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Okawville Man Arrested After High Speed Pursuit

By Leah Williams 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…

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Nashville Man Completes Collection

Who would have thought digging around in the woods would lead to an eventual lifelong hobby? Well, for Dennis Restoff, it is how he began his trip through time in the form of artifacts. Restoff has completed his collection of Lorenz bottles dating back to the year 1861. He has a bottle from every decade…

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NCHS Teacher Steve Browne Up For Award

     The Recording Academy and Grammy Museum recently announced the list of quarter finalists for the 2022 Music Educator Award, which is presented annually during GRAMMY Week in partnership with the Recording Academy. 219 music teachers from 204 cities are in the running, along with an additional 189 legacy applicants from 2021, who will also be…

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Top Ag Cooperative Purchases Oberbeck Grain Co.

Top Ag Cooperative continues to expand in every direction. In 2020, the company acquired Terrayne in Venedy, and in May of 2021 they bought Weichert’s Seed Co. in Nashville. The expansion continued last week when they officially bought Oberbeck Grain Company. The grain storage facility was formerly owned by Bob and Luci Luitjohan. With the…

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Opinion: SOS: Save Our Schools

By Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH This is probably the most important article I have written in this series. Two weeks ago I wrote that Our Schools Need Our Support. In just the last two weeks of July, the total number of COVID cases in Washington County more than doubled! The virus is closer now. With…

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Coronavirus: Is it Safe for Kids to Go Back to School?

By Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH We could probably all agree the most important factors are our children’s health and safety.  Attending classes at school is important, but what are the risks?  Schools could open, but if parents don’t feel comfortable sending their children back then they won’t go.  Some parents have already made the decision…

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Spreading COVID-19 in Social Gatherings

by Michael J. Ainscough, MD, MPH As the case numbers of coronavirus are now peaking in many large cities, nearly all states have started to relax restrictions and reopen sectors of the economy and society. Some localities are easing restrictions without meeting federal or state criteria. Reopening carries a risk, but the impact won’t be…

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Reopening Businesses In An Epidemic

by Michael Ainscough, MD, MPH By the end of this week, 44 states will have initiated some degree of reopening for business.  Gov. Pritzker has signaled that he is considering a regional approach to reopening Illinois.  People want to go back to work… safely.  We don’t have widespread testing to tell who is infected or…

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