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Okawville Cross Country Season Starts Monday

The Okawville High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams began official practice on Monday, August 8. The first meet for both teams will be on August 22, at New Athens. The Rockets will be led by four-year runners and seniors Joseph Jansen, Jared Juenger, Evan Perry, and Grant Schleifer. Schleifer qualified for the IHSA State Meet…

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Forbeck Joins Okawville Grade School Staff

By Travis Volz Amy Forbeck followed in her mother’s footsteps when she decided to become a teacher, but she is blazing her own trail in her work with special education students. Forbeck who began her first school year at Okawville last week, is a special education teacher for students in kindergarten through third grades. She…

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Bodnar Prepared to Lead St. Ann School Into Future

By Travis Volz Though education is essentially a second career, the new principal at St. Ann School in Nashville has a wealth of experience he brings to the job. Anthony Bodnar was hired as the school’s principal, bringing decades of experience as a member of the military and an educator. After more than two decades…

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Junior Hornets Lose Opener at Freeburg

The Okawville Junior Rockets opened their season on the wrong end of a 10-0 score at Freeburg last Thursday. Braylen Turner started for Okawville. He gave up just one run through the first three innings before Freeburg scored eight times in the bottom of the fourth. Caleb Hagarty also threw an inning of relief. The…

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Steeleville Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A Steeleville man died as a result of a motorcycle crash near Nashville last Thursday morning. Bradley Ferris, 40, was killed as a result of the motorcycle crash on South Grand Avenue near Nashville at 11:44 a.m. Thursday, August 11. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Ferris failed to negotiate a curve, left the…

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Eight Candidates Vie For Okawville Fair Queen

Eight young Washington County women are candidates for Okawville Fair Queen. The judging and coronation will be held Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m. at Okawville High. Queen Candidates: *Sebrenna Bodendieck of Hoyleton, daughter of Monica Pflasterer; sponsored by McDonalds of Nashville. *Bryleigh Prest of rural Marissa, daughter of Brian and Debbie Prest; sponsored by…

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Junior Lady Rockets Win First Two

A huge seventh inning gave the Okawville Junior High Junior Lady Rockets a 15-1 win over Coulterville in the season opener last Tuesday. Leading 5-1 heading into the final frame, Okawville exploded for ten runs in the top of the seventh, with Jilien Harre, Anna Herzig, Schae Juenger, Kenley Hackstadt, and Addi Hasheider all driving…

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County Board Hears Reports At August Meeting

By Debby Stricker The county Jail had 8 county inmates and 5 federal inmates in July, according to the report of Sheriff Len Campbell at the County Board meeting last week. The Department made 21 criminal arrests, 34 traffic arrests, and issued 19 warnnings.  The Ambulance Dept. provided $80,714 worth of service fees, with income…

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Dudeck’s First Teaching Job at Okawville is the Job He Wanted

By Travis Volz Having grown up in the area, Theodore Dudeck is very familiar with Okawville. As the new history teacher, he will get to know the community even better. Dudeck was hired as the new history, civics, psychology and sociology teacher at Okawville, a job that he wanted as soon as he heard about…

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Experienced Educator to Serve as New ILS Principal

By Travis Volz Tina Kassebaum brings a wealth of experience in education to her new role as principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in Okawville. Kassebaum, a commissioned minister with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, has served as director of Christian education and trained educators at both Lutheran and public schools during her career. Born in…

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