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Illinois’ overall respiratory virus level remains at a moderate level according to the latest CDC data, while COVID-19 hospitalizations have continued to decline in recent weeks, the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, reported Friday, March 15. The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations...
By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The 2024 primaries in Illinois were largely uneventful, due mainly to a lack of competition in races at the top of the ballot and historically low turnout among voters. That’s the analysis of two former Illinois...
The 2023-2024 Illinois bobcat season concluded Feb. 15, with 370 bobcats harvested by hunters and trappers. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported a  total of 214 (55 percent) of bobcats were taken by hunting, while trapping accounted for 156 (40 percent) of the harvest.  Nineteen (5...
Junior high school and homeschooled students are invited to attend free poetry workshop sessions which are scheduled at Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center. The arts center is located at 117 W. Davie St. in Anna. The theme for the workshop is “Who I Am and Who I’m Yet To Be.” Tom Caldwell...
An Illinois State Police, ISP, Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 7 investigation has resulted in the conviction of 35-year-old James A. Merritt of Morehouse, Mo. on multiple charges, including second degree murder. The state police reported in a March 13 news release that the charges in...
Rain which fell Monday night in the region brought some relief to very dry conditions in the Southern Illinois area. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported on March 21 that all of Union County was experiencing moderate drought conditions. March has been an extremely dry month in Union County.  Through...
April’s observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is scheduled to kick off with a special event next week. In 2011, a Union County Child Abuse Prevention, UCCAP, planning committee was co-developed by WIBH Radio in Anna and the Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, CMMHRN...
Anna-Jonesboro Elks Lodge No. 1641 is planning to host the 11th annual Theresa Pearl-McKinney Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30. The egg hunt is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, which is located at 427 E. Jefferson St. in Anna. Age groups include 1 to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12....
A program which strives to keep juvenile offenders from facing incarceration and an update on a new animal control facility were discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, March 22, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro...
Union County voters cast ballots in the 2024 primary election on Tuesday, March 19. Results tallied at the Union County clerk's office in Jonesboro showed that a total of 2,971 out of 11,574 registered voters cast their ballots on Tuesday. Voters who went to the polls selected candidates in the...

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