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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...
Girl Scouting is offering girls a safe haven from the stress of the pandemic.  Girl Scout research shows that girls need more support for mental health needs right now.  Their families are stressed, school situations may be uncertain and they may be isolated from their friends.  Girl Scouts of...
With archery season scheduled to open Oct. 1, deer hunters will soon start heading to the woods.  Tree stand falls are one of the most common hunting injuries that can be prevented with some simple safety measures such as always wearing a harness and choosing a sturdy tree. “Shortcuts lead to...
A pickleball tournament is scheduled Sept. 25-27 at the Anna City Park. The Anna Pickleball Group will be hosting the Southern Illinois Open tournament. The tournament will be played on the new pickleball courts at the Anna City Park. Proceeds from the tournament will be given to Hadley’s Haven to...
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can be overwhelming.   As a result, Southern Seven Health Department is encouraging residents to be aware of substance use or abuse involving themselves and others during this time.  With the ongoing isolation, fear and worry about their health and those...
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $200,000 grant to Rural Health Inc. in Anna.  The funding, awarded through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program, will be used to increase response planning to combat the opioid epidemic in Southern Illinois. The awarding of the...
Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., headlines the fall schedule of speakers hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Buttigieg is scheduled to participate in the institute’s “Understanding...
A POW/MIA ceremony, a fish fry and Xtreme Bar Bingo are planned at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455. The post is located at 70 VFW Ln. near Anna. Fish Fry The post plans to serve a monthly fish fry on Friday, Sept. 18. Serving starts at 5 p.m. The menu will include fish...

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