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An early Republic Pictures publicity shot of Autry, courtesy of his official website.

Visit here may have helped launch cowboy crooner’s film career

By Randy Harrison
| April 20, 2021

A long-standing local legend may be more than just an old wives’ tale. Legend has it that singer/songwriter/actor Gene Autry signed his first film contract while in Robinson.

USDA food assistance program re-opens

April 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has reopened signup for the Coronavirus Food ...

Area Amtrak station part of Justice Department settlement

By Randy Harrison
| April 13, 2021

Area residents who rode the rails from the Effingham Amtrak station may be eligible for compensation under a recent Justice Department settlement.

Jobless rate still up here

By Randy Harrison
| April 13, 2021

A higher percentage of Crawford County’s work force remains unemployed than before the start of the pandedmic, but numbers have improved since January.

Bailey files bill to eliminate FOID cards

By TOM OSBORNE
| April 7, 2021

An Illinois lawmaker recently filed a bill that would eliminate Firearm Owners Identification cards in Illinois.

Tuesday turnout disappointing

By Randy Harrison
| April 8, 2021

Overall, Tuesday’s consolidated election went smoothly, but Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright wishes more people had participated in the balloting.

Sales tax referendum fails

By Randy Harrison
| April 7, 2021

Crawford County voters overwhelmingly turned down a referendum Tuesday asking permission to enact a countywide sales tax.

Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the CDC to continue it vaccination efforts. Daily News photo

State receives federal funds to expand vaccination efforts

April 7, 2021

The State of Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to further expand its COVID-19 vaccination program, including more than $90 million for the state and $33 million for the city of Chicago.

A volunteer brings the ballots from Hutsonville 1 into the county annex building following Tuesday's consolidated election. Randy Harrison | Daily News

Pethtel, Shimer separated by four votes in mayoral race

By Randy Harrison
| April 7, 2021

The biggest of the handful of contested races in Tuesday’s consolidated election could be subject to a recount.

Lawrenceville's Tanner Waller (26) strips the ball out of the hands of Robinson's Levi Dickerson, while Tanner Frey (27) helps on the play for the Indians. Unfortunately, the Indians could not recover the fumble, as the ball eventually rolled out of b

Indians remain winless after 47-14 loss to Robinson

By JOSH BROWN
| April 2, 2021

LAWRENCEVILLE –– Mistakes are going to happen throughout the course of a football game, but when you make them against good teams, bad things tend to happen. That was the case for Lawrenceville High School’s football team Thursday night and the end result was a 47-14 loss to Robinson in a Little Illini Conference contest.

Robinson quarterback Wesley Jackson (3) hands the ball off to Levi Dickerson (10) against Lawrenceville earlier this season. While the Maroons will throw the ball from time to time, they prefer to do most of their damage on the ground. Josh Brown | Daily News

Maroons roll past Lawrenceville, 47-14, to move to 3-0

By JOSH BROWN
| April 2, 2021

Thursday night football is usually reserved for the NFL and college football, but the Little Illini Conference took a piece of that pie and it tasted just fine for Robinson High School’s football team.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2, 2021

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services joined Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, Jackson County States Attorney Joe Cervantez, Associate Judge of the First Judicial Circuit Court Christy Solverson and John A. Logan College President Dr. Kirk Overstreet at a virtual press conference this week to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month.

White unveils new organ and tissue donation campaign

April 2, 2021

Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a new ad campaign this week featuring White Sox All-Star relief pitcher and longtime radio voice of the team, Ed “Farmio” Farmer, who died last year. The campaign marks the beginning of National Donate Life Month in April. 

Election judges in Palestine welcome a voter to the polls in a March 2018 photo.

No changes in local polling places

By Randy Harrison
| April 2, 2021

Crawford County voters will find their polling places in their usual locations Tuesday.

Lady Statesmen roll to win over SWIC, 84-57

By Josh Brown
| March 31, 2021

After an unexpected week off, Lincoln Trail College’s women’s basketball team picked up a much-needed win Saturday, as they rolled to an 84-57 win over Southwestern Illinois College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 contest.

Lincoln Trail's Max Davenport swings at a pitch during a game earlier this season. The Statesmen swept a weekend series against Frontier Community College. Josh Brown | Daily News

Statesmen sweep Frontier Saturday

By Josh Brown
| March 31, 2021

What was supposed to be a four-game weekend series was shortened to two for Lincoln Trail College’s baseball team, but the Statesmen were still able to pick up a pair of victories.

Wild edible mushrooms are more than just your next meal

March 30, 2021

Robert McCloskey wrote of the “edible fungus” in the wilderness that kept the early settlers from starvation in the fictional Homer Price. While this song is part of a fictional story, it does underscore the popularity of wild mushrooms. Commercially available, buttons, portobellos, shiitakes, and other varieties just aren’t enough for those who prefer foraging for wild mushrooms throughout Illinois. 

Supporters and participants of the Crawford County Drug Court program honored Eli Miller (center) as he graduated from the progam. Honorable Judge, Christopher Weber; Crawford County States Attorney, Cole Shaner; Drug Court Officer, Erica Williams; Cr

County drug court celebrates graduation

By Angela Downing
| March 29, 2021

Eli Miller graduated from the Crawford County Drug Court program Friday morning. As supporters of Miller filled the courtroom, Judge Chris Weber spoke about how proud he was of all of the drug court participants as well as Miller and recalled their first time meeting each other in 2018.

Officers with the Clarksville Tenn. Police Department arrested Kyle Gosnell, Lawrenceville, for false imprisonment of Brittany Webb, Lawrenceville, Tuesday. Following a tip and messages on social media, officers found out Webb lied about the whole ordeal. She was arrested and Gosnell was released and the charges were dropped. She is being held on $25,000 bond in Tennessee. Contributed photo

Lawrenceville woman reveals the tangled Webb of lies

By Angela Downing
| March 29, 2021

Brittany Webb, Lawrenceville, the woman who claimed she was taken against her will and was rescued by a Tennessee man, was charged with filing a false report.

Indians travel to Casey in search of first win

By Josh Brown
| March 26, 2021

LAWRENCEVILLE –– While it wasn’t good enough to get a win, Lawrenceville High School’s football team put out a solid effort in their opening game of the delayed and shortened 2021 spring season and that hopefully will carry over into week two, as the Indians will try again to get in the win column.