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Dr. Austin A. Lane
The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees planned to meet Friday, May 29, to consider the appointment of Austin A. Lane as the next chancellor of SIU Carbondale.  The appointment was recommended by SIU system president Dan Mahony and would be effective no later than July 6, pending the...
A sign salutes the heroes who live and work at the Illinois Veterans Home at Anna. The sign was posted on the grounds of the veterans home.
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, IDVA, on May 26 announced the launch of Operation Rising Spirit. IDVA said that Operation Rising Spirit is a campaign which challenges service organizations, volunteers and patriots in Illinois to raise the spirits of military veterans and the heroic...
A representative from Meridian recently presented the staff of Rural Health Inc. with over $10,000 worth of Walmart gift cards. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Rural Health CFO Robert Odum, chief medical officer Dr. William Ribbing, Rural Health CEO Cindy Flamm, Rural Health community outreach coordinator Chase Hileman, Rural Health COO Jodie Stewart, and Meridian community relations specialist Greg Horta. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
Rural Health Inc. in Anna has received a donation worth of over $10,000 from one of its managed care partners, Meridian Health.  The donation comes in the form of 300 Walmart gift cards, each worth $35.  Meridian has purchased over $96,000 worth of gift cards to be used by several community-based...
Plans are being developed for a phase reopening at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna. The library has been closed due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Library director Lisa Livesay shared the following update about the library’s plans in a May 19 email: “We are currently working on finalizing...
Union County CEO program student Alex Remsey has earned national recognition for his business: Alto Archery Targets. Photo provided.
“Congratulations to the second place winner of the CEO National Pitch competition – Alex Remsey from the Union County CEO Program! We love this 30-second pitch about his business, Alto Archery Targets.”  This was how the email from the Midland Institute of Entrepreneurship began. The National Pitch...
The Friends of the Casper Church Association has raised a $600 cash reward for information leading to the prosecution of the persons involved in Friday night’s desecration of graves at the Casper Church Cemetery. The cemetery is located on the grounds of the historic Casper Church. The church and...
Even as the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Southern Seven Health Department has announced plans to begin annual testing for the West Nile virus in the region. The health department said that West Nile virus, WNV, is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United...
Flood warnings again are in effect for the two major rivers in the region. The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported that flood warnings were in effect for both the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  The weather service reported on May 21 that recent heavy rainfall had caused the rivers to...
The Anna-Jo Garden Club has made many changes to regular activities due to current conditions.   All planned events have been cancelled until conditions are safe to resume activities, the club has reported. The garden club noted that Anna, Illinois, has earned the title of  “Home of the Annabelle...
Union County Hospital Auxiliary is continuing to accept scholarship applications. Presumably due to the schools being closed due to the coronavirus, response to the invitation from the Union County Hospital District Auxiliary to apply for health care scholarships has been minimal. Therefore, the...

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