CAVES CLOSED TO SLOW SPREAD OF BAT DISEASE
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is closing state-owned and managed caves that support bat populations as part of a national effort to slow the spread of the mysterious white-nose syndrome affecting bats in the northeastern United States. White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a new wildlife disease of unknown origin that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats across the northeastern US during the past three years and continues to spread. It has recently been detected in Missouri and threatens to spread to Illinois. Evidence indicates human activity in caves may assist the spread of WNS. The closure will be in effect until further notice. For more information on WNS, call 217-782-6384.
Debbie Swett, age 50, of Sorento, passed away Monday, April 26 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Funeral services for 50 year-old Debbie Swett will be Friday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Perfetti Funeral Home in Sorento. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
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