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Winter brings plenty of cold weather challenges with ice, snow, cold and shorter days.  It also brings a heightened threat of workplace carbon monoxide (CO) exposure and poisonings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most carbon monoxide poisoning cases occur during the...
Southern Seven Health Department reports the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Monday, Nov. 30, that Union County was at the orange warning level on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) risk metrics.  Union County joined the six other counties in the Southern Seven region at this warning...
Vehicles made their way through high water in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna. The photograph was taken when heavy rain fell in early January of this year. File photo.
Anna officials continue to work on plans to ease flooding which occurs on a city street during heavy rainfall. The matter was discussed at a regular meeting of the Anna City Council which was held Tuesday evening, Nov. 17. Attendance at the meeting was available via teleconference. Flooding...
Santa Claus is planning to visit Cobden from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. He is scheduled to be at the downtown Cobden park near the playground. In case of rain he will be under the pavilion at the north end of the park.  Social distancing will be in practice and masks must be worn.  Santa...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic claimed 446 lives in Illinois over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend while the rate of hospitalizations declined for the first time since the recent surge began in late September. As of late...
WACO, Texas – The Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, BCHP, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, and key public and private organizations, announced that it served more than 38.7 million meals between March and August to more than 270,000 children...
The seven-day firearm deer season in Illinois is scheduled to conclude Dec. 3-6. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reports that hunters in the state harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of the firearm deer season. The first weekend of firearm deer...
As of Monday, Nov. 30, Union County had recorded nearly 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Southern Seven Health Department reported Monday that the county had a total of 1,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total included updated statistics which were recorded from Nov....
Southern Seven Head Start last week announced the temporary closing of its Head Start Early Learning Centers in the area for the remainder of the year. Early learning centers were set to close at the end of the school day on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5,...
From left are Gene Honn, Saints Foundation executive director; Craig Bradley, Shawnee Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter sponsor; and Tina Dudley, administrative assistant for the Shawnee Community College Saints Foundation. Shawnee Community College photo.
Members of the Shawnee College Phi Theta Kappa, PTK, Honor Society recently attended a virtual leadership conference. The conference was held for the Illinois State Region of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  As part of this year’s activities, members of PTK from around the state competed against...

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