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Southern Seven Health Department is working hard to promote participation in the 2020 Census by area residents. This week, the health department has launched a “Census Challenge.” The health department shared the following message about the “Challenge”: “The 2020 Census is a great activity to do...
Take a drive around town these days in the Union County area when it is possible, and you might see a bear out there. The bears are a way to help make children feel a little safer during a very challenging time. Stuffed animals are appearing in windows, and in other places, around the world as part...
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com People in Illinois are being directed to continue staying home, and schools will continue to be closed for on-site instruction through April 30, Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday. Pritzker made that announcement during a news...
A newly launched website details the state’s evolving response to COVID-19 and resources available to Illinois residents during this challenging time. In another effort to provide timely and accurate information to the public, Coronavirus.illinois.gov centralizes the breaking updates from state...
Volunteers are stepping up to help make masks for health care workers. Information about the “mask ministry” was posted early this week on Rendleman Orchards’ Facebook page: When Deaconess Hospital rolled this out, the response from the community was so overwhelming they asked them to start sending...
Ray Lenzi on March 18 claimed victory in the race for the Democratic nomination to Illinois’ 12th district Congressional seat. “It was a long night of watching the returns come in,” Lenzi said in a news release. “We had to wait until this morning to get the complete unofficial totals.” With all 649...
Union County Clerk Lance Meisenheimer shared an update about the March 17 primary election: The primary election is now over and was a successful election here in Union County. We did have one issue that I wanted to clear up and let the public know exactly what happened. This past summer the Union...
Flood warnings continue until further notice along the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers in Southern Illinois. Union County is bordered by both rivers. The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported early this week on its website that minor to moderate flooding continued along the...
Anna Police Chief Bryan Watkins has announced changes to departmental operations in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with CDC recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a temporary police department operating directive began at 12 a.m. Thursday, March 19. The...
As response continues to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro is closed to the public, with the exception of appointments. The policy was announced Monday by Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel. In a notice to the public, the sheriff reported that due to a “Stay...

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