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Zeigler-Royalton Schools Switching to Remote Learning

Zeigler-Royalton Schools Switching to Remote Learning

ZEIGLER – The Zeigler-Royalton School District released a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension of in-person learning due to an increase in the amount of positive COVID-19 cases in district’s school community.

The district used one of its state-allowed remote learning days Thursday and will likewise Friday. Students will not participate in remote learning either day, according to the district. Full remote learning for the entire district will begin Monday and continue through Friday, Sept. 4 with a potential return to in-person instruction Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The district said they will continue to provide updates on the return and adjust as necessary, ensuring all safety protocols were followed and the decision is based solely on precautionary measures. They added they felt no student was in direct contact with a confirmed positive individual.

Harrisburg Man Injured After Motorcycle Overturns

Harrisburg Man Injured After Motorcycle Overturns

HARRISBURG – A Harrisburg man is recovering after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Harrisburg shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday. According to Illinois State Police, 44-year-old Jason D. Reynolds was was airlifted to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle left the roadway on Illinois 145 for unknown reasons. Police said his motorcycle…Continue Reading

SIU Carbondale Students Receive More Than $2M in Relief

SIU Carbondale Students Receive More Than $2M in Relief

CARBONDALE – A partnership between Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the state of Illinois will provide about 1,500 students more than $2 million in emergency relief due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a release, each student will receive about $1,400 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. SIU Carbondale…Continue Reading

New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois Wednesday

New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois Wednesday

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 1,645 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 16 additional confirmed death. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 16 in isolation. Jefferson County: 16. Eight are new positive individuals involved with a second long-term care facility outbreak, including four staff members and four…Continue Reading

$46M in Business Aid Announced For Illinois Small Businesses

$46M in Business Aid Announced For Illinois Small Businesses

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday the state is distributing $46 million to small businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The grants, stemming from the Business Interruption Grant program (funded by the federal CARES Act), will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and go to  to 2,655 small businesses, including local restaurants,…Continue Reading

2020 Murphysboro Apple Festival Postponed Until Next Year

2020 Murphysboro Apple Festival Postponed Until Next Year

MURPHYSBORO – The 2020 Apple Festival has been canceled by the Murphysboro Apple Festival committee. According to a release from the Apple Fest Facebook page, organizers decided after several at-length discussions with the Jackson Co. Health Department it was in the best interest of public safety and health to make the decision to cancel this…Continue Reading

State Supreme Court Consolidates Lawsuits on Pritzker Orders

State Supreme Court Consolidates Lawsuits on Pritzker Orders

CHICAGO (AP)- The Illinois Supreme Court declined to take on a downstate legal battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s coronavirus-related orders Tuesday, moving the case to Sangamon County and consolidating it with a similar challenge. The decision comes as the first-term Democrat was expected in a Clay County courtroom this week after a judge rule d…Continue Reading

Oversight Committee Upholds Pritzker’s Mask Enforcement Rules

Oversight Committee Upholds Pritzker’s Mask Enforcement Rules

SPRINGFIELD – A legislative oversight committee upheld Governor J.B. Pritzker’s mask enforcement rules for Illinois businesses, schools, and daycare centers Tuesday. The rules, announced by the governor last week, create guidelines for enforcing the state’s mask mandate and social distancing requirement, ranging from a warning to fines for repeat offenders. Ann Spillane, General Counsel for…Continue Reading

Williamson County Reports Single-Day High 32 COVID-19 Cases

Williamson County Reports Single-Day High 32 COVID-19 Cases

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 1,549 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 20 additional confirmed death. Williamson County reported a single-day high in new confirmed COVID-19 cases with 32. A death was additionally reported due to the virus, bringing the county’s total to six. Local case…Continue Reading

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