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Faith leaders and others plan to gather at the Perry County courthouse in Pinckneyville at noon Thursday to pray and mark the day as National Day of Prayer.

George Culley, head of the Least of The Brethren Ministries, which includes a food pantry that serves people througout the region, organized the prayer. The National Day of Prayer was created n 1952.

Culley said he asked Sheriff Steve Bareis, who is also the interim pastor of a local church, to lead the prayer, which will likely include prayers from other faith leaders and residents and members of the business community.

The prayer is expected to get underway by 12:15 p.m. and be ended by 12:45 p.m., Culley said.

The event is scheduled to go on, rain or shine, he said. Those participating will meet on the south side of the courthouse, on the Illinois 154 side.

— Stephanie Esters

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Murphysboro and Perry County.

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