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Southern Seven Head Start last week announced the temporary closing of Early Head Start centers due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Due to the increase in COVID-19 positivity numbers in area counties, Southern Seven Head Start announced in a news release on July 21 that it had decided to temporarily...
A proposal has been made which requests that the National Park Service, NPS, conduct a study of the historical significance of sites in Prairie du Rocher for possible recognition as a National Historic Park.  The action comes as Prairie du Rocher, one of the oldest French villages in the United...
The number of COVID-19 cases in Union County, and in surrounding area counties, continued to climb during the past week. Southern Seven Health Department on Monday, July 27, confirmed 25 new cases of COVID-19 in the region it serves in Southern Illinois. That was on top of seven new cases confirmed...
Shawnee Community College has announced the dates for its upcoming zoom forums with each of the candidates for the open president position. Due to COVID-19, SCC is holding the public forums via zoom where college faculty, staff, administration, and community members are invited to attend virtually...
The Anna First Church of the Nazarene is planning to host a Back to School Bash and grocery giveaway on Saturday, July 25. The events will be from 10 a.m. to noon in the fellowship hall at the church, which is located at 100 Kirk St. in Anna. School supplies for preschool through college age...
Ken Palmer has been honored by the Illinois High School Association for 60 years of work as a sports official.
Ken Palmer has definitely made his mark in baseball and basketball officiating. The Dongola resident was recently honored by the Illinois High School Assocation for 60 years of officiating basketball and baseball. “I was shocked,” said Palmer, 80, who was awarded a clock for his lengthy time...
Union County Hospital Auxiliary is sending greetings to the community during this challenging time. The auxiliary notes that  it also is being impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the pandemic, the auxiliary decided to cancel its annual meeting for 2020. The auxiliary currently...
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers have been extended an additional month – from Oct. 1, 2020, to Nov. 1, 2020.  The new Nov. 1 extension also includes those who have July, August and September...
Union County Clerk Lance Meisenheimer is sharing the latest update about voting in the 2020 general election, which is scheduled in November. “We will be mailing out applications to all the voters who voted in one, two or all three of these past elections: the 2018 general election, 2019...
Melanie Smith, right, is the Union County CEO program’s new facilitator. Kathy Bryan, left, has served as the program’s facilitator for the past three years. Photo provided.
Transformation is a word that is routinely associated with CEO programs nationwide.  It is seen in every student, but also often in those adults who are involved in the program and experience it with the students. Kathy Bryan, owner of Kiki’s Coffeeshop in Anna, has been the facilitator for three...

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