Area News

Okawville Schools Requiring Daily Temperature Checks for Student, Staff

With the first day of school set for August 13, West Washington County Community Unit District 10 released a copy of the school reopening plan to parents last week. The plan was put together in accordance with guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Washington County Health…

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Addieville Man Cited Following Boat Crash

An Addieville was cited on multiple charges related to a boating accident with injuries that occurred on the Kaskaskia River on July 19. Kenneth Mueller, 20, was operating a boat with four people on board when it crashed into a tree near the shore approximately a half-mile west of the Covington Road Bridge. According to…

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COVID Case Count Keeps Rising Throughout Area

The COVID case count in Washington County keeps trending up, as nine more cases were identified in residents in the seven days. The Washington County Health Department announced that another nine people tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total case count to 59. According to WCHD Administrator Elizabeth Lehde, most of the new…

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Village Suing Pizza Market for Unpaid Loan

By Travis Volz The Okawville Village Board will move forward with a lawsuit against Pizza Market for an unpaid loan. The board approved filing suit against the pizza place that closed its location in Okawville earlier this year for an unpaid loan with the principle balance of $15,917.26 at Monday’s board meeting. According to village…

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After Lull in June, County COVID-19 Upticks in July

COVID-19 seemed to be under control in Washington County in June. The Health Department reported only one case, of a man in his 30’s that month. But the loosening of restrictions that allowed restaurants and bars to have inside service apparently sparked the increase in the county in July. In the first 27 days of…

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Washington County Slightly Above State Census Rate

Washington County residents have submitted U.S. census information at a 68.4 percent rate, which is slightly above the state rate of 67.1 percent. Okawville submitted at 71.8 percent rate. The questionnaire was mailed to all residences mid March for the census that officially began April 1. Information can be submitted by e-mail or mail. In…

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Okawville Schools to Open with Safety Measures

By Travis Volz Students in the Okawville  area will be back in school next month after the West Washington County Unit District School Board approved the plan presented by school administrators at the board meeting Thursday. Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop and principals Keith Senior and Leon Spinka went over the plan, which calls for regular daily…

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Berg Earns Honorary State FFA Degree

As a student, Josh Berg earned his Illinois State FFA Degree. Twenty years later, he is being honored yet again. Berg, who serves as the adviser for the Okawville FFA Chapter, was recently awarded an Honorary State FFA Degree for his work with the local chapter. “It’s really more of a recognition award for a…

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County Auditor: Prairie State Keeps Budget Balanced

The difference between Washington County government operating at a deficit and operating with a surplus is attributed to income from the Prairie State Generating Company. That is key part of the audit, Gary Malawy of Krehbiel and Associates told the County Board at its meeting last week.   The county would have had a deficit…

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