Category Archives: Local Headlines

Missouri State Highway Patrol Suspends Drivers Tests

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol announces that the Patrol is extending the suspension of all written and skills-based driver road testing at all locations until April 15, 2020. This includes operator, commercial driver license, and motorcycle testing. In addition, the Patrol is extending the suspension of all salvage inspections…read more »

Public Health Officials Announce 1,209 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 1,209 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 53 additional deaths. DeWitt, Effingham, and Jersey counties are now reporting cases.  Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 8,904 cases, including 210 deaths, in 64 counties in Illinois.  The age of cases ranges from younger…read more »

Several Local Events Have Been Cancelled for This Month

The following local events have been cancelled for this month. The Jackson Bloom has been cancelled. In addition the Dementia Support Group has canceled their meeting for this month. The Jackson Heritage Association has cancelled their first Sunday tour of the Oliver House Museum. Music Night in the History Center has been canceled for this…read more »

Health Officials Report First Virus Death in Jackson County

 The first COVID-19 death has been reported in Jackson County, Illinois. Health officials say a woman in her 90’s who lived at Manor Court Skilled Nursing Facility in Carbondale died due to complications related to COVID-19. She passed away Thursday night, April 2 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She tested positive for the virus Wednesday.…read more »

Coronavirus Case Number Remains the Same in Cape Girardeau County

Local health officials in Cape Girardeau County have confirmed that there are no new COVID-19 cases in the county as of Thursday, but officials released more information about the county residents infected with the coronavirus. A total of 15 people have tested positive in Cape Girardeau County, but officials are currently waiting on the results…read more »

Southeast Missouri Food Bank Awarded Grant to Hire Temporary Employees

The Southeast Missouri Food Bank has received a grant that is worth almost $200,000. This grant gives the food bank the opportunity to provide workers who have been laid off because of the coronavirus temporary employment. The food bank can use these workers to assist with packing food for senior citizens within the food banks…read more »

City of Jackson to Close Certain Parts or Parks and Playgrounds

To prevent the coronavirus from spreading city officials in Jackson will close parts of the city’s parks and the playground areas at the Jackson R-2 School campuses and other Jackson City facilities, such as City Hall, courts, and the sanitation and the recycling center. The closures will go into effect at 12:01 .a.m. on Saturday. Signage…read more »

Third Resident Tests Positive for Virus in Williamson County

A third person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Williamson County, Illinois. Health officials say a man in  his 50s is at home recovering after testing positive for the virus. Health officials believe the man contracted the novel coronavirus through recent travel to another state. An investigation is underway to discover who the man may…read more »

Governor .J.B. Pritzker Starts Campaign to Keep Residents Safe

Health officials in Illinois have confirmed that as of Thursday there were 715 new cases of coronavirus in the state. Health officials say there were a total of 7,695 positive COVID-19 cases, including 157 deaths in 61 counties, in the state. Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a new statewide effort to reinforce the state’s core message…read more »

Scott County Missouri Put Under Stay at Home Order

Scott County, Missouri leaders have issued a Stay at Home order for all local residents. The order will go into effect on Saturday at 12:01.a.m. The order was issued Thursday and a date for the order has not been given, but could be revoked at any time. Authorities said the order is to help slow…read more »

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