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Southern Illinois seeks to reclaim tourism business

April 20, 2021

There is no question that one of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic has been tourism. Ac...

An early Republic Pictures publicity shot of Autry, courtesy of his official website.

Visit here may have helped launch cowboy crooner’s film career

By Randy Harrison
| April 20, 2021

A long-standing local legend may be more than just an old wives’ tale. Legend has it that singer/songwriter/actor Gene Autry signed his first film contract while in Robinson.

USDA food assistance program re-opens

April 16, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has reopened signup for the Coronavirus Food ...

Area Amtrak station part of Justice Department settlement

By Randy Harrison
| April 13, 2021

Area residents who rode the rails from the Effingham Amtrak station may be eligible for compensation under a recent Justice Department settlement.

Jobless rate still up here

By Randy Harrison
| April 13, 2021

A higher percentage of Crawford County’s work force remains unemployed than before the start of the pandedmic, but numbers have improved since January.

Good Sam offers mammogram parties

April 9, 2021

Good Samaritan has announced a new event for women getting their mammograms this April and May.The h...

Lineman 'rodeo' April 17

By Randy Harrison
| April 9, 2021

The return of the Pioneer City Rodeo is still months away, but in the meantime, one of the Illinois ...

Ameren: Clean energy bill will cost downstate billons

April 9, 2021

As the energy policy debate continues in Springfield, consumers and energy advocates from across Cen...

Group promotes southern Illinois tourism

April 8, 2021

In an effort to drive more travel and tourism to its 22-county coverage area in southern Illinois, I...

Bailey files bill to eliminate FOID cards

| April 7, 2021

An Illinois lawmaker recently filed a bill that would eliminate Firearm Owners Identification cards in Illinois.

Tuesday turnout disappointing

By Randy Harrison
| April 8, 2021

Overall, Tuesday’s consolidated election went smoothly, but Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright wishes more people had participated in the balloting.

Sales tax referendum fails

By Randy Harrison
| April 7, 2021

Crawford County voters overwhelmingly turned down a referendum Tuesday asking permission to enact a countywide sales tax.

Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the CDC to continue it vaccination efforts. Daily News photo

State receives federal funds to expand vaccination efforts

April 7, 2021

The State of Illinois will receive an additional $124 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to further expand its COVID-19 vaccination program, including more than $90 million for the state and $33 million for the city of Chicago.

A volunteer brings the ballots from Hutsonville 1 into the county annex building following Tuesday's consolidated election. Randy Harrison | Daily News

Pethtel, Shimer separated by four votes in mayoral race

By Randy Harrison
| April 7, 2021

The biggest of the handful of contested races in Tuesday’s consolidated election could be subject to a recount.

Raoul pushes back against fake vaccine cards

April 2, 2021

Attorney General Kwame Raoul has called on Twitter, eBay and Shopify to act immediately to prevent p...

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 2, 2021

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services joined Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, Jackson County States Attorney Joe Cervantez, Associate Judge of the First Judicial Circuit Court Christy Solverson and John A. Logan College President Dr. Kirk Overstreet at a virtual press conference this week to commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month.

White unveils new organ and tissue donation campaign

April 2, 2021

Secretary of State Jesse White unveiled a new ad campaign this week featuring White Sox All-Star relief pitcher and longtime radio voice of the team, Ed “Farmio” Farmer, who died last year. The campaign marks the beginning of National Donate Life Month in April. 

Election judges in Palestine welcome a voter to the polls in a March 2018 photo.

No changes in local polling places

By Randy Harrison
| April 2, 2021

Crawford County voters will find their polling places in their usual locations Tuesday.

Wild edible mushrooms are more than just your next meal

March 30, 2021

Robert McCloskey wrote of the “edible fungus” in the wilderness that kept the early settlers from starvation in the fictional Homer Price. While this song is part of a fictional story, it does underscore the popularity of wild mushrooms. Commercially available, buttons, portobellos, shiitakes, and other varieties just aren’t enough for those who prefer foraging for wild mushrooms throughout Illinois. 

Supporters and participants of the Crawford County Drug Court program honored Eli Miller (center) as he graduated from the progam. Honorable Judge, Christopher Weber; Crawford County States Attorney, Cole Shaner; Drug Court Officer, Erica Williams; Cr

County drug court celebrates graduation

By Angela Downing
| March 29, 2021

Eli Miller graduated from the Crawford County Drug Court program Friday morning. As supporters of Miller filled the courtroom, Judge Chris Weber spoke about how proud he was of all of the drug court participants as well as Miller and recalled their first time meeting each other in 2018.