There it sat. All by itself. In the midst of melting ice on the surface of a frozen pond in Union County. Maybe the pond is the place where all of those big fish are caught. You know. The famed "local farm pond."
In the final 5 seconds of the championship game at the Chester invitational tournament on Jan. 13, Cobden High School’s John Russell scored the last basket on a short floating jump shot. The basket took him over the 1,000-point total for his high school career. The game stopped briefly for Russell to be presented with the game ball. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. Photo provided.
The Cobden High School boys’ basketball team lost 55-49 to Saxony Lutheran of Jackson, Mo., in the championship of the Chester Tournament Saturday, Jan. 12.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds, standing at the podium, addressed those at a press conference which was held Wednesday morning, Jan. 10. The event was held at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Also in the picture are Cathy McClanahan, the executive director of The Women’s Center; Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel, Anna Police Chief Mike Hunter, Cobden Police Chief B.J. Hale and Anna Police Assistant Chief Bryan Watkins.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Local officials are working to make the public more aware of a crime that affects 3.4 million victims each year.
Motorists had a snowy commute on Monday morning in the Union County area. Snow which was falling early in the morning covered area streets, roads and highways. The accompanying picture was taken shortly after 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of South Main and Davie streets in downtown Anna.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, the high temperatures was 64 degrees in Union County. Less than 24 hours later, the county was under a covering of sleet and snow and the high temperature had dropped into the 20s.
The depot in Tamms has been named as an Architectural Wonder by a Southern Illinois firm. Baysinger Architects in Marion on Dec. 29 announced its fifth annual Top 10 Architectural Wonders of Southern Illinois list.
On the day before the day before the first day of a bright and shiny new year, yours truly took a stroll along a trail where, at one time, the sound of trains chugging through the countryside would have been heard.
In the final 5 seconds of the championship game at the Chester invitational tournament on Jan. 13, Cobden High School’s John Russell scored the last basket on a short floating jump shot. The basket took him over the 1,000-point total for his high school career. The game stopped briefly for Russell to be presented with the game ball. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. Photo provided.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds, standing at the podium, addressed those at a press conference which was held Wednesday morning, Jan. 10. The event was held at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Also in the picture are Cathy McClanahan, the executive director of The Women’s Center; Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel, Anna Police Chief Mike Hunter, Cobden Police Chief B.J. Hale and Anna Police Assistant Chief Bryan Watkins.
Motorists had a snowy commute on Monday morning in the Union County area. Snow which was falling early in the morning covered area streets, roads and highways. The accompanying picture was taken shortly after 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of South Main and Davie streets in downtown Anna.
A new pilot program has been unveiled that is designed to give students at rural high schools in Illinois access to online Advanced Placement, AP, classes to better prepare them for college. The program was unveiled by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. A new initiative of the Governor’s Rural Affairs...
Three persons sustained fatal injuries in a multi-vehicle traffic accident which occurred early Thursday morning, Jan. 11, in Massac County. Illinois State Police District 22 at Ullin reported that two of the victims were children. Three other persons were injured in the accident. State police...
In the final 5 seconds of the championship game at the Chester invitational tournament on Jan. 13, Cobden High School’s John Russell scored the last basket on a short floating jump shot. The basket took him over the 1,000-point total for his high school career. The game stopped briefly for Russell to be presented with the game ball. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. Photo provided.
The Cobden High School boys’ basketball team lost 55-49 to Saxony Lutheran of Jackson, Mo., in the championship of the Chester Tournament Saturday, Jan. 12. With 3 seconds remaining, the Appleknockers’ John Russell scored a basket to go above the 1,000-point  mark in his career. The basket gave him...
One person sustained fatal injuries in a traffic accident which occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 13, in Pulaski County. Illinois State Police District 22 at Ullin reported that the accident happened at 4:21 p.m. Saturday on Normandy Road. State police identified the victim as Larry E. Nicholson,...
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds, standing at the podium, addressed those at a press conference which was held Wednesday morning, Jan. 10. The event was held at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Also in the picture are Cathy McClanahan, the executive director of The Women’s Center; Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel, Anna Police Chief Mike Hunter, Cobden Police Chief B.J. Hale and Anna Police Assistant Chief Bryan Watkins.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Local officials are working to make the public more aware of a crime that affects 3.4 million victims each year. As part of the effort to help make the community more aware of stalking, a press conference was held Wednesday morning, Jan. 10 at the Union...
Motorists had a snowy commute on Monday morning in the Union County area. Snow which was falling early in the morning covered area streets, roads and highways. The accompanying picture was taken shortly after 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of South Main and Davie streets in downtown Anna.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, the high temperatures was 64 degrees in Union County. Less than 24 hours later, the county was under a covering of sleet and snow and the high temperature had dropped into the 20s. Another round of wintry weather arrived Sunday evening and Monday morning. The area received 3...
A “Get Connected” job and resource fair was held Jan. 11 at the Mighty Rivers Worship Center in Cairo. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the state’s participation in the fair in December. The fair was put together to assist those who are being displaced from a federal housing project in Cairo.  The U.S....
The depot in Tamms has been named as an Architectural Wonder by a Southern Illinois firm. Baysinger Architects in Marion on Dec. 29 announced its fifth annual Top 10 Architectural Wonders of Southern Illinois list. The 2017 list of the Top 10 Architectural Wonders of Southern Illinois includes: The...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, says that 2017 will be remembered as a year of extremes for the United States, as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, fires and freezes claimed hundreds of lives and visited economic hardship upon the nation.  Recovery from the ravages...
The Village of Cobden, in partnership with the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association, IMUA, is again offering a scholarship competition program for eligible high school seniors.   Each eligible applicant is asked to submit an application and an essay of 500 words or less addressing their choice...

