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The Jackson County Health Department reported on Nov. 12 it had been notified in the previous 24 hours that 87 Jackson County residents were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.  As of Nov. 12, 395 active cases were being managed, which the health department said was a record high.  The health...
Sixteen Southern Illinois area teachers have been selected as 2020 McDonald’s Teach it Forward Outstanding Educators from a pool of more than 880 nominations. The award honors educators who exhibit the ultimate dedication to their students and contribute to the improvement of education in our most...
Although it has been announced that the Boy Scout’s Scouting for Food has been cancelled, this is not the case. “Scouting for Food (SFF) has NOT been cancelled, it is moving to a different format this year,” Boy Scouts of America, BSA, Big Muddy District communications chairperson Steve Buhman said...
The first firearm deer season for 2020 in Illinois is set for Nov. 20, 21 and 22. The second firearm deer season is scheduled Dec. 3, 4, 5 and 6. Muzzleloader-only deer season is set for Dec. 11, 12 and 13. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, notes that hunters may also use a...
Shawnee Community College continues to find ways to help students get ahead and stay ahead during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year, during winter break, students can sign up for an accelerated opportunity to earn full college credit in just a fraction of the time by enrolling in one of the inter-...
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, on Friday, Nov. 13,  announced that $112 million is being awarded to 31 downstate transit providers as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program.  The grants are designed to help to expand and improve service, providing more transportation options...
The Union County Alliance of Churches is planning to have a Thanksgiving service next week. As has been the case with many activities during the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the service will be a little bit different. Due to mitigation protocols related to the pandemic, the Thanksgiving...
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White last week announced that driver services  facilities would be closed to the public for in person transactions effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. A driver services facility is located in...
The Union County CEO program is creating and selling “Christmas Around the Community” gift boxes.
Union County CEO program students have been posing a couple of questions to the community as part of their work on a special project for the upcoming Christmas holiday season. The questions: Do you want to support your local businesses in Union County?   Wouldn’t you love to safely holiday shop...
Southern Seven Health Department reported a cumulative total of 2,535 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its service area as of Monday, Nov. 16. The health department serves Union, Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Pulaski counties. Southern Seven Health Department on Monday confirmed a...

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