Area News

Health Department Seeks Public Cooperation During Coronavirus Crisis

Experts Urge Those Who Have Traveled, Been Exposed To COVID-19 Areas To Watch Symptoms By Elizabeth Lehde Administrator WCHD Cases of COVID-19 are increasing exponentially nationwide and within our state. Following the “shelter-in-place” order is critical for controlling the spread of this virus and flattening the curve. By sheltering at home, people can reduce their…

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NCHS Music Collaborate With Playlists, Mixes To Connect During Mandated School Closure

By Leah Williams [email protected] Music students at Nashville Community High School have been keeping connected with each other through online videos and shared song collaborations. One project announced on   St. Patrick’s Day, the same week where mandatory school shutdowns were put in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, includes an uploaded playlist on YouTube of…

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Rep. Meier: Bars, Restaurants, and Hotels Impacted by COVID-19 Have Until April 1 to Apply for Grant Program

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) wants Illinois small businesses impacted by COVID-19 to know they could be eligible for state grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Applications are due by Wednesday, April 1. Eligible applicants will be placed into a lottery, and grant winners will be notified on April 4. According to Rep. Charlie Meier,…

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County Board Extends Disaster Declaration

In a special board meeting, the Washington County Board voted to extend the disaster declaration that was signed into practice last week. The disaster declaration, the first in the county, was implemented due to the growing health concerns surrounding the further outbreak of the coronavirus. The first declaration was put in place for seven days.…

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Centralia Woman Killed In Interstate Accident

A 53-year-old Centralia woman has died following a two-vehicle traffic accident on Interstate 64 in Washington County on Thursday, March 19. According to Coroner Mark Styninger, his office was dispatched to the 58 mile marker at 8:44 p.m. Lynette Lee was traveling westbound in a Chevrolet at a high rate of speed. The Chevy then…

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City To Run Essential Services To Help Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus

COVID-19 Public Service Announcement At this time, the City of Nashville will only be running essential services and only having minimal/essential crews on hand to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These services will include trash pickup, water, sewer and gas services. Recycling will be postponed until further notice. We apologize for the…

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Washington County Resident Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A Washington County resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Washington County Health Department said Thursday afternoon. According to a press release, “Washington County Health Department was notified this morning that a resident of Washington County has tested positive for COVID-19.  The individual, a male in his 30s, is doing well and is at…

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Local Businesses Urged To Document Losses During Coronavirus Crisis

The Washington County Emergency Management Agency is requesting local businesses keep track of all losses incurred during this time. There is a possibility of businesses being reimbursed or offered a low interest loan with SBA, and it will be easier to keep track of losses garnered now than later when requests for loss reports are…

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