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Oblong junior high teams to become Panthers

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Students, public wanted change

Oblong Elementary School’s mascot is morphing from a tiger to a panther. The Oblong Unit 4 school board approved the change, effective July 1, during its meeting Monday. It was a move long wanted by students and members of the public, Superintendent Michelle Meese told the Daily News. “For several years, junior high kids have been asking us to make […]

Unit 2 board considers future of local school buildings

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Will seek public input

The possible future of Robinson four schools continues to be a main topic of discussion for the Unit 2 school board. And after hearing the latest architect’s proposals, board members are ready to hear from the public. “We’re just starting the conversation,” Superintendent Josh Quick said during the board meeting Monday. “It’s time to talk to the community.” Quick said […]

CEO students hold annual trade show

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The Crawford County CEO class held its annual CEO Trade Show at The Woods Event Center, Wednesday. The students have visited local business and spoke to business owners throughout the year to learn about owning and running a business. Each student created their own business to provide products and services for customers. The trade show featured the student’s booths with […]

Stone resigns from county board

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Tornado relief efforts continue

The Crawford County Board is seeking a new member. The board Thursday accepted the resignation of Brittany Stone because of health issues. Stone, a Republican, was elected without opposition to represent District 4 in November. A new member, who will serve until the November 2024 general election, will be appointed. Board Chairman Bill Burke said applications for the position will […]

Burke, Rutan at odds over county policy

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Sheriff walks out of board meeting

Tempers flared over questions concerning the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office during Thursday’s county board meeting. Board Chairman Bill Burke questioned Sheriff William Rutan about his department’s nepotism policy and the use of county equipment by a non-county employee. The exchange quickly became heated and Rutan exited the meeting. “When you decide to treat me with the respect my position deserves, […]

Unit 4 board re-organizes

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The Oblong Unit 4 school board has re-organized in the wake of the April 8 consolidated election. New school board members were administered the oath of office during a special meeting May 10. Also, Todd Musgrave was elected president, while Brady Lewis was elected vice president and Kyle Bailey was elected secretary. The board approved the dates and times for […]

Unemployment still dropping here

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Crawford County’s unemployment rate continued to drop in March. According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, 3.2 percent of the county’s work force was unemployed during the month. This was down from 4.2 percent in both March 2022 and February. Neighboring counties also reported lower jobless numbers. Clark County’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent. This was down from 4.8 […]

Illinois crops continue to progress

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Corn and soybeans continue to grow here and across the state. Corn planted reached 73 percent, compared to the five-year average of 46 percent. Corn emerged reached 17 percent, compared to the average of 14 percent. Soybeans planted reached 66 percent, compared to the average of 28 percent. Beans emerged reached 14 percent compared to the average of 6 percent. […]

100 Women donate to RHS Band Boosters

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Crawford County 100 Women Who Care recently donated $7,600 to the Robinson High School Band Boosters for their insturment repair fund. The organizations nominated for the next vote are CAISA, the LTCares Food Pantry, and the United Way Tornado Recovery Fund. In a break from their usual practice, the donation will be presented that night at the meeting which is […]

Low-interest disaster loans offered here

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Crawford County businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and the March 31 tornado are eligible to apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The loans are available in response to a letter from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced. Businesses and residents in the […]

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