cs for short — is a partnership between organizers and the Robinson Free Methodist Church. The goal is to begin serving meals to those in need on a regular basis sometime this summer. “It’s a tool for helping the community,” Pastor Aaron Peternel... READ MORE >

OCC will power up with solar panels

A solar panel array at Olney Central College and personnel matters at Lincoln Trail College were among the items IECC trustees handled during their recent meeting. The Illinois Eastern Community College Board, meeting at LTC, accepted a bid of almost $1.5 million for the OCC solar array project. Once installed, the solar array will generate about 23 percent of the... READ MORE >

CMH prepares for MRI, other major projects

Big things are in the offing at Crawford Memorial Hospital The CMH board will vote in April on a $9.8-million capital expenditures budget for its coming fiscal year. It includes $5.5 million in major projects, some of which are already underway. “It’s a lot, but we do have a lot of projects we’re looking at,” Chief Financial Officer Mike Harbor... READ MORE >