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Okawville Students in Court for Mock Trial

Okawville Junior High students received an introduction to the criminal justice system last week when they took part in a mock court event at the Washington County Judicial Center. The event was held in Judge Dan Emge’s courtroom in the hopes of showing students what happens in a jury trial. “A lot of times kids…

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Truck Pulled from Locust Creek Near DuBois

The mystery behind the truck in the creek off DuBois Blacktop has been solved. The driver, Anthony Guffey of Tamaroa, reported the incident in the days following the accident. He says he felt lucky to get out at all. “The truck went off the road into the water, and it wasn’t long before I felt…

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Meier to serve as Vice-Chairman of Downstate GOP

Republican members of the Downstate GOP elected State Representative Charlie Meier to serve as their Vice-Chairman. The Downstate GOP consists of a majority of republican representatives serving in the Illinois General Assembly. Rep. Meier’s mission, “elect more downstate republicans to the State House and work towards gaining the majority in the House of Representatives.” “I’m…

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County Basketball Players, Coaches Receive Honors

Belleville News Democrat Girls Teams Okawville High Lady Rocket Kathryn Lohman (Sr.) was named to the Third team of the Belleville News Democrat 1A-2A 2019 All Area Basketball Team. Raegan Luechtefeld and  Kymberly Schmitt were named Honorable Mention. Nashville’s Libby Ahlers (Sr.) was named to the Second Team, and Rylee Luechtefeld was named to the…

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Voters Decide in Election Last Week

The Okawville Village Board and the West Washington County Unit District School Board will both have new looks after last week’s election. Cathy Cook was elected to one of the spots on the school board, and Jeannie Millikin will join the Okawville Village Board of Trustees. Cook was elected to the board with 282 votes,…

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Historical Society To Honor WWII Veterans At Annual Banquet

The Washington County Historical Society is hosting a D-Day 75th Anniversary celebration April 27 to honor county  WWII  veterans. The society is now collecting names, rank, and military branches of county people who served to post at this event as part of the military display. Please submit that information to the WCHS P.O. Box 9,…

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The Bounty Of The Hunt

Area families enjoyed “Lunch with the Easter Bunny”, put on by the Chamber of Commerce, and a giant Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Lions Club. Both events were held at the RBM Golf Course last weekend.

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What’s Happening Around Town

Holy Week Happenings Immanuel Lutheran Church, Okawville Thursday, April 18 at 7pm – Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion Friday, April 19 at  7pm – Good Friday Service Easter Sunday, April 21: 7am – Sunrise Service with Holy Communion 8:30am – Sunday School Easter Breakfast in ILS gym 9am – Sunday School Easter Program in…

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Melton to Appear on NCIS: New Orleans Tonight

Chuck Melton of Hoyleton will appear in tonight’s episode of NCIS: New Orleans. Melton, who competes in wheelchair rugby for Team USA, filmed his scenes last winter in New Orleans. The episode features  Daryl Mitchell, one of the show’s leads, competing in wheelchair rugby. Melton and several members of Team USA were  players in the…

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Okawville Man Arrested on Felony Grooming Charges

An Okawville man is facing three felony charges relating to sexual solicitation of a minor after being arrested last week by the Okawville Police Department. Shawn M. Lindsay, 33, was charged with three Class 4 felonies relating to communications with what he believed to be a minor earlier this month. Lindsay was charged with unlawful…

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