Area Breaking News

Electronics Recycling Event in Okawville Saturday

The Washington County Health Department (WCHD) and the Washington County Board Solid Waste Committee announced a second Electronic Recycling Event for the year. This event is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the Okawville High School parking lot on the south end of the building. It will run from 8 a.m. and run to noon.…

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More Cancellations Due to COVID-19

St. Anthony’s Church at Lively Grove will not host its annual church picnic in August due to COVID-19. Instead, the church is holding monthly quilt/cash raffles. The quilt raffle was a tradition at the picnic.   An event to celebrate Addieville’s 150th anniversary will be delayed a year. Several organizations were planning the event.

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Teachers To Give Input On Support Needed

West Washington County Unit District teachers will meet in small groups with the administration this week to discuss the support they need to educate students amid the corona virus pandemic. “They all want to return to the classroom. That is a given,” said JH/SH Principal Keith Senior. “We just want to know what we need…

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Memorial Park Pool In Nashville Opens

Nashville’s Memorial Park Pool reopened Monday, though restrictions are in place for the public pool. It will be a short season for the pool, which is normally open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. But as with most things, the coronavirus pandemic changed what normal means. The pool will be open on a…

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Summer Athletic Workouts Starting Up

Local high school athletic programs were able to get back underway under Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines following an announcement by the Illinois High School Association. Return to Play Guidelines were developed by the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and were shared with member schools last month, and the new guidelines went into effect…

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Video Gaming Resumes At Area Businesses

Business owners and their patrons are glad to see video gaming resume July 1, five days after Phase 4 of Restore Illinois began. Club Exit 41 owner Gary Rennegarbe said, however, that he is doubtful that gaming will return to the pre-COVID-19 level. “Some people are scared. They won’t be flocking in,” he said. “Others…

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Five New COVID-19 Cases Identified in County

For several weeks, the Washington County Health Department was not tracking any COVID cases in the county. That changed in the last week. Five cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the county in the last week, the largest weekly spike in cases since the start of the pandemic. The first case, a male in…

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Washington County Assessor Announces Change in Senior Citizen Exemption Form

Washington County Supervisor of Assessments Sharon Mewes announced a change in the “Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze” that will make it easier for homeowners to submit the required forms to claim their exemption on their property assessment. Mewes announced the Illinois Department of Revenue has given notice that the notarized signature is no longer required on…

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Voters in Washington County Will See Changes in November

County Clerk Nancy Heseman discussed changes to voting during the regular meeting of the Washington County Board of Directors meeting last Tuesday. Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed legislation expanding the vote-by-mail process and making Election Day a state holiday. Heseman discussed what that would mean for Washington County. Under the old law, anyone wishing to…

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Website myokawville.com Launched To Promote Area

A new website myokawville.com has been launched to promote the West Washington County Unit District region as an ideal place to live. The message is that the area offers strong schools, supportive community, and is a peaceful and safe place to raise a family. Information about schools, listing of businesses and their services and hours, organizations, churches…

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