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COVID-19 Mitigations Beginning Thursday in Southern Illinois

COVID-19 Mitigations Beginning Thursday in Southern Illinois

MURPHYSBORO – Governor JB Pritzker announced Monday the increased restrictions in Region 5 of the state, which includes several southern Illinois counties. Pritzker held a COVID-19 briefing Monday afternoon in Murphysboro where he announced the mitigations, which take effect October 22 in Region 5 and include the following: No indoor service All outside bar service closes at 11:00 p.m. All bar…read more »

Benton Home Damaged After Fire, Oxygen Tank Explosion

Benton Home Damaged After Fire, Oxygen Tank Explosion

BENTON – A Benton home is badly damaged following a fire on Saturday morning. According to a release from the Benton Fire Department, crews were called to the 100 block of East Smith Street around 7:30 a.m. Saturday following an explosion at the home. When crews arrived, they noticed heavy smoke coming from the home…read more »

CVS Hiring 15K Ahead of Flu Season for Shots, COVID Tests

CVS Hiring 15K Ahead of Flu Season for Shots, COVID Tests

CVS Health said Monday it’s planning to hire 15,000 empolyees ahead of flu season and the continued COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it’s looking for help, in full-time and part-time positions, administering COVID-19 tests and flu shots. An expanded scope of practice allows trained pharmacy techs to administer COVID-19 vaccinations, as long as they’re under…read more »

Massac Co. Early Learning Center Closes Due to Positive COVID Tests

Massac Co. Early Learning Center Closes Due to Positive COVID Tests

MASSAC COUNTY – The Massac County Early Learning Center will be closed this week due to positive cases of COVID-19. According to a release from the Southern Seven Health Department, there were two confirmed cases of COVID-19 stemming from the facility. The health department said families were notified and contract tracing is underway, along with…read more »

Cook Portable Warehouses Hosting Coat Drive in Mt. Vernon

Cook Portable Warehouses Hosting Coat Drive in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – Cook Portable Warehouses is hosting a Coats for Kids drive at their Broadway location in Mt. Vernon. Terri Armstrong, Sales & Property Manager at Cook, said they’re collecting coats of all sizes.   The Warehouses are open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for winter gear drop-off. Contact Armstrong…read more »

Free Mobile COVID-19 Testing Upcoming Throughout Region

Free Mobile COVID-19 Testing Upcoming Throughout Region

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Residents in Alexander, Johnson, Saline and Pulaski counties will be able to be tested for COVID-19 this week with free mobile community testing. Testing will be available, regardless of symptoms, at the following locations and dates: Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southern Seven Health Department in Ullin…read more »

Marion Pastor Arrested for Child Porn, Intimidation

Marion Pastor Arrested for Child Porn, Intimidation

MARION – A Marion pastor has been temporarily relieved of his duties after his arrest Thursday by Williamson County authorities on child pornography and intimidation charges. According to a post on the Illinois Great Rivers Conference-The United Methodist Church Facebook group, an inquiry will be made into the circumstances which led to the arrest of…read more »

Williamson County Passes 1,700 COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Start

Williamson County Passes 1,700 COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Start

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Sunday reported 4,245 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 22 additional deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 344,048 cases including 9,214 deaths in 102 counties. Williamson County surpassed 1,700 cases since the pandemic’s beginning, leading area area counties in new cases Sunday. Local…read more »

Pritzker Extends Moratorium on Evictions for Fourth Time

Pritzker Extends Moratorium on Evictions for Fourth Time

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that Illinois’ ban on evictions would be extended until Nov. 22, as state officials continue to send grants to Illinois residents struggling to make ends meet. Pritzker has extended the ban on evictions four times since he lifted the stay-at-home order at the end of May, when the…read more »

Illinois Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Amid Opposition

Illinois Approves Dakota Access Pipeline Expansion Amid Opposition

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved the increased capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the expansion of its pumping station at the Patoka Oil Tank Farm. The nearly 1,200 mile pipeline runs from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota to Patoka where it ends. The Illinois Commerce Commission made its…read more »

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