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SIU’s University Museum will host several exhibitions this spring

January 17, 2022 |

Works by Southern Illinois University Carbondale emeritus faculty Jerry Monteith and Daniel Overturf, a glimpse into the region’s history and artifacts, and an exhibition relating to health and wellness in the African American community are among the highlights at University Museum this spring. With the start of the spring semester on Jan. 10, exhibitions were…

Crisis Nursery chosen for $10,000 donation from Meijer team members

January 17, 2022 |

Meijer Store #146 team members chose to support local children and families as part of nearly $3M Meijer Team Gives donation program Crisis Nursery announced today that it will receive $10,000 through the Meijer Team Gives donation program. The organization is one of an estimated 500 nonprofits to receive a surprise donation after being selected…

MCHD announces changes in Contact Tracing for COVID-19

January 17, 2022 |

Beginning Thursday, January 13, 2022, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be responsible for contacting all newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases in Illinois.                                                 If you have recently tested for COVID-19…

City of Villa Grove Volunteers of the Year

January 17, 2022 |

Submitted Photo The City of Villa Grove recognized their Volunteers of the Year during the December 27 meeting. Dave Rahn, Bruce Allen, Jean Green, and Barry Price Sr. were honored for their dedication to the town. It was said that “they were instrumental in hanging lights at The Plaza and were a big part of…

Lake: keeping things moving as Public Works Director

January 17, 2022 |

By Tony Hooker While growing up in Fairland, 1989 VGHS graduate Randy Lake didn’t have an eye toward a life in public works for the city of Villa Grove. Not by a long shot. But, after serving in the US Air Force and working for nearly two decades in a business with his father, that’s…

Hortin makes Top 15 in 2022 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen pageant

January 17, 2022 |

The Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant concluded in Springfield Sunday night with the crowning of the winner, Addisyn Calloni from Perry County. Karis Horton, Miss Moultrie-Douglas was among the Top 15 finalists along with Warren (3rd runner-up), Greene, Henry (4th runner-up), McHenry (1st runner-up),Pike, Knox, Richland, Iroquois, Effingham (2nd runner-up), Heart of IL, Adams,…

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office celebrates Kuno’s retirement from the department

January 17, 2022 |

Submitted Photo The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office celebrated the retirement of their K-9, Kuno on January 14. Kuno had been a member of the department since February 2016. Pictured are Douglas County Sheriff Nathan Chaplin and Deputy Kaitlin Rund, Kuno’s handler, with Kuno. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office celebrated K-9 Kuno’s retirement from the department…

Amanda Koester, RN, named DAISY Award Recipient at SBL

January 11, 2022 |

Amanda Koester, RN, was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Sarah Bush Lincoln on December 2. Koester was nominated for her attention to detail and teamwork. Her nominator wrote in part: “It’s impossible to pick just one story to demonstrate why Amanda is one of the most deserving individuals for the DAISY…

Illinois youth survey highlights rising depression among local students

January 11, 2022 |

Depression among local students continues to climb, according to the 2020 Illinois Youth Survey. More than 20 percent of high school students have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. Forty percent of students felt so sad and hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing…

Sarah Bush Lincoln President & CEO Esker provides pandemic message

January 11, 2022 |

A message from Jerry Esker, SBL President & CEO, 1/6/22 Many of us hoped this pandemic would be winding down, but we are now in a place beyond anything we have experienced thus far in the pandemic.  Sarah Bush Lincoln is operating in a designated ‘disaster mode’ so that we can provide the care our…