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  1. Anonymous on January 5, 2024 at 10:54 am

    What is the county doing to attract new businesses? With Prairie State possibly closing in a decade, where will the county find new tax revenue instead of increasing our already high property taxes?

  2. Anonymous on October 15, 2023 at 10:38 pm


  3. Anonymous on June 14, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Better do something about heat at nascote very very un safe

  4. Anonymous on May 17, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I know we have all been stressed out from the pandemic and it’s associated effects, But is it really asking too much to get the county website updated with CURRENT information? We are nearly half way through 2022 and i really could careless about when real estate taxes for 2019 were due in 2020 and when the notices went out. What happened to the info for 2020 taxes? But more importantly how about an updated page on 2021 taxes that are payable in i assume 4 months time? Even if dates haven’t been set – the county and treasurer’s office could at least have some communication such as “we are still working to finalize dates/details/deadlines for 2021 Tax bills and expect to have this page updated no later [insert date],” This literally would take less than 10 minutes to do; probably less than 5 since it’s just one page on the website. Nothing is worse than a poor customer experience-and outdated information (esp 2 years old) is one of the quickest ways to get there. It really doesn’t take much effort to communicate. It is what professionals and leaders due to differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack. Otherwise people perceive it as being lazy and indifferent towards their “customers”/”constituents”.

  5. Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    The Nashville News is published in the seat of Washington County. So why do they no longer have the courthouse news in it (ex: marrige licenses, real estate transfers, etc.)? Finally in the March 9th issue, the City of Nashville Police report was in there, wasn’t published for several weeks. It would be nice if the paper would put the names of people that are in the photo. Don’t know what happened with the 2/2 edition: the story on front page about supervisor of assessment wasn’t complete; the print @ bottom of front page was missing in the story of Zoning Board meets; in the Sports section, the article about “NMS brings home 3rd place” is same as the article titled “Jr. Hornettes capture third @ state: finish season 25-2. Most times when reporting points scored by an indiviidual, these points don’t match up with the score of the game. In my opinion, The Nashville News could take lessons from The Okawville Times as to what should be published. They have more interesting articles to read, was in that paper about the recent NCHS student council formal dress & accessories sale, held on March 4th & 5th, nothing in The Nashville News. Can get a whole lot more information & interesting news articles from The Okawville Times, which is only $1.00 per issue, compared to the $1.50 per issue of The Nashville News.

  6. Anonymous on February 18, 2022 at 10:51 am

    As a taxpayer, I would like to know how the County plans to spend the $2 million they received from the American Rescue Plan. It is being discussed by other counties. We should know BEFORE that money is spent.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      I don’t know, but be kind of nice if taxpayers could get a break from say maybe property tax for 1 year.

  7. Anonymous on February 15, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Regarding Glenn Backs Letter to the Editor on FEB. 16, 2022: I Looked up CFIS on the internet and found some very interesting information. Look it up yourself on Wikipedia. Thank You.

  8. Anonymous on January 28, 2022 at 11:00 am

    What employee is responsible for updating or overseeing the correct content of the website? It apparently has not been updated in about a year, since it still has Donald Trump as President. There seems to be a lack procedures and oversight. Perhaps the County Board should get on that?

  9. Anonymous on January 28, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Washington County received over $2 million from the American Rescue Plan. There has been nothing said in the paper from the meetings on how they plan to distribute those funds. As residents of the County, the Board should be open, transparent and forthcoming before the funds are distributed on how they are going to be distributed and the paper should print that information. It is important.

  10. Anonymous on October 9, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Regarding the sports section: Can you write about the Hornets freshmen football team games? Nothing is ever posted about them.

  11. Tammy Janizsak on September 28, 2021 at 9:28 am

    I would like to take a moment and Thank our Chamber of Commerce Director, Dee DeMoss on a absolutely wonderful Fall Festival!!! We had beautiful weather to add to the fulfilled event! Norman rockwell could not have done better. Children rolling down the hillside of the courthouse while other kids were blowing bubbles!!! Vendors selling all the fall decorations and music playing..Wonderful weekend for all!

    Thanks again Chamber and to DEE!!!

