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University of Illinois Extension has announced the selection of a multi-county region in Illinois for participation in CREATE BRIDGES, a program which is designed to build up rural economies.  CREATE BRIDGES was recently launched in Illinois, New Mexico and North Carolina with the help of a $2,041,...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create professional hardships for thousands of Illinois residents, the Illinois Community College Board, ICCB, recently announced that they are helping to make it easier for state residents to earn their high school equivalency.  ICCB announced that grant...
Veterans of Foreign Wars Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of Anna is planning to host a Corn Hole Challenge Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at noon. The proceeds from the event will go to support the local VFW. A barbeque stand will be set up for lunch. Drinks also will be available. The...
Union County State’s Attorney Daniel Klingemann and Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel have announced that their offices will again be monitoring Union County polling places on Election Day, which is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3. Klingemann and Harvel said in a news release that prosecutors and Union...
Southern Seven Health Department reported on Friday, Sept. 18, that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) risk level in Union County had changed from blue to orange on the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, County Level Risk Metrics Map.   An orange designation indicates warning signs of...
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. The Senior Solutions program at Union County Hospital in Anna is working to raise awareness and to educate the community about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide.  As part of the awareness effort, Mayor Steve Hartline was...
Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky is featured in a video which is offered as an 8th grade resource by Anna School District No. 37 art teacher Josh Shearer. The image is a screen shot from the video.
A Union County teacher says he was looking for a way to increase access to the visual arts during a school year which is is unlike anything this country has ever seen before.  Josh Shearer is the art teacher for Anna Community Unit School District No. 37. Shearer says he is looking for a silver...
A course scheduled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is designed to prepare participants to promote responsible use of the outdoors. Registration is underway for the Leave No Trace Master Educator course, which is planned Oct. 20-24. The program will...
The fifth annual Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail event is planned Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27, in Union and Jackson counties. Hours for the event are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Organizers note that unlike previous trails, there will only be three potters featured on the fall...
With the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois, Southern Seven Health Department hosted a drive-thru, COVID-19 mobile testing event on Sept. 13. The event was at the health department’s clinic in Ullin. Illinois Department of Public Health and HR Support conducted the tests. A free test was given to 56 people, regardless of symptoms. No insurance or appointment was needed. The Sept. 13  event followed the previous week’s mobile testing in Anna and Vienna, where a total of 227
Southern Seven Health Department reported that as of Sept. 14, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) risk level in Pulaski County had changed from blue to orange on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s County Level Risk Metrics Map.   An orange designation indicates warning signs of increased...

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