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  1. Anonymous on April 10, 2020 at 9:18 am

    If the 2 confirmed cases in Washington County of COVID 19 have recovered then shouldn’t the number of cases in the county be 0? Why doesn’t the Washington County Government let us know the zip codes where infected people live like St. Clair County is doing? The HIPPA laws do not prevent them from helping keep the community informed of the highest areas of probability to contract the virus. I guess the county government is taking the same “Let’s wait and see” approach that they have taken about the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington County. The difference is, people could get sick and die from the lack of action in informing the public about the areas to avoid.

    • Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 11:54 am

      I think the standard I see is to how many total people have tested positive, to help people get an idea of how much it has potentially spread in their general area. And if it is in the general area, everyone should be taking the same precautions as you would if it was next door to you–because it might very well be. People might have a false sense of security if they do not see their own zip code, and not take precautions until it is too late. That said, I think I have seen it reported somewhere the approximate area where the people with positives were located–perhaps posted by the Nashville News?

    • Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      In St Clair County, they only list the zip codes if there are more than 5 positives within the zip code. For instance, if a zip code only has 2 positives, it would not be listed.

  2. Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Odd that the 2 wash co positives test were not done by carbondale lab, yet all the ones tested by carbondale lab is negative. Not to mention the possibility of false negatives, I believe were over 30%. I wonder if the negative results were sent to a lab that took more than 12hrs to give results would have been a different outcome? Just a thought ..

  3. Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Just because there is only two positive cases, doesn’t mean there has not been more. While the IDPH loosens up regulations on testing weekly we are still not testing like we should. You have to meet certain criteria. Have you traveled? Do you have underlying health conditions? Do you work in an “frontline” position? Are you over 60?” I feel like citizens of Wash Co are unaware of how many cases there really are here.

  4. Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Does it seem odd that the two positive cases we’re not processed by the lab that all the negatives in the county was process to by? 1 positive case took almost the complete 2 weeks to process, so how does the lab being used by Washington County give accurate results in 12,18,24hrs? Not to mention the 30%+ false negatives…

    • Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      One of the reasons for the long turnaround for many tests is the number of tests that are being performed. the places that have long turnaround times often have such a huge backlog of tests, most of the them sit on the shelf–and some of THOSE never get done, because the specimen gets too old. It’s not that it takes that long to DO the tests, or that a longer time means they spent more time processing any of the tests.

  5. Anonymous on April 14, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Do you want addresses of everyone in Washington County that have Herpes,Hiv positive and are having affairs too? cmon people

    • Anonymous on April 17, 2020 at 11:24 am


  6. Anonymous on April 17, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Let’s change the subject for just a moment! What is the deal with all the trash being dumped on the country roads? Beer bottles,can boxes and loads of other trash! Please keep your trash till you can dispose of properly PLEASE!!!!!

    • Anonymous on April 18, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Look for receipts,anything with a address on the trash dumped ; then report the culprit

      • Anonymous on April 21, 2020 at 10:03 am

        Found out it was a deer some one had killed and stuffed the remains into a trash can and put unblock plastic bags! called the Sheriff’s dept and they sent conservation officer out to investigate! Also they are going to start patrolling the area more! poaching and killing deer out of season…not good!!! Now if we could keep the kids from dumping the beer bottles, beer cans and beer boxes , and people dumping furniture on the country roads!

        • Anonymous on April 22, 2020 at 8:27 am

          What area did you find it?

  7. Anonymous on April 24, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I understand everyone is getting tired of being cooped up with this shelter in place order…BUT, WHY in Gods name are Kroger and Dollar General parking lots always packed? I can not understand why that many people are allowed in one space when families are not allowed to have gatherings of 10. If people do not STAY HOME (other than necessities), this will NEVER end! I have been sheltering in place since MARCH 11th and ready for this to be over, but I do not want to accidentally pass the virus onto someone else…so we continue to SIP. I miss my family, friends, and freedom too.

