Our little adventure included a somewhat unexpected walk along the Mighty Mississippi River at Grand Tower on a warm and sticky summer evening.
Corn and soybeans. Soybeans and corn. That, in a few words, is pretty much what Illinois is all about. Well, at least in the view of a young fellow in North Carolina.
Susan Hase of Anna is with her granddaughter, Madeline VanDaele, who completed the doctor of pharmacy program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Photo provided.
Madeline VanDaele has completed the doctor of pharmacy program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. VanDaele is a member of Rho Chi, which is the national pharmacy school honor society.  
Electronic message signs are on display at several locations in the Anna and Jonesboro area. The signs are alerting motorists about the upcoming planned closing of the four-way stop in the heart of Anna.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, is alerting motorists about plans which involve two major highway projects in Union County. Four-Way Stop
Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
G’day, duck. One evening last week, yours truly stepped outdoors...and was instantly reminded that Southern Illinois can get rather hot and humid during the summer time.
A Jonesboro bicentennial celebration is planned Oct. 12-13 in the Union County community. The City of Jonesboro, as well as Union County and the State of Illinois are commemorating their bicentennials during 2018.
Flooding in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna during heavy rainfall is an ongoing concern. The picture was taken during a downpour which happened June 26. Anna officials are concerned that continued flooding could lead to the collapse of the highway.
An upcoming major street project and continuing concerns about flooding on one of the community streets were among the issues discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council.
Our little adventure included a somewhat unexpected walk along the Mighty Mississippi River at Grand Tower on a warm and sticky summer evening.
Susan Hase of Anna is with her granddaughter, Madeline VanDaele, who completed the doctor of pharmacy program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Photo provided.
Electronic message signs are on display at several locations in the Anna and Jonesboro area. The signs are alerting motorists about the upcoming planned closing of the four-way stop in the heart of Anna.
Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
Flooding in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna during heavy rainfall is an ongoing concern. The picture was taken during a downpour which happened June 26. Anna officials are concerned that continued flooding could lead to the collapse of the highway.
Donald S. Boyce has announced his resignation from the position of United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, effective at midnight on July 21. Boyce was sworn in as United States Attorney on July 8, 2016, after his appointment by then United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch...
The Union County Hospital Our Healthy Circle Chapter is planning to offer a five-day/four-night motor coach tour to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.  The tour is scheduled Nov. 26-30. The cost is $525 per person based on double occupancy for Our Healthy Circle members.  The cost for non-...
The U.S. Service Award Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. John and Patricia Reinhart of St. Louis recently made a $10,000 gift to create the award at the university in Cape Girardeau. The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled...
The Brian S. Tucker Memorial Golf Scramble is scheduled at the Union County Country Club course in Anna Saturday, July 28. Shotgun starts are set at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration is one hour before tee time. Entry deadline is Monday, July 23. The scramble is sponsored by Anna-Jonesboro Elks...
As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, is reminding people to beware of potentially rabid bats and other animals.   Through July 11, 17 bats had tested positive for rabies, IDPH reported. “People can receive preventive treatment if they are exposed to an animal...
John Russell tossed a one-hitter to lead the Carbondale American Legion team to a 10-0 win over visiting Pinckneyville/Du Quoin Wednesday, July 11. Russell logged two walks and four strikeouts in the win. Russell was 1-for-3 with a double in Carbondale’s 6-0 loss to Steeleville on Thursday, July 12...
Susan Hase of Anna is with her granddaughter, Madeline VanDaele, who completed the doctor of pharmacy program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Photo provided.
Madeline VanDaele has completed the doctor of pharmacy program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. VanDaele is a member of Rho Chi, which is the national pharmacy school honor society.   She will be completing a post-graduate residency with an ambulatory care focus at the Veteran’s...
Ethan Minckler
Ethan Minckler, a recent graduate of Lick Creek School, won fifth place in the math division at the 2018 Junior Beta Club National Competition in Savannah, Ga.  In addition, Ethan won first place at the Junior Beta Club Illinois state competition in 2017 and 2018. 
St. John’s Cemetery Association plans to host an ice cream social Saturday, July 21. The social will be held outside at St. John’s Lutheran Church near Dongola. Serving starts at 5 p.m. The menu will include fresh grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, soda, bottled water, homemade desserts and...
Wendell Wheeler will be the new boys’ basketball coach at Cobden High School for the 2018-2019 season.  The school board opened the boys’ basketball coaching position for applicants and the former Cobden Coach Brett Barke didn’t reapply for the position. “It worked out pretty well,” Wheeler said. “...

Obituaries

Hobert Clifton Hankla (Cliff)
Hobert Clifton Hankla (Cliff) was born on January 30, 1917 to Joseph and Martha Hankla of Cobden, Illinois, and died on July 8, 2018 in Orange, California. Raised on a farm in Cobden, he was the youngest of eight siblings. Owen, Amos, Jessie, Afton, Ruby, Hiram and Raymond preceded him in passing....
Bonita Jo Bigham
Bonita Jo Bigham, 75, of Olive Branch, died at 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Integrity Health Care in Anna.   She was born on July 28, 1942, in Mill Creek, the daughter of Harvey and Zelma Poole Roach.   She married James “Jim” Bigham in 1956. He preceded her in death in 1986. She loved to...
Jack R. Sherwin, 79, of Anna, and formerly of Chicago, died at 7:12 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau.    He was born on June 1, 1939, in Chicago, the son of Louis Delwin and Mary L. Valencic Sherwin.   He married Susan A. Stefanowicz on July 12, 1975, in...
Patricia J. Taylor
Patricia J. Taylor, 89, of Cape Girardeau, and formerly of Mounds, died at 10:22 a.m. on July 13, 2018, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on April 9, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of George and Blanche Alice Caudle Britt.   She married Carl Taylor on June 10, 1947. She was a...
Deon Houghlan
Deon Houghlan, 63, of Elkville, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.    He was born on Feb. 15, 1955, the son of Edgar James and Alice Lucille Brimm Houghlan. Mr. Houghlan is survived by his two sons, James Houghlan of Carbondale and Danny Deon Houghlan of...

Sports

The Brian S. Tucker Memorial Golf Scramble is scheduled at the Union County Country Club course in Anna Saturday, July 28. Shotgun starts are set at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Registration is one hour...

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