    • Anonymous on January 18, 2022 at 4:12 pm

      I’ve always thought that competition between businesses was good for not only the businesses but also for the community and customers. This is in regards to the possible closing of Country Mart, it’s temporary resurrection, and the “challenge ” for the community to help keep its doors open. Perhaps it is our responsibility to at least spread our shopping around. Now I don’t claim to be the best comparison shopper. I frequent both grocery stores, but do tend to use County Mart more often, mostly because of ease of parking and less crowded and congested aisles. However, I do believe that if the community is more willing to spread the wealth around to both stores then Country Mart should do everything in its power, in fact should bend over backwards, to make sure the shelves are constantly filled and well supplied. For the past 2 weeks the shelves resemble those of a community on the brink of an historical blizzard. Please don’t expect us, the community, to bring your business back from the dead if you’re not willing to supply us with the goods we’re shopping for. I realize that businesses are experiencing difficulty getting goods due to shipping/transportation challenges. But Kroger shelves always seem to be well stocked. I know this because I end up there after failing to find what I need at Country Mart. So, please, Country Mart owner, help us to help you and your employees. They are good, hardworking folks who need their jobs. We are a community filled with good hardworking folks. If you want to be a part of our community, and I personally hope you do, then help us. I want you to stay, but please do your part. As I said earlier, please help us to help you. Good luck.

  12. Anonymous on September 22, 2021 at 10:17 am

    Picture information on front page incorrect. Picture on right does NOT have queen marlee frederking on it.

  13. Anonymous on June 30, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Just curious who is sponsoring or benefiting from the pork steak dinner at the fairgrounds on July 15 ?

    • Anonymous on July 11, 2021 at 1:37 am

      Fair association.

      • Anonymous on January 18, 2022 at 10:14 pm

        I’ve always believed that competition between businesses is good not only for the businesses but for the customers too. And if it’s good for the local customers it’s good for the community. I’m not what you would call a skilled comparative shopper. I do most all of my grocery shopping at Country Mart. I find the parking to be more ample than at Kroger. Plus the aisles are less congested and easier to maneuver through. The community has been put in a very uncomfortable position. Country Mart announced it was closing, then a temporary resurrection, then pressure put on the community to help “save” the business. My first reaction was, “Oh, those poor employees! What will happen to them and their fsmilies?” I’m all for supporting Country Mart and helping them be successful. If the ownership expects us, the community, to truly help them succeed then they must do their part. And in a big way! Please make sure the shelves are stocked completely and regularly. It’s frustrating to shop there and not be able to find what you need. It’s also not fair to ask us for support and then short change us and hamper our efforts by not holding up your end. I’m aware of the difficulties in transportation/delivery and getting supplies, etc. But for the past 2 weeks the shelves resemble a community facing an historic winter snowstorm. During those weeks Kroger shelves have been well stocked. I know because I’ve gone there to f d the groceries not found at Country Mart. I have no doubt that Nashville wants Country Mart to succeed. It’s success will help the community and also save the jobs of employees, most of which live here in Nashville. But management must step up and do your part. It’s your responsibility to help us help you.

  14. Anonymous on June 12, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    helo, I am frum nashville. I think the summer concerts are so awesome!!

  15. Anonymous on May 24, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    How’s that honor system working out? Just asking for a friend. Relaxing the masking rules emboldened unvaccinated people to cheat. Unmasking does not mean the epidemic is over. If you are unvaccinated and smirking while you don’t wear a mask, just remember you can fool people but you can’t fool the virus. If your luck changes the virus will find you.  

    • Anonymous on June 1, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      Cool…I’ll stay in my bunker with 5 masks on and continue to receive aid from Sleepy Joe…

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2021 at 11:45 am

        Will tRump have to wear a mask in prison?

        • Anonymous on December 9, 2021 at 12:07 pm

          Yes. With Hilary and Bill

  16. Anonymous on May 22, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I enjoyed the article on the Oakdale historical site. Interesting info about an area just sitting out there by the road!

  17. Anonymous on May 10, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    People need to stop speeding in front of the courthouse!!! Theres going to be an accident!!!!

  18. Anonymous on May 3, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I am sure in one form or another the doctor that writes for the News has encouraged people to wear the masks, social distance, hand washing/sanitizing and to get the vaccine, but we see more and more people now NOT following the guidelines and yesterday in Nashville I was appalled at how many do not wear the mask properly or not at all and I know of many even in our church who have no intention of getting vaccinated.  Personally I do not feel at this rate we will ever get beyond not having to do all of this if citizens do not follow the guidelines and I wish the doctor or the County Health Board would somehow keep reminding everyone how critical this is in the light of all of the new variants.  Praying that the Nashville News will continue to encourage the powers that be to do the encouraging and to enlighten these people that they are putting themselves at risk everyday as well as others they come into contact with.  As an example, my husband and I both had Moderna and in spite of that, my husband was told Wednesday after being tested for COVID in preparation for his cataract surgeries that he had to quarantine now until both surgeries are completed!  We were surprised knowing we both are to be fully protected but this is the surgery centers rules.

