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Former Okawville Residents Continue Missionary Work In Chad, Africa

For six years former Okawville residents Brian and Becky Schrader have helped improved the lives people in one of the poorest countries in the world. They work in Chad, Africa with a Christian interdenominational organization called Pioneers. Brian is the team leader of a group that is involved in medical and dentistry work, veterinary care,…

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DuBois Teen Poised to Earn Guinness World Record

Caleb Klein did not just break a record for hands-free pogo jumps in Nashville Sunday. The teenager from DuBois positively shattered it. With more than two straight hours of jumping, Klein more than doubled the previous record of 6,100 jumps on a pogo stick Sunday afternoon in front of Nashville Community High School. “The current…

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Funeral and Visitations Return To Closer To Normal

Funeral homes can now accommodate visitations, because the  maximum number allowed in a place was increased from 10 to 50 in Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. That is manageable, said Paul Todd, co-owner of Campagna Funeral Home of Nashville, Okawville and Ashley. Occasionally, some people may need to wait outside until others leave the building…

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School Board Talks About Changes In COVID-Era

The operation of school will be different when the fall semester begins in August, West Washington County Unit District Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop told the board at its meeting Thursday. Procedures are being determined by the state, and are subject to change, he said. Students will have temperatures checked by a no-touch thermometer as they enter. …

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Collinsville Man Indicted for Stealing Mail in Okawville

A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois has returned an indictment charging Seth W. Sorensen, 45, with one count of mail theft and four counts of possessing stolen mail. Sorenson was originally arrested on February 24, 2019, by the Okawville Police Department while staying with an acquaintance in Okawville. Okawville Police Chief…

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No Independence Day Fireworks in Okawville; Nashville Is On

Oakley Services announced that the annual fireworks display in Okawville has been cancelled this year due to concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. In past years, the public could view the Oakley Services display near Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course, but this year’s event will not be held. Nashville Fireworks Nashville will host its annual fireworks…

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Monday Night Softball for Kids Starts June 29

The Addieville Area Jaycees will be sponsoring Monday Night Softball for kids starting June 29. The slowpitch softball games are for kids going into first through eighth grades and will be played at the Addieville Community Club ball park. Players in first through fourth grades should bring equipment and arrive by 6:30 p.m. Teams will…

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County Nears Phase 4 Of Restore Illinois Plan

The Washington County Health Department announced that the county is close to moving into Phase 4 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. WCHD Elizabeth Lehde said in a press release that she is anticipating moving to Phase 4 on Friday, June 26 “This phase will allow gatherings up to 50, dine-in restaurants with limited…

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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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