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Illinois Secretary of State driver services facilities were scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Jan. 5. One of the facilities is located in Anna. Face masks are required, and social distancing and other safety measures will remain in place.  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public...
Southern Seven Head Start plans to reopen its Head Start Early Learning Centers in the region on Jan. 5 for in-person classes.  The plan to reopen the centers was announced Dec. 29 in a news release. Remote learning classes are still available for families that request them, Southern Seven Head...
A Leave No Trace Master Educator course is planned at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center Jan. 12-16.  The immersive experience takes place at Touch of Nature, a 3,100-acre site about 8 miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road.  Located along Little...
The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has had an ongoing major impact on small businesses throughout the Union County area. Some of those businesses are receiving some help as they head into the new year of 2021. The Anna City Council in mid-December voted to waive nearly all of the Union County...
At Mounds Head Start: from left are Cindy Rice (S7HS), Minta Comte (Elks and Rotary), Lonnie Coleson (S7HS), Kenneth Wood (Masonic Lodge), Chris Davault (Elks, Masonic Lodge and Rotary), Trucy Steers (Elks) and Stephanie Lowe (S7HS). Southern Seven Head Start photo.
As 2020 draws to a close, many organizations throughout the region are coming together to support their local residents.   For children enrolled at the Southern Seven Head Start (S7HS) Early Learning Centers in Cairo and Mounds, their support will continue to be felt in the new year. On Dec. 18,...
The planets Jupiter and Saturn came close together early Monday night, Dec. 21, in what is known as the “Christmas Star.” The planets appeared as two bright spots in a clear night sky over Union County.
Skywatchers were in for an end-of-year treat, according to NASA’s website, www.nasa.gov.  What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction which has been easily visible in the evening sky for two weeks in December as the bright planets Jupiter...
Southern Seven Health Department has scheduled free mobile COVID-19 testing events in Anna and Vienna. The Anna testing will be Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Southern Seven’s Union County Clinic location on 260 Lick Creek Rd. in Anna. The Vienna testing will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3...
A bipartisan group of governors are urging everyone to think safety during the holiday season. The governors urge everyone to wear a face mask, to follow the advice of medical experts and to help do their part of eradicate COVID-19. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Indiana...
Illinoisans will ring in the New Year with an additional increase in the minimum wage to $11 an hour. The Illinois Department of Labor is encouraging employees to watch their paychecks to ensure that time worked in 2021 is paid at the new rate. Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation into law in 2019...
From left are Jo Poshard of the Poshard Foundation, Tina Gibbs of Ameren, Glenn Poshard of the Poshard Foundation and Richard Clark of Tri-State Business Equipment. Photo provided.
For three days starting on Dec. 9, the Poshard Foundation distributed over 2,000 new toys and gifts to abused, abandoned, and neglected children throughout the area.   Representatives from social service agencies from Cairo to Centralia visited the Poshard Foundation on the campus of John A. Logan...

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