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2021 at 11:49 am

      I know its frustrating… I have had the vaccine too and still wear a mask when shopping.

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2021 at 11:54 am

      I was just hoping someone at the paper could encourage the doctor that writes for the paper or the County Health Board to be more persuasive in getting citizens to realize that the need is great to follow the guidelines.

  19. Anonymous on April 11, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you Master Gardeners for the Springtime information!

  20. Anonymous on April 11, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    The Rainbow Ranch article of April 7th highlighted this unique Washington County attraction just in time for good weather visits. Julie Laakko took a nice approach to the story. It would be nice to learn more about the people-side of other county businesses in coming issues.

  21. Anonymous on April 9, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Dog owners need to be aware and apparently reminded that it is your responsibility to keep your pet on a leash and under your control when outside. Opening a door and letting it run freely to do it’s business is not allowed in Nashville city limits. It is also your responsibility clean up after your pet if they decide to take a dump in someone else’s yard.
    As the weather warms more people are trying to get out an get some fresh air and exercise. I have spoken to several people who have had problems with dogs while they were out walking with no owners in site.
    If you truly love your pet, please act responsibly.

  22. Anonymous on March 11, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Note to Editor: when writing or editing articles for the paper, please keep in mind some people read the paper to obtain the news and do not currently know all the details. The article regarding the council making a purchase of $168,000 was completely confusing for someone who did not attend the meeting. What, where and when are all questions that should be answered when writing an article for someone else to read. There needs to be more transparency on City and County meeting details and expenses. Thank you for your consideration.

    • Anonymous on April 8, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Nashvile News better get a new editor, The paper is fading fast.

      • Anonymous on May 2, 2021 at 6:24 pm

        It would have been nice to know who the winners were for the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s “Spring Madness” drawing.

  23. Anonymous on February 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Check your Cable Bills! I recently received my cable bill and it was lowered by $18.00. In very, very fine print it stated: In reviewing our clients statements we were charging for channels that the clients did not receive. So, at $18.00 per month times ?? years….Do the math…how many people have been “duped”?I was overcharged $210.00 per year and at 2 to 3 years! How many others have been overcharged?

  24. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 11:49 am

    The longer, in-depth articles on couples for the Valentine Edition (Feb 10th) was a nice addition to the paper.

  25. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Michael Ainscough, MD has done a good job of communicating a negative subject- namely the COVID-19 pandemic- in this paper throughout the past months. He delivers facts and information even when it is unpleasant news. We are fortunate to have a dedicated reporter bringing this massive subject to us.

  26. Anonymous on February 15, 2021 at 11:35 am

    From our experience, the Washington County Health Department is carrying out the vaccination effort for COVID in an organized & professional manner. Granted, we are of the over 65 crowd and fall into the groups receiving attention. From St. Louis & national news stories, we were concerned about logistics. Our experience reflects that careful planning is underway in Washington County. Things couldn’t have gone smoother. We called and were placed on a contact list; we were contacted and given an appointed time; the vaccination site was well organized and managed.

  27. Anonymous on February 4, 2021 at 9:56 am

    In the Jan. 13 issue of the Nashville News a mother complains about a specific auto body shop. I do not think this should have been published as the rules for Sound Off include refraining from personal attack and libel. I do not think the business should have been named. This is personal issue and the public does not know all the details.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Yes this is all supposed to be ANONYMOUS

  28. Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I enjoy seeing corn fields, but I don’t enjoy driving across them everyday ! When is Nashville going to fix these bumpy streets they ruined installing new waterlines ?!?

  29. Anonymous on February 1, 2021 at 8:34 am

    The “IT HAPPENED HERE” section seems to be a little short lately. Skipping the older years-1935-1945-1955 -1965 is leaving out a lot of memories We Older Folks enjoy ! Please fix this !

  30. Anonymous on January 25, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Well, I for one thought it was a nice tribute to all those that passed away! Why do people have to make such mean remarks when people try to do something nice. How did that saying go? If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all!

  31. Anonymous on January 21, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I am EXTREMELY offended by this week’s paper. How dare you publish photos of all the deaths in 2020 for the sake of advertising money. I didn’t give you permission to publish my father’s obituary photo. I don’t want to see the photo of my neighbor who lived across the street. I loved that lady. How dare you do this for the sake of a dollar! Are you that desperate? It is not only disgusting that you would do this, but also shows that you have no real news to print. Who is running this circus now? I will never renew my subscription again.

