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Miss Morrisonville Crowned

MORRISONVILLE — On Friday night, a new Miss Morrisonville was crowned. Whitney Lipe became the new queen. Pictured in the back row are 2019 Miss Morrisonville Carly Goebel and 2021 Jr Miss Morrisonville Khloe Klinger. In the front row are 2021 Little Miss Morrisonville Kailyn Bethard, 2021 Miss Morrisonville Queen Whitney Lipe, 2021 Little Mr.…

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Justice Department says Russia hacked prosecutors

ALAN SUDERMAN and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russian hackers behind the massive SolarWinds cyber-espionage campaign broke into the email accounts some of the most prominent federal prosecutors’ offices around the country last year, the Justice Department said. The department said 80% of Microsoft email accounts used by employees in the four…

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Memorial Health System hospitals to host blood drives

SPRINGFIELD — Memorial Health System hospitals will hold several blood donation drives in August. Registration is required for all of the blood drives at the nonprofit health sys- tem’s hospitals. Donors should visit BloodCenter.org to register. The blood drive locations and their hours are: Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug..…

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Taylorville Public Library to require masks

TAYLORVILLE — The following is an announcement from Taylorville Public Library Director, Ryan Reitmeier: “Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in the county, and following suggestions from the Christian County Public Health Department, the Library will be requiring facemasks for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status.”

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Infrastructure win overshadowed by surge

JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press  NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden wagered his campaign and now his presidency on the premise that government itself could still work, even at a time of fractious political division.  When the Senate voted this week, with bipartisan support, to begin work on an infrastructure bill that Biden supported, he seemed…

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Annual Soap Derby returns to Mt. Auburn Picnic on Saturday, August 7

MT. AUBURN — The annual Bradley Allison Memorial Soap Box Derby returns to the Picnic on Saturday, August 7, 2021 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Weigh-In and Inspection will start at noon at the starting ramp. All cars subject to approval of committee. Committee decisions will be final. For further information contact Ann or Gary Holladay…

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Meeting Notices

City Council The Taylorville City Council meeting will be held Monday, August 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Municipal building. Agenda includes: Invocation , Pledge of Allegiance , Roll Call , Volunteer of the Month , Oath of Office – Police Officer Josh Niles , OMNIBUS VOTE DESIGNATION – Approve: Minutes of the…

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Information sought on Taylorville burglary

TAYLORVILLE — This week Crimestoppers is seeking information in regards to A burglary that occurred in Taylorville. Sometime between 10:00 am and 12:30 pm on Friday, July 23, 2021, person or per- sons unknown made entry into #45 Fairview Trailer Court. The unknown subject or subjects damaged the front door to make entry. There did…

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Group helps young fathers connect with their children

CAROLYN P SMITH News-Democrat BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Shaquille Armstrong is helping young fathers learn the importance of getting involved in their children’s lives. “There are certain things boys are more comfortable talking to their father’s about rather than their moms,” Armstrong said. His passion for helping to mentor, teach, and share experiences with other…

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How Illinois hopes to avoid summer eviction surge

KATHLEEN FOODY The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the only tool…

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