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The Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) has made the decision to cancel all remaining state series activities. A telephone conference call was held on Friday, April 3, with the IESA Board of Directors at which time the final decision was made.

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The DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department announced today (April 3) that a total of 72 people have been tested for COVID-19 in the two-county area. Of those, 64 have come back negative, 6 results are pending, and two cases have been confirmed. Those were announced on Thursday, one for eac…

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Local health officials announced today that two area individuals have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. “We continue to gather details from these individuals to understand their exposure better and who they may have been in contact with,” said David Remmert, Administrator for the DeWit…

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There may be one, small, sliver of a silver lining to Illinois school buildings being closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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When the University of South Carolina Aiken announced closing campus because of the coronavirus epidemic, Monticello graduate Mia Maupin had to make a quick decision about where she would live for the next three weeks.

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Standardized tests canceled as schools remain closed through April 30Public K-12 schools statewide were instructed to begin remote learning days Tuesday until in-person instruction can resume, and standardized testing in the state is canceled for the year as well.Illinois Superintendent of E…

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The Journal-Republican asked for people to log their time in isolation and share it with our readers. Stepping up was Monticello High School sophomore Clara Rudolph.

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The University of Illinois announces additional, general subject webinars to the public in April.

Officials at the University of Illinois and Allerton Park reopened the trails on the South side of Allerton on March 27. Guests should approach the Main (Allerton Road) Entrance to access the six miles of trail, consisting of the Schroth Trail and the McDonald Family Trails.

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Repossession, evictions on hold during COVID-19 crisisThe Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued guidance for lenders and borrowers Monday regarding debt collection during the COVID-19 pandemic.Evictions are suspended for homes and rental units in Illinois per an…