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Okawville man arrested, charged with aggravated fleeing with a stolen motorcycle

An Okawville man has been arrested more than two weeks after allegedly leading authorities in a high-speed pursuit with a stolen motorcycle and stealing fuel from a local business. Brandon Therion, 25, appeared in Washington County Court via Zoom on Thursday, pleading not guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony, andContinue reading “Okawville man arrested, charged with aggravated fleeing with a stolen motorcycle”

Berg Elected Vice President of Illinois Ag Teachers

Okawville Junior-Senior High School agriculture teacher Joshua Berg was elected Vice President of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) at the association’s 100th annual conference last week. Berg joined more than 200 agricultural educators attending the conference held in Bloomington, Illinois. Berg will serve as Vice President of the organization for the nextContinue reading “Berg Elected Vice President of Illinois Ag Teachers”

Accelerate Illinois Team Launches Broadband Internet Survey

As part of a regional effort to bring universal access to reliable, high-speed internet to Clinton, Fayette, Marion, and Washington Counties, local leaders have joined together to launch a broadband internet survey to understand the internet needs of residents better. Participation in the survey will help inform the best plan to achieve the team’s vision: “ToContinue reading “Accelerate Illinois Team Launches Broadband Internet Survey”

Storm causes significant grain elevator damage in Irvington

A severe thunderstorm blew through the area Friday morning and caused considerable damage to the Irvington grain elevator. According to the Washington County EMA, the storm occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m., damaging the grain leg to fall across the CN Railroad. The railroad was shut down, and many power lines were not in use inContinue reading “Storm causes significant grain elevator damage in Irvington”

LEGO Robotics 101 KICK Class

Recently, the KC Nashville Education Center held a “LEGO® Robotics 101” KICK class. Students built LEGO® creations, turned them into a robot, and programed them! Participants included: Luke Beckmann (Breese), Maxwell Wiegman (Breese), Logan Korzenewski (Sandoval), George Macz (Sandoval), Evie Kasten (Hoyelton), Ellie Kasten (Hoyelton), Jackson Stout (Dix), Brooks Breeze (Mt. Vernon). The class wasContinue reading “LEGO Robotics 101 KICK Class”

Washington County Hospital named top critical access hospital

Washington County Hospital (WCH) in Nashville, IL was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practice Recipient – Quality, in the country.The top 20 CAHs, including WCH, scored best among CAHs as determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health for Quality. The rankings were recently announced by theContinue reading “Washington County Hospital named top critical access hospital”


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