A sure sign that warm weather has arrived...yours truly saw a dragonfly during a walkabout one day last week along the banks of a pond of the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
Some special advice shared with me recently came to mind after I stood out in the dark last Sunday night and watched a total eclipse of the moon. 
“Expert Day” was the first of three formal business presentation days for the students in the Union County CEO program. Those involved with CEO voice appreciation to all of those who support the Union County CEO program and “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.” Photo provided.
Community members are invited to: “Be ready to be amazed at the annual Union County CEO Trade Show.” The show is set for Wednesday evening, May 4, at the Barn Event Center, which is located at 3805 Lick Creek Rd. near Anna.  
Smug furry critter spotted in backyard...
Can a groundhog be self-confidently smug? I’m pretty sure the roundish rodent we saw one day during the past week was pretty smug.
Union County Counseling Services’ main buildings are located at 204 South St. in Anna.
Union County Counseling Services Inc. and Arrowleaf on April 28 completed the final legal step needed for the merger of the two agencies.
Grandmaster Robert Cutrell
Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy in Anna is planning to add ChunJiDo classes in May. The classes will be taught by Grandmaster Robert Cutrell, the founder of the ChunJiDo system.
A sure sign that warm weather has arrived...yours truly saw a dragonfly during a walkabout one day last week along the banks of a pond of the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
“Expert Day” was the first of three formal business presentation days for the students in the Union County CEO program. Those involved with CEO voice appreciation to all of those who support the Union County CEO program and “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.” Photo provided.
Smug furry critter spotted in backyard...
Union County Counseling Services’ main buildings are located at 204 South St. in Anna.
The adventures of a bird...with a piece of paper...on a windy day in April...
Grandmaster Robert Cutrell
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center is planning to host an Annabelle Festival art competition and exhibit. The theme for the competition and exhibit is birds, flowers and trees. An opening reception for the exhibit is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 29. The exhibit is scheduled...
Persons who want to represent themselves in court, or those who have a legal matter to discuss, will have the opportunity for a 20-minute, private, in-person consultation with attorney Gene Turk through the Lawyer in the Library program offered at the Stinson Memorial Public Library in Anna. A...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball ball team was 3-1 last week to close out regular season play. A-J 16, Chester 4: Avery Osman led the way at the plate by going 4-for-5 with  a home run for the visiting Lady Wildcats Friday, May 13. Hallie Plott was  2-for-3. Carmin Smith was 2-for-...
The Cobden High School baseball team closed out regular season play last week with a pair of wins. Cobden 7, Pope County 2: Dawson Short led the hitting by going 3-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs for the visiting Appleknockers Tuesday, May 10. Reese Hand was 3-for-4 with a home run, double and 2...
The county’s animal control program was addressed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, May 13, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. “Wags and Wine” During the meeting, it was noted that a “Wags and Wine” evening is...
The community is invited to get a firsthand look at the Union County Gardens in Anna. An open house is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the gardens. The gardens are located on the grounds of the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center at 1000 N. Main St. in Anna. Signs will...
Southern Seven Health Department is planning to offer mobile health services in Union County. The services are being offered through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Services which are available include free blood pressure screenings, colorectal cancer tests (FIT),...
NubAbility Athletics Foundation is planning to have a golf scramble Sunday, May 15, at Marion. Registration opens at 11 a.m. The scramble’s shotgun start is at 1:30 p.m.  All proceeds from the Tee Off Fore Nub Kids fundraiser will go towards sports camps for limb-different children, including...
“Expert Day” was the first of three formal business presentation days for the students in the Union County CEO program. Those involved with CEO voice appreciation to all of those who support the Union County CEO program and “Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.” Photo provided.
Community members are invited to: “Be ready to be amazed at the annual Union County CEO Trade Show.” The show is set for Wednesday evening, May 4, at the Barn Event Center, which is located at 3805 Lick Creek Rd. near Anna.   At 6:30 p.m., the event will be open to members of the public, who will...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council and the Anna Arts Center will be hosting a presentation Illinois bird species and their relationship to the trees of the region The presentation will focus on the basic needs of birds, like food, shelter and nesting sites, as well as the various ways in which trees...

Obituaries

Laddie Ellen Britton
Laddie Ellen Britton, 89, died Sunday, May 8, 2022.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Laddie and Eileen Lesikar; and a brother Johnie Lesikar.  Left to cherish her memory are her husband, John Edward Britton Jr.; son Stephen Edward Britton and wife Sondra; daughters Pamela Gail Britton and...
Ronald Peterson Jr.
Ronald Peterson Jr., 56, of Karnak, died Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 1:45 p.m. at his residence. Mr. Peterson was born on April 12, 1966, in Yorkville, the son of Clara Mae Holst and Ronald Allan Peterson Sr.  He married Tina Marie Slusher on March 22, 1997. She survives. He was a proud veteran of...
Brenda Lea Clutts Flores
Brenda Lea Clutts Flores, 63, of Cobden, died Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  She was born on May 6, 1959, in Anna, the daughter of William Van and Rose Marie Vandergraph Clutts. She is survived by her mother, Rose Marie Clutts of Cobden; two brothers, Larry Allan (...
Kenneth J. Franklin
Kenneth J. Franklin, 77, of Anna, died Saturday, May 14, 2022, at his home.  He was born on May 10, 1945, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, the son of Arthur and Joyce Roberts Franklin.  He married Theresa Stell on Jan. 16, 2009. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2021. Mr. Franklin is survived by his...
George T. ‘Tom’ Hubbs
George T. “Tom” Hubbs, 88, of Anna, died Thursday, May 12, 2022, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.  He was born on July 10, 1933, in Anna, the son of James Ray and Florence Ann Haire Hubbs.  He married Barbara Sue Templeton on May 22, 1955, in Anna. She preceded him in death on Aug. 29, 2016....

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball ball team was 3-1 last week to close out regular season play. A-J 16, Chester 4: Avery Osman led the way at the plate by going 4-for-5 with  a...

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