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Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

By HANNAH MEISEL | Capitol news Illinois Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which just passed…

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Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

In 2-1 ruling, court says law likely violates equal protection guarantee By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday.

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Pike Pickings – 2.1.23

10 YEARS AGO: ROGER YAEGER DONATES 160TH PINT OF BLOOD ■150 Years Ago Feb. 6, 1873 The north side of the Pittsfield square now adds to its business a first-class harness and saddle shop under the management of David Foreman. William Gillis, Esq., of Chambersburg Township, fed and sold this winter one lot of 44…

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Let’s Cook! – February 1, 2023

This week I have a recipe that would be great for your Super Bowl party. This recipe for Italian Beef comes from Linda Moon of Villa Grove, Illinois. She says “my aunt that worked in a restaurant in the 50’s got this recipe. She gave it to all our family; everyone really loves it.”  It…

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Pearl Diner set for Valentine’s Day soft opening

By DAVID CAMPHOUSE Everett and Polly Bugg are holding a soft opening for their new restaurant in the Village of Pearl, the Pearl Diner, on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14. According to Polly, the couple is eager to open the doors on the new restaurant, which is located 305 North Front Street in Pearl. “We’ve…

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Willard-Bradshaw families featured in Super Bowl ad

By BETH ZUMWALT Brock Willard and his family, along with his grandfather will be featured at the Super Bowl. No, they won’t be suited up on the side lines, but they will be featured in an advertisement promoting Illinois Farm Families. “They used a photo of Brock’s family with me that was taken when we…

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PCEDC partners with WIU to host Business Workshop Series

By DAVID CAMPHOUSE Starting Feb. 21, Pike County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) is offering its recurring Business Workshop Series in partnership with the Western Illinois University (WIU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). All workshops will take place at JWCC’s Southeast Education Center in Pittsfield. According to PCEDC Director Brenda Middendorf, the classes play an important…

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JWCC Truck Driver Training Program hosting open house Feb. 6

The Truck Driver Training Program at John Wood Community College will host an open house on Monday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Workforce Development Center, 4220 Kochs Lane, Quincy. The open house is free and open to the public. During this open house, representatives will share how the program has revised its training…

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Applications open for PHS Class of 1954 Scholarships

The Pittsfield High School Class of 1954 Scholarship Fund announces its 2023 application cycle for PHS seniors planning to attend four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational/technical schools. Vo-tech scholarships may be used toward any course of study (building/construction trades, HVAC, electrical, and welding; automotive; health professions such as LPN, dental hygiene, radiology tech,…

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