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Eligible donors in the Union County area are invited to help ease a shortage in the nation’s blood supply. On May 28, the following statement was issued by AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross regarding the status of the nation’s blood supply: Since the beginning of the COVID-19...
Union County Hospital in Anna has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Critical Access Hospital Accreditation and Nursing Care Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.  The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that...
This was the scene at about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the Illinois Secretary of State’s drivers services facility in Anna. Downstate facilities reopened this week following a lengthy closing caused by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office’s reopening plan, beginning June 1, with the first two months focused on serving only new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions.  As of May 26, there were more than 700,000 expired driver’s...
In the midst of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is an election year. A primary election was held in March. A general election is scheduled in November. Concerns about the election process are ongoing and were addressed during the recent Illinois state legislative session.  While the state...
Dr. Austin A. Lane
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees planned to meet Friday, May 29, to consider the appointment of Austin A. Lane as the next chancellor of SIU Carbondale.  The appointment was recommended by SIU system president Dan Mahony and would be effective no later than July 6, pending the...
A sign salutes the heroes who live and work at the Illinois Veterans Home at Anna. The sign was posted on the grounds of the veterans home.
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, IDVA, on May 26 announced the launch of Operation Rising Spirit. IDVA said that Operation Rising Spirit is a campaign which challenges service organizations, volunteers and patriots in Illinois to raise the spirits of military veterans and the heroic...
A representative from Meridian recently presented the staff of Rural Health Inc. with over $10,000 worth of Walmart gift cards. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Rural Health CFO Robert Odum, chief medical officer Dr. William Ribbing, Rural Health CEO Cindy Flamm, Rural Health community outreach coordinator Chase Hileman, Rural Health COO Jodie Stewart, and Meridian community relations specialist Greg Horta. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
Rural Health Inc. in Anna has received a donation worth of over $10,000 from one of its managed care partners, Meridian Health.  The donation comes in the form of 300 Walmart gift cards, each worth $35.  Meridian has purchased over $96,000 worth of gift cards to be used by several community-based...
Plans are being developed for a phase reopening at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna. The library has been closed due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Library director Lisa Livesay shared the following update about the library’s plans in a May 19 email: “We are currently working on finalizing...
Union County CEO program student Alex Remsey has earned national recognition for his business: Alto Archery Targets. Photo provided.
“Congratulations to the second place winner of the CEO National Pitch competition – Alex Remsey from the Union County CEO Program! We love this 30-second pitch about his business, Alto Archery Targets.”  This was how the email from the Midland Institute of Entrepreneurship began. The National Pitch...
The Friends of the Casper Church Association has raised a $600 cash reward for information leading to the prosecution of the persons involved in Friday night’s desecration of graves at the Casper Church Cemetery. The cemetery is located on the grounds of the historic Casper Church. The church and...

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