Area News

Driver Sought Who Hits Anhydrous Tank

A driver who struck an anhydrous nurse tank on Route 160 east of Okawville is still being sought 17 days after  November 16 accident. The vehicle was left at the site, but the driver left the scene. The vehicle is registered to a Washington County resident, said Sheriff Len Campbell. “We think we know who…

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Country Christmas Stroll, House Tour This Weekend

Saturday, December 7   9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8  – 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The annual Country Christmas Stroll and House Tours hosted by the Okawville Chamber of Commerce and the Heritage House Museum Association will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th. The house tours begin at…

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Top Ag Honored for 100th Anniversary

Top Ag Cooperative was recently honored by the Illinois General Assembly in recognition of the local farmer-owned cooperative’s 100th anniversary. Offered by State Representative Charlie Meier, House Resolution 537 congratulated Top Ag for its century of service to farmers in southwest Illinois. Top Ag CEO Kevin Hartkemeyer presented the resolution to the cooperative membership at…

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No To All Phases Of Marijuana Business

The opportunity for economic development through marijuana-related businesses went up in smoke, if the Washington County Zoning Board Of Appeals vote stands. At a meeting last week the Zoning board unanimously voted not to allow any of the six marijuana business opportunities that will be legal January 1, 2020 when recreational marijuana becomes legal in…

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OHS Homecoming Queen and King Crowned

The OHS Homecoming Court at “The Nutcracker” themed Homecoming Dance. Front row:  Pages Penny Lintker and Benton Barkau. Second row:  Freshman Attendant Maci Wolf, Sophomore Attendant Eleanor Kremmer, Junior Attendant Jessica Salazar, 2019 Homecoming Queen Anna Schmersahl, Retiring Queen Lauren Heckert, Senior Queen Candidate Megan Schleifer, and Senior Queen Candidate Marlee Frederking. Back row:  Freshman…

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Village Board Rescinds Vote to Adopt Gabriel Lane

After multiple complaints from residents along Gabriel Road, the Okawville Village Board voted Monday night to rescind last month’s resolution to accept it as a village street. Multiple residents protested the board’s decision to adopt the approximately 200 feet of road to the west of St. Peter’s UCC. According to Mayor Dave Jasper, a property…

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School Board Sets Tax Levy for Next Year

The West Washington County Community Unit School Board set the anticipated tax levy payable in 2020-21 during the meeting Thursday night. As in past years, the district requested a nine percent increase over last year’s budget, even though the increase will be around two percent due to Washington County being a Property Tax Extension Law…

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Emge Earns Award for Work in Battle Against Substance Abuse

Illinois’ leading behavioral health advocacy group bestowed one of its annual awards this week on Washington County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Emge. The prestigious “Lawrence Goodman Friend of the Field Award” was given to Emge by the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH) Monday, recognizing his “leadership” on the creation of a drug court in…

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County Board Adopts $12.5 Million Budget

The Washington County Board adopted a $12,552,417 budget at its meeting last Tuesday that relies on Prairie State Ash Field revenue to make it balanced. The Prairie State Ash Field Revenue generated $900,000 for the county last year. Accountant Gary Malawy of Krehbiel & Associates explained that $200,000 was transferred to the Highway Department and…

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Fire at Meyer’s Greenhouse

Meyer’s Greenhouse, a fixture in the Nashville business community, was damaged in a fire Sunday night that took three hours to put out. The Nashville Fire Department took the call at around 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, and the Addieville and Hoyleton fire departments joined the fight soon after. Read the full story and plans for…

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