Now that we can travel again, book a trip to Stinson Memorial Library on Saturday. Read on to find out why...
First things first, ‘cause the usual last thing originally wasn’t going to be last this week. We’re talking about this little gem of a distraction you are reading.
Look for signs highlighting the new Annabelle Trail.
An Annabelle Trail map has been created. This is the first year for the Annabelle Trail. Melanie Aldridge helped Martha Ann Webb to create the Annabelle Trail map.
Cobden’s Noah Franklin, number 5 in white, pitches to Carrier Mills batter Blaine Betz during an Illinois High School Association Class 1A regional baseball game Friday evening, June 4. Nolan Hand was catching for Cobden, which was hosting the game. Cobden scored a 4-0 win over Carrier Mills.
Cobden downs Carrier Mills at regional The host Cobden High School baseball team defeated Carrier Mills 4-0 in the semi-finals of the Class 1A regional Friday evening, June 4.
First Day of No New COVID-19 Cases in the Southern Seven Region The Southern Seven Health department has reported zero new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Southern Seven Region as well as two newly recovered cases.
The 2021 Annabelle Festival is coming up, with activities planned from Thursday, today, through Sunday, June 13. Annabelle Festival activities are planned at the Anna Arts Center and at the Anna City Park. 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale chancellor Austin A. Lane, left, was joined by Shawnee Community College president Tim Taylor, right, in the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between SIU Carbondale and SCC.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale chancellor Austin A. Lane was joined by Shawnee Community College president Tim Taylor in the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between SIU Carbondale and SCC. 
Now that we can travel again, book a trip to Stinson Memorial Library on Saturday. Read on to find out why...
Look for signs highlighting the new Annabelle Trail.
Cobden’s Noah Franklin, number 5 in white, pitches to Carrier Mills batter Blaine Betz during an Illinois High School Association Class 1A regional baseball game Friday evening, June 4. Nolan Hand was catching for Cobden, which was hosting the game. Cobden scored a 4-0 win over Carrier Mills.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale chancellor Austin A. Lane, left, was joined by Shawnee Community College president Tim Taylor, right, in the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between SIU Carbondale and SCC.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, reports that roadside mowing operations have resumed statewide. With mowing underway, IDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid all distractions and proceed with caution when encountering equipment and personnel.  Keeping with its commitment to help...
Growing older and living longer isn’t about counting the years, it’s about quality of life.   Adults who are living with someone who has an ongoing health condition, such as diabetes, arthritis, lung disease, Parkinson’s, heart disease or other chronic condition, often have questions about...
Gretchen Bennett and David Cozby plan to join band directors from across the country next Jan. 1 in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. Bennett is band director at Benton High School. Cozby is band director at Akin Grade School. A custom-designed animated float will lead a “...
Talking to a teen about pregnancy and abstinence is not easy.   And although the nation is experiencing an historic decline in rates of teen pregnancy and births, continued education and open discussions remain necessary, public health officials said. That is why Southern Seven Health Department...
Judge Tim Denny
The Honorable Timothy D. Denny of Lick Creek has announced his candidacy for the Resident Circuit Judge position in Union County. He has been filling a vacancy in that position since March. Denny announced his candidacy in a May 24 press release. Denny said he sees this role as the culmination of...
During the months of June and July, the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society is offering a free, original color postcard of The Iron Kettle to all those who visit the Union County Museum in downtown  Cobden.  The Iron Kettle was located along Illinois Route 146, 1 mile east of Anna. An old...
Look for signs highlighting the new Annabelle Trail.
An Annabelle Trail map has been created. This is the first year for the Annabelle Trail. Melanie Aldridge helped Martha Ann Webb to create the Annabelle Trail map. A ribbon cutting for the new Annabelle Trail is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Anna City Park.  The ribbon cutting will take place...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team competed in four matches last week. The Wildcats swept a dual match at home with Centralia and Trico Thursday, June 3. Both opposing teams forfeited in every event. A-J topped Trico 54-12 and Centralia 58-12. A-J 48, Sparta 18: Daniel Dover,...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Brodie Denny won the 1600-meter run in 5:33.38 at the Class A girls’ track sectional held at Salem Thursday, June 3. Denny is currently ranked 12th in the state in the event. She also finished second in the 800-meter run in 2:22.34. The top two places in each...
Cobden’s Noah Franklin, number 5 in white, pitches to Carrier Mills batter Blaine Betz during an Illinois High School Association Class 1A regional baseball game Friday evening, June 4. Nolan Hand was catching for Cobden, which was hosting the game. Cobden scored a 4-0 win over Carrier Mills.
Cobden downs Carrier Mills at regional The host Cobden High School baseball team defeated Carrier Mills 4-0 in the semi-finals of the Class 1A regional Friday evening, June 4. Dawson Short, Chase Wyatt and Xach Roberts were each 1-for-2 with an RBI  apiece to lead the hitting for the Appleknockers...

Obituaries

Carl Bruce Hickerson Sr.
Carl Bruce Hickerson Sr., 78, of Olive Branch, died at 10:49 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Feb. 9, 1943, in Payneville, Ky., the son of Kenneth Bruce and Loretta Allen Hickerson.   He was married on July 2, 1977, at Miller City to Cindy Shafer....
Gary Lee Willyerd of Madisonville, Ky., passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021.  Gary was born on Oct. 23, 1948, the son of Mary Sadler Kluepfel and George Willyerd. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Donna Mount.  Gary is survived by his wife, Brenda Willyerd; a daughter, Debbie (...
Robert Lee “Bob” Watkins, 69, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Evansville, Ind.  He was born on Aug. 10, 1949, in Anna, the son of Troy James and Mary Leoda Rogers Watkins. Mr. Watkins is survived by his siblings, Donna Brown of Clinton, Tenn., and Linda Morgan and David Watkins, both...
Malcolm Scott Chamness
Malcolm Scott Chamness, of Goreville, died on Feb. 10, 2021, at Alison Point Healthcare in Indiana after a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 14,1962, in Anna, the son of James Leon and Janie Lucinda Chamness.  He graduated from Cobden High School. He was a member of Anna Heights Baptist Church. He...
Lucinda Jewell (Cindy) Chamness
Lucinda Jewell (Cindy) Chamness died on Nov. 20, 2020, in her sleep at her home in Tallahassee, Fla. She was born on Dec. 25, 1981, in Murphysboro. She was the daughter of Scott and Vicky Chamness.  She is survived by her mother, Vicky Chamness of Anna, and family in Tallahassee, many friends and...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team competed in four matches last week. The Wildcats swept a dual match at home with Centralia and Trico Thursday, June 3. Both opposing teams...

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