Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Jordan McBride

Vienna Featured in Policy Work

The 2019-2020 Class of Stand Policy Fellows includes five Vienna High School students; Shaylee Eaves, Karlie Glisson, Kirstan Goines, Reagan Lyn Johnson, and Emma Wells, as well as school superintendent Josuha Stafford. They were joined by their counterparts from across the state in a policy focus on dual credit access …

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Additional Free COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites Announced

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is encouraging residents to get tested at one of the mobile COVID-19 testing sites operating in October. This weekend, four mobile sites will be offering testing to residents in Saline, Pulaski, Johnson, and Alexander counties. Individuals with or without symptom can be tested. Testing will …

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Johnson County again at “Warning Level” for COVID-19

Johnson County entered a “warning level” for COVID-19 last week, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Johnson County joins 25 other counties in that designation. Several other Southern Illinois counties on the list, Jackson, Jefferson, Massac, Pulaski, Saline and Union, are also part of Region 5 under …

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Groundbreaking Held for ‘Phil Morris’ Amphitheater

On October 6, State Senator Dale Fowler was joined by Vienna Mayor Jon Simmons, Director of Tourism for the City of Vienna Phil Morris, and Brian Ziegler, Owner of Clarida & Ziegler Engineering Co., to break ground on the highly-anticipated amphitheater project in the Vienna Community Park. The building, which …

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Vienna Park Amphitheater Groundbreaking Set for Tuesday

The long-in-development Vienna Community Park amphitheater will begin construction on October 6, at 10 a.m. State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) will be joined by Vienna Mayor Jon Simmons, Forman Depot Director Phil Morris, and engineer Brian Ziegler to break ground on the highly-anticipated project. Senator Fowler helped obtain two grants …

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SCC Education and Talent Search to Host Drive-Thru School Supply Event

The Shawnee Community College Education and Talent Search Program announced today they would be hosting a drive-through school supply for local ETS members. The drive-thru distribution is scheduled for October 6th & 7th from 5:00 -6:30 p.m. on the college’s main campus. The school supply distribution is open to current …

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Shawnee National Forest Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Shawnee National Forest continues its series of special programs to commemorate their 80th Anniversary of being named a national forest. Attendees will learn about Shawnee National Forest history and the many efforts made by dedicated residents of southern Illinois that were instrumental in the creation of the only national forest …

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New Simpson Hill Wins National Award

New Simpson Hill School was awarded the 2020 National Blue Ribbon School Award for “exemplary achievement, closing the gap” school. The school was nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education and was notified through a nationwide video announcement from U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday, September …

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COVID-19 cases rise, tied locally to corrections facilities

Confirmed Coronavirus cases have continued to rise in Johnson County and the surrounding region in the last two weeks. Many of the Johnson County cases are tied to outbreaks at a local correctional facility. In county, Shawnee Correctional Center had 50 confirmed active cases among incarcerated individuals and five staff …

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