    • Anonymous on January 22, 2021 at 11:31 am

      I’m new to the area. Is this an annual thing? Seems money grubbing to me

      • Anonymous on January 22, 2021 at 12:54 pm

        My wife and I are more disappointed in the lack of news. It has gone down hill.

  32. Anonymous on January 3, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Where is Leah?

  33. Anonymous on December 27, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Why would you close the golf course but the bars and restaurants are allowed to stay open?

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      I also thought that did not make any sense since the golf course is outside. Maybe the people running the course and the inside people should set up a table outside to take the money….js

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      Golf course was closed because of a covid outbreak.
      7 of the 8 employees dealing with it.
      Just smart to close for a couple weeks.
      Its back open now.

  34. Anonymous on November 28, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    THANK YOU ! to whoever came up with the idea of letting people decorate the trees in downtown Nashville. They all look so nice.

    • Anonymous on December 5, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      I think all the trees being decorated this year was beautiful. Have lived in Nashville since the early 90’s and we’ve never seen such Xmas spirit.
      Yet at the same time our numbers keep going up and up and for the craft fair 12/5/2020 and it looks to be a COVID spreader. I’m sure we’ll see a spike and not just from thanksgiving get togethers. When are people going to take this more serious

    • Anonymous on February 17, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Agreed! A creative way to involve families and co-workers. Sure brightened up the town.

  35. Anonymous on November 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I see on the news where charities are handing out boxes of food. All you do is drive up with your trunk opened. I wondering if some of these people are truly hurting or just looking to score some free food. Some of the cars and S.U.V.’s look pretty nice.

  36. Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:28 am

    As a personal Nashvillian, I believe what Nashville needs is social programs through the local government to better educate our Trumpie youth. Half joking, but the amount of racism, prejudice, and pure ignorance in our community is comparable to the worst parts of America. Love over hate.

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2020 at 8:55 am

      you are absolutely correct.. those people are the problem instead of part of the solution to fix the racism, prejudice and pure ignorance in this community.. even elected officials are not doing their jobs we all need to remember this when election comes next time.. out with the ones that don’t want to work for the people and in with the ones that do.

    • Anonymous on January 16, 2021 at 7:19 pm

      Well, first of all I have no idea what a personal Nashvillian is but I lived there for 20 years. Nashville is part of a rich heritage of German, and Polish people who were taught about their ancestors and told vivid stories about their Great Grandmothers and Grandfathers. It’s just another world when you come to Washington County because of the type of people that live here and love their lives. How dare you say that what you you think Nashville people need – social programs and get rid of all the racism, prejudice and the pure ignorance. I surmise you are youngish and ignorant to the ways of Nashville people. They don’t care, don’t you know that. They are happy just the way they are so either get with the rest of us or go away.

  37. Anonymous on November 12, 2020 at 9:00 am

    KFVS12 is reporting Nov 12, 2020 Ofallon MO a record number of patients with covid fill Missouri hospitals many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce.. ICU capacity is filling up Washington County. you realize we will be shipped out of here if we get a serious case of this virus…. Our Mayor needs to take care of us and set up meditations. We can safely be open but that will require mask wearing while we work that means all businesses that employees that cant stay 6 feet apart must be masked. Eating out in my opinion should require masking at your table when you are not eating.. I dont believe that is being done. Drive up service the employee that brings food out needs to be masked. These are precautions I feel should at least be implemented in our County to try and get our numbers down..

    • Anonymous on November 13, 2020 at 10:28 am

      Shut down the damn bars in town. Super spreaders with people and public officials that don’t give a damn

      • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 3:20 pm

        agree 100 percent.. they were elected to PROTECT AND SERVE.. this is not a popularity contest.. and some business owners are on these boards that go in public with no masking and distancing.. I know of one that was suppose to be quarantining and I saw him in a grocery store not masked.. same on people .. so irresponsible …

      • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 5:51 pm

        I totally agree with shutting the bars down period in town. Every time I drive past I see cars all over the place. One bar always has cars in the parking lot. I also think that the gaming places need to be closed

        • Anonymous on December 30, 2020 at 1:37 pm


    • Anonymous on December 3, 2020 at 9:12 am

      The problem that elected officials have with imposing protective restrictions is that there are many citizens (voters) who do not want the government improving their health or saving their lives.

      This is nothing new and it certainly did not start with the coronavirus pandemic. Remember the fuss that was made over mandatory seat belt usage? Remember how the right to smoke cigarettes was defended? Now even the most besotten conspiracy theoreticians buckle up and have stopped smoking. Using cell phone while driving? From reading accident reports in Washington County, that still seems to be a hard sell.

