Area News

Okawville Legion Plans To Demolish, Rebuild Dance Hall Section

It has been a long road getting to this point, but the dance hall of the Okawville American Legion Post 233 will be completely demolished to make way for a entirely new structure. Project Manager and Public Information Officer Andy Jankowski explained that a recent inspection of the crawl space showed the floor structure was…

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WCH Continues Preparations for COVID-19

A tent went up outside Washington County Hospital in Nashville in preparation for the possibility of more cases of COVID-19. A hospital official said that the tent is not going up in response to new cases, but as a precautionary measure in case more people become ill. “We’re trying to stay ahead of things, and…

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Janowski Tops Incumbent Bronke in State’s Attorney Race

In one of the only competitive races in last week’s primary elections, Daniel Janowski beat incumbent Dan Bronke in the race to be the Republican candidate for Washington County state’s attorney. County voters chose Janowski by a wide margin. The challenger tallied 1598 votes to Bronke’s 798. With no Democrat on the ballot in November,…

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Coulterville Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident

A Coulterville man was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Randolph County Monday morning. James A. Douglas II, 35, was killed when his 2003 Dodge Caravan struck a ditch on South Prairie Road just South of Ohlwine Road in Randolph County at 7:58 a.m. According to the report from the Illinois State Police, Douglas was…

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Life Interrupted: Contact Limited Over Fears of Coronavirus

School and Village Library: closed for two weeks. First ever Okawville High spring musical: postponed. Heritage House Annual Dinner meeting: canceled. First National Bank stockholders meeting: canceled. St. Peter’s pasta Lenten dinner: postponed. Republican election watch party: canceled. Vacations: canceled. Life as we know it is taking at least a two week pause to stop…

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Schools Shut Down For Two Weeks

By Travis Volz The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is forcing unprecedented actions to become routine. Last week, Governor J.D. Pritzker announced the closing of all schools for two weeks in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, school administrators are moving forward without a playbook. “This isn’t something you can plan…

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County Board Approves SUP For Prairie State

The Washington County Board approved a Special Use Permit request by Prairie State Generating Company to build ground support facilities in Lively Grove Township. Approval at the meeting last Tuesday paves the way for the company to build  a ventilation shaft,  miner access for safety, shower facility/office on a 40 acre tract at the intersection…

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Primary Election Day Tuesday, March 17 in Illinois

Washington County voters will head to the polls for the 2020 General Primary Election Tuesday, March 17. Non Partisan Vote Voters in the Addieville Fire Protection District will vote whether the District shall issue $1.4 million in bonds for construction of a new fire station. (An article in last week’s paper explained the need.) A…

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No Indictment for Deputy Involved in Dog Shooting

A grand jury did not indict the Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in the shooting of two dogs earlier this year. According to Washington County State’s Attorney, the grand jury returned a no true bill against on the case brought against Deputy Craig McDaniel Monday. “Basically, the grand jury found no probable cause for the…

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