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Parade Marshal Has First Parent-Child Connection

Donna Rabenort, who was named Parade Marshal along with her husband,Jeff, is the first child-parent  honoree in the 42 history of Parade Marshsals. Her father, William Riechmann, was Marshal in 2010. The Rabenorts rode at the front of the Okawville Fair Parade Sunday. Past Marshals 1979   William Borgmann, Jr 1980   H.J.Meyer 1981  …

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Original Springs Taste Of Hope Has a Twist

Thursday, September 23 is the Taste of Hope at the Original Springs Hotel beginning at 5 PM. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be given to the Washington County Relay for Life.   To add some fun to the evening, several guest wait staff and bartenders will help serve the guests.  Some of the guest…

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Okawville Book Club Meets This Monday

The Okawville Book Club will have its monthly gathering Monday, September 13 at 7 PM at the Original Springs Hotel.  The book to be reviewed is This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.  All readers are invited to join the discussion.  If you have any questions regarding the book club, just give Donna a call at…

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Rep. Meier Hosts Events At The Farm

Rep. Charlie Meier hosted and prepared meals for three events on Meier family farm in rural Okawville last week. On Thursday he hosted the Downstate Republican Representatives for a group fund-raiser. Thirteen representatives, two senators, and judges from districts south of Chicago attended.  Lobbyists, county board members, and businessmen paid to attend the event. Read…

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Okawville High Senior Attends Illini Girls State

Zoe Todd recently attended the American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State 2021.  This year’s conference marked the 80th session, and it was held virtually June 21st through June 25th. Todd was sponsored by the Okawville American Legion Auxiliary.  Todd, a senior at Okawville High School, is involved in numerous school organizations including Student Council, Student…

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Kremmer Hired to Teach Much Closer to Home

By Travis Volz The stars aligned for the newest teacher at Okawville Junior High, who will now have the chance to teach in her home district. Corinna Kremmer was hired following the resignation of Tim Hostert, and the Covington resident is looking forward to teaching in the same building where her kids go to school.…

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Village Board Approves Street Closures for Wheat Festival

By Travis Volz The Okawville Village Board approved requests for street closings during the Wheat Festival among other matters during Monday’s meeting. Street closings for the Wheat Festival parade were approved, as were the closing of portions of South Hanover Street, Executive Drive, Immanuel Drive, and Railroad Drive for the Wheat Streak 5K on September…

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Love of Cows Inspires Bovine Quilt

Kim Audinet likes to watch cows in the pasture near her home at OBER Creek Estates in Okawville.  That was her inspiration to make a cow patterned quilt. Audinet won a red ribbon for the quilt at the Washington County Fair. It was the first time she had ever entered her work in a fair,…

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ILS Teacher on the Way to Visiting All 50 State Capitals

By Travis Volz One local educator wants to do more than teach history and geography; he wants to experience them. Joe Kirby, who teaches history, science and geography at Immanuel Lutheran School, has made it his quest to take his family to all 50 state capitals. “I wanted to see the United States so I…

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Okawville American Legion Reopens in New Building

By Travis Volz The Okawville American Legion’s new building opened last week after a couple of setbacks delayed it. Roger Wilfong of the Legion’s building committee said it was a go as soon as the final inspection had been completed. “The inspections were done last Wednesday, and we were ready to go the next day,”…

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