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Shawnee Community College has already started Juneteenth celebrations.  The college’s cultural awareness team has decorated the main campus near Ullin in preparation for “Freedom Day,” which is Sunday, June 19.  A PowerPoint presentation is also running in the Commons area on the main campus.  The...
The Union County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, from the Canadian National Railroad which reported that one of its trains had struck a pedestrian. The accident involved a train that was traveling north. The sheriff’s office reported that the accident occurred in a...
The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial Organization is planning to have a flag retirement ceremony. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Alto Pass Cemetery. The ceremony is scheduled to include the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the firing of a three-volley salute and the...
More than $2.8 million in Community Development Block Grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have been awarded to area communities as part of the department’s Community Development Block Grant program, CDBG.  State Rep. Patrick Windhorst said in a news release that...
Southern Seven Health Department announced June 6 that it is moving its Pope County public health clinic from 205 Main St. in Golconda to 118 N. Market St. in Golconda.  Doors are scheduled to open July 6. Southern Seven Health Department has provided health care services to residents of Pope...
Pulaski County State’s Attorney Lisa C. Casper reports that Jared Wade Hinman Sr., 39,  was found guilty Thursday, May 26, after a two-day jury trial, on two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, both Class X felonies, and one count of criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony. ...
In the fall of 2021, the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the Cairo Police Department and the Illinois State Police, investigated a string of catalytic converter thefts in Alexander County. The Alexander County state’s attorney’s office reported in a news release that...
Weather during the spring season in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky was slightly warmer than normal.  Precipitation during the spring varied throughout the region. The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported that temperatures averaged around 1 degree above...
Tess D. Hazel-Ford and Archie Hazel have written a book titled “Ware Illinois and the Mississippi River Bottoms: A Ramble Through Time.” Photo provided.
“Ware Illinois and the Mississippi River Bottoms: A Ramble Through Time,” a book written by Tess D. Hazel-Ford and Archie Hazel, was just released for sale through Barnes and Noble Press.   The two authors are  a brother and sister and were raised in Ware.  Tess D. Hazel-Ford of De Soto attended...
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois 4-H volunteers empower and prepare youth for success as the program relies on its more than 6,000 volunteers to fill key leadership and mentoring roles.  Longtime volunteers and former staff members were recently honored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation for their selfless...

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