  8. Anonymous on April 24, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Cemetery maintenance is more than mowing the grass. There are approximately 95 cemeteries just in Washington County, Illinois, filled with history that is being lost, buried, and eroded away with time. Gravestones are broken, stood along trees, tossed in ditches, ran over by lawnmowers and covered with lawn clippings. Time is eroding the etchings of heroes names that fought in wars and family members we never knew and may never find. What can be done? Do a fundraiser at your local church. Form a committee to ensure proper care. Hold city members accountable for the quality of care. It isn’t just one, there are several. Restore the history that is being lost. Maintain the cemetery while mowing the grass.

  9. Anonymous on April 28, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    I think it’s ironic that the teacher’s union has fought taxpayer dollars for students for home schooling. Now the taxpayers are paying the union school teachers to home school the public students. Local school boards may want to consider making home schooling in the future. Then the taxpayers wouldn’t have to pay for buildings, insurance, custodians, administrators and 3 principles per school. The taxpayers can save a boat load of money if we just buy every kid a computer and teach them at home.

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2020 at 11:09 pm

      When referring to a school administrator, the correct spelling is “principal”, not “principle”.

      • Anonymous on May 8, 2020 at 2:27 pm

        Typical teacher response. Find something wrong other than addressing the specific subject.

  10. Anonymous on May 1, 2020 at 10:11 am

    To Nashville parents– Thanks for allowing a teenage party and promote underage drinking. Oh yes,and also enabling your children to spread the virus at the party. Hoosiers to the end!

    • Anonymous on May 5, 2020 at 10:15 am

      If you knew this was going on why did you not call the police/sheriff?

  11. Anonymous on May 1, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Enough with the negativity. First I would like to say Thank you to Leah Williams for giving Washington County a excellent newspaper. She continues to keep us informed of important issues and events and well as being an active member of our community.

  12. Anonymous on May 10, 2020 at 12:08 am

    During these uncertain times there is a lot of different emotions. But as I look around I can’t help thinking how proud I am to be part of this mark in American history. This virus was devastating to so many but just like in so many disasters you see neighbors helping neighbors. Communities coming together, people standing up for what they believe in despite what government officials tell us to do. How proud would our fore fathers be of us standing up against the corrupt politicians? This is what they fought for, to give us the constitution, to give us freedom. This is no longer an Democrat or Republican issue, this is Good VS Evil. And Good always wins!!!! And as far as the masks being worn in public places remember everyone has the right to decide for themselves. This is exactly what the land of the free means.

  13. Anonymous on May 13, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Have Been a long time Subscriber of the Nashville News and I have noticed here as of late, something is off. We as Nashville residents are sure getting an education on all things Okawville. I honestly thought I had been delivered the Okawville Times by accident, when I opened paper and turned to page 14 and started reading Balance,Selflessness, Grit Guide the 2018 Rockets to 1st State Title. Well Done article for a guy who had a brother play on that team in 2018, just not sure as a Nashville resident it is what I expected to see in the NASHVILLE NEWS. Would be a great choice for a newspaper if Newspaper was called Washington County News or Okawville Times. Just kinda confused on this one. Coverage of Nashville High School sports have seem to be on the decline for a while now not sure what has changed but something has. Anyone have an ideas?????

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2020 at 9:45 pm

      I am also a long time Nashville resident and am apaulded at this comment. First, the lack of sports coverage is due to the lack of sports. Second, I would assume that you are reaching out to The Okawville Times for all of (its) Nashville coverage. Third, I am sure that you are not the voice of Nashville. The Nashville that I know is full of caring people who consider the entire Washington County their people. So what are you saying that Okawville kids are not as important as Nashville kids? And if you read The Nashville News you would see that they cover all of Washington County. So shame on you for being so closed minded and attacking a very talented young writer.

