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May is Reptile and Amphibian Month at Giant City State Park near Makanda. During May, the visitors center at the park is hosting a photography exhibit by local photographer and reptile and amphibian enthusiast Jeremy Schumacher. Three programs about reptiles and amphibians are scheduled during May...
Shawnee Community College near Ullin has announced that the 2016 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member is Sherrie Malone of Villa Ridge. The award recognizes the high achievement of Illinois’ Community College instructors. Malone received her associate...
Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, shared her story with Rend Lake College students to convince them to stop driving distracted. Photo provided.
Students at Rend Lake College in Ina packed the college's theatre Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn all about distracted driving from Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, and Illinois State Police, ISP, Trooper Christopher Watson. Approximately 175 students attended the presentation to hear from the...
Shawnee Community College educational technology specialist Rob Lucas listened as two high school students shared their business ideas during an event held recently in Anna. Shawnee Community College photo.
Shawnee Community College representatives Brett Whitnel and Rob Lucas participated in a recent Union County CEO mentorship program. The program was presented Jan. 29 at the college's extension center in Anna.  Whitnel and Lucas met with local high school students to hear their “first pitches” about...
The dangers of distracted driving are all around us, and next week, Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, and Illinois State Police, ISP, Trooper Christopher Watson, plan to be on the campus of Rend Lake College at Ina to speak to students about this growing issue. The college's public information...
A traffic accident involving a vehicle which was transporting ice cream was reported very early Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, in Union County. Illinois State Police at Ullin reported that the accident happened at approximately 12:08 a.m. Tuesday in the southbound lane of Interstate 57.   The scene...
Superheroes and princesses were on hand.
The Cobden High School Beta Club hosted a princess/superhero brunch Saturday, Feb. 6. Beta club sponsor Peggy Dent said that the event was "very successful." "Many favorite princesses and superheroes shared a delicious brunch with a large crowd of very excited area children. There were fun...
Motorists found themselves driving through snow showers Monday night. The picture was taken in Anna.
Union County was under a winter weather advisory Tuesday. The website for the National Weather Service office in Paducah issued the advisory early Tuesday morning. The advisory was in effect until noon. Light snow continued to fall in the area early Tuesday afternoon. Snow began to fall Monday...
With the announcement by the U.S. Mint that the Shawnee National Forest will be featured on the back of a quarter, State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, stressed the importance of funding local tourism bureaus. “Shawnee National Forest is one of the most beautiful places in Southern Illinois...
Area residents are being asked to help the American Red Cross meet an emergency need for blood and platelet donors.  Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting...

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