Area Breaking News

Gov. Pritzker, IDPH Announce Winter Safety Guidelines for Recreational Sports Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated Guidance Reflects Risks Associated with High-Contact Indoor Sports as Second Wave of Pandemic Spreads Throughout State CHICAGO – Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH announced updated guidance for youth and adult recreational sports, including, but not limited to, school-based sports, travel clubs, private leagues and clubs, recreational leagues and centers, and park district sports programs. Collegiate sports…

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Hardin County Cougars place 4th in SIJHSAA State Championship

By Heather Rash Hardin County Independent The Hardin County Jr. High Cougars baseball team ended its season on October 13, 2020, playing the Albion Lions in Pinckneyville. Both teams were strong on the mound, but the Lions were just a little stronger at the plate, defeating the Cougars by one run with a final score…

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State Public Health Officials Announce COVID-19 Resurgence Mitigations to Take Effect in Region 5 on October 22, 2020

Every Region Seeing Increased Positivity Rates; Gov. Pritzker will Resume Daily Weekday Press Conferences    Murphysboro, Ill.  — Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 5, in Southern Illinois, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, 2020. The region is seeing a…

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10/14/20 – S7HD COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region

10/14/20 – S7HD COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region   Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports 5 new recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region.  Currently, there are 974 individuals from the Southern Seven region who have recovered since the start of the pandemic in the United States.   Southern Seven confirms…

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Hardin County High School launches Shoe Collection Drive

Shoe donations will help fund the school yearbook and support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills Hardin County High School is conducting a shoe drive on October 14 through December 14 to raise funds for Yearbook. HCHS Yearbook will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected as…

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Hardin County Jr. High Cougars are Regional Champs; First round of State competition to be held at home Wednesday, 3 p.m.

Published in the October 8, 2020 Hardin County Independent STATE BOUND – REGIONAL CHAMPIONS Back row, left to right: Assistant coach Lee Fricker, Nate Massie, Brandon Dutton, Trafton Stallings, Drew Vaughn, Assistant Coach Jason Vaughn, Landon Fricker, Bryden Banks, and Jacob Gibbons, and Coach Matt Cullum. Kneeling: Gavin Headlam, Braxton Martin, Christian Winters, Colin Smith,…

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28 Illinois Counties at Warning Level for Coronavirus Disease

Number of counties increases from 17 last week SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today reported 28 counties in Illinois are considered to be at a warning level for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  A county enters a warning level when two or more COVID-19 risk indicators that measure the amount of COVID-19…

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Southern Seven Health Department hosts mobile COVID-19 testing events at several locations; Hardin County event to be held Oct. 10

  As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the region, Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) encourages all residents to get tested regardless of symptoms, especially if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.  It is through testing that the health department can effectively track this disease and prevent its spread to…

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H.C. parents have a 3 day window to switch students from remote learning to in person/blended learning

There have been so many new procedures and schedules to put into place for everyone involved during yet another unprecedented school year. Administrators’ top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of students and staff and they understand the difficulties for students and parents/guardians dealing with remote learning. There is no replacement for that…

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9-16-20 Hardin County has 10 reported active cases of COVID-19

9/16/20 – S7HD COVID-19 Update for the Southern Seven Region (Second Death Reported in Massac County)   Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) reports 3 new recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven region.  Currently, there are 729 individuals from the Southern Seven region who have recovered since the start of the pandemic in the…

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