      What should be done? Well, if we could only get the non-maskers to watch a video of what goes on in an ICU – just maybe. On the other hand, I can just hear the conspiracy theoreticians: “See that proves this corona stuff is all a hoax. Otherwise they wouldn’t have had to make the video.”

  38. Anonymous on November 11, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    I am begging you Elected County officials and Mayor to protect the citizens of this county before it is too late.. The numbers here and everywhere are rising by alarming numbers.. You were voted in to protect us.. We will remember that you did or did NOT protect us when we needed you too when it is time to re=elect.. This is not political this is a pandemic for Gods sake.. If we are to stay open for the small businesses to thrive I agree but there has to be mitigations put in place and enforced to keep ALL citizens of our county safe… We all know Wash. Co hospital is not set up to treat critically ill patients with Covid.. we will be shipped to St Louis or Belleville but what if their beds are full we will be sent home to die.. do you really want that on your plate.. Do your JOBS!!! stop making this political… People keep saying they want to live their lives.. well I get it.. but we can do that safely by wearing a Damn mask it is not that hard to do.. Will it keep ALL the virus in … well probably not but it will decrease it by a lot.. I am tired of the people in the community brushing this off like the flu.. Well guess what it is not like the flu for some people…and you don’t know who that person may be.. WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS!!!!

  39. Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Happy Birthday (10 Nov 1775) to all the U.S. Marines out there. Thank you for your service to our great nation.

  40. Anonymous on November 10, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Our Mayer and county officials need to get off their butts and mandate Covid mitigations stop making this political lives are on the line.. you are going to be responsible for the deaths when we run out of hospital space for patients needing Covid care and are refused because there is no room. St Louis hospitals are filling up and Wash. Co hospital does not have the capabilities of handling Covid patients.. Educate yourselves and listen to the health department.. it is disappointing that Nashville is wanting to have a super spreader Christmas tree lighting like nothing is going on.. Where are your heads.. Our numbers are climbing 30 new cases yesterday and if you have been watching the science you know that at least half the people don’t show any symptoms and don’t even know their sick.. the math of that means there is a great possibility that we actually have at least 60 cases and half are roaming around this county possibly un masked like I see constantly in this town… the action of our elected officials is appalling. you will be judged for this if what I say comes to pass.

  41. Anonymous on October 29, 2020 at 8:51 am

    William Kennedy has a peculiar way of writing. Most of the time I give up reading his editorial submissions. It’s too frustrating.

  42. Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    I say NO to the Governor and his closing stores. Who says he can pick and choose who says open and who closes. Restaurants have to close but Walmart and grocery stores can stay open. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want them to close either, but I don’t think people elected him to make these types of decisions. He’s not God. Let the public make up their own minds wether they should go out to dinner or not. Gov. Pritzker, stay out of our business. It’s our choice not yours.

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      That is why the restaurants are not closing here in Nashville.

    • Anonymous on November 18, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      they can stay open if they follow masking and distancing and enforce it.. but they are all scared they will make someone mad in town … I hate to tell you but some of us wont shop at your home town stores unless you start enforcing masking
      you loose.

    • Anonymous on November 25, 2020 at 2:25 am


  43. Anonymous on September 30, 2020 at 11:02 am

    The Presidential Debate was one the most embarrassing things I have ever watched. It made me ashamed that this is the image that we put forth to the world, that, this is what democracy should look like. Shame on both candidates. I wish there was a realistic alternative. I don’t want to vote for either candidate.

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2020 at 12:25 am

      Shame on both candidates? Which debate did you watch?

  44. Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Why have the right of ways in Oakdale Twp. not been mowed all spring/summer. Looks terrible and make intersections very dangerous.

  45. Anonymous on September 15, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    I think there are 19 Townships in Washington County. Road Commissioners are paid a flat rate whether they work or not. Not only are unmowed right of ways ugly but make for dangerous intersections. The roads in Oakdale Twp. have not been mowed all spring and summer even though with all of the spring rains they are growing like a jungle. It’s embarassing to live here much like it is to live in Illinois. It’s too bad that the Commissioners have not boss.

  46. Anonymous on September 13, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Thinking of moving to Nashville, IL in the near future. Can anyone tell me if backyard chickens or ducks are allowed?

  47. Anonymous on September 9, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Are restaurants open or closed? I see some open with help yourself buffets and others are closed again…….does it not pertain to all food and bar owners?

  48. Anonymous on August 27, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Governor Pritzker has raised sales tax, gas tax ,property tax and license fees. Now he wants another tax. What is he trying to do,drive everyone out? Why doesn’t he try something different besides taxing people to death.

