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By Christi Mathis news.siu.edu Each year nearly five million athletes participate in Special Olympics, but if not for Southern Illinois University, it might have never happened.  As Special Olympics celebrates its 50th anniversary, the kickoff event will take place where it all began: at SIU....
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White  has announced that entry forms are available for the 14th annual Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.  Winners will receive the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. “We created the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition to promote creative writing and...
Horace Pippin’s road to fame in the art world first traversed through the World War I’s front line trenches.  His physical and emotional wounds from his experiences and shrapnel injuries shaped him and his art. The life and works of Horace Pippin, an African-American soldier and self-taught painter...
Egyptian Community Unit School District No. 5 announces third quarter honor roll students. High Honor Roll Seniors: Sarah Johnson, Kayla Kobel, Kelsey McCrite, Asya Wade. Juniors: Chloe Dowdy, Kailee Henderson, Brooke Sinn. Sophomores: Chyaria Barnett, Dawson Essex, Morgan Pace. Freshmen: Daisha...
For the past 14 years, Lourdes Hospice in Paducah has offered Camp Robin. The day camp program provides support and counseling to children affected by the loss of a loved one or friend.  This year’s camp is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Heartland Church in Paducah....
The 45th annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta is returning to Campus Lake at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for 2018. The event that has grown to be a worldwide phenomenon is set for April 28, with registration and inspection beginning at 10 a.m.  The races start at 1 p.m. and everyone is...
A senior fraud prevention seminar is planned Friday, April 6, in Metropolis. The seminar is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will be at the Happy Hearts Senior Center at 701 Market St. State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie, D-Harrisburg, is hosting the event. The seminar is designed to help seniors...
Tom's Place had a grand re-opening March 23 at its new restaurant in Tamms. Photo provided.
Tom’s Place had a grand re-opening Friday, March 23, at its new restaurant, which is located at 27351 Highway 127 in Tamms. Tom’s Place, a local restaurant owned by Tom Riston, has been in operation since March of 2012 in the Village of Tamms.   In the fall of 2015, Riston determined that the...
Illinois State Police District 22 is planning to conduct special details during April in Alexander and Johnson counties. Plans for the details were announced by Lt. Michael Alvey, who is the commander of the district. Occupant restraint enforcement patrols are planned in Alexander County. Alcohol...
From left are Nathaniel Baker, Edward Smith, Blaise Davis and Shawnee Community College president Peggy Bradford. Shawnee Community College photo.
Shawnee Community College president Peggy Bradford is working with local community leader Edward Smith to make summer internships in Washington, D.C., a reality for two of the college's students. On Friday, March 16, Bradford met with Smith, as well as Shawnee Community College students Nathaniel...

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