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The Illinois Department of Revenue, IDOR, plans to begin accepting 2020 state individual income tax returns on Friday, Feb. 12. IDOR noted Feb. 12 is the same date that the Internal Revenue Service, IRS, plans to begin accepting federal individual income tax returns. If a taxpayer electronically...
Community Health and Emergency Services, CHESI, Southern Seven Health Department and the University of Chicago’s Center for Asian Health Equity have partnered to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Southern Illinois.  The project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
“The third Monday in January must be viewed as more than a day off. It must serve as a day that not only remembers the dream and the dreamer, but as a day to honor, commemorate and value the struggle that will add to the greatness of this nation.” Those words were spoken by keynote speaker Dr....
Southern Seven Health Department announced Jan. 19 that it is entering Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccination schedule.  Southern Seven Health Department said in a news release that Phase 1B opens the vaccines to a wider group of individuals living within the region it serves. Southern Seven Health...
The U.S. Geological Survey, USGS, recently announced plans to conduct an airborne survey to study the rock layers under a region of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. The survey was scheduled to start in mid-January and continue through the spring of this year. Results will provide state-of-...
As a result of updated COVID-19 mitigations, the Illinois State Museum, ISM, planned to reopen  its flagship facility in Springfield and Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown on Tuesday, Jan. 26, with health and safety precautions in place.  The ISM Research and Collections Center, also located in...
The U.S. Forest Service plans to waive fees at many of its campgrounds on special days throughout 2021 as part of the federal land management fee-free program. Campgrounds on the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois are among the locations where fees will be waived. “These fee-free days are...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, has announced that select state historic sites were scheduled to reopen to the public effective Tuesday, Jan. 26.  All sites open to the public were scheduled to return to staffing levels prior to their closure.  Sites in Regions 4 and 7 of the...
A winter woods hike and a winter tree identification hike are planned at Giant City State Park near Makanda. Winter Woods Hike: The Giant City State Park naturalist will lead a hike to experience the natural beauty of the winter woods on the park’s 1-mile Nature Trail. The hike is scheduled from 10...
The 2020 WIBH New Coats, New Hope Campaign ended in December. The campaign raised more than $10,000. On. Jan. 12-13, the annual fund-raising effort, presented by WIBH Radio and Operation Warm, distributed 500 coats through their campaign partners, including the Children’s Medical & Mental Health Resource Network, CMMHRN, in Anna. From left are Moury Bass of WIBH; and Elaina Spalt, Abi Cowser and Tiffany Vincent of the CMMHRN. Ginger Meyer of the CMMHRN could not be present for the picture. Photo provided.
The 2020 WIBH New Coats, New Hope Campaign ended in December with the highest collection year in its 10-year history, with more than $10,000 raised. On Jan. 12 and 13, the Anna-based radio station delivered more than 500 coats to their destinations,where they await distribution to children in...

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