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The Friends of Crab Orchard Refuge and the Crab Orchard Refuge staff will be hosting a Volunteer Recruitment Day for their new Pollinator Habitat Restoration Project.  On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Friends of Crab Orchard Refuge will be presenting a program on native pollinators and how to establish a...
The River-to-River Trail Society has announced its first guided hike of the fall, 2016 hiking season, at Max Creek, in Johnson County, on Saturday, Oct. 8.   The hike is free and open to the public. Meet at 10 a.m. at the New Simpson - Tunnel Hill School, on Route 45 between Ozark and Vienna.  This...
Catfish Days are coming: the annual Olmsted Catfish Days Festival is planned Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will begin on Front Street Saturday morning with a flea market, community yard sales, food vendors, music and a parade. The cost for flea market, yard sale, information and game booth space is...
Shawnee Community College plans to host several Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, completion events during October. In the previous years, the first day to file for FAFSA was in January before the desired academic year. Starting this year, students will be able to file for FAFSA...
Students prayed in a circle around the Anna Junior High/Davie School flag pole to pray before school on Wednesday morning, Sept. 28. Photo provided.
Students gathered around the flag pole in front of Anna Junior High/Davie School Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, before school to pray together for the country and for their school leadership. The event was part of the national “See You at the Pole” program that focused on the theme, “We Cry Out.”
Catherine “Sue” Jennings talked about the Golconda Madstone with her grandson, Christopher Argiro. Photo provided.
History comes alive through the play “The Golconda Madstone,” which is about a stone that is said to have cured people of mad dog and poison snake bites.  The play was written by Eva Baker Watson. Watson captured the history of Christie Boos Bushman, the last person to administer treatment using...
Each winter, hundreds of children throughout Southern Illinois go without warm coats, causing a staggering effect on academic learning, self-esteem and general health.   Since 2011, WIBH Radio in Anna has made it an annual mission to provide new coats to children through the New Coats, New Hope...
Teacher Rebecca Yates sits with some of the worn and weathered instruments that have been found in Century School’s storage. A donation fund has been set up to raise money for new instruments that can be loaned out for student use. Photo by Amber Skelton.
The economy may make funding for educational programs difficult, but one school is choosing to ensure it has money for the arts.  Children in kindergarten through 8th grade in Century Unit District No. 100 at Ullin will be given the opportunity to join a new band program starting Nov. 1. Century...
Photo by Amber Skelton.
The rain couldn't keep the crowds away at the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Homecoming parade Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. Many colorful floats and groups made the trek from the Anna City Park to the high school. The theme for the parade was "Red Carpet." Click through the slideshow to see...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to remove trees at the Trail of Tears State Forest Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. to save Southern Illinois forests. The IDNR invites the public to learn how selectively removing trees can let more light into forests for oaks, the dominant tree in...

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