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First Step gets 100 Women funds

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The Crawford County 100 Women Who Care awarded $7,100 to Amy Shelton and First Step during the group’s last meeting of the year Nov. 16. First Step is a local lounge helping those rehabilitating from drug or alcohol abuse. The agency cares for those affected by drug abuse and their families for as long as that care is needed. The […]

Unit 4 gives tentative OK to tax levy

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Board to seek input on football, co-op

The Unit 4 school board has approved a tentative tax levy of almost $2.8 million. During their meeting Thursday, board members were presented with a levy of $2,798,600, based on a $79 million equalized assessed valuation, Superintendent Michelle Meese said. This would result in a tax rate of 3.5471, an increase of just under 5 cents over last year, she […]

Forest preserve gets tax levy boost

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The tax levy for the Crawford County Forest Preserve will increase for the first time ever in 2024, doubling from $50,000 to $100,000. The change, expected to add $6.69 to the average county property tax bill, will allow the preserve to catch up with increasing costs and keep it financially solvent, supporters say. Others question how long the county can […]

County board approves budget

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Wilson steps down from board

Despite some last-minute changes to its budget proposal, Crawford County should still end fiscal 2024 in the black. The Crawford County Board gave final approval to the budget, appropriations and the annual tax levy during its meeting Thursday. The budget calls for General Fund revenues of more than $6.74 million and expenditures of just over $6.72 million. Board Chairman William […]

Hutsonville hiking sewer rate

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Hutsonville Village Board approved a rate increases for water and sewer at last week’s meeting. Board members discussed the bond advisement for the sewer project. In order to get the bond of more than $600,000, the village will be required to show they bring in enough money to repay the bond. To accomplish that, they will raise the rates. “I […]

Hospital board abates $2 million in taxes

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Crawford Memorial Hospital will seek a bit more in taxes in the coming year, but it will abate about $2 million in taxes for repaying bonds. The CMH board Wednesday voted to not levy taxes on two sets of bonds it previously issued to help fund building projects and other expenses. Instead, it will only levy $1.3 million to help […]

CMH to welcome new urologist

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Crawford Memorial Hospital’s new urologist is a celebrity. CMH Chief Executive Officer Doug Florkowski announced Wednesday that Dr. Fenwa Milhouse will start treating patients here in January. Milhouse is a board-certified, fellowship-trained urologist and specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. The Nigerian-born specialist is a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and been a […]

Election filing begins soon

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Filing for the 2024 election begins Monday, Nov. 27. Completed candidacy petitions can be filed at the county clerk’s office in the county annex building from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 1 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Crawford County voters will pick candidates for county board members, circuit clerk, coroner and state’s attorney during […]

Robinson man found dead

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Authorities are investigating the death of a Robinson man. Dead is Tyler W. Turner, 32. His body was discovered outdoors at Quiet Lane Trailer Park, 1211 W. Cherry, Monday, Nov. 13. Robinson police were dispatched to the scene at 1:17 p.m. Coroner Earl Deckard said Turner was pronounced dead at 1:42 p.m. An autopsy has been performed. No cause of […]

State corn, soybean production drops

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Illinois farmers planted more corn and fewer soybeans this year than last, but production of both crops is expected to be less, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. An estimated 11.2 million acres was planted in corn this year, the USDA reported, up 4 percent from 2022. Harvested area, forecast at 11 million acres, is also up 4 percent. […]

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