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Drivers services facilities to remain closed an additional week

Secretary of State Departments and Driver Services Facilities to remain closed an additional week due to continued high numbers of COVID-19 cases statewide – Reopening Jan. 24. Online services remain open. Out of an abundance of caution and due to the continued high numbers of new COVID-19 cases statewide, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White…

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Whenever I see a recipe that sounds interesting, I cut it out, or copy it or write it down, and then I put it into a large recipe box of “recipes to try someday”.  If i have a recipe that I like, I place it in a binder. Sounds like a great system, doesn’t it?…

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Calhoun Dec. 2020 auto theft convictions

By Carissa Sitki According to a release, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of vehicle burglaries and a motor vehicle theft in the Village of Hardin on Dec. 1, 2020. Throughout the following week, the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office conducted extra patrol in an attempt to prevent any future crimes. At 1:52 a.m.…

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CCF now accepting applications for communit-based grants

By Carissa Sitki Calhoun Community Foundation (CCF) is now accepting online grant applications from the community for projects that support health, wellness, economic development and the overall advancement and sustainability of the County. In the past, CCF has awarded grants to Calhoun County organizations including: Community Recycling, the Barn Quilt Tour, Cash for Trash, Village…

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Calhoun ladies participate in IAAF talent show

Kathryn Tepen represented Calhoun County in the Senior Division of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) State Talent Show with a vocal solo on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Crown Plaza in Springfield, IL. Additionally, Avery Wyatt (not pictured) and Macie Watters (not pictured) represented Calhoun County and won fourth place in the Junior…

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Travel perks and discounts for seniors

Having made it to their golden years, seniors enjoy not only the privilege of earned wisdom, but also a few perks that come with aging. Many adults who have reached a certain age are entitled to an array of discounts, which take into consideration seniors’ fixed retirement incomes. Discounts are available on various services, including…

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Public Health Officials Announce 207,203 New Cases of COVID-19 over past week

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported 207,203 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including an increase of 738 deaths since Jan. 7. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 2,589,640 cases, including 29,099 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one…

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Good Growing: Managing houseplant pests

We often don’t think much about insect pests outside of the occasional pantry pest or accidental invader during the winter months. That doesn’t mean our plants won’t have insect problems. This is particularly true for houseplants, where insect pests often seem to arrive out of nowhere. Common houseplant pests Spider mites are small (1/50 inch)…

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West central Illinois communities struggle with lack of teachers

By ANDREW ADAMS Editor’s Note: Andrew Adams is a student in the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield who is a reporting intern at the Capitol for the State Journal-Register in Springfield. Matt Plater has been in charge of school districts for more than two decades. Something is happening he’s never seen…

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