(Golconda, IL) — Emergency responders in a small southern Illinois county are saying an unusual call they got over the weekend turned out to be a hoax. The Rural Pope County Fire Protection District got the call Saturday morning about a multiple subjects who “had been bitten by snakes” and was “covered in snakes at that time.” In a Facebook post, the district says over a dozen personnel responded to the scene, only to find that no one had been bitten by any snakes. They say a subject on scene was under the influence.
LYON COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A woman is being charged with animal cruelty after police seized horses from her property, some in poor condition or dead. According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, Sara Kelly, 51, of Eddyville, Ill. appeared in Lyon District Court today for a pretrial conference.
ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning on Thursday, April 14 that COVID-19 cases are slowly rising in many areas of the state. “While hospitalizations and deaths tied to COVID-19 remain stable at this time, we are seeing a slow increase in cases in many areas of the State,” Acting IDPH Director Amaal Tokars said in a news release. “This is a reminder that we all need to remain vigilant and remain up to date on our vaccination status. This is especially important for those who are at higher risk for serious outcomes.”
HARDIN AND POPE COUNTY – On May 10th, 2022, Arrowleaf, a human services organization in Southern Illinois, and its Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) consortium will host a Substance Use Recovery Banquet where they will offer a free dinner, giveaways, and presentations that build awareness and skills to identify and respond to substance use disorders. They will also be recognizing two individuals from Hardin County General Hospital that have been champions for building substance use disorder recovery supports in Hardin and Pope Counties.
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- The River-to-River Trail Society will hold its fifth hike of the spring hiking season on Apr. 2 in the western portion of Jackson Hollow, in Pope County. Society President Bill Gilmour will lead a challenging hike of about five and one-half miles, mostly off-trail. This hike is rated as difficult and is intended for hikers in good condition who have done some hiking.
Parents with children under age five, who are diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability, can often find it difficult to get the services their child needs prior to Kindergarten. To help, Southern Seven Head Start and area Pre-K programs have scheduled their annual free Community “Child Find” Screening events throughout the region.