Safety

With as many as 200,000 additional people expected to be in Southern Illinois during the solar eclipse weekend, emergency management agencies and local authorities throughout the area have been meeting to insure plans are in place to address any problems that may arise.   Union County Hospital in...
Union County emergency services agencies this week are releasing eclipse safety announcements. The announcements come as local officials prepare for an Aug. 21 total solar eclipse. The eclipse is expected to bring thousands of visitors to Southern Illinois, where the period of totality for the...
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States.   The last total solar eclipse seen coast to coast in the United States was in 1918.   Starting shortly before noon and lasting until 2:45 p.m. Central Time on Aug. 21, people in Illinois will be able to see the...
Area residents who planned to be traveling for the Memorial Day holiday were reminded by Illinois State Police District 22 interim commander Lt. Michael Alvey to take necessary safety precautions.  Alvey noted that Illinois State Police troopers are responsible for the safety of more than 20,000...
The Illinois State Police are reminding young drivers to think responsibly as they celebrate during the upcoming prom and graduation season.   The primary safety message is in the word PROM, which asks teens to “Please Return On Monday.”      Now that prom and graduation season is here, area high...
The Illinois Department of Transportation reported that the U.S. Route 60/62 Mississippi River bridge in Cairo was scheduled to be closed during working hours from Monday, March 27, through Friday, April 7. The bridge was scheduled to be closed for a required annual safety inspection. The bridge is...
Harvest Season is in full swing and Illinois State Police District 13/22 interim commander, lieutenant Shane Alvey, urges motorists to be alert while traveling on rural roadways.  As farmers move equipment from field to field they will be traveling at much slower speeds than the rest of the...
Firefighter TC Schaefer, right, helped Rusty Smith, center, to try on some firefighting gear during a visit to Shawnee Elementary School. Also in the picture is Kyle Shirley. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Shawnee Elementary students received a visit from some area fire department personnel and their equipment on Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, as part of Fire Prevention Week. Firefighters Riley Webb, of the McClure-East Cape Fire District, and TC Schaefer and chief Dennis Wright, both of the Tower Rock...
Harvest season is in full swing in Southern Illinois. Lt. Shane Alvey, interim commander of Illinois State Police District 13/22, is urging motorists to be alert while traveling on rural roadways. As farmers move equipment from field to field they will be traveling at much slower speeds than the...
Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau is planning to participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 19. The drills offers the university a way to prepare faculty, staff and students to survive and recover from earthquakes. The drill is...

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