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Constitution Week is celebrated each year, from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23. Constitution Week will be commemorated this year in Union County.  Organizers report that this year’s kickoff will include a ceremony to open the celebration at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic...
Insect Awareness & Appreciation Day is planned Saturday, Aug. 27, at the War Bluff Valley Wildlife Sanctuary at 228 Bushwack Rd. near Golconda. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society’s Shawnee Chapter. Activities are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will continue into the...
Routine mosquito testing has identified the first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Jackson County in 2022.  The Jackson County Health Department reported in a news release that the mosquitoes were collected Aug. 16 near Murphysboro. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite...
National Safe Digging Day, or 811 Day, was observed on August 11. Easy to remember because of its 8/11 date, the day is a good reminder to get underground utilities marked prior to breaking ground.  Having utilities marked is free and easy to do; simply call 811 two to three business days prior to...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Friday, Aug. 12, reported 26,462 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 123 deaths since Aug. 5. According to the CDC, 42 counties were rated at high community level for COVID-19.  An additional 48...
Watercolor painting and photography will be featured at upcoming programs scheduled at Giant City State Park near Makanda. The events are free. Registration is required. Registration, and more information, are available by calling the visitors center at the park at 618-457-4836. Outdoor Painting...
The chiefs of the Anna Police Department and the Anna Fire Department recently shared activity reports for their departments. The reports were given at a regular meeting of the Anna City Council. Anna Police Department Anna Police Chief Bryan Watkins gave a report for the month of July and for the...
Wednesday, Aug. 31,  is International Overdose Awareness Day. Rural Health Inc. plans to observe the occasion by hosting various Narcan distribution events during August in the area. Naloxone HCI, otherwise known as Narcan, is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose, potentially...
The 141st Union County Fair is planned in Anna. The fair takes place at the Anna City Park. Union County Fair activities are scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 19, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 28. Here’s a look at the schedule for the fair: Friday, Aug. 19 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open show registration...
Young people between the ages of 13-19 have an opportunity to make a significant impact in their communities.  The 4-H Healthy Living Teen Ambassadors, HLTA, program will accept applications and choose five Illinois teens to work as a team, bringing wellness initiatives to their communities. ...

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