Union County emergency services agencies this week are releasing eclipse safety announcements. The announcements come as local officials prepare for an Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. The eclipse is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Southern Illinois, where the period of totality for the...
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS, in partnership with KidsAndCars.org, are working to build awareness on how to keep children safe in and around cars.  The partners have released a public service announcement, PSA, as part of the awareness campaign. In the summer, a car...
On Thursday, June 29, representatives of a number of emergency service organizations in Union County came together to devise a plan for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and providing their services to all of the visitors expected to appear for the event. Transport and housing of patients and...
Updates on uncertain financial situations facing the county’s 911 emergency communications system and highway department were shared at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, June 23, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Union...
From left are new Union County 911 coordinator Crystal Gurley; Steve Hartline, who is chairman of the Union County 911 board; and Jana Fear, who has retired as the system’s coordinator.
A celebration was held Tuesday, May 23, to say "job well done" to the coordinator of the Union County 911 emergency communications system. The celebration also gave those in attendance an opportunity to welcome the system’s new coordinator. The gathering was held in the community room at the Union...
Plans are moving forward on the establishment of a joint 911 communications system which will serve Union and Alexander counties. The move, however, is not being made without some concerns. The establishment of the joint system was addressed at a special meeting of the Union County Board of...

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