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‘Amazing’: Mom hears late daughter’s transplanted heart

CHICAGO (AP) — An Indiana woman heard the heartbeat of her late daughter inside the chest of a 68-year-old Illinois man who received it in a transplant operation. Amber Morgan and Tom Johnson met for the first time Saturday, four years after he received a heart transplanted from the body of Andreona Williams, who was…

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Optimist hears from Scooters manager Mitch Parrish

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2022, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President John Crist called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening prayer by Pastor Steve Robinson. Guest speaker for the morning was Mitch Parrish, manager of…

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Officials: Person jumps FBI fence in Chicago, throws rocks

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a person was detained after jumping a fence outside the FBI’s Chicago field office and throwing rocks at the building. Federal officials say the incident happened about 11 a.m. Thursday. They say nobody was injured and there is no threat to the public. They say the person was turned over…

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Chicago health commissioner tests positive for COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s top health official says she’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing cold-like symptoms while isolating and working from home. Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, who’s led the city’s response to the pandemic, said Thursday on Twitter that she tested positive Wednesday night for COVID-19 for the first time.…

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Illinois online Raffle to benefit military veterans, first responders

ELGIN, Ill. , Aug. 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Chicago area businessman Bryan Real recently launched an Illinois online raffle called the Komoniwana Raffle. The raffle is an effort to raise as much money as possible for the nonprofit Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which builds mortgage-free homes for the nation’s military veterans, first responders and their…

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Loyola’s Sister Jean turns 103, has train stop named for her

CHICAGO (AP) — Loyola University’s Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt got some Chicago hardware with her name on it for her 103rd birthday. School, city and state leaders celebrated Sunday with the Catholic nun who became something of a folk hero as chaplain for the Loyola men’s basketball team that reached the NCAA Final Four in…

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Any given Sunday:  A lesson in aviation history

Kim Paisley-Jones Breeze-Courier Writer TAYLORVILLE — “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”  —  Marcus Garvey You never know what you’ll find on any given Sunday, but last week, there were two WWII fighter planes parked at the Taylorville Airport. Cliff Myers from Birmingham,…

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Patriotism and Community at the County Fair

Riding across the track before each event during the County Fair last week, Emma Noblet and Brock Boliek carry American flags during the National Anthem in an act of community service. “Emma and Brock do horse racing all over Illinois,” Alisha Noblet explained. “We live on a animal farm outside of town, and we are…

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People in the News

Missouri S&T announces honor list Braxton Schmedeke, first-year engineering major, of Morrisonville (62546), was named an honor student at Missouri University of Science and Technology. To be included on the honor list, students must have carried a minimum of 12 hours and had grade point averages of 3.2 or above out of a possible 4.0.…

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, The Illinois Beverage Association (IBA) plays a critical role in supporting strong communities throughout the state. From Zion to Mound City and Quincy to Danville, the beverage industry’s community benefits are felt throughout Illinois, supporting our local communities through jobs, tax revenue and charitable contributions. With over 50 beverage bottling plants and distribution…

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