Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
The son and daughter of a Democratic Party candidate for governor of Illinois paid a campaign visit to Union County last week.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
This week, dear readers, allow me to wax philosophical. And, you're asking yourself: What exactly does he mean when he's going to wax philosophical?  Thank you for asking.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team.
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
The Union County Ambulance Service has honored two long-time employees for their service. The two employees have retired. Carrell O’Daniell retired with 24 years of service.
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
A special chapter in the life and history of Union County was remembered during an event which was held last week in Anna.
Two Shawnee Community College students have been named to the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team.
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
An Anna Sandlot Legends baseball camp for boys and girls 7-11 years old is planned at the Anna City Park June 26-29. Hours are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is designed to allow boys and girls the freedom to enjoy the game, to play as a team, to make decisions and to solve...
The second River to River Yard Sale is planned July 6-9 in Southernmost Illinois. The Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau notes that the idea for the River to River yard sale came after Julie Ames and her sister Sabra Smith visited the 100 Mile Yard Sale in a neighboring state.   After visiting...
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
The son and daughter of a Democratic Party candidate for governor of Illinois paid a campaign visit to Union County last week. Chris Kennedy Jr. and his sister, Kate, were welcomed by about 20 people during a stop at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro. He is the son of Chris Kennedy,...
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced Friday, June 23, that Polly A. Quintana, 51, of Jonesboro, has been sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on one count of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing, a Class 1 felony.  Quintana will also serve a...
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna. The Blue Dolphins hosted teams from Carbondale, Du Quoin, Herrin, Marion, Mt....
The Cobden American Legion baseball team won twice in recent action. Cobden 8, Carrier Mills 6: Trailing 6-0 going into the 6th inning, host Cobden erupted for six runs on its way to the win Friday, June 16. Bayden Ditterline was 2-for-3 to lead Cobden at the plate. Zane Nance and Josh Burgess were...
The Cobden American Legion baseball team won twice in recent action. Cobden 8, Carrier Mills 6: Trailing 6-0 going into the 6th inning, host Cobden erupted for six runs on its way to the win Friday, June 16. Bayden Ditterline was 2-for-3 to lead Cobden at the plate. Zane Nance and Josh Burgess were...
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
The Union County Ambulance Service has honored two long-time employees for their service. The two employees have retired. Carrell O’Daniell retired with 24 years of service. Roy Walker retired with 30 years of service.  
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
A special chapter in the life and history of Union County was remembered during an event which was held last week in Anna. About 20 people gathered Wednesday afternoon, June 14, at historic St. Anne’s Church to hear a presentation by former Union County resident Don Michel. He was introduced by...
The Illinois State Police recently released information about a two-car crash that occurred in Union County on I-57 at 2:14 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, which resulted in multiple deaths and left another with critical injuries. Passengers Michael A. Villalobos, 26, of Texas, Taylor D. Garza, 24, of...

Obituaries

Kevin Tyler Cooley
Kevin Tyler Cooley, 46, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2017, after a three-year battle with stomach cancer with family by his side. Mr. Cooley was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. He served with the Metro Nashville Police...
Lowell Eugene Freeman
Lowell Eugene Freeman, 73, of Anna, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his home. He was born on Aug. 16, 1943, in Mattoon, the son of Lowell Guy and Ruby Maxine Ingram Freeman. He married Dorothy Huffman on Oct. 17, 1959, in Toledo. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Freeman of Anna;...
James ‘Larry’ Karraker
James “Larry” Karraker, 69, of Anna, died at 5:04 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017, at his home. He was born on Aug. 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker. He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University,...
Morton S. Wright
Morton S. Wright, 76, of Makanda, and formerly of Anna, died at 7:17 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Houston Methodist-Willowbrook Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born in Karnak on May 1, 1941, the son of Paul and Bernetta Reed Wright. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Wicker) Wright...
Dan Paul Hileman
Dan Paul Hileman, 72, of Anna, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Jonesboro, the son of Ray Alfred and Blanche Dillon Hileman. He married Suzanne Brookman on March 20, 1965, in Jonesboro. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne...

Sports

An Anna Sandlot Legends baseball camp for boys and girls 7-11 years old is planned at the Anna City Park June 26-29. Hours are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is designed to allow...

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