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Washington County Hospital and SSM Health in Southern Illinois have announced Brian Monsma has accepted the position of President at Washington County Hospital. Mr. Monsma’s first day in his new position was Monday, September 17. Monsma will be an SSM Health employee and have a dual reportin…

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The Okawville Junior Lady Rockets Softball Team won the Centralia Tournament. Front row, from left: Kylie Going, Hannah Miller, Adyson Harre, Alayna Kraus, Tyne Moore, Maggie Sawicki. Back row:  Head Coach Haylee Althoff, Lexi Borrenpohl, Jordyn Heckert, Macie Staley, Madi Wienstroer, Taylor…

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A New Baden man was sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to failing to notify regulators before removing asbestos while working on the old Okawville Elementary School that he owns.

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In this week's issue, read about three OHS alums returning to their alma mater halls. Learn about the journeys of Reed Recker (pictured conducting band camp the week prior to school), Haylee Althoff and Kara Schnoeker, and how they each got back to OHS, as well as several other locals in the…

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Ross Schomaker has begun a new business called Lucky Streak Distillery near Posen. Strawberry Lemonade Moonshine is the first product available locally from the distillery. 

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Representative Charlie Meier and University of Illinois Extension will host a public seminar on the benefits of alternative energy on July 17 at the U of I Extension Office in Breese. The program, which will be from 7 to 9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

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The eastern part of Jimtown Road closed indefinitely this week. One of the two bridges has been deemed unsafe. The bridges are on Jimtown Road between Weaver Creek Road and the intersection of Jimtown and Blackjack Roads.

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While the weather impacted the turn out of this year's event, over 130 people voted on this year's Soda Festival Winner. The Heritage House also made plans to expand their real estate holdings near the Schlosser Home for future events.

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The Okawville Soda Festival will help recall the era not that long ago when not only Okawville, but nearly every small town had its own “Sodie Factory.” The Okawville Soda Festival will feature 16 varieties of old-fashioned glass bottle sodas, most made with pure cane sugar like in the past. 

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Russel Rodely was named Okawville High Valedictorian and Emily Bening named Salutatorian at Okawville High graduation Sunday. They were among the students who were awarded scholarships totaling over $60,000.

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Washington County Hospital expanded its partnership with SSM Health by entering into a management agreement with the southern Illinois hospital system.

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On May 11, community members and cancer survivors will join together at the annual Relay For Life of Washington County at Okawville Community Club to help the American Cancer Society attack cancer from every angle. The evening will include kids activities, concessions, entertainment and fami…

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Washington County’s is publishing a list of assessments for the west part of the county in this week’s Okawville Times. Others are published in the Nashville News.

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In this week's issue, read the stories of local donors and recipients and how they've waited or sacrificed, and how they and their families have perservered.

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TIF District Joint Review Board Discussed by Village Board; and Police Committee Chair Sarah Deterding reported that the FBI is assisting local police with the ongoing investigation into the Snapchat threat earlier this month, and that Okawville officers had attended hazardous materials training.

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A committee of residents in the West Washington County Unit District took the first step to making the region a better place to live and attract new residents at a meeting at the Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course Thursday.

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Physician Assistant Deb Auld is still searching for a family practice physician to operate a medical practice with her in Nashville. She had hoped to have a plan in place when the Belleville Memorial Group that she now practices with ends it operation in Nashville March 31.