Area News

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

KC Implements Tuition Freeze; More In-Person Classes This Summer, Fall

Current and new students attending Kaskaskia College will see savings in their tuition and textbook costs, plus more face-to-face course options as the college expects to return to normal operations for its fall semester. For the second straight year, Kaskaskia College is implementing a tuition freeze as enrollment begins for the 2021 summer and fall…

Read More

Robbery at Roll N Up in Nashville

By Travis Volz Four juveniles and one adult are in custody following a robbery at Roll N Up Liquor store in Nashville March 28. According to Nashville police, robbers allegedly entered the store during business hours and grabbed $853 worth of merchandise, which was mainly liquor and beer, and left without paying. The clerk was…

Read More

Fight Against Another COVID Surge Underway In Illinois

Health officials are concerned about the possibility of a fourth wave of COVID infections in Illinois even if the total case count numbers do not show a spike. Though the numbers have remained low in Washington County, the total number of cases is up statewide. Only six new cases have been reported in the county…

Read More

Staff Shortage Causes Restaurants To Reduce Hours

Bonnie Cafe manager Angie Jones expected challenges caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. First, they dealt with closing for several months because of dine-in restrictions. Then they dealt with slow business because people were hesitant to dine in. But now, as COVID-rates have declined and more people are coming to the restaurant, Jones is dealing with…

Read More

Great Weather Boosts Easter In Park Crowd

The OCYA Park was full of families who came for the first ever “Easter In The Park” event Saturday. Beautiful sunny weather with temperatures in the seventies made it ideal for a spring activity. A total of 180 children participated in the scavenger hunt and received free treat bags.  Okawville Fair Queen Tiffany Thompson and…

Read More

New COVID Case Count Decreases, Vaccinations Up

COVID numbers keep moving in the right direction locally, with the number of cases falling while the vaccination rate increases. Last week, a total of only four new cases were identified in the county, and only three cases are currently classified as active. The new cases last week increased the total number of cases in…

Read More

New Principal, Teacher Named at Board Meeting

Amanda Ganey of Mascoutah was hired as the new kindergarten through sixth grade principal during the West Washington County Unit District School Board meeting Thursday. Ganey, who is presently the assistant principal at Moye Elementary School in O’Fallon, will serve as the new principal at Okawville Grade School as part of the shuffling among the…

Read More