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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...
A drive-thru or dine in fish dinner is planned at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455. The post is located at 70 VFW Ln. near Anna. The VFW plans to serve the drive-thru fish dinner on Friday, Jan. 29. Serving is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu will include fish...
Shawnee Community College’s president, Dr. Tim Taylor, continues his efforts to ensure the college is strengthening its partnership with the community.  This week, Taylor released a short video outlining the college’s plans for continued efforts to increase awareness regarding the COVID-19...
In an effort to lift the spirits of Illinois’ senior citizen community, State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, is collecting Valentine’s Day cards for his newly introduced Valentines For Seniors Program. “This ongoing health crisis has taken so much from so many people, but one of the communities...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Saturday announced that Region 5 has met the metrics to move out of Tier 2 mitigations and into Tier 1 mitigations, which will allow limited indoor dining. Region 5 includes Union, Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson,...
Shawnee Community College again is hosting an annual high school writing contest.  Each year, Shawnee College faculty member Dr. Ryan Thornsberry conducts the contest to offer young authors in the region a creative outlet.  The contest consists of three categories of writing which are judged in two...

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