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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, is  accepting applications for grants through several different programs. Applications are being accepted for the Volunteer Fire Assistance Program, the Special Wildlife Funds Wildlife Preservation Fund-Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities Program...
After a long winter, the Grand Chain Library is open with springtime activities.  “Story Time”: The library is once again offering “Story Time,” with activities for pre-kindergarten and home-schooled children, on the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m.  Stories, activities and refreshments are...
Illinois State Police District 22 is planning to conduct alcohol countermeasure enforcement patrols in Union County during April. Capt. Michael Alvey, the commander of District 22, announced plans for the details. State police said the use of the patrols allow them to focus on preventing, detecting...
By Jerry NowickiCapitol News Illinoisjnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – COVID-19 hospitalizations and case positivity rates continued to trend upward Monday in Illinois, leaving entry into a recently-announced “bridge” phase of reopening uncertain even as the percentage of seniors...
Illinois Army and Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely visited a Southern Seven Health Department mass vaccination clinic at Shawnee Community College near Ullin on Wednesday, March 24. Southern Seven Health Department photo.
Southern Seven Health Department welcomed Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely, commander of the Illinois Army and Air National Guard, on a site tour of COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in the southernmost area of the state on Wednesday, March 24.  Neely and his support staff arrived by helicopter at...
An Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, hunter safety education course is planned Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s Main Street Center in Anna. The church is located at 315 South St. Hours for the course are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m....
Polling places are set for the Tuesday, April 6, election in Union County.  Polls are scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Anna 1 and 2 Precincts Union County Clerk Lance Meisenheimer has announced a change in the normal polling place for Anna 1 and 2 precincts. The county...
Southern Seven Health Department this week is announcing that effective immediately, it will open up COVID-19 vaccinations to any adult 18 years old and up.  The health department noted in a news release that opening up vaccinations to the general public comes at a time when COVID-19 vaccine...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School has been named as a 2021 Casey’s Cash for Classrooms grant recipient. The Union County school is receiving $4,950.  The Cash for Classrooms program awards grants to school districts to help fund school improvements, teacher support and training resources,...
Representatives from Arrowleaf and Camp Ondessonk met with Glenn and Jo Poshard of the Poshard Foundation at New Simpson Hill. The Poshard Foundation presented a donation of $10,180 to sponsor three dozen New Simpson Hill students for an after-school program at Camp Ondessonk in Southern Illinois. From left are Dan King, executive director, Camp Ondessonk; Nolan Hurst, camping services director, Camp Ondessonk; Glenn Poshard; Jo Poshard; Sherrie Crabb, executive director, Arrowleaf; Candace Armstrong, princ
(Editor’s note: the accompanying photograph and story are courtesy of The Vienna Times newspaper.) Every school district has students who have faced traumatic experiences and New Simpson Hill School is no exception.  For 22 years, the Poshard Foundation has sought to help such children throughout...

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