Area Breaking News

Rocket Golf Team Splits Two Matches

The Okawville Rockets golf team split two matches last week, winning a three-team match on Monday at Marissa before falling at home Thursday. The Rockets edged out host school Marissa by a single stroke with a team score of 177 Monday. New Athens finished third with a score of 207. The Rockets were unable to…

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Lady Rocket Golfers Go 3 for 4; Celebrate Seniors

It was a busy and successful week for the Okawville girls golf team, as the Lady Rockets competed in four events and won three of them. Last Tuesday, Okawville took on Freeburg and Althoff at St. Clair Country Club, and the Lady Rockets finished second by just 11 strokes to Althoff. They went on to win…

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Okawville Christmas Stroll Cancelled

The Okawville Christmas Stroll will not be held this year because of the Pandemic. The Chamber of Commerce sponsors  the craft show, Breakfast With Santa, and Festival Of Trees. The Heritage House sponsors the House Tour. Although initial plans were being made to have a one-day craft show, that can not be held because of…

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Six Year Old On Dialysis Looking For Kidney Donor

A search for a donor kidney continues for six year old Douglas Habbe. The Nashville child began dialysis in the summer because of his weakening kidneys. He has prune belly syndrome, a malformation of the urinary tract. A minimum of three months of dialysis is needed before the transplant for stabilization, said his mother, Sherry.…

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County Approaching 200th Positive COVID Test

Positive cases continue to climb as the county’s case count, currently 194, approaches 200. That includes 75 new cases since September 1. As of Monday, the county has 25 active cases among residents, and that includes two people who have been hospitalized. A total of ten residents have required hospitalization since the start of the…

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National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept 20-25

The theme for National Farm Safety and Health Week 2020 is “Every Farmer Counts”.  The theme is to acknowledge, celebrate, and uplift America’s farmers and ranchers who have encountered many challenges over the past couple of years, yet continue to work hard to provide the food, fiber, and fuel that we need. According to the…

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County to Roll Out New Emergency Alert System

Washington County Emergency Management Agency Director Matt Bierman announced the selection of Hyper-Reach as the county’s new emergency notification provider. The mass notification system, which is used to warn citizens of local emergencies, hazards, and other threats, is set to be fully operational by the end of this month. “Our job is to protect the…

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First At RBM – Hole In One On Par 4

Leigh Reynolds shot a hole in one on a par 4, 290 yards hole #18 at the Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course April 13. His wife, Dawn, witnessed it as they played in a Monday evening scramble. This was the first hole in one at RBM on a par 4 hole.

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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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