Area News

Washington County Fair Queen – Soldier of the Year

Add Soldier of the Year to the list of accomplishments for Washington County Fair Queen Jaylyn Bower. Representing the 1844th Transportation Company of the Illinois National Guard, Bower was chosen from among nine soldiers as the 242nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Soldier of the Year. The contest consisted of a written exam, an essay, weapons…

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Hunting Ghosts in Okawville

Decades of “common knowledge” that ghosts haunt The Original Springs Hotel have evaporated in ectoplasm. “Ghost Hunter” investigators Grant Wilson, Kristen Luman, and Brandon Alvis spent several days at the Hotel in June. The Hotel closed during their stay so that the television crew could have uninterrupted access to the entire building. They set up…

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Public Meeting to Discuss Marijuana Businesses in County

The Washington County Zoning Committee will hold an informational meeting to discuss the potential for sale or production of marijuana in the county next week. The meeting, which is open to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center in Nashville. At the meeting will be the Washington…

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OGS Learns About Health and Fitness

A Family Fitness program hosted by an Okawville Grade School teacher’s committee Thursday focused on good nutrition and being physically active. Washington County Health Department nurse Melinda Isringhaus Voss talked about the importance of not skipping meals, including breakfast. Children who are hungry are not able to focus, so they have low attention span, behavior…

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Ambulance Director Shares Dispatching Errors With Co. Board

Washington County Ambulance Director John Felchlia met resistance when he tried to tell the County Board about operating problems in the 911 dispatch office at the meeting October 8. County Board Chairman Dave Meyer first said that Felchlia couldn’t speak, then agreed, but soon stopped Felchlia after a few minutes.  Meyer said that it should…

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Shed Fire In Okawville

A shed was destroyed at the home of Mike and Dawn Langenstein on Henrietta Street in Okawville Tuesday morning. The loss included two cars, riding lawn mower, tool box full of tools, floor jack and stands, and other items.

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Workforce Center – A Best Kept Secret To Share

One of the best kept secrets for job hunters is located on the second floor of the Washington County Courthouse Building. The local office of the Illinois Workforce Center, a job placement, training and workforce development center, offers a variety of services to both unemployed workers and businesses looking to hire. Funded by the Workforce…

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Former Local Resident Charged With Shaking, Injuring Her Baby

Alyssa Bleisch has been charged with aggravated battery for alledgedly shaking her 8 month old son. The child suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Cardinal Glennon Hospital. Bleisch was charged last week in Randolph County for the incident that occurred July 23. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services helped conduct the…

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County’s Low Unemployment Leads To Openings Staying Vacant

Washington County’s 2.3 percent unemployment rate is a good economic indicator for the area. But fewer people out of work also means that often businesses can’t find people to fill open positions. Country Mart manager Brian Rusiewski has noticed many “help wanted” signs in Nashville that he wonders if businesses should join forces and host…

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Woodlawn Woman Sentenced in Deadly Hit-and-Run Case

A Woodlawn woman involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident last year in Washington County was sentenced to weekend jail time and probation last week. Caitlin Happach, 27, pled guilty to two counts of failure to report an accident and was sentenced to spend weekends in jail for the next four years, as well as probation…

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