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A Southern Illinois state legislator brought together students from throughout the region last week for a special event. Students from Union County were among those who participated in the event. State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, brought together dozens of high school students from across the...
The Shawnee National Forest has announced that its Mississippi Bluffs Ranger Station, located in Jonesboro, Illinois will be closed temporarily due to staff shortages. The closure began on Monday, March 22. Forest offices located in Vienna and Harrisburg will continue to provide at-the-door service...
A map posted late last week on the website for the National Weather Service office in Paducah showed locations for river flood warnings in the region. The warning locations are in the shaded areas on the map. Flooding co
Flooding continued during the past week on rivers in the region as the result of additional heavy rainfall. Flood warnings remained in effect for the Ohio River and the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois. The Mississippi River also was on the rise in Southern Illinois. The National Weather...
In an effort to further expand vaccine accessibility in rural communities, the State of Illinois is launching a rural vaccination pilot program.  Starting this week, additional National Guard mobile operations will begin visiting rural communities with the capability to deliver upwards of 1,000...
A reimagined and reinvigorated economic development initiative is designed to create a regional hub and serve as a unified voice for the 17 southernmost counties in Illinois.  SI Now, a Southern Illinois Success Initiative, involves collaboration among leaders in business and industry, healthcare,...
Anna Church of the Nazarene is planning to have a free grocery giveaway on Saturday, March 20. The giveaway is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. The church is located at 100 Kirk St. in Anna. Those who would like to receive groceries are asked to enter the church parking lot by way of Kirk Street and...
An Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, hunter safety education course is planned Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s Main Street Center in Anna. The church is located at 315 South St. Hours for the course are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m....
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden high school co-op boys’ soccer team will enter the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division race for the first time this season. “The boys are looking forward to it,” A-J head coach Mark Boomer said.  There are seven seniors, seven juniors, three...
The Illinois Department of Employment Security, IDES, reports that the state’s unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point to 7.7 percent in January. Nonfarm payrolls were up 9,700 jobs in January, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and released by...
The 2021 Illinois spring trout fishing season is scheduled to open Saturday, April 3, at 57 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. The Illinois catchable trout program is funded by those who use the program through the sale of inland trout stamps.  Among the locations in Southern Illinois...

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