Obituaries

Jeff Boyd, 64, of Auburn, Neb., died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at his home. He was born on May 8, 1953, the son of Joe and Katherine Boyd. He is survived by his wife, Trena Boyd of Auburn, Neb.; his parents, Joe and Katherine Boyd of Anna; daughters Kimberly Boyd of Coralville, Iowa, and Sheryl (Tim)...
Louise Westbrooks, 87, of Anna, died at 12:25 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Union County Hospital Long Term Care in Anna. She was born on June 17, 1930, in Anna, the daughter of Hugh S. and Barbara Laura Ann Stegle Treece. She married Francis Marion Westbrooks Jr. on Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Joseph’s...
James Richard Stout Sr., of Springfield, died on Jan. 13, 2018, at his home after a long battle with corticobasal degeneration. He was born on May 10, 1957, in Cairo, the son of Ray and Rose Karcher Stout. He graduated from Camelot High School in Cairo and received both bachelor’s and master’s...
Carolyn Ferguson, 72, of Dongola, died at 3:46 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at her home. She was born on June 23, 1945, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Guy and Ina Foster Elkins. She married Carl E. Ferguson on Sept. 7, 1965, in Anna. She is survived by her son, Christopher (Debbie) Ferguson of West...
Carolyn Basse, 74, of Jonesboro, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at her home. She was born on Oct. 9, 1942, in Cobden, the daughter of Marion Edward and Minnie Melba Hicks Sweitzer. She married James A. Basse on Dec. 2, 1966, in Cobden. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2016. She is survived by her...

Sports

In the final 5 seconds of the championship game at the Chester invitational tournament on Jan. 13, Cobden High School’s John Russell scored the last basket on a short floating jump shot. The basket took him over the 1,000-point total for his high school career. The game stopped briefly for Russell to be presented with the game ball. He received a standing ovation from the crowd. Photo provided.
The Cobden High School boys’ basketball team lost 55-49 to Saxony Lutheran of Jackson, Mo., in the championship of the Chester Tournament Saturday, Jan. 12. With 3 seconds remaining, the...

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