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Senior Plans to Build on Strong Foundations as Superintendent

By Travis Volz Though West Washington County Unit District 10 will have a new superintendent next year, Keith Senior said it will not be a new era. Senior, who currently works as Okawville High School principal, was hired at last month’s school board meeting, and he plans to continue much of what has made the…

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Local Athletes Play Hoops in Missouri

The Saints Pack freshman boys’ basketball team won the championship in the Thanksgiving Throwdown 2020 Tournament in St. Peters, Missouri last weekend. From left: Parker Boehne (CORLHS), Logan Meier (Centralia High School), Silas Hill (Nashville High School), Chance Phelps (Woodlawn High School), Wyatt Rollie (Woodlawn), John Blumhorst (Nashville), J.T. Malawy (Nashville), Parker Renken (Nashville).

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Big Game for Frederking Last Week

Following one of his best career performances, Okawville Alum Noah Frederking was named the Evansville Aces’ player of the game last Friday. Frederking led his team in scoring with 20 points during Evansville’s 64-61 loss to Prairie View A&M at the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. For the game, the Okawville High School…

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Santa Arrives Friday For Okawville’s Home For The Holidays

Santa Claus will arrive in Okawville Friday, December 4 at 5 p.m. on the antique fire truck as part of the West Washington County Progress Initiative’s Home For The Holidays event. Due to COVID, Santa will not have contact with children. However, photos can be taken from a safe distance as he sits on the …

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COVID Victim: “This Opened My Eyes”

Before he got COVID-19, Brian Jasper said that he thinks he was about like half the population. “I didn’t take it all that seriously,” he said. But after he contracted the respiratory virus, all that changed. “It opened my eyes,” said the Okawville man. Jasper said that he had symptoms including seven days of fever…

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Okawville Board Approves Squad Car Expenses

The Okawville Village Board approved work on police department squad cars during the regular meeting held Monday night. A water pump on the 2015 squad car is leaking, and the board voted to approve the repair estimate from Killion’s Auto Service of $1,437.47. That was the lowest of the two estimates sought by the Police…

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Basketball Season Paused Per Governor’s Mitigation Restrictions

By Travis Volz Last week’s decision by Governor J.B. Pritzker to implement mitigations to slow the spread of COVID-19 resulted in a pause of the winter sports season. The IHSA issued guidance following a meeting last Thursday that paused all IHSA winter sports for what officials say they hoped to be a “short-term pause,” according…

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Okawville American Legion to Break Ground on New Building

Okawville American Legion Post 233 plans to break ground on a new building in December to replace the old hall that was closed for safety reasons. At the beginning of 2019, a portion of the current building’s roof collapsed. A committee made up of members of the American Legion, Sons of the Legion, and the…

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Almost 100 Positive Tests Since Last Week in County

Area hospitals are nearing capacity as COVID case numbers maintain the upward trend of the last several weeks. Washington County saw an additional 91 cases since last Monday, upping the active case count to 82. Of those active cases, five have had symptoms severe enough to require hospitalization. Rates of hospitalization have climbed steadily with…

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