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Frontier League Baseball | Miners hold off Schaumburg in opener

MARION — The Miners didn’t make it as easy as they could have in the opener of Wednesday night’s doubleheader with Schaumbur… Read more


COVID-19 in Southern Illinois: Additional death reported in Jackson County on Wednesday

A county-by-county look at lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois, updated daily. Read more


Music Historicity | What's (musically) 'in' and 'out'?

In: Musicians who identify themselves professionally simply by using the real names given to them at birth. To me, this gain… Read more


Country Scene | 'Cowboy Campout' fest kicks off Sept. 3 at Shawnee Cave Amphitheater

Spectacular news for local music fans continues to reverberate from newly renovated Shawnee Cave Amphitheater in rural Jacks… Read more

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COVID-19 in Southern Illinois: Additional death reported in Jackson County on Wednesday

A county-by-county look at lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois, updated daily. Read more

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More Southern Illinois counties enter 'orange warning' status as COVID-19 cases spike

The number of COVID-19 cases across the region continues to rise, putting some of the region’s counties into an increased warning level according to state Coronavirus Disease risk metrics. Read more

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Sale of WSIL-TV nears completion

WSIL-TV and six other broadcast stations across the country are being purchased by Los Angeles-based Allen Media Group for a combined $380 million. The sale should be finalized within the next two months. Read more


Prep Baseball Player of the Year | Harrisburg's Javier Beal

Harrisburg’s Javie Beal is The Southern Illinoisan’s Baseball Player of the Year. Read more


How are Southern Illinois colleges handling vaccine requirements?

The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board issued new guidance following an uptick in statewide COVID-19 cases.  Read more


Where Are They Now? | All the Wright Stuff! As Olympics approach, Wright reflects on glory days

It's been 25 years since Marion's Cameron Wright soared into the hearts of Southern Illinoisans after qualifying for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta by clearing 7 feet, 7 inches in the high jump at a preliminary meet. Read more

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Teen entrepreneur launches Southern Branch Picnics — providing everything but the ants

Kaya Coleman, 17, started Southern Branch Picnics with a goal of making memorable picnics a simple affair. She provides picnic planning, accessories and food as well as clean-up for clients. Read more


Carbondale cops warn of criminals posing as solicitors after 'suspicious incident'

CARBONDALE — Police are investigating after a man suspected of posing as a Mediacom representative tried to enter a resident… Read more

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Country Scene | Vocalist Miranda Joy Willmore, and band U-Foria running on adrenaline

May started on a positive note for local band U-Foria as they played a show at Shotgun Eddy’s in Eddyville to celebrate the grand opening of a new outdoor pavilion at the popular eatery in rural Pope County. Read more

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IDOT Awards $4M for construction of the Crab Orchard Greenway trail

The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded $4 million towards the design and construction of almost six miles of … Read more

This week's promotions

Nurses: the heart of health care

Honoring Southern Illinois Nurses who braved the COVID-19 frontlines. Read more

StayCation Sweepstakes!

Need a break? Enter by May 31 for your chance to win $1500 towards a staycation! Read more

This week's Photo Galleries

Snapshots from Sunisa Lee's all-around gold medal performance

Sunisa Lee won the gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around. See photos from her victory. Read more

Southern Illinois neighbors: Obituaries for July 29

Read through the obituaries published today in The Southern Illinoisan. Read more