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Metz named Jacksonville Memorial’s August Colleague of Month: Daniel Metz of White Hall, a security officer at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital (JMH), is the nonprofit hospital’s Colleague of the Month for August.

Metz is always eager to help co-workers, patients and visitors and has been known to deliver candy to clinical units, hospital officials said. “Daniel maintains a positive and calm demeanor, even in a stressful situation, and knows the hospital layout better than anyone,” said Jim McGownd, supervisor of security at JMH.

Metz has worked at the hospital since 2015. Outside of work, Metz enjoys do-it-yourself home improvement projects.

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the library: Get your shot at the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL)! The JPL and the State of Illinois are partnering to bring you a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, October 25 from 3-7 p.m.

• Eligibility: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is approved and recommended for persons 12 years of age and older.

• Signing up: Schedule your appointment by going to: 

• If you are unable to sign up for the clinic yourself for any reason, please contact the library at 217-243-5435 and a staff member can sign you up.

You can find out more at

Author Chris Bohjalian, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 22 books adapted into three movies and a TV series, will speak in this live virtual event about his newest release “The Hour of the Witch.”

The event is Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom only. E-mail Sarah at to register and receive Zoom link. If you would like to ask the author a question, please email Sarah with your question at the time of registration. Find out more at

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