Events, news or other items from around Washington County

County Board Approves Audit

The Washington County Board approved an audit by Krehbiel & Associates at its meeting last week. County  income increased 22 percent from 2019 to 2020, from $9.97 million to $12.2 million, according to the audit. During the same period expenses decreased 5.5 percent, from $9.1 million to $8.6 million.  The $12.2 million income included  property…

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County Board Hires Consultant As Administrator For COVID Funds

The Washington County Board heard differing opinions about a proposal to hire Bellweather LLC of Normal, Il. as an administrator/consultant for spending federal COVID funds. The fee will be $20,000 for a two year contract, or less than 1 percent of the federal funds received. EMA Director Matt Bierman said he didn’t think it was…

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Pharmacy Burglaries in Nashville Lead to Arrests

The Nashville Police Department took custody of Pinckneyville a man suspected of burglarizing two local pharmacies over the last month. Herman E. Sims, 41, was taken into custody last Tuesday morning as a result of investigations into burglaries at Doehring’s Pharmacy and Nashville Pharmacy earlier this summer. According to warrant information, Sims is alleged to…

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DuBois Polishfest Rescheduled for This Weekend

Polishfest in DuBois has been rescheduled for this Sunday, March 10 due to last weekend’s inclement weather. All events are tentatively set to begin at the same time as originally scheduled, with the Polka Mass at 10 a.m., the parade beginning at 1 p.m., and the dance featuring Polka Connection at 3 p.m., and more.

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Average Home Sale Price Increases In Okawville, Decreases In Nashville

The average price of a house sold in Okawville Township in 2018 increased from the average price in 2017, according to sales transaction records in the Supervisor of Assessor’s Office. Last year, the average selling price was $109,252, up from $96,610 the previous year. In the years prior  it was $98,285 in 2016 and $89,030…

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Village Income From Gaming Machines Keeps Growing

Video gaming income for Okawville Village government has increased every year since the first machines were installed in 2013. That is despite the proliferation of video machines in numerous businesses in area towns. The Village treasury had a 9.5 percent income increase in 2018 over the previous year. The village’s share of gaming income increased…

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Charter Member of Catholic Daughters To Marshall Parade

The oldest member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in DuBois will be the Grand Marshall of the Polishfest Parade in DuBois this Sunday. Eleanor Bronke, 97, one of three living charter members of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Daughters Organization, was chosen as the Grand Marshall of the 25th Annual Polishfest held the Sunday prior…

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New Doctor Seeing Patients at WCH

A new doctor is set to begin seeing patients at Washington County Hospital in February. Ronald A. Weiss, MD (Cardiology), FACC, board-certified in Internal Medicine (Subspecialty cardiovascular disease) and a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist, will begin seeing patients in the SSM Health Medical Group Cardiology Clinic at Washington County Hospital beginning Thursday, February 7. Dr. Weiss’…

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Irvington Church Closes After More Than 150 Years

Just two years after celebrating its 150th anniversary, Irvington United Methodist Church closed its doors for the final time. According to Sue Koelling, the church’s falling membership was the primary cause for shutting the doors. “It was a great church, but membership declined to the point that we just could not keep it going,” Koelling…

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