  14. Anonymous on May 14, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I don’t think anyone is challenging the talent of the young writer, maybe just the paper he is writing for? If there is a shortage of sports coverage lately, maybe time spent interviewing local coaches and residents reminiscing Nashville state appearances might have been better suited for The Nashville News. Perhaps the community full of subscribers and advertisers would appreciate that as a priority? The article targets an audience who has their own paper – maybe freelance for them? I don’t feel it is being closed minded by the writer of the original comment at all – I agree it needed to be said.

  15. Anonymous on May 14, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I read the Nashville News every week, and this is the first Okawville related sports article they have done, the rest of the featured teams have been from Nashville, so I’m not sure what paper you have been reading.

  16. Anonymous on May 15, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Not sure where original author ever attacked young man who wrote article. Believe it was stated well done article. Just that is was better suited for different paper. I believe like it was stated it needed to be said.

  17. Anonymous on May 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    With the recent legalization of side-by-sides on Nashville streets, some residents must think it is okay to ride atvs & small (kid sized) motor bikes. I have seen one of each of these in my neighborhood during this past week.

    • Anonymous on May 19, 2020 at 10:35 am

      I agree! Young kids driving like crazy thru country roads , coming over hills and down the middle of the roads, someone is going to get killed!!! Or they are driving super slow and blocking the rest of the traffic on county highways!!!!!

  18. Anonymous on May 17, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    New to the area. Where are the police reports for Washington County? Does Nash news publish them like Centralia does?

  19. Anonymous on May 19, 2020 at 9:30 am

    In response to Personal Choices and The coronavirus Pandemic sound off.. I agree with most of what this person said.. EXCEPT the right to not wearing masks… I am sorry but I also have rights and so do many others in this community that are following the order to wear them in public places.. I have a right not to get COVID-19 because someone like you decided your right was more important than mine.. I want to live.. I don’t want to end up on a respirator and all you have to do is wear a mask to help protect me… masks only work one way.. you wear it to keep your germs to yourself… I wear mine to do the same. If we all don’t do our part in businesses and grocery stores we are possibly infecting someone else… You say well if I am sick I wont go out in public…that is GREAT… however this virus is a little tricky some people maybe about half per a survey I was listening to had positive results but no symptoms… that could be you giving the virus to me and I take it home to my elderly mother that lives with me and she dies or maybe I have autoimmune issues and you give it to me and I die…or I give it to another family member that lives with me with high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes and they die. I love that there is a business in town that requires the wearing of masks… I feel pretty safe there.. however very disappointed that our grocery store’s do not require them especially one of them that there is absolutely NO way you can be 6 foot from others.. I love to go to that store but don’t feel safe in there.. It is very disappointing that people are being so selfish. It is not about you!!!! Is what I want to scream from the mountain tops… it is about caring enough for someone you don’t even know and wanting to keep them safe.. I think maybe I see about half the people wearing face coverings in public … I guess they think they have the right to say no to that or they just are being defiant against the Governor because they don’t like him… Well I will say it again… this is my right to.. to stay safe and alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is not political anymore..

  20. Anonymous on May 20, 2020 at 3:04 am

    RE: Wm. Kennedy of Oakdale Letter to the Editor.
    I am so confused. What was he talking about?
    Was it forest fires? Was it the CovID-19 virus?
    Was it politics? Was it immigration? I would like to know.
    Can someone please explain? Thank you.

  21. Anonymous on May 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    I was disappointed in the Health Department’s decision to allow the sales of fountain drinks. How thirsty are folks that they’re willing to risk the health of others simply for a soda. More disappointing is the pressure put upon the Health Department to end the ban by the County Board. All done because some folks are worried that their rights are being taken away. Seriously? There IS a pandemic, a national emergency, a world crisis going on. Let’s pull together and defeat this virus and maybe get life back to a new normal. I commend Mrs. Lehde for having the courage and resolve to make the tough decisions for the safety and well-being of our county citizens. I apologize that those same citizens are selfishly making your job more difficult. For those of us continuing to do the right thing, i personally thank you for helping to keep my family safe.

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