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Events on the Ridgway calendar

1. HCDC Good News Golf Scramble; 2. Harrisburg Rotary presents Glo Bingo; 3. Wonderful Wabash with Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Water/Ways; 4. Johnson County - Harris Solar Open House; 5. On The Farm Paint Class & Goat Mingle;
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Face-your-fear program to be held at Giant City State Park

MAKANDA, Ill. (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced on Sunday, September 26, that the Giant City State Park will be hosting a “How to get over your fears of snakes” program. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Jeremy Schumacher, Forester and reptile enthusiast will be...
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March for Unity brings southern Illinois community together

Women For Change hosted their annual March For Unity Parade, which went from Rock Hill Baptist Church to Attucks Park on Sept. 18. Women For Change is an organization dedicated to helping the Carbondale Community through food gardens, entrepreneur programs and other projects. Ginger Rye-Sanders, the organization’s president, said this parade is the organization’s biggest event of the year.
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Marion calendar: Coming events

1. Foster & Adopt 201 Workshop - Williamson County; 2. Become A Home Based Travel Agent (Marion, IL); 3. Larry, Steve, and Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers; 4. BLS (CPR, AED, Choking) $10 Seat Hold/$55 Balance at Class Required; 5. PNG Heat Press Hats;
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Friends of Morris Library to honor Beadles, MacDonald and Waters

A pair of books that shed light on pieces of the state’s history will be recognized next week as the 2020 and 2021 Friends of Morris Library Delta Award winners at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “Stained with Blood and Tears: Lynchings, Murder and Mob Violence in Cairo, Illinois, 1909-1910” by...
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Aaron Smith announces candidacy for 118th seat

MARION -- About 100 supporters gathered at Tower Square Pizza in Marion on Tuesday evening as Marion businessman Aaron Smith announced his candidacy for state representative for the Illinois 118th legislative district. Smith, who is vice president at Smith-Hafeli Construction in Marion, also serves on the John A. Logan board...

Marion news wrap: What’s trending

(MARION, IL) The news in Marion never sleeps, and we’ve got you covered with daily updates. Pulled from contributors around the region, here’s a glimpse of what’s going on nearby. For more stories from the Marion area, click here.

Habitat for Humanity groups overcome challenges, keep building

CARBONDALE — Jim Nesler has volunteered with Jackson-Union County Habitat for Humanity for decades, but none of the projects he has worked on have been as problematic as the home now being built in Murphysboro. “This one has to be the most challenging one I’ve ever been a part of,...
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After founder's death, the Center for Empowerment and Justice fights to stay open

CARBONDALE — The Center for Empowerment and Justice in Carbondale is facing an uncertain future after the death of its founder in August. The center is known for providing internet and laundry services to those in need, offering legal support and helping to find stable housing for those who are or were incarcerated and being a safe place to start new business and teach community classes like sewing. There is a community garden next door and it is beginning to operate a harm reduction clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

2021 Catskin Days festival opens Thursday night in Carrier Mills

Catskin Days in Carrier Mills kicked off Thursday night and runs through Saturday, and while this is first and foremost a local festival, Mayor Tracy Felty says everybody in the region is invited. "The more the merrier," he encourages. The event began Thursday evening with the annual beauty pageant, where...
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Simon Institute to host virtual event with U.S. Sen. Duckworth

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois will join Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual conversation at noon on Oct. 4. Institute director John Shaw will interview Duckworth about the legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, challenges facing American foreign policy and Duckworth’s new memoir, “Every Day Is a Gift.”