Area News

Congresswoman Bustos helps pass Covid-19 relief bill

BY JOHN FROEHLING Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17th District) discussed the biggest relief aid package ever passed in the nation in response to the spread of Covid-19 shortly after she voted for it Friday, March 27. President Trump was expected to sign the $2 trillion bill into law, Bustos said. The bill provides $1,200 in direct…

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SRC locations to close, spring commencement canceled

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the shelter-in-place guidance from Governor J.B. Pritzker, all locations of Spoon River College will remain operational but closed to students and the public starting Monday, March 23. Campus facilities will be locked and unavailable for walk-in services. “The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and…

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Salvation Army adjusts to pandemic

The Salvation Army in Canton, serving Fulton County, has adjusted operations due to Covid-19 or the new coronavirus. The following changes have been made: –Youth program including Monday Night Reading at Oaklawn Apartments and Tuesday night youth activities will be suspended until at least April 1. –The Spring Break Mini Day camp is cancelled.  –Family…

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County Zoning Office physically inaccessible

The Fulton County Community Development/Zoning Office is no longer able to provide in-person access at its physical location in the Fulton County Health Department, 700 East Oak Street, Canton. If assistance is needed with building permits, certificates of occupation, floodplain questions, zoning review of subdivisions, conditional use permits, special home occupation permits, rezoning, mapping, consultations…

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Area events canceled or on hold due to Covid-19

Here are the latest cancellations, closures, postponements and other adjustments announced by area organizations due to the novel coronavirus: CENSUS DAY Census Day activities that had been planned April 1 have been postponed indefinitely pending further notice. AREA MUSEUMS Dickson Mounds Museum in rural Lewistown and Canton Area Heritage Center have closed pending further notice.…

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Coroners, funeral home directors firm up fatality plan for Covid-19

  BY JOHN FROEHLING Coroners from Fulton and five other counties met Wednesday with representatives OSF St. Francis Medical Center and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association to solidify their fatality plan for deaths that potentially may result from Covid-19. They also set guidelines for current and upcoming funeral services. The coroners and IFDA Board of…

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Fulton County Courthouse open but operations reduced

BY JOHN FROEHLING Courts in the Ninth Judicial Circuit will remain open, but civil cases and other non-essential matters will be postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Vital matters will continue to be heard. Reducing other operations will take place to minimize personal contact and deter the spread of COVID-19.   Emergencies, suspects in…

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Fourth Of July Celebration Planned

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New Mayor Has Big Plans For City’s Future

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School Officials Meet To Discuss Crowded Classrooms

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