Russian steppes? Nyet. Church steps. As in steps in front of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Took the photograph last Thursday morning, in the midst of our most recent Ice Age.
One day last week, I looked out the window and thought about heading out to the shed in our backyard and getting out the lawn mower. Just because. 
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s football field was under a layer of sleet, snow and ice when the photograph was taken on Saturday, Feb. 13.
High school football, traditionally a fall sport, will be played this spring in Illinois. The fall 2020 season was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
Former House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at an Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association brunch in 2019. He announced Thursday, Feb. 18, that he will step down as a member of the House of Representatives. Capitol News Illinois file photo by Jerry Nowicki.
By Sarah MansurCapitol News Illinoissmansur@capitolnewsillinois.com
A woodpecker of some sort, on the left, was having a chat with a pair of cardinals on one of our recent bitterly cold afternoons here on Planet Earth. Sorry your writer is not more of an “expert” when it comes to identifying birds.
At the time this column was being crafted late last Saturday morning, the temperature on the front porch of our humble abode was a nippy 14 degrees. 
This aerial image of a Clear Creek levee segment was taken during the 2019 spring flood event. Photo provided.
Editor’s note: the following article and the accompanying photograph were shared by those working on the Big Five Levee System project.
One morning last week, while on the way to The Paragraph Factory, I happened to see this large bird, with a white head, in a tree...in town...
Once again this week...a little bit of this...and a little bit of that...
Russian steppes? Nyet. Church steps. As in steps in front of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Took the photograph last Thursday morning, in the midst of our most recent Ice Age.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s football field was under a layer of sleet, snow and ice when the photograph was taken on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Former House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at an Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association brunch in 2019. He announced Thursday, Feb. 18, that he will step down as a member of the House of Representatives. Capitol News Illinois file photo by Jerry Nowicki.
A woodpecker of some sort, on the left, was having a chat with a pair of cardinals on one of our recent bitterly cold afternoons here on Planet Earth. Sorry your writer is not more of an “expert” when it comes to identifying birds.
This aerial image of a Clear Creek levee segment was taken during the 2019 spring flood event. Photo provided.
One morning last week, while on the way to The Paragraph Factory, I happened to see this large bird, with a white head, in a tree...in town...
The Poshard Foundation has continued its philanthropic efforts to help the children of Southern Illinois with the awarding of more than $100,000 in grants to 42 food pantries across the region.   The awarding of the grants comes in response to increased hardships and growing levels of food...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s football field was under a layer of sleet, snow and ice when the photograph was taken on Saturday, Feb. 13.
High school football, traditionally a fall sport, will be played this spring in Illinois. The fall 2020 season was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Practice for the spring season is scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 3. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School head football...
For many teens, deciding where they want to attend college and what they may want to study is challenging. Some may even be the first in their family to attend college. Illinois 4-H works to make college and career exploration easier for teens in the state by hosting a five-day conference with...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, announced that point-of-sale license and permit systems and online license, permit, campground reservation and registration services would be offline starting Feb. 23 and continuing through Feb. 28.  The action was necessary as part of the...
The 34th running of the River to River Relay has been postponed for the second year in row due to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. An announcement about the popular event was made recently on social media by the relay’s race director. The River to River Relay traditionally is run during...
The Cobden High School boys’ basketball team hadn’t played in the last two weeks because of bad weather, but made up for it with a pair of wins at home Saturday, Feb. 20. “We had to cancel six games,” Cobden coach Wendell Wheeler said. “It was good to get to play again.” The Appleknockers defeated...
Robin Ridgley is the newest member of the University of Illinois Extension family life team. She is serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Williamson counties in Southern Illinois. “We’re excited to welcome Robin to the Illinois Extension team. As a family life educator, her work will...
Former House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at an Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association brunch in 2019. He announced Thursday, Feb. 18, that he will step down as a member of the House of Representatives. Capitol News Illinois file photo by Jerry Nowicki.
By Sarah MansurCapitol News Illinoissmansur@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Former House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, 78, announced Thursday, Feb. 18, he will step down from the state House of Representatives after 50 years in office. “I leave office at peace with my decision and proud of the...
Justice David K. Overstreet and the Illinois Supreme Court recently announced the appointment of Timothy D. Denny as a Resident Circuit Judge for Union County in the First Judicial Circuit. Denny is being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the election of Judge Mark M. Boie to the Fifth...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are required to draw new legislative and congressional district maps this year, but that process may be thrown into chaos because of delays in producing the census numbers needed to draw equal...

Obituaries

Russian steppes? Nyet. Church steps. As in steps in front of the Jonesboro United Methodist Church. Took the photograph last Thursday morning, in the midst of our most recent Ice Age., Happened to see this little fellow frolicking in deep snow along a street in Anna one day last week. At one point, he leaped onto a nearby utility pole...and then jumped back into the snow. , Happened to see this little fellow frolicking in deep snow along a street in Anna one day last week. At one point, he leaped onto a nearby utility pole...and then jumped back into the snow. , Saw this combination of icicles and what I’m guessing were holiday/winter season decorations hanging from a gutter.
One day last week, I looked out the window and thought about heading out to the shed in our backyard and getting out the lawn mower. Just because.  Of course, there were more than a few challenges to that silly notion. For one thing, I’m not sure I could even get to the shed safely. And, if I could...
Sheri L. Page
Sheri L. Page, 65, of Anna, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Union County Hospital in Anna.  She was born on Nov. 30, 1955, in Bakersfield, Calif., the daughter of Glenn and Ora Josephine Neal Gifford.  She married James Harold Page on Sept. 1, 1973, in Anna. He preceded her in death on April 20,...
Mack Irvian Hale
Mack Irvian Hale, 71, of Anna, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 at his home.  He was born on Nov. 9, 1949, the son of Lester Wayne and Lorriane Webb Hale.  He married Marilyn Sronce on Sept. 17, 1971, in Slaughtersville, Ky. Mr. Hale is survived by his wife, Marilyn Hale of Anna; daughter Angela Gayle...
Virgil Schnaare
Virgil Schnaare, 86, of Forrest, Ill., and formerly of Olmsted, died at 1:33 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at the Piper City Rehabilitation Center in Piper City. He was a graduate of Grand Chain Community High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.    Mr. Schnaare...
Mildred Faye Thomas Halterman
Mildred Faye Thomas Halterman, 87, of Norris City, and formerly of Anna, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at Wabash Christian Village.  She was born on Nov. 29, 1933, in Charlotte, Ark., the daughter of M. Denis Thomas and Ophia Della Lemmon Thomas.  She married Jean C. Halterman on Dec. 25, 1951. He...

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Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s football field was under a layer of sleet, snow and ice when the photograph was taken on Saturday, Feb. 13.
High school football, traditionally a fall sport, will be played this spring in Illinois. The fall 2020 season was postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Practice for the...

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