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Karrick Calls it a Career After Nearly Four Decades at KC

By Travis Volz After the best part of four decades with Kaskaskia College, Cathy Karrick is finally calling it quits. For good this time. Even though she had retired from her job as KC’s Director of Public Information last year, Karrick officially ended her career earlier this month as athletic director and coordinator of the…

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40th Annual Nashville Fall Festival This Weekend

After taking a COVID hiatus last year, the Nashville Fall Festival is back for its 40th year this Friday and Saturday in Nashville. This year’s event will feature food, adult beverages, vendor booths, music, a kids area, and more. Events begin Friday morning when craft booths open at 9 a.m., food booths opening an hour…

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Zoning Board Meeting Canceled

The Washington County Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 23 has been canceled, according to administrator Matt Biermann. Plans had originally been to move the location of the meeting to the Community Center of Nashville at 8 p.m. Thursday, but instead the meeting will be rescheduled. The purpose of the proposed meeting…

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Advice From A Boat Dealer: Order Now For Next Season

Boat manufacturing is up this year, but so is the demand at Yachts To Sea in Nashville. “More boats are being delivered this year than last year, but the inventory is not catching up to demand,” said Sales Manager Brandon Frederking. Last year the COVID Pandemic led to more people becoming first-time boat owners because…

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COVID Metrics Trending in Wrong Direction

By Travis Volz As the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, Washington and neighboring counties have seen alarming increases in COVID metrics over the last few weeks. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued warnings to Madison, St. Clair, Monroe and Jefferson counties last week, as well as Washington County this week. All…

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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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