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The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has had an ongoing major impact on small businesses throughout the Union County area. Some of those businesses are receiving some help as they head into the new year of 2021. The Anna City Council in mid-December voted to waive nearly all of the Union County...
The planets Jupiter and Saturn came close together early Monday night, Dec. 21, in what is known as the “Christmas Star.” The planets appeared as two bright spots in a clear night sky over Union County.
Skywatchers were in for an end-of-year treat, according to NASA’s website, www.nasa.gov.  What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction which has been easily visible in the evening sky for two weeks in December as the bright planets Jupiter...
Southern Seven Health Department has scheduled free mobile COVID-19 testing events in Anna and Vienna. The Anna testing will be Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Southern Seven’s Union County Clinic location on 260 Lick Creek Rd. in Anna. The Vienna testing will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3...
A bipartisan group of governors are urging everyone to think safety during the holiday season. The governors urge everyone to wear a face mask, to follow the advice of medical experts and to help do their part of eradicate COVID-19. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Indiana...
Illinoisans will ring in the New Year with an additional increase in the minimum wage to $11 an hour. The Illinois Department of Labor is encouraging employees to watch their paychecks to ensure that time worked in 2021 is paid at the new rate. Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation into law in 2019...
From left are Jo Poshard of the Poshard Foundation, Tina Gibbs of Ameren, Glenn Poshard of the Poshard Foundation and Richard Clark of Tri-State Business Equipment. Photo provided.
For three days starting on Dec. 9, the Poshard Foundation distributed over 2,000 new toys and gifts to abused, abandoned, and neglected children throughout the area.   Representatives from social service agencies from Cairo to Centralia visited the Poshard Foundation on the campus of John A. Logan...
By Sarah MansurCapitol News Illinoismansur@capitolnewsillinois SPRINGFIELD – Four GOP state House lawmakers on Wednesday, Dec. 9, voiced complaints from their Central and Southern Illinois constituents who say they have waited months after applying for new or renewed gun ownership licenses without...
Southern Seven Health Department on Dec. 7 announced that it will be adopting the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s, CDC, new options for reducing the length of COVID-19 related quarantines.  The CDC has been recommending a quarantine period of 14 days; however, new options allow local...
With the arrival of the winter season, the U.S. Forest Service reminds the public about season closures which are in effect across the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois. Seasonal road closures were scheduled to start the week of Dec. 14.   A list of seasonally closed roads and exact...
By Sarah MansurCapitol News Illinoissmansur@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Thursday, Dec. 10, his administration has requested the help of the Illinois National Guard at three of four state-run veterans homes, including two homes that are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks...

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