Area News

Renovations Underway At Mobile Home Park In Okawville

Park Place Communities, the new owner of the Washington Springs Estates, is in the process of renovating seven mobile homes to improve the property. Work includes replacing flooring, walls, fixtures, roofing, windows, doors and counter tops, said Regional Marketing Director Susan Kroun. Work on two mobile homes has been completed, she said. The construction crew…

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Village Raises Trash, Water and Sewer Rates

The Okawville Village Board voted to increase water and sewer and trash rates during the regular meeting Monday night. Water rates will go up to $20 per month minimum for the first 1,000 gallons in town, and $30 per month minimum for out of town. Additional use over 1,000 gallons will be charged $10.50 per…

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Two Decades of Service on School Board for Recker

A lot has changed in the two decades Ron Recker served as a member of the West Washington County Unit District School Board, so his retirement from the board will mark the end of an era for the district. When Recker was first elected, Bill Clinton was president and a stamp cost 33 cents. Now,…

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Upcoming Election, Teacher Contracts, Heritage House Annual Meeting, A Pearl Harbor Casualty…all in this week’s issue.

In this week’s issue, read about: the upcoming election on April 2, the recent School Board meeting and teacher contracts, coverage of the Annual Heritage House meeting, the upcoming OHS play by the Drama Club, two local businesses being honored by the Progress Initiative, a formerly missing but recently identified WWII Pearl Harbor soldier tied to our…

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Blood Drive at High School

The Okawville High Student Council will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive Thursday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blood Drive will be held in the gym.

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State Waiver For Court Fees Will Affect County Income

The state is implementing a new program that will waive or reduce the civil filing fees and criminal fees assessment  for low income residents, the Washington County Board learned at its meeting last week. It goes into effect July 1. The new fee structure will be 0 for a single person making less than $12,000…

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Village Board Candidates’ Names Not on Ballot

A filing paperwork snafu has resulted in blanks on the ballot for Okawville Village Trustees in the upcoming consolidated election. Paperwork filing for candidates was not submitted to the county clerk by the deadline, and so no names are listed for the three full-term races and one race for an unexpired two-year term. According to…

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Local Pastor Makes Trip to Dominican

Pastor Eric Wood’s trip to the Dominican Republic was mainly about business. But that is not to say he did not get to see some sights as well. Pastor Wood of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Okawville recently returned from a short trip to Santiago de los Cabelleros in the Dominican Republic, where he spent much…

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Police motorcade, flags to escort fallen Pinckneyville soldier

Sgt. Holli R. Bolinski, a soldier killed in a car crash in Kuwait earlier this month, will have her remains return to her hometown of Pinckneyville today, March 16, following an observance at the Scott Air Force Base. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced that a motorcade will escort the 37-year-old’s remains back to Pinckneyville from the base…

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