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People were talking about the birds and the bees and the total solar eclipse. But they may have been missing the peripheral effects of the April 8 total solar eclipse on animals, especially those in the path of totality. “The side consequences are more impactful on animals than the actual eclipse...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Friday, April 26, reported that with the respiratory virus season continuing to wind down, the state’s overall respiratory virus level was minimal. IDPH also reported that all of the counties in the state were at a low level for COVID-19...
Progress continues on the construction of a new Union County animal control facility. The new facility is located along Kaolin Road, between Anna and Cobden.
Resolutions for approval for local matching funds for two major infrastructure projects were on the agenda at last Friday morning’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. An update on another project also was shared. The meeting was at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro....
The Village of Alto Pass is planning to host a Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 4. The celebration begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m. at the park in downtown Alto Pass. The day’s festivities will include authentic a Cinco de Mayo queen and king contest, a parade, a performance by...
Illinois state officials on Wednesday, April 24, announced Community Development Block Grant, CDBG, for Housing Rehabilitation recipients. A total of $8.9 million has been awarded to 14 communities, which will support housing rehabilitation projects. Awards for local governments range from $539,000...
Project updates and plans for upcoming events were among the topics discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council.  The meeting was Tuesday evening, April 16, at Anna City Hall. In a consent agenda matter, an engineering service agreement with Horner & Shifrin was approved...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, recently issued updated consumption advisories for sport fish caught in Illinois waters.  The advisories can be found online at dph.illinois.gov. The advisories are based on routine testing conducted by the Illinois Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program...
The Saluki Takeover Tour of Southern Illinois is scheduled to make stops in  area communities. After successful events in Chicago, St. Louis, Springfield, Florida and Nashville, Tenn., the Saluki Takeover Tour is scheduled visit all 17 of the region’s counties, starting April 24 and continuing...
Everyone is invited to come gather ’round the fire at the Trail of Tears State Forest near Jonesboro at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, for Shawnee Chapter Illinois Audubon Society’s Under the Stars & Around the Campfire program.  Southern Illinois’ own local folk duo Carter and Connelley will provide...
A small earthquake was reported to have occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, April 22, in the Union County area.  The University of Memphis Center for Earthquake Research and Information reported on its website that the earthquake happened at about 3:52 a.m. 0.839 of a mile west of Mill...

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