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Ask Amy: Adults want to gently nudge niece into the world

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Dear Amy: At the beginning of the pandemic, my husband and I took in a niece of ours who had been living with other family members after having some mental health problems and leaving college.

Life with her parents is, in my opinion, the cause of much of her mental health problems.

In short, she can’t go home.

However, my spouse and I are looking forward to an empty nest (our youngest is in his senior year at out-of-state university), and we need to find the best way to gently nudge her out into the great big world on her own.

She has a job but has not done much to continue with her college education. We discussed it initially and she took two classes, but hasn’t taken any others.

She was able to make enough money to buy her own car because we aren’t asking for rent, so she could take herself anywhere.

I think it would be better if she lived somewhere closer to home so she could visit if she wants.

Right now, she is 2,500 miles from home, and I can tell she misses her mother and her siblings, who are still there.

Tough love will not be good for this young lady since she is not healthy enough mentally to be given ultimatums or deadlines.

We talk about it often and can’t come up with a plan on our own. We’d appreciate your recommendations.

— Almost Empty-Nester

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Lebanon CUSD cancels class due to down power lines

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LEBANON, Ill. – The Lebanon CUSD has canceled class Monday due to damage surrounding the school.

Lebanon CUSD said in a Facebook post that they “have power lines down and a dangerous situation on campus.”

Ameren told the school district that the situation should be cleaned up by mid-day or late afternoon. The school day will be made up at the end of the year.

A tornado Sunday night caused damaged from Farmington, Missouri to Chester, Illinois.

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Chester, Illinois sees significant damage from Sunday’s tornado

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Chester, Illinois sees significant damage from Sunday’s tornado

CHESTER, Ill. – Sunday night’s tornado hopped from Missouri right over into Illinois.

FOX 2’s Meteorologist Jaime Travers was in the Woods Basement System Storm Runner Monday morning taking a look at the damage in Chester, Illinois.

Travers said residents were properly warned about all of the storms across the area. The tornado started in Fredericktown, Missouri and then moved to Farmington, then to St. Mary and then to Chester, Illinois.

Travers found a barn leveled by the tornado in Chester. Trees were also mangled and power lines are down. The roof of a nursing home on Palestine Road was also torn off.

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St. Mary’s antique mall suffered heavy damage in Sunday’s tornado

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St. Mary’s antique mall suffered heavy damage in Sunday’s tornado

ST. MARY, Mo. – The town of St. Mary, Missouri is about 80 miles south of St. Louis and it was hit hard by Sunday night’s tornado.

7th Street in St. Mary is the epicenter of the tornado damage there. Debris is scattered everywhere along the street. St. Mary’s antique mall suffered extensive damage.

Several homes along 7th street are also severely damaged or even destroyed.

The storm hit St. Mary at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday.

“There was not a whole lot of sounds and then everything just went still. I do remember everything going still,” St. Mary resident Nick Grogg said. “I was on the phone with dad. He said something bad is about to happen. That’s when I went downstairs. I didn’t think it was going to be anything like this.”

There were no serious injuries in the area due to the tornado.

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