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The first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2020 has been confirmed. The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Thursday, Oct. 8, reported that it had confirmed the death. The disease claimed the life of a Chicago resident who became ill in mid-September and tested...
White-tailed deer are  a common sight along roads and highways in the Union County area. File photo.
As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures prevail, the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, are reminding motorists to watch out for deer.  With autumn comes deer mating season, a time of increased activity at dawn and dusk...
During October, former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard is leading “silent marches” throughout the region in a call for a return to peace, unity and civility during a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Poshard, left, led a march at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
Former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard has taken to the streets and sidewalks of Southern Illinois, calling for a return to peace, unity and civility amongst a bitterly divided state and nation.  Throughout the month of October, Poshard has scheduled “silent marches” in front of the...
The River-to-River Trail Society this fall again plans to offer a schedule of guided hikes in and near the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  All hikes are free and open to the public. The trail society said in a news release that although the hikes vary in level of difficulty, all are...
Uber has announced that it planned to expand its rides platforms to 39 additional counties throughout Illinois starting Wednesday, Oct. 7. Among the counties included in the expansion plans are Union, Alexander, Johnson, Massac and Pulaski in Southern Illinois. Uber said in a news release that with...
The popular Pumpkin Town display in Anna is set to have a new home this year. Pumpkin Town is scheduled to be at the Anna City Park this year.  Since its inception, Pumpkin Town has been displayed on the grounds of the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna.  The ongoing coronavirus/...
URBANA – Illinois residents who are seeking food assistance can visit go.illinois.edu/findfoodIL for a community food resource that shows food assistance locations closest to a specified Zip Code.  Resources include school and summer meal sites, as well as grocery stores, farmers markets, and...
As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the region, Southern Seven Health Department encourages all residents to get tested, regardless of symptoms, especially if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. The health department noted in a news release that “it is through testing that the health department can effectively track this disease and prevent its spread to our most vulnerable populations."  During September, Southern Seven Health Department held mobile COVID-19 testing  eve
Southern Seven Health Department reported on Friday, Oct. 9, that the coronavirus disease/COVID-19 risk level in Union and Johnson counties had changed from blue to orange on the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, County Level Risk Metrics Map. Southern Seven Health Department also...
With a mission to expand local food options and to continue efforts to remove Asian carp from Illinois waterways, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be offering free Asian carp meals at nine locations across the state this Saturday, Oct. 17. Two of these locations will be at Giant...
Following a decision by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the deadline for submitting census date has been moved up to Oct. 15. The original deadline was extended to the end of October due to complications posed by the pandemic. Following the ruling, the U.S. Census Bureau...

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