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Weathers to become principal at New Baden Elementary

A longtime teacher and coach at Nashville Community High School will be stepping into a new leadership role this fall. Patrick Weathers, who taught mathematics for nine years and was the head coach for the 2021-22 state champion basketball team, has been offered the principal position at New Baden Elementary in the Wesclin Community Unit.…

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Train accident victims identified

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger released the names of two individuals who were involved in the “double fatality” train accident early Wednesday morning. According to a press release, the coroner’s office was called to Richview at 12:38 a.m. after reports of a couple who were struck by an Amtrak train. Curtis D. Braswell of Marble…

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Two dead after early morning train accident in Richview

A man and a woman are dead after a train accident in Richview early Wednesday morning. Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger said his office was dispatched to Richview at 12:38 a.m. for a report of two subjects who had been struck by an Amtrak train. Styninger had earlier asked the public’s help for identifying the…

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Breach found in secondary dam at Nashville Reservoir

Heavy rainfall overnight has caused a breach identified in the secondary dam of the Nashville Reservoir, causing major flooding concerns on the east side of the city. Washington County EMA Administrator Matt Bierman confirmed Tuesday morning that a six-foot breach has been discovered in the secondary dam, and while the primary dam is holding, more…

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Temporary Tax Relief Measures to Begin in Illinois

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will receive some modest tax relief starting Friday when the state’s new fiscal year begins. That includes some income tax rebates, property tax rebates, a suspension of the state’s 1 percent tax on groceries, and a six-month pause on the scheduled inflationary increase in the state’s…

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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 Police Showcases New Equipment for City Council

By Leah Williams The Nashville City Council got a first-hand look at its recent purchase for the police department during its regular meeting on June 16. Nashville Police Chief Brian Fletcher presented a demonstration on the new body-worn cameras and tasers. One of the key features of the body cameras, Fletcher said, is the ability…

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NCHS School Board Meets Last Tuesday

The Nashville Community High School school board met last Tuesday night for their regularly scheduled meeting. The board began by reviewing the issuance of working cash fund bonds. The purpose of the bonds is to increase the working cash fund for the district. The cycle is up after every three years, and it is time…

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Montgomery Jane Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Although the doors opened in January of this year, on Tuesday, Rachel Hagene officially christened her new business with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Montgomery Jane the store was inspired by another Montgomery Jane, Hagene’s young daughter. Hagene explained Montgomery has always loved taggies and jean jackets, which then inspired her to begin her business. While…

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Hornets Win Class 2A State Championship

The Hornets continued their dream season on Thursday at the place where they had hoped it would end from the start of the campaign. State Farm Center in Champaign-Urbana was the setting for the 2022 IHSA State Championship series. Prior to this season, it was previously held at Carver Arena in Peoria, Illinois. The format…

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