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Santa Claus is planning to visit Cobden from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. He is scheduled to be at the downtown Cobden park near the playground. In case of rain he will be under the pavilion at the north end of the park.  Social distancing will be in practice and masks must be worn.  Santa...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic claimed 446 lives in Illinois over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend while the rate of hospitalizations declined for the first time since the recent surge began in late September. As of late...
WACO, Texas – The Baylor University Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, BCHP, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, and key public and private organizations, announced that it served more than 38.7 million meals between March and August to more than 270,000 children...
The seven-day firearm deer season in Illinois is scheduled to conclude Dec. 3-6. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reports that hunters in the state harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of the firearm deer season. The first weekend of firearm deer...
As of Monday, Nov. 30, Union County had recorded nearly 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Southern Seven Health Department reported Monday that the county had a total of 1,170 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total included updated statistics which were recorded from Nov....
Southern Seven Head Start last week announced the temporary closing of its Head Start Early Learning Centers in the area for the remainder of the year. Early learning centers were set to close at the end of the school day on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5,...
From left are Gene Honn, Saints Foundation executive director; Craig Bradley, Shawnee Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter sponsor; and Tina Dudley, administrative assistant for the Shawnee Community College Saints Foundation. Shawnee Community College photo.
Members of the Shawnee College Phi Theta Kappa, PTK, Honor Society recently attended a virtual leadership conference. The conference was held for the Illinois State Region of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  As part of this year’s activities, members of PTK from around the state competed against...
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second deadliest type of cancer in the United States for men, and the third for women, Southern Seven Health Department reports. The health department noted that if found early, nine out of 10 people can expect to be cured from the disease.   In Illinois, 17 people...
Dozens of high school students from across the 59th Senate District in Southern Illinois came together on Nov. 9 for a special event. The students participated in an annual Youth Advisory Council hosted by State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg. Students from Union County were among those who...
Dr. Tim Taylor, the new president of Shawnee Community College, spoke with students during a recent meet and greet event. Shawnee Community College photo.
Dr. Tim Taylor has only been on campus, serving as the new president of Shawnee Community College for a couple of months.  Still, the positive energy from his student-centered leadership can already be felt resonating across the Shawnee Community College campus, observers say.  Taylor recently...

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