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Last Day To Order Grass Carp

Time is limited to order fish from the Marion County Soil & Water Conservation District Fall Fish Sale.

All species of fish are still available.  Triploid Grass Carp orders must be received on or before Friday, September 20th.  All other orders must be received before Monday, September 30th.  Fish will be delivered for pick up on Monday, October 7th at 8:00 am at the USDA Service Center in Salem.

If you are interested or have any questions please call Burke Davies at 618-548-2230 ext.#3, or stop by the office at 1550 East Main in Salem.


SC’s Reynolds Receives Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award

South Central High School student Zada Reynolds recently received the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence.

The medical advisory board of the national academy of future physicians and medical scientists confers honor and distinction upon Zada Reynolds for outstanding academic performance, leadership potential and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine.

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Both drivers receive minor injuries in Tuesday morning crash in front of SCHS

By Bruce Kropp:

Both drivers went for treatment on their own following a rear-end crash in the 1200 block of North Broadway in front of Salem Community High School Tuesday morning.

Salem Police say a car driven by 39-year-old Sarah Boyles of East Elm in Salem was unable to stop in time and ran into the rear of a car driven by a 16-year-old female juvenile stopped in front of her waiting to make a left turn onto Senneff Street.

Boyles was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

The crash occurred at 7:41 Tuesday morning.

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Marion County Health Department told outbreak of gonorrhea continues to grow

The outbreak of gonorrhea cases in Marion County continues and is now more than twice the yearly number ever recorded.

Marion County Health Department Director of Nursing Shelly Yoder told the health board Tuesday night 83 cases of the sexually transmitted disease have now been recorded for the year, up nine from the end of August. She says the all-time yearly number of gonorrhea cases before now was 35 recorded in 2012.

“We are seeing when we are talking with the individuals a lot of the problem is high-risk behavior.  A lot of individuals have multiple sex partners, they are having unprotected sex, they are using drug and alcohol making them do things they probably wouldn’t do.  They are also meeting anonymous partners off the internet and the problem is ongoing.  So they need to work on these risky behaviors and practice things to decrease their risk of getting STD’s.”

Yoder says chlamydia cases, which have always been high in Marion County, also remain a problem with 133 recorded through the end of August. She reports they are seeing some repeat cases where both types of sexually transmitted diseases are showing up or in combination of hepatitis C which is most likely tied to illegal drug usage.

Yoder also reported vaccinations for Hepatitis “A” was provided for some staff and inmates at the Marion County Jail after a positive test for Hepatitis A in a prisoner in June. She reports 17 staff and two inmates received the vaccine. No other positive tests have been reported.


West Nile Virus confirmed in Marion County

The presence of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Marion County.

The county health department’s new director of Environmental Health Tim Yates reported two positive tests this summer.

The first was in a mosquito batch tested by the Illinois Department of Public Health in Centralia July 3rd.

The second positive test was from a horse in Salem on August 27th.

So far this year there have been no positive tests in humans in Marion County. There has been one confirmed death in Illinois from West Nile so far this year and 74 last year.

The best way to prevent West Nile encephalitis and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Mosquitoes remain active until the first freezing frost.

Salem seeking city council candidates

The City of Salem is now accepting letters of interest from those who would like to fill an opening on the city council.

City Manager Rex Barbee says the best candidate will have background in community activities where they have had to make decisions.

“We are asking them to give us a letter of interest expressing why they’d like to be the position, what they think they can bring to the table.  The job itself can be a little demanding, you get invited to a lot of events and if you don’t have the spare time to do that it can be a little awkward.  But you make what you want out of the job sometimes.”

Barbee says those applying may also want to provide a resume. The deadline for submitting a letter of interest is early October.

“We are looking for someone to fill the City Council position and then once that position is filled then at that point they can choose from that person or existing council persons to appoint the mayor.”

The Mayor’s position was let open when Rex Barbee moved to the city manager’s position.

City councilwoman Sue Morgan is serving as Mayor Pro Tem for 60 days or until around November 1st. At that time, the city council needs to appoint a new mayor or extend Morgan’s term.

Those who want to submit a letter of interest should do so through Salem City Clerk Bev Quinn at Salem City Hall.

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