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As the sun shines bright and the air smells like spring, a stay-at-home order the State of Illinois and Shelby County, which has a handful of pending tests for COVID-19.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a number of financial initiatives Wednesday to assist owners of bars, restaurants, hotels and other small businesses during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.


On Saturday, March 14, VFW Post 4829 and the Eternal Flame Coalition sponsored a Jeep Run to raise money for the Eternal Flame on the square in Shelbyville.

As of Thursday morning, there still were no confirmed tests of COVID-19 in Shelby County. But there were four tests pending, according to Steve Melega, Health Administrator at the Shelby County Health Department.

Marriage applications in Shelby County filed from March 5-March 13, 2020:


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday announced 330 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including three deaths; a Kane County man in his 90s, a Cook County man in his 60s, and a Will County woman in her 50s.

A key committee meeting of the Shelby County Board was canceled for Thursday morning in the midst of a stay-at-home order issued by the Governor of Illinois. 


SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker detailed the state’s efforts to stock up on personal protective equipment and said President Donald Trump was “responsive” to the state’s needs in a phone call Monday, one day after the pair feuded on Twitter.


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois National Guard is assisting the state’s COVID-19 response by setting up testing centers and other civil action, not preparing for military action as has been rumored on social media, its adjutant general said during a news briefing on the virus Monday.


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 250 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including four deaths; a Chicago resident in his 50s, two Cook County residents both in their 60s, and a DuPage County resident in her 90s.

The Shelbyville Community Unit #4 School Board worked quickly through the agenda at their latest board meeting on Thursday, March 18, highlighted by new course offerings and a farming lease agreement with the U.S. Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville.


SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville set up a triage tent at the entrance. Kristen Bennett was on hand Monday morning to screen all people coming into the hospital for any business before they could enter due to COVID-19.  

Phone first is the advice. The Shelby County Courthouse doors are open, but people are being requested to phone ahead before showing up to do business.

Shelbyville City Hall announced that it will be open for business, but only by appointment.

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SPRINGFIELD – As COVID-19 cases spike throughout Illinois, the nine Illinois hospitals with HSHS Illinois system and Memorial Health System – including Good Shepherd in Shelbyville – will no longer allow visitors, with some exceptions.


SPRINGFIELD — The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Illinois almost doubled overnight, from 160 cases to 288, the state’s Department of Public Health announced Wednesday.


The non-binding Shelbyville referendum to repair the historic Chautauqua Building in Forest Park passed 59% to 40% on Tuesday. The other option was to demolish it. The Shelbyville City Council will now decide how to implement the will of the people.


Springfield – With the state’s blood supply running low, lawmakers joined blood center officials in Springfield Wednesday to call on people to donate blood and stressed that blood centers are still safe, sterile places for healthy people to donate.

COVID-19 virus – The CDC and State of Illinois recommendations have left most of us dealing with unprecedented issues we have not had to face before due to COVID-19. Dove is trying to do our best as we comply with the State and Federal requirements on these issues.

Cornerstone Community Fellowship in Shelbyville is continuing to meet and the film series “The Chosen” will be shown again this Sunday.

Cowden voters on Tuesday decided to allow alcohol sales in the village by a 79-53 vote. But going “wet” will take a few months, according to Mayor Loren Barnes.

Shelbyville City Council member Martha Firnhaber announced at the Shelbyville City Council meeting on Monday, March 16 that in talking with the Shelby County Clerk's Office, she was told there would be curbside voting available on Tuesday, March 17 for the Primary Election.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Arizona are pushing forward with Tuesday’s primary election, although the coronavirus is causing headaches as polling places need to be moved and workers afraid of catching the disease drop out.


The decision to cancel the Shelby County Art Show 2020 was made early Monday morning due to the extended quarantine expected for many businesses and activities. As many as possible are being notified before any other actions to enter are taken. The Show will resume in 2021 with the ability o…

Dollar Tree had a formal ribbon cutting on Saturday at their location at the Johnstowne Mall in Shelbyville. Dollar Tree had a soft opening on Wednesday and did banner business each of the first 3 days. Pictured are: Shelbyville Mayor Jeff Johnson cutting the ribbon, with members of the loca…


SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker took an unprecedented step Sunday to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by ordering bars and restaurants in the state closed to the public starting on Tuesday, March 17, which is both St. Patrick’s Day and Illinois’ Primary Election Day.

SHELBYVILLE — Due to concerns about COVID-19, influenza and other illnesses, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has decided to postpone or cancel non-essential events/classes at the hospital through the end of April. This includes Mass celebrated in the Good Shepherd Chapel.

Even amidst the angst over changing past practices, talks about a forensic audit, and the coronavirus, the Shelby County Board took care of business last Wednesday.

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Larry H. Mummel, 78, of Mode, IL passed away at 9:26 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 in his residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL.