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URBANA – There comes a time when every forest landowner gets a knock on their door. Someone wants to buy their timber on a handshake deal. “I get calls from landowners looking for information on the harvesting process and rates,” says Duane Friend, a University of Illinois Extension energy and...
A new year means new beginnings for the Rauchfuss Hill State Recreation Area near Golconda. State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, said that after being closed for almost a decade, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Rauchfuss Hill State Recreation Area will be...
Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments can leave a legacy for your family for generations to come. Everyone has a unique and individual story to tell.  Start writing yours with a little help from University of Illinois Extension in a free, eight-week online workshop...
People throughout Illinois are urged to be on alert for scams related to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. As the general public begins to receive doses of the vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office is cautioning people to be alert for...
Illinois officials on Friday, Jan. 8, announced more than $275 million in nearly 9,000 emergency assistance grants have been made to small businesses in over 600 cities and towns statewide through the Business Interruption Grants, BIG, program.  The funding was announced by the Illinois Department...
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services recently announced the launch of Be Well Illinois. Be Well Illinois is the state’s new, comprehensive wellness program for employees, retirees and health plan participants.  The new program connects plan participants with resources to help...
By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinoisgbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Some regions of the state could see loosened COVID-19 restrictions as early as Friday – as some counties have already transitioned to the next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday. Although...
University of Illinois Extension says that winter is a great time to make plans for new garden projects. One of the projects could be a perennial fruit garden. Information about fruit garden planting, including fruit-specific information and cultivar recommendations, can be found on University of...
The Alexander/Pulaski County Branch of the NAACP is planning to host an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative event. The 2021 event is scheduled to go forward on a virtual platform, from 10 to noon on Monday, Jan. 18. This year, the keynote speaker is scheduled to be Dr. Larry T. Barnett...
Young hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply now for a youth wingshooting clinic and pheasant hunt scheduled Saturday, March 20, at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, WSRC, in Randolph County. All participants in the clinic and hunt will be required to follow all health and...

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