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By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinois gbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The statewide seven-day rolling COVID-19 positivity rate dropped Friday to a low not seen since the summer, as the state reached a record 95,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered the day before. The...
The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, SISO, plans to continue its season with a pair of performances later this month.  The performancees will feature romantic works for wind ensembles written by composers Antonin Dvořák and Richard Strauss. Performances are scheduled Feb. 22 at the Marion...
After an outpouring of public support for his ongoing Valentines for Seniors project, State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, planned to begin distribution of Valentine’s Day cards to assisted-living facilities and nursing homes across the 59th District. Part of Union County is in the district. “...
By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinoisgbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Leadership in the Illinois Senate has formed a new committee to focus on mental health issues in the current General Assembly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly alter everyday life.  “Although it’s...
CHAMPAIGN – Two updated pest degree day calculators from the Prairie Research Institute, PRI, are available for commodity and specialty crop growers in Illinois. The calculators feature seven-day weather forecasts, graphs and insect emergence maps to track accumulated degree days and light for the...
The Center for Regional History in collaboration with University Press, both at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, recently published the childhood short stories of Missouri native Ruby Allee Wright in “Twelve Corners – The Refuge of My Youth.” In “Twelve Corners,” readers will...
This aerial image of a Clear Creek levee segment was taken during the 2019 spring flood event. Photo provided.
Editor’s note: the following article and the accompanying photograph were shared by those working on the Big Five Levee System project. Imagine your typical day of getting ready to head to work, driving along the beautiful River Road next to the Mighty Mississippi River. It’s a bit cloudy, but rain...
Illinois American Water has issued a boil water order for its Cairo District service area. The extreme cold temperatures have resulted in several water main breaks across the Cairo water distribution system. Water pressure has been impacted, resulting in a boil water order. Customers should bring...
Southern Seven Health Department reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, has released findings which show significant decreases in testing of blood lead levels in young children the during COVID-19 pandemic. Lead is a toxic metal that through exposure can result in severe...
The recent announcement that Honeywell’s Metropolis Works facility is in the process of reopening is the kind of good news that State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, says will help boost the economy and create much-needed job opportunities in Southern Illinois. “I know that when the facility...

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