Hopkins House Named 2020’s First Yard of the Month by Garden Club

  BY SHELBY NIEHAUS A wavy-bordered rock garden rings the pristine ranch home at 302 North Eighth. Antique plows, farming equipment, and statuettes sprout from the sun-washed stone between short, carefully-trimmed shrubs and low Japanese Maples. Shady spots abound at the rear of the home, while the front corner, sporting an American flag in its…

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COVID-19 cases surge with expanded testing

BY PETER HANCOCK, Capitol News Illinois The Illinois Department of Public Health reported the highest single-day total of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday along with the highest number of tests. Department Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said the state confirmed 4,014 new cases of the disease over the previous 24 hours, a period during which the state…

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Pritzker Blasts Lawmaker Exempted From Stay-at-Home Order by Court

BY BEN ORNER, Capitol News Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday denounced a state representative from southern Illinois, calling the lawsuit that defeated his stay-at-home order in court “a cheap political stunt.” Referring to state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, only as “the state representative from the 109th district,” Pritzker said Bailey’s successful lawsuit in Clay…

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Fayette County Records Second COVID-19 Related Death

At noon on Thursday, April 23, the Fayette County Health Department announced the county’s second death of COVID-19. The deceased was a woman in her 90’s and a resident of the same congregate facility as the county’s first COVID-19 death. FCHD offered their condolences to the deceased’s family in their Facebook announcement.

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Fifth Positive COVID-19 Case reported by Effingham County Health Department

Another positive COVID-19 case, Effingham County’s fifth, was reported today. The individual, a female in her 30’s, reports no known contact with the novel coronavirus. This news validates messages that COVID-19 is circulating in the Effingham and surrounding communities. The new case is doing well and is recovering at home on isolation. One of the…

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Pritzker: Illinois’ ‘Curve is Bending the Right Way’; Local Figures Updated

BY REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois   Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday state efforts to mitigate the novel coronavirus’ impact on Illinoisans, and residents’ efforts to “protect” their communities, are working. The numbers of new confirmed cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to rise, but the governor said “our curve is bending the right way.” The…

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Robert Howard “Bob” Dufford

On July 4, 2019, Robert Howard “Bob” Dufford of Leesburg, Fla. passed away at age 84 at his daughter’s residence in Temecula, Calif. Bob, a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran, served around the world, including in Florida, Newfoundland, Puerto Rico, California (three tours), Guam, Wales (two tours), and Virginia, finally retiring at the rank of Chief…

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