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The Illinois Commerce Commission, ICC, announced early this year that effective Oct. 24, phone customers in the 618, 309 and 708 area codes will be required to use 10 digit dialing (or 1+10-digit) when making local calls to ensure users can dial 988 to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention...
Lick Creek School plans to host a Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 23. The festival will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Many activities are planned, including games, a silent auction, a pie auction, a cake walk, a bounce house, raffles and more. Fried fish will be served. A Power Wheels demo derby...
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center plans to offer a Canoe the Cache paddling Basecamp day trip in November. The trip is open to the public. The Nov. 13 outdoor adventure is an afternoon paddling trip on the Cache River to explore the true southern cypress...
The Medicare open enrollment period began Oct. 15. Older adults who may be looking to change their existing Medicare plan can receive free, personalized assistance through the Illinois Department on Aging’s, IDoA, Senior Health Insurance Program, SHIP. During open enrollment, which is scheduled to...
The River-to-River Trail is planning to have a hike on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Ferne Clyffe State Park in Johnson County. The hike is free and open to the public.  The trail society said this will be a hike of just under 6 miles, intended for people in good health who have done some hiking.  Hiking...
A traditional quinceanera dance was presented last Friday at the Cobden School. The dance was presented by the Cobden High School ESL Club. The students who presented the dance received a standing ovation after their first performance.
A traditional quinceanera dance was performed last Friday in the Cobden School District’s small gymnasium. The presentation was sponsored by the new English as a Second Language, ESL, Club at Cobden High School. Angelica Vicente Guijon is Cobden’s junior and senior high school ESL teacher. She is...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, has issued updated guidance to help people celebrate fall and the holiday season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Although we’re still in the pandemic, this Halloween and fall festivities season will look a little different than last...
Haunted Hollow is planned Oct. 24 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center. Cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, the fest and hayride are back this year. The festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Haunted...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center invites the community to join in a salute to all veterans, active duty military personnel and their families at an upcoming event. The arts center plans to host the special event on Monday, Nov. 1. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the arts center....
A Kincaid Mounds Archaeology Field Day program is planned Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Kincaid Mounds Historic Site in Massac County. Formal programs are scheduled during the field day. A presentation is planned at 10 a.m. by Dr. Paul Welch, chair and associate professor of anthropology at Southern...

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