Harry J. Surmeier

Harry John Surmeier, 91, born Dec. 24, 1928 in St. Libory, IL passed away peacefully at his home in rural Venedy, IL on Wednesday morning, March 25th, with his family nearby. Harry experienced the first of several strokes on January 26th. In his recovery journey, he participated in rehab at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in…

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Okawville ACES Team Finishes Second at SWIC Sectional

The Okawville High School Academic Challenge for Engineering/Science (ACES) team won second place in the small school Sectional Championship competition held at Southwestern Illinois College on Friday, March 6. The team will advance to State level competition if it is not cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals placing were: Lindsey Averbeck – 1st in…

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Local Ref Officiates At Girls State Tournament

Jim Teter was recently assigned to officiate the IHSA Girls State 3A/4A series in Normal, IL at Redbird Arena. This was his first time officiating at the state tournament. Teter was picked by the IHSA to officiate, based on annual ratings of coaches. He was among the 12 referees officiating the tournament. Teter’s first State…

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College Baseball Players See Limited Action

College Baseball Players See Limited Action College sports fans have already lost out on postseason basketball action due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it looks like spring sports will be negatively affected as well. Baseball and softball seasons have seen postponements and cancellations, so local athletes have not been able to compete on college diamonds.…

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Okawville Legion Plans To Demolish, Rebuild Dance Hall Section

It has been a long road getting to this point, but the dance hall of the Okawville American Legion Post 233 will be completely demolished to make way for a entirely new structure. Project Manager and Public Information Officer Andy Jankowski explained that a recent inspection of the crawl space showed the floor structure was…

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WCH Continues Preparations for COVID-19

A tent went up outside Washington County Hospital in Nashville in preparation for the possibility of more cases of COVID-19. A hospital official said that the tent is not going up in response to new cases, but as a precautionary measure in case more people become ill. “We’re trying to stay ahead of things, and…

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EDWARD LEE CLAYTON

Edward Lee Clayton Edward Lee Clayton, 100, of Nashville, Illinois, passed away at 2:18 pm March 20, 2020 at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born May 11, 1919 in Bonne Terre, Missouri, son of the late Edward and Emma (Hermann) Clayton. Lee attended grade and high school in Benton,…

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Janowski Tops Incumbent Bronke in State’s Attorney Race

In one of the only competitive races in last week’s primary elections, Daniel Janowski beat incumbent Dan Bronke in the race to be the Republican candidate for Washington County state’s attorney. County voters chose Janowski by a wide margin. The challenger tallied 1598 votes to Bronke’s 798. With no Democrat on the ballot in November,…

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Ernest S. Kozuszek

Mr. Ernest S. Kozuszek of Nashville, IL., departed this life at Friendship Manor Healthcare Center in Nashville, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 8PM.  He had attained the age of 88 years and 22 days. Mr. Kozuszek was born on February 26, 1932 in Posen, IL the son of Casmier and Nellie (Malawy) Kozuszek.  …

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Coulterville Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

A Coulterville man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Randolph County Monday morning. James A. Douglas II, 35, was killed when his 2003 Dodge Caravan struck a ditch on South Prairie Road just South of Ohlwine Road in Randolph County at 7:58 a.m. According to the report from the Illinois State Police, Douglas was…

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