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    MARION -- “God used the Appalachian Mountains, practically, to save my life,” remarked Marion native and Birmingham, Alabama resident, Rebecca “Becca” Hosselton, after her recent move to Jonesville, Virginia, in the rolling hills of Lee County in Central Appalachia.

      MURPHYSBORO — A free informational seminar about the Agricultural Act of 2014 will begin at 6 p.m. today in University of Illinois Extension office, at 402 Ava Road in Murphysboro. Local COUNTRY Financial representative, Josh Wagner, will conduct the seminar also being sponsored by the Jacks…

        MARION -- A buffet dinner, dancing, and the auctioning of tickets for many athletic events will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the annual Red Rose Gala at Kokopelli Country Club in Marion.

          JONESBORO -- The Forest Service would like to notify the public that beginning Feb. 23, the Shawnee National Forest office in Jonesboro will change their office hours. Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District in Jonesboro will be closed Mondays and open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

            CARBONDALE -- March is colorectal cancer awareness month and to help draw attention to the need for preventative screenings such as colonoscopy all participants who register for the Butts and Guts 5K Walk/Run by March 23, will be provided with t-shirts and boxers.

              MURPPHYSBORO -- Friends and members will be able to take advantage of a preview sale of the Sallie Logan Library book sale from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the library in Murphysboro. A $5 membership fee can be paid at the door.  

              MURPHYSBORO -- Secretary of State Jesse White is offering a Rules of the Road Review Course for all citizens in the Murphysboro area from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Murphysboro Senior Center.

              CAMBRIA - There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Norah Coleman's diabetic alert dog from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Cambria Christian Church.

              The Illinois Agricultural Association Foundation is offering scholarships to agriculture high school seniors, Illinois Farm Bureau members and their children. The deadline is Feb. 1.

              INA -- Little more than a month remains for prospective Rend Lake College students to submit an application for numerous RLC Foundation scholarships. The deadline is Feb. 27 for the 2015 fall semester.

              COBDEN -- The Union County Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities program held its December meeting in The Old Feed Store. Presenter Craig Lindvahl led discussions covering many areas of technology and their retail applications, reasons why oil prices have been dropping, the importance of bu…

              Congressman John Shimkus is asking constituents for participation in his "Valentines for Heroes" program. Valentines will be accepted at Shimkus' offices until Feb. 9.

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              CARBONDALE --- SIU is offering a special edition of its popular summer "Eco Camp" for children during the Valentine’s Day weekend. The registration deadline is Feb. 6.

              The Carbondale Branch of the American Association of University Women is offering three scholarships to women from the area enrolled at SIU. The awards will be added to the students’ Bursar accounts for the 2015-2016 school year. The postmarked deadline is Feb. 2.

              PINCKNEYVILLE -- Pinckneyville Community High School "Marching Panther Pompon Girls" competed in the Marion IDTA Regional on Jan. 17. The squad won first place in Class A Jazz out of seven schools, first place in Class A Kick and soloist Haley Johnston qualified her solo for the IDTA State C…

              MARION -- Little Egypt Arts Association is sponsoring the ninth annual High School Competition. The students’ work will be displayed through Feb. 8. in the gallery on the square. The show will conclude with the closing reception and awards at 2 p.m. Feb. 8.

              SPRINGFIELD -- Sadie Gassmann, Miss Richland County Fair, was crowned Miss Illinois County Fair Queen by retiring Queen Summer Robins. Gassmann is majoring in elementary education at SIU Edwardsville. She is the daughter of Gwen Gassmann and the late Chris Gassmann of Olney.

              ANNA -- The Anna Jonesboro Women's Club will hold a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2  in the United Methodist Church.

              CARBONDALE -- Southern Illinois AIDS Walk is seeking volunteers to organize the annual event. A meeting for volunteers will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Pagliai’s Pizza. The walk will be March 21 at the Newman Center.

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