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Economic outlook: It gets worse before it gets better

With unemployment at its highest in years, middle-class Americans all over the country are beginning to feel the pinch of hard times. In November alone, more than 533,000 jobs were lost, bringing the total job loss for the year to 1.9 million and, according to many economists, job recovery could be slow and weak....more >>

Skipping school can be costly for students, parents

Skipping school is a time-honored tradition. At many high schools, students about to graduate even participate in an unauthorized Senior Skip Day. However, skipping school may not only result in the student being disciplined, it could land parents in jail....more >>

Fatal crash on U.S. 150

On the afternoon of Dec. 2, Randy Purlee, 58, of Salem was killed in a crash involving his semi-truck and another car on U.S. 150 near Galena....more >>

U.S. withdrawal timetable set as Iraqi parliament passes SOFA

Under agreement, U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009, country by Dec. 31, 2011

On Nov. 27, while many of us were enjoying our Thanksgiving meals, the Iraqi parliament was ratifying a historic status of forces agreement (SOFA), signed by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari on Nov. 16, that would allow U.S. troops to remain in Iraq until Dec. 31, 2011, but not a day longer....more >>

Man fulfills dream with publication of book

Al Rudolph of New Salisbury has wanted to write a book for nearly the last half of his life. Now the 60-year-old has fulfilled that dream with the publication of "Tougher than Woodpecker Lips."...more >>


Recent News

Reluctant commissioners OK back pay for dispatcher
December 03, 2008
The Crawford County Board of Commissioners reluctantly agreed to pay a county dispatcher wages she said she should have received for the past year. ...more >>


Crawford couple's debit card stolen while vacationing
Man arrested for making fraudulent charges
December 03, 2008
Quick action by a Crawford County Deputy Sheriff on Saturday landed a Gatlinburg, Tenn., man in jail on several charges of credit card fraud. ...more >>


Helping babies survive and thrive
Avoiding tragedy
December 03, 2008
The old way of doing things is not always the best way — even when it involves parenting. And although old habits are hard to break, when it comes to babies, new habits can save a life. ...more >>


Now's the time to look at Medicare Part D options
December 03, 2008
From now until the open enrollment period ends on Dec. 31, people 65 and older with no prescription drug plan can sign up for coverage through Medicare Part D. In addition, anyone who already has a prescription drug plan can sign up for a new plan without additional cost. If no changes are made, the same plan will be enacted for 2009. ...more >>


Council approves major expenditures
December 03, 2008
The Crawford County Council voted 7-0 Nov. 18 to approve $200,000 from the county’s Orange County Wagering Fund to pay unpaid bills within the county highway department, fuel costs and bridge projects from this year. ...more >>


The day Black Friday ‘transformed’
December 03, 2008
It began the night before, Thanksgiving night, at just after 7 as a loud and thunderous boom was heard across the nighttime sky. Calls to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and dispatch offices found nothing. ...more >>


CARES receives $1.9-M, 4-1/2-year grant
Grant provides financial security to K through 8 after-school program
November 26, 2008
Laughing children played while others enjoyed a snack before tackling their homework Thursday at the busy after-school CARES program at Marengo Elementary School. All in all, it was a normal day for the CARES program, which has sites at each of Crawford County’s five elementary schools. ...more >>


School board OKs $75,000 to help lower insurance costs
39.59-percent rate increase more than many support staff say they can handle
November 26, 2008
Trying to assist support staff with a major insurance cost increase, the Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees last Tuesday provided another $75,000 on top of what the corporation already pays towards the group premium. ...more >>


Arrest made after alleged threats to EMA director
November 26, 2008
A Crawford County Highway Department employee has been arrested and faces several charges after an incident on Sunday in which he allegedly made threats while in possession of a firearm. ...more >>


CFCC joins YSB in helping students
November 26, 2008
The Crawford County Youth Service Bureau was in need of additional computers to help with the education of students at the facility. The Community Foundation of Crawford County just happened to have a few. Working together, the two agencies were able to meet the needs of the students in a cost-effective way. ...more >>

Barbara Shaw
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