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Volunteers are stepping up to help make masks for health care workers. Information about the “mask ministry” was posted early this week on Rendleman Orchards’ Facebook page: When Deaconess Hospital rolled this out, the response from the community was so overwhelming they asked them to start sending...
Ray Lenzi on March 18 claimed victory in the race for the Democratic nomination to Illinois’ 12th district Congressional seat. “It was a long night of watching the returns come in,” Lenzi said in a news release. “We had to wait until this morning to get the complete unofficial totals.” With all 649...
Union County Clerk Lance Meisenheimer shared an update about the March 17 primary election: The primary election is now over and was a successful election here in Union County. We did have one issue that I wanted to clear up and let the public know exactly what happened. This past summer the Union...
Flood warnings continue until further notice along the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers in Southern Illinois. Union County is bordered by both rivers. The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported early this week on its website that minor to moderate flooding continued along the...
Anna Police Chief Bryan Watkins has announced changes to departmental operations in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with CDC recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a temporary police department operating directive began at 12 a.m. Thursday, March 19. The...
As response continues to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro is closed to the public, with the exception of appointments. The policy was announced Monday by Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel. In a notice to the public, the sheriff reported that due to a “Stay...
The Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, SIDEZ, has a disaster relief loan program.  The loan is for up to $5,000 to assist businesses located in Alexander, Pulaski, Johnson, Massac and Union counties during a time of disaster.  The disaster definition for this program is defined as a...
A disaster declaration was issued Tuesday for Union County in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration was issued by Union County Board of Commissioners chairman Max Miller. The declaration declares: Pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Management Act, the executive officer of a...
The Illinois Funeral Directors Association, IFDA, Board of Directors recommends following CDC guidelines on gatherings, and this includes those directly related to any funerals, visitations or graveside services. The association posted the following information on its website: All gatherings of 10...
In anticipation of the coronavirus outbreak closing schools and putting pressure on area food pantries to provide emergency assistance to more needy children, the Poshard Foundation has distributed $50,000 in grants to 28 area pantries across 16 Southern Illinois counties.   The grants range from $...

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