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Members of the Illinois State Board of Education, ISBE, had the opportunity at an Aug. 25 meeting to view the preliminary state-level results from the 2015-16 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, PARCC, assessment.  The initial release was part of a commitment to...
Southern Illinois lawmakers who attended the Aug. 25 Union County Economic Development Corporation legislative lunch included, from left, State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg; State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro; State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville; and State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton. Photo by Geof Skinner.
The Union County Economic Development Corporation, UCEDC, hosted a legislative lunch Thursday, Aug. 25, at Great Boars of Fire between Anna and Cobden. State legislators, local business owners and residents of Union County came together to discuss leading political issues that are facing both the...
Shawnee National Forest’s Snake Road is closing today, Sept. 1 so that snakes and amphibians, some of them considered threatened and endangered in Illinois and the U.S., can migrate from LaRue Swamp to nearby limestone bluffs.  Closing the two and a half mile-long road, also known as LaRue Road and...
In an effort to encourage people to get more exercise, SIH’s Second Act program and University Mall in Carbondale have teamed up on a new walking for fitness promotion. The Strutters program is open to anyone age 18 or older; one does not have to be a member of the Second Act program to participate...
Legislation has been signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner which is designed to take action in combatting human trafficking. The bill protects victims who often have language barriers, emotional challenges or economic hardships by creating a task force to look at how the State of Illinois can partner with...
The annual Cache River Days are planned Sept. 10-11 in Ullin. The weekend event includes food, music, exhibits and a variety of family activities, including guided canoe tours through the Cache River Wetlands. The half-million acre Cache River Watershed, with its forested hills and ancient cypress...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake plan to host the Natural History Education Company of the Mid-south at the Rend Lake visitor center on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The program, “Animals of the Desert,” will feature creatures with abilities to thrive in harsh and hot...
The Illinois State Police reported in a news release that 44 year-old David Thomas, of Elizabethtown, sustained injuries from a car crash in Rosiclare on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3:11 p.m. Thomas was driving an ATV southbound on Walnut Street towards 5th Street when Rosiclare police officer Greg Robinson...
The Illinois State Police reported in a news release that 26 year-old Justin Oliver, of Metropolis, and 33 year-old Brittany Miller, of Brookport, died in a car crash that occurred in Massac County on Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:15 p.m. Miller was traveling southbound on Pell Road. Oliver was traveling...
Cairo Junior High Beta Club presents the newly-elected officers. From left are Queen Brown, president; LaTayvia Little, vice president; Alana Young, secretary; Isiah Brown, reporter; and Dorian Howard chaplain. Photo provided.
Cairo Junior High and Cairo High School have recently elected new officers for the 2016-2017 school year. The new officers have plans for fundraisers and service projects to help the Cairo community again this year. The officers are making plans for the 2017 Illinois Beta convention. The Junior...

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