The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School cheer team placed 6th in state on Saturday, Feb. 3. In the first row are, from left, Mallory Cochran, Maddie Lingle and Ashley Detering. In the second row are Addison Osman, Lily Yana and Lexie Lingle. In the third row are assistant coach Sydney Heern, Hallee Menees, Cheyenne Roach, Jenna Clark and head coach Kristen Chamness. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Wildcat cheer team finished 6th in the Illinois High School Association  competitive cheerleading state finals in Bloomington on Saturday, Feb. 3. 
Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Stearns, left, celebrated his retirement after 25 years of service to the citizens of Union County. The celebration took place at the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan.
Karnak United Methodist Church formed a circle of prayer while wearing an orange ribbon, one of the colors of Marshall County High School in Marshall County, Ky. Prayers were offered for the school in the wake of the recent shooting.
Egyptian School in Tamms recently came together for a photograph to show support for Marshall County High School in Kentucky. The Kentucky high school was the scene of a shooting on Jan.
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The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School cheer team placed 6th in state on Saturday, Feb. 3. In the first row are, from left, Mallory Cochran, Maddie Lingle and Ashley Detering. In the second row are Addison Osman, Lily Yana and Lexie Lingle. In the third row are assistant coach Sydney Heern, Hallee Menees, Cheyenne Roach, Jenna Clark and head coach Kristen Chamness. Photo provided.
The Pulaski-Alexander Units of Illinois Association of Home and Community Education, IAHCE, once again plan to offer scholarships for graduating seniors at Century High School at Ullin and Meridian High School in Mounds. Seniors who are interested in obtaining a scholarship application are advised...
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, IDVA, recently hosted a tribute to African American veterans at the National Guard Armory in Urbana. The ceremony honored all African American veterans.      “We are here today to salute and honor all African American veterans. Since our nation’s war...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council's Anna Arts Center is planning to present a five-show theater series during 2018 in conjunction with the celebration of Illinois' bicentennial. The series at the Anna Arts Center will recognize Illinois playwrights and their new plays. Performances will be at the arts...
Homemade maple syrup is one of nature’s original comfort foods and the star of the show at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual Maple Syrup Festival Feb. 24-25.  Touch of Nature Environmental Center is the setting for a weekend filled with special activities, including a breakfast...
The Southern Illinois Reading Council is sponsoring a short story contest for students in 2nd through 8th grades again.   The students will write stories under the supervision of their classroom teachers or their home school teacher and then be submitted by their teachers to the panel of judges....
Suspected EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease) cases were reported again in Illinois in 2017, but in low to moderate levels.   A total of 66 reports were received from concerned landowners and hunters totaling 169 deer from 32 counties, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reported...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team is scheduled to compete at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A regional which is set Feb. 19-23 in Johnston City.  The tournament schedule follows: Monday, Feb. 19: 6 p.m., West Frankfort vs. Vienna. 7:30 p.m., Chester vs....
The Summer Food Service Program, SFSP, needs additional sponsors to help fill gaps in access to healthy meals.  The Illinois State Board of Education, ISBE, administers the federally funded program which is designed to ensure all children receive the nutrition they need so they can return to school...
An American Red Cross blood drive is planned Wednesday, Feb. 28, at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Hours for the blood drive are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The drive is being sponsored by the student council at the Union County school. Those who want to be blood donors can call the...
Ambulance service director, assisant director with new unit Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel and assistant director Jaime Watkins stand next to the service’s newest vehicle.
The Union County Ambulance Service has a new vehicle to serve the community. The vehicle, which was delivered to the ambulance service in early January, was on display last Friday morning outside of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Ambulance service director Grant Capel and assistant...

Obituaries

Marcia Marie Treece, 87, of Anna, died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at the Jonesboro Rehab Center. She was born on Oct. 5, 1930, in Balcolm, the daughter of Ward and Minnie Smoot Woodard. She married Joe Treece on Sept. 15, 1949, in Anna. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2003. She is...
Neisha Jones, 75, of Anna, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Integrity Healthcare of Anna. She was born on Feb. 1, 1943, in Anna, the daughter of Laman and Alberta Louise Cook