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Southern Seven Health Department reported a cumulative total of 1,756 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its service area as of Monday, Oct. 26. The health department serves Union, Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Pulaski counties. Southern Seven Health Department on Monday confirmed a...
A political campaign is challenging, hard work when times are “normal.” A pandemic has added to the challenge of the 2020 general election campaign. Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day. Candidates who are running in Union County admit that the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has added an unexpected...
By Jerry NowickiCapitol News Illinoisjnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com One of the major questions Illinois voters will answer on Nov. 3 will be on the ballot statewide: whether to amend the state’s constitution to allow for a graduated rate income tax. Strictly speaking, the amendment removes a...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Despite a temporary rule that extends the expiration dates for Firearm Owners Identification cards and concealed carry permits, many Illinois gun owners are still finding it difficult to buy weapons and ammunition....
The NubAbility Athletics Foundation is holding a virtual bass fishing tournament during the month of October, with all proceeds going towards camps for limb-different children.  Anglers can participate in the #CastingforNubKids event by registering and submitting competition entries through the...
Drive-thru trick-or-treating is planned on Halloween evening at the Anna City Park. The event comes at a time when safe alteratives to traditional trick-or-treating are being planned in response to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Halloween is Saturday, Oct. 31. Drive-thru trick-or-...
The City of Anna has announced plans to offer leaf pick up during the week of Nov. 2-6. The city notes that leaves must be raked to the curb, but not in the street. Leaves also must be free of all debris, including tree limbs, bags, trash and other items. Those who would like to have leaves picked...
From left are Sharon Brashear, president of the PTK chapter at  Shawnee Community College, and Bethany Bell, a Shawnee Community College student and president of PBL. Shawnee Community College photo.
The Alpha Lambda Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa recently donated personal care items, including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and deodorant, to The Cupboard, the Shawnee Community College food and personal care pantry.  College students often struggle to obtain bare essentials in addition to...
Members of the Shawnee School District No. 84 Board of Education were on hand last week at a Jonesboro School District No. 43 Board meeting to present a plaque to the neighboring district for assistance during the pandemic. From left are Jonesboro School Board secretary R.W. McAlister and board president Casey Johnson, receiving a plaque on behalf of Jonesboro, and Shawnee School Board president Tim Qualls and board member Jason Stegle.
Representatives of Shawnee School District No. 84 were in attendance at the Jonesboro School District No. 43 Board of Education’s meeting on Thursday evening, Oct. 15, to formally voice appreciation to the  neighboring district. Shawnee School District superintendent Shelly Clover-Hill said that...
The River-to-River Trail Society this fall again plans to offer a schedule of guided hikes in and near the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  All hikes are free and open to the public. The trail society said in a news release that although the hikes vary in level of difficulty, all are...

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