Friday, May 8, 2020

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, April 24 through May 8

Good morning readers, writers, and BryonySeries fans!

I have more than a dozen stories to share this morning (and two more that haven't gone online yet), so you won't need any editorializing from me; plenty to read here.

I hope everyone checking into this blog is doing well: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

We are living in unprecedented times and making history as we live it.

Go forth and live well today.

Non-bylined features:

Search by topic (people, pets, A and E, faith, health, and food) at

Once a week, I do combine a week's worth into a single blog post.

Social media:

Daily updates: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

BryonySeries stuff: I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries. And assorted related content at

And of course, please follow the adventures of Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram at bertrand_bryonyseries.

If you're a writer anywhere in the world, you're welcome to join WriteOn Joliet's Facebook page at We're based in Joliet, Illinois, but we love to meet and interact with writers outside our area, too.

Upcoming BryonySeries events:

A full month of virtual events can be found at

Books and Such

Information on my books (including where to buy) along with upcoming events is at


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Will County teen did not die from coronavirus

Illinois hospitals prepare to restart elective surgeries: You'll need a COVID-19 test before surgery

Will County reports 97 more cases of COVID-19

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet #chaplain was 'greatest man in the world'

Northern Illinois Food Bank not running out of food, seeks monetary donations

Coronavirus putting routine childhood vaccine schedule at risk
Pediatricians urge parents not to delay shots, offices have safety measures in place

Joliet's 'Bagels for Bravery' program went the distance on Tuesday
A community parade will accompany the weekly donation of bagels and cream cheese, 2nd parade is next week

Social distancing parade held for 72nd birthday of Joliet woman on dialysis 24 years

Why there are shortages in acute care nursing
Joliet area experts give insight into this evolving profession

Surprise 'adoptions' make Channahon, Minooka 8th-graders feel special

OLA in Joliet has no cases of COVID-19
Here's what this independent, assisted and skilled nursing community is doing to prevent it

Treat your mom to a drive-in church service this Sunday
Crest Hill church offering 2 events in 1 week to bring community together

LocalLit: Resources from libraries in Will County

Illustration by Matt Coundiff for Visage.

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