    • Anonymous on September 2, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Hope Madigen goes to prison

  49. Anonymous on August 26, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Question: When did Fred Zefel & Arnold the pig from GREEN ACRES become residents of Nashville, IL? A picture of the pig was on Facebook stating that it was chasing school buses. Hope it was a friendly pig, if not what would have happened if children encountered it while walking or riding their bikes to school. Where was the policeman/woman who direct traffic there at the corner by St. Ann’s? If it ran out into traffic & caused an accident, it would be funny explaining to your insurance company that the city of Nashville let a pig run loose. If it would have happened to me, I think I’D send the city of Nashville the bill for fixing my vehicle. What’s next, let cows, chickens & other farm animals roam the streets of Nashville? Did anyone clean up after the pig if it pooped in anyone’s yard? (This situation might have been resolved at the time this comment was submitted, but had no way of knowing.)

  50. Anonymous on August 17, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Very small children playing in the middle of the street on West Maple. Wake up parents. Been a problem for a while. Around Kaskaskia and beyond.

  51. Anonymous on August 12, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Just wondering why the residents that live in the country are not getting the ditches mowed! One time this year back in June! There is never any road maintenance in the country anymore! No one picks up the trash that people decide to just toss on our streets, but the limbs and any other trash we have to pick up or it just lays out there. The grass is getting so long and the farmers have their crops so close to the curves you cannot see if anyone is coming . The taxes we have to pay and no service!

    • Anonymous on August 15, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      I have been wondering the same thing. And when they do cut the ditches they do a terrible job.
      It’s like they don’t care anymore.
      Yet you go down 15 into Jefferson county and they do an excellent job over there.
      Our taxes are all for nothing !!

  52. Anonymous on August 8, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Recently an audit was completed stating the Prairie State funds were not being held for infrastructure improvements and being used for General Fund expenses. One can quickly compare this type of accounting to the what the State of Illinois has been doing for years and you can see what a mess that is. Area cities and counties are cutting expenses due to shortfalls of income. Budget cuts are difficult. That is what they were elected to do. If the elected county officials are going to rob Peter to pay Paul, maybe it is time for new elected officials before the County ends up broke like the State!

  53. Anonymous on August 8, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    How much money does the State owe the County for housing prisoners in the local jail? When will those prisoners be removed as a result of the latest ruling? I would like to see more detail on how the County is spending our money in the details of the meetings in the paper.

    • Anonymous on August 9, 2020 at 3:19 pm

      I thoroughly agree. I don’t understand why the f(expletive deleted) can withhold funds that rightly goes to municipalities. We are trying our best to fight COVID just like all other communities in America. We are being f(expletive deleted) in Illinois. We need to hear from our local officials.

  54. Anonymous on August 8, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    I read elsewhere the Governor is withholding Federal funds designated for municipalities for COVID expenses. I would like to hear from the newspaper or city/county officials how much has been spent so far on COVID expenses? How much is anticipated to be spent? How much is owed by the State and if this is true, what is being done to collect Federally designated funds to this municipality?

  55. Anonymous on July 31, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Since we will have schools resuming in our Town… I would like to let the schools know that I will be praying for all your safety. But guidelines must be followed by ALL of you even in the cafeteria and the janitors and office help.. we are trusting you with our most precious gifts.. OUR CHILDREN.. I was quite disturbed finding out that a friend went to our high school and saw no masking on the staff and no distancing… I am very concerned with this and school has not even started.. Hope we all don’t regret starting school up here because of negligence.. Some children need to go to school for many different reason but it is our STAFF and SCHOOL BOARD that MUST keep them safe.. this is not a game it is real life.

  56. Anonymous on July 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Look up and around at the trees in our communities. Some are not looking well and are dying, especially the oak trees. Many of these trees were probably planted over 70-80 years ago and they will be missed when they are taken down. All trees are valuable for their beauty with blossoms in the spring and colorful leaves in the fall. They provide much needed shade during the hot summer and keep our air clean. Many people walk for exercise and it is much more pleasant to walk down a tree lined street than in the open sun. I have traveled to the southwestern states several times and the one thing I appreciate when I return home are the trees. I am writing here to ask for people in our communities to plant more trees to replace those that have to come down. To make it more personal plant in memory of a loved one, a birth, graduation, wedding, and many more events. Help make our communities more pleasant and beautiful to live in.
    Linda Kemper

    • Anonymous on February 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

      I had someone come look at my trees, I have lost 5 large oaks and ready to lose more! I was told it is the chemicals from the farmers and it is killing off the trees rather rapidly!

  57. Anonymous on July 21, 2020 at 10:06 am

    I would rather wear a mask than a ventilator.

  58. Anonymous on July 8, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    What is going on with everyone in this Town….. do we think the pandemic is over with ? Not by a long shot.. yes cases are down in IL.. thank you Govenor or we would have been like other excelling states. You think you don’t need to wear a mask if you cant distance.. and what is up with local businesses not enforcing mask wearing or at least suggesting it…There are a couple that do but most don’t.. People in this town are walking around In grocery stores and everywhere with no protection and NOT keeping 6 feet.. most disturbing is seeing someone in scrubs in the store with no mask… What DR,dentist or medical building or nursing home are they in.. sure would like to know so I don’t go there.. also seeing waiters and waitresses in grocery stores with restaurant clothing on with no protection… I wont eat out because of that going on.. Oh and a Buffet… REALLY… what up!! What is it with people that wont protect others in public places.. Don’t tell me it is your right. yes it starts with and R but it is a RESPONSIBILITY.. just like wearing a seat belt, NO shoes, No shirt NO service. No texting on phone when driving.. No driving while intoxicated… I remember the fit people threw when all this went into effect.. Guess what it saved lives and people got over it.. We have had some new cases in this community some from traveling to highly infected states.. coming home and not quarantining until they are sick.. Most people are proven to be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic showing no sypmtom’s.. so when you decide to go to these infected states just remember you may be bringing that virus with you and not know it; go to work or shopping in town and kill someone with it.. Community spread that is a good one… we don’t know where they have been or if they even had a mask on .. who and how many were infected by them? Thank you to all you responsible citizens that distance and wear your mask in public places.. I appreciate it and so do many others.

    • Anonymous on July 28, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Totally agree with everything you said businesses should have a sign on the door no shirt no shoes no mask no service!!! Businesses should enforce it. I did visit a business that did enforce the mask and no one had an issue. I told the man that was at the door checking people for masks that I appreciated his efforts!

  59. Anonymous on July 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    I do not live on Grand Street in Nashville but I have friends and family that does.. Something needs to be done about the speeding on that road… There are people walking, children riding bikes and mothers and fathers pushing strollers with their babies in them.. there needs to be more police patrolling that road and some speed bumps on that road to slow the traffic down.. When they come from the South on Grand they have a straight shot to RT 15 and are driving way too fast, and when they turn off 15 heading south there is a straight shot to the stop sign by the hospital.. They have enough time to increase speed beyond their speed limits… speed limit signs need to be put up to protect our citizens on that road.. We need the county board and the police to do something about this.. This is an URGENT matter.. Someone is going to get killed on that road and the city will be responsible.

  60. Anonymous on June 10, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Regarding the recent “Local History” item circa 1935 about local man who operated a cobbler shop in Nashville receiving a medal of honor from the German government in recognition of his 20 months service on the battlefront during WW I — so many questions. On which side did the man fight in WW I? Hitler had absolute power in Germany by 1935. Seems odd the German government under Hitler would give any medal to a soldier who had fought for America. And if the man was a former German solder who fought against us, was he really okay with receipt of his award being advertised here? And finally, if the man was trying to hide in plain sight in Nashville, wouldn’t opening a “cobbler shop” be a dead giveaway that maybe he might still have some German sympathies?

    • Anonymous on August 22, 2020 at 7:32 am

      The cobbler and obviously German WW1 veteran would not have had to hide in 1930’s America. At that time Nazi sympathizers (and anti-Semites) included prominent Americans such as Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford, and Father Charles Coughlin. And not only were there VIPs among the sympathizers, but organizations like the German-American Bund held massive public rallies, Nazi regalia and all.

      I’m not even convinced the cobbler would have had to hide much when I grew up in 1950’s Washington County. People blamed the Democrats (“the war party”) for getting us into WW2 and anti-Semitism was rampant, Holocaust and Nuremburg trials be damned. The Holocaust? That got relativized away with “Well look at what they do here.” Or “We don’t get nothin’ for our wheat cause them rich Jews in Chicago manipulate the markets.” When I think about some of the garbage otherwise perfectly normal people used to spout off and believe, it’s no surprise to me that so many fine folks gobbled up Donald Trump’s lies claiming Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii. Unfortunately, this bottomless gullibility is still with us.

  61. Anonymous on June 9, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    I am sick of people littering along the road sides.. Keep your trash in your car people until you get home.. it is sickening to see so little respect for our county.

    • Anonymous on July 25, 2020 at 11:39 am

      I totally agree with people needing to keep their trash in the car until they get home. I get very tired of having to pick up trash out of my own yard that’s been thrown out. Don’t know what’s kinds of germs etc maybe on this trash.
      It’s another way people don’t show the respect for our town

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2020 at 5:46 pm

      I totally agree with the trash on roads comments.I live just far enough out of town for the crappy–lazy–inconsiderate slobs to finish their fast-food meals and throw their trash out in my area & yard for me to pick up. I am 90 years old and take pride in keeping my space–beside Rt.127–neat and clean.

  62. Anonymous on May 29, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    That “soda” more than just a soda to a lot of people who drink them. It is a routine people are in, they leave their homes, stop for a soda, socialize with the same people that are there every day doing the same thing, go to work or wherever and do it again the next day… NO OTHER COUNTY that I am aware of cancelled the sale of self serve coffee and soda. I do think it was a smart decision to suspend sales, because we really didn’t know what was going to happen with the cases. BUT we had less than 20 cases in our county that is a minute amount considering the severity of what the reporters are saying… So why not open it up? Just saying. And kudos to the WCHD on what they have been doing behind the scenes as well as all other “Essential” workers!

  63. Anonymous on May 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Whelp, It sure did not take long for the U.T.V. riders to decide to make the city streets their playground.

    The number that have zoomed past my house (obviously over 20 m.p.h.) is absurd.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Anonymous on July 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

      I agree with the UTV riders being a problem.
      Can’t even take a nice enjoyable walk in the park with your kids or dog. They go speeding by.
      It’s a shame

      • Anonymous on July 22, 2020 at 11:07 am


  64. 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.

    • Anonymous on June 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Bravo…. well written thank you for saying this.. it needed to be said

    • Anonymous on July 22, 2020 at 11:11 am


  65. 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.

  66. 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..

    • Anonymous on May 28, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Not wearing a mask has nothing to do with the governor! No one is forcing you to leave your house. We are not selfish and I am tired of hearing that. Some of us have used procautions by not going to the store unless absolutely nessacary, washing our hands, not visiting family and friends but we will not live in fear. Our God is bigger than this virus! My rights are not more important than yours but that is the amazing thing about My America , we all have the right to be happy. So you can do what makes you happy and feel safe and I will do the same.

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2020 at 9:38 am

        I am sorry but I also am tired of hearing people that don’t want to wear masks say “you can just stay home”.. well ya know what… you can just stay home if you cant put on a mask to protect others. Like I said when you wear a mask it is not protecting you from getting sick it is keeping your germs to yourself and not infecting others.. if that is not selfish what is..
        (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure. I also only go grocery shopping when it is absolutely necessary.. but I am sick and tired of feeling stressed out watching the non mask wears not keep 6 ft distance push in front of people at the produce section and start unloading their carts before the person in front of them is out of the way..
        .. I am not living in fear.. I work every day in guarded conditions due to working for a responsible company. I have to get groceries like all others and necessities.. I am just asking for some consideration from the people that don’t want to wear masks to put one on in the store so we all can be safe…. If you would only put a mask on for a 15 min shopping trip you may save someone’s life… This is not about our God or our America either.. I love the Lord and I believe this virus would not be happening if there was not an ultimate plan from God and when he is done making his point we will have a vaccine or at least a drug to treat it.. Yes we all have the right to be happy but my gosh not at the cost of the loss of someone’s life.. this stuff is serious weather you and other believe it or not.. It seems to have slowed down for now.. but we have been warned that it will come back if full force the same time as the flu.. that is not going to be good for any of us.. WE must do all we can to protect others as well as ourselves.. Its great that you distance and wash hands that is also essential to public health… but we both know everyone is not doing that either…

        • Anonymous on July 28, 2020 at 5:49 pm

          Right on!!!!!!

    • Anonymous on July 16, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      I was in Kroger’s earlier today In Nashville . I’m ashamed to say I’m really disappointed in the fact the even if some people are wearing masks’s. They aren’t staying a safe distance away from other people trying to shop. I personally had to backup several times to get away from the one person going up and down the rows. One of them was an off duty employee and should Know better than get to close.
      I have been wearing a mask since this Covid started trying to have respect for other people, as well as trying to protect Myself.
      THINK PEOPLE feel this Covid is nothing more than the flu. PEOPLE in Kroger’s need to have more respect for others

      • Anonymous on July 22, 2020 at 11:12 am


  67. 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?

  68. 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!!!!!

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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?

  77. 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?

  78. Anonymous on April 17, 2020 at 11:24 am


  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. 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?

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