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By Ben OrnerCapitol News Illinoisborner@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers put mental health on center stage Wednesday, April 15, during a virtual town hall in which medical professionals offered advice to Illinoisans struggling with the mental and emotional pressures of the...
River levels were falling during the past week in the region. The National Weather Service at Paducah reported on its website that the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau was cresting, or near crest, last week, and was expected to fall below stage. The Ohio River was continuing to fall and is...
The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund.  Combined with the foundation’s annual spring grants of $100,000, a total of $400,000 will be distributed to the most vulnerable children and families in Southern Illinois.  The...
Among the locations in the area offering wi-fi hotspots are Stinson Memorial Library District, Southern Illinois University and Shawnee Community College. A map showing the locations can be found online.
Illinois state agencies have released a wi-fi hotspot map to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes.  Locations in the Union County area which offer the hotspots include Stinson Memorial Library District (the district’s main library is in Anna), Southern Illinois...
The Illinois Department on Aging, IDoA, on Saturday, April 11, announced that it had distributed $7 million across the state to meet the growing demand for meal assistance by older Illinoisans impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health emergency. IDoA distributed the funds, provided through...
Abearham Lincoln is watching over the Little Free Library at Lincoln School in Anna.
A Little Free Library at Lincoln School has been selected as the winner in the Southern Illinois Bear Hunt. The Southern and H2H Reality have picked the winners of the Southern Illinois Bear Hunt contest, and the grand prize was taken by an entry from Anna School District No. 37.  “Teddy Bear Hunts...
Centerstone has been awarded a $2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The grant will help individuals experiencing homelessness and substance use...
For families who already were struggling to make ends meet, the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional challenges for those enrolled in supplemental meal programs, such as lack of pre-approved foods in stores and revised in-person consultation.  In response to the need, Southern Seven...
At the request of the local government, the State of Illinois has activated a pre-staged alternate housing facility in Jefferson County to meet the identified needs of COVID-19.  State officials reported that Jefferson County authorities had indicated a recent spike in positive cases of COVID-19,...
Even though the Anna Head Start center is temporarily closed, the students have been keeping busy at home. Members of the teaching staff have been working with families through a learning app called Class DoJo. A caregiver assists a child in completing certain activities that have been assigned by the classroom teacher. Parents have been sending in pictures of their children doing a variety of activities to keep themselves busy, from planting flowers and pet grooming to rolling out their first batch of dump
As children throughout the region are studying and participating in activities with their classmates online, Southern Seven Head Start students, and their families, are too – and in ways that go beyond the classroom. When schools were closed in March due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic,...

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