June 2024

Changes in assessing procedures for accessory structures explained

CHESTER – The Randolph County Assessor’s Office has issued the following statement regarding changes in assessing procedures for accessory structures.   “This statement is to clear up confusion on assessing procedures for accessory structures. Changes will be effective January 1, 2025.   “Any accessory buildings built after this date, over 200 sq ft, will be […]

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Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois holds Third Annual Recognition of Excellence        

GLEN CARBON, Ill. – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois celebrated outstanding volunteers and Girl Scouts who earned awards for their achievements at our third annual Recognition of Excellence ceremony.     These standouts exemplify our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The ceremony was held

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Governor Pritzker awards $5 million in B2B grants for local chambers

CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) have awarded $5 million in grant funding to 151 recipients through the Back to Business (B2B) Local Chambers program. B2B Chambers provides additional support for local chambers of commerce that experienced negative economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of

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Iconic, historic paintings come to Salem, Mo. in celebration of Smokey Bear’s 80th birthday

SALEM, Mo. — Nineteen art reproductions of paintings by Rudolph (Rudy) Wendelin, courtesy of Mark Twain National Forest, will be displayed this summer at the Ozark Natural and Cultural Resource Center (the Center) in Salem.   The Wendelin exhibit will showcase the historic artist’s iconic Smokey Bear campaign imagery that he created during his decades

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IDNR seeking public’s help with wild turkey brood surveys

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to assist with wild turkey brood surveys to aid biologists in monitoring turkey population trends and reproductive success.   Summertime is when young turkeys are hatching, and by counting them and adult females, biologists can assess trends in reproductive success and survival

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Illinois Chamber of Commerce releases 2024 End of Session Report

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has released its annual End of Session Report.   Our team has diligently drafted, tracked, and advocated on legislation impactful for the business community.   This report opens with a message from our President and CEO Lou Sandoval as well as highlights of the biggest legislative items this

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‘Making of an American Scene Painter’ to open in Ste. Genevieve

STE. GENEVIEVE – Visitors to the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild’s special exhibit featuring Colony artist and instructor, Joseph P. Vorst, “Making of an American Scene Painter”, will experience 20 important original artworks that have never been displayed in Ste. Genevieve.     The subject matter of 1930s Depression Era scenes – hard working folk trying

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May ozone readings are announced

PERRYVILLE – The Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission has released the ozone readings for May.     Alexandra Rios SEMORPC Environmental Planner explained “There were no exceedances recorded (last) month. However, it must be noted that on 5/27 the Farrar monitor experienced a power outage, impacting the reading for that date.”   air-quality-analysis-May (1)

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