Area News

Family Has Miracle On Their CF Journey

Ryan and Alicia Luechtefeld have had their share of ups and downs in their journey of raising two children with Cystic Fibrosis. Both Madison, 17, and Logan, 11 take daily treatments and medication for the inherited disorder that affects the lungs, digestion system, and other organs. Their latest “up” is so high that it is…

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ILS Teacher on the Way to Visiting All 50 State Capitals

By Travis Volz One local educator wants to do more than teach history and geography; he wants to experience them. Joe Kirby, who teaches history, science and geography at Immanuel Lutheran School, has made it his quest to take his family to all 50 state capitals. “I wanted to see the United States so I…

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County Board Approves Audit

The Washington County Board approved an audit by Krehbiel & Associates at its meeting last week. County  income increased 22 percent from 2019 to 2020, from $9.97 million to $12.2 million, according to the audit. During the same period expenses decreased 5.5 percent, from $9.1 million to $8.6 million.  The $12.2 million income included  property…

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Okawville American Legion Reopens in New Building

By Travis Volz The Okawville American Legion’s new building opened last week after a couple of setbacks delayed it. Roger Wilfong of the Legion’s building committee said it was a go as soon as the final inspection had been completed. “The inspections were done last Wednesday, and we were ready to go the next day,”…

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County Board Hires Consultant As Administrator For COVID Funds

The Washington County Board heard differing opinions about a proposal to hire Bellweather LLC of Normal, Il. as an administrator/consultant for spending federal COVID funds. The fee will be $20,000 for a two year contract, or less than 1 percent of the federal funds received. EMA Director Matt Bierman said he didn’t think it was…

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Pharmacy Burglaries in Nashville Lead to Arrests

The Nashville Police Department took custody of Pinckneyville a man suspected of burglarizing two local pharmacies over the last month. Herman E. Sims, 41, was taken into custody last Tuesday morning as a result of investigations into burglaries at Doehring’s Pharmacy and Nashville Pharmacy earlier this summer. According to warrant information, Sims is alleged to…

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Former Resident Honored In Cancer Event At Blues Game

Cancer survivor Jacie Hackstadt Debus was recognized at the “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at a Blues Game. She was one of three season ticket holders invited to participate in the April 5th event. Debus did not know in advance of the honor. She and her  husband Jeff attend most of the games, so they were…

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Local Results from Last Week’s Consolidated Election

Polls were open last Tuesday for the April 6 Consolidated Election in Washington County. Though most races on the ballot were not competitive, a few elected positions were contested. Johannisburg Township Elections Johannisburg Township had multiple candidates for highway commissioner and township board of trustees. Keith Bergmann was elected Johannisburg Township Highway Commissioner over Kyle…

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Treasurer’s Office Sends Out Mobile Home Tax Bills

Washington County Treasurer Natalie Lynch’s office sent out the 2021 Mobile Home Tax bill Monday, April 12. A total of 146 bills were sent out totaling $11,574.78. The due date for the Mobile Home Tax is set for Wednesday. June 30. Failure to pay the bill will result in a penalty of $25 per month,…

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Two Area Hoopsters Named to All State Basketball Team

ne Okawville and one Nashville player were named to the IHSA All State Basketball Teams. The Rockets’ Jacksen Harre was named to the 1A All State Team, and Nashville’s Isaac Turner was tapped for the 2A All State Team. Harre averaged 14.3 points per game and led Okawville with 58 assists in 13 games. He…

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