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Planting Season Beginning for Area Farmers in Midst of Pandemic

Planting Season Beginning for Area Farmers in Midst of Pandemic

RIDGEWAY – The calendar has turned to April, spring is in the air, and farmers are hard at work for the upcoming planting season. Many area farmers have already gotten to work in the fields to prepare for this year’s crops. Marisa Davis, Saline/Gallatin County Farm Bureau Manager, said she hopes it brings comfort to…read more »

Third Williamson County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

Third Williamson County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

WILLIAMSON CO. – A third Williamson County resident has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus, according to a Friday release from the Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department. Per the release, the individual, a male in his fifties, is at home recovering. He is thought to have contracted virus from travel to another state. The recent case…read more »

Garden of the Gods Rec Area, Bell Smith Springs Trailhead Close

Garden of the Gods Rec Area, Bell Smith Springs Trailhead Close

HARDIN CO. – Shawnee National Forest officials have temporarily closed the Garden of the Gods Recreation Area and the Bell Smith Springs Trailhead. In a press release Thursday afternoon, officials said the closure was in alignment with current CDC guidelines for social distancing and to ensure the health and safety of employees, visitors, and volunteers. The closures…read more »

IHSA Leaders Hopeful for Spring Sports Season, Even Shortened

IHSA Leaders Hopeful for Spring Sports Season, Even Shortened

BLOOMINGTON – Schools are closed through the end of April in Illinois, but IHSA leaders are hopeful a spring sports season will still happen, even a shortened campaign. IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha said the board of directors has already given the unofficial green light to let spring sports go later into June if…read more »

IL Coronavirus Update: Cases Closer to 8K Total, Deaths Over 150

IL Coronavirus Update: Cases Closer to 8K Total, Deaths Over 150

CHICAGO – The death toll in Illinois has reached 157 due to COVID-19, and cases of the novel Corona virus now total 7.695, according to Thursday’s press biefing with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). With an additional 16 deaths and 715 new cases announced Thursday, Pritzker said the state is…read more »

Lawsuit Launched Seeking Illinois Inmates Release Due to Coronavirus

Lawsuit Launched Seeking Illinois Inmates Release Due to Coronavirus

CHICAGO (AP) – Civil rights attorneys launched a coordinated legal challenge Thursday demanding the swift release of Illinois prisoners most vulnerable to the coronavirus and accusing Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other state leaders of putting the general public at risk. The effort includes a proposed class-action lawsuit filed Thursday morning in federal court, naming Pritzker and Rob Jeffreys, director…read more »

IL Health Director: ‘Be Strong and Courageous’ in Face of COVID-19

IL Health Director: ‘Be Strong and Courageous’ in Face of COVID-19

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The state public health director has issued a somber warning saying Illinois residents can expect mounting numbers of illness and death in the new month from the vicious spread of the coronavirus. The 6,980 cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday by Dr. Ngoze Ezike are double the state’s total just last Saturday. Along with…read more »

Unemployment Claims Reach New High, Illinois Tallies 178K

Unemployment Claims Reach New High, Illinois Tallies 178K

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, with Illinois having 178,421 claims filed. The 56% jump from the previous record-setting week of 3.3 million signals that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. The job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United…read more »

Herrinfesta Italiana Canceled for 2020, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

Herrinfesta Italiana Canceled for 2020, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

HERRIN – Herrinfesta Italiana announced Thursday the annual event will be canceled this year due to the spread of COVID-19 In a press release, the Festa Comittee cited health and safety concerns for their patrons, performers, volunteers, vendors, staff, and community-at-large. Addtionally, those who purchased tickets, every day passes, and early entry passes will be fully…read more »

Three Suspects Wanted by Carbondale Police for Alleged Vehicle Theft

Three Suspects Wanted by Carbondale Police for Alleged Vehicle Theft

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are looking for three suspects involved in an alleged vehicle theft that happened early Tuesday morning in the 1000 block of W. Sycamore St. According to Carbondale Police, officers responded to the scene at 3 a.m. after receiving a report regarding the theft. The victim left their unoccupied vehicle running while delivering newspapers…read more »

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