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From left are Gene Honn, Saints Foundation executive director; Craig Bradley, Shawnee Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter sponsor; and Tina Dudley, administrative assistant for the Shawnee Community College Saints Foundation. Shawnee Community College photo.
Members of the Shawnee College Phi Theta Kappa, PTK, Honor Society recently attended a virtual leadership conference. The conference was held for the Illinois State Region of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  As part of this year’s activities, members of PTK from around the state competed against...
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second deadliest type of cancer in the United States for men, and the third for women, Southern Seven Health Department reports. The health department noted that if found early, nine out of 10 people can expect to be cured from the disease.   In Illinois, 17 people...
Dozens of high school students from across the 59th Senate District in Southern Illinois came together on Nov. 9 for a special event. The students participated in an annual Youth Advisory Council hosted by State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg. Students from Union County were among those who...
Dr. Tim Taylor, the new president of Shawnee Community College, spoke with students during a recent meet and greet event. Shawnee Community College photo.
Dr. Tim Taylor has only been on campus, serving as the new president of Shawnee Community College for a couple of months.  Still, the positive energy from his student-centered leadership can already be felt resonating across the Shawnee Community College campus, observers say.  Taylor recently...
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring a food drive through Dec. 16. The drive began earlier in November.  Donations of non-perishable food items are welcomed.  All donations will go to the Shawnee Development Council’s Union County food pantry.  The sheriff’s office reported on social...
The River-to-River Trail Society this fall has been offering guided hikes in and near the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois.  The society’s seventh hike of the season, and its final scheduled hike of the year, is planned in the Jackson Hole Area of Pope County, on Saturday, Nov. 28....
The Christmas holiday season begins this week. Holiday season banners and lights can be seen along streets in the City of Anna. The banners and other decorations were placed by Anna city workers. Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, Nov. 26. Christmas Day is Friday, Dec. 25, with New Year’s Day following on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.
The Christmas holiday season is set to kick off this weekend in the City of Anna. Two special events are planned on Saturday, Nov. 28: •The debut of the city’s new Gumdrop Drive holiday lights route. •A drive-thru Christmas dropoff to help support the local Pay It Forward program. The Gumdrop Drive...
Rural Health, Inc. will be offering drive-up COVID-19 testing on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Anna clinic. Testing will be done by appointment only. An appointment can be made by calling the Anna clinic at 618-833-4471. Those interested in having a test done do not have to be a...
Southern Seven Health Department has scheduled a free mobile COVID-19 testing event in Cairo.  The testing is planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Southern Seven’s Head Start location in Building B at 4115 S. Sycamore St. The health department said the free nasal swab test is “quick...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois residents were being urged to stay at home as much as possible for at least the next three weeks as the second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks continues to sweep across the state. The latest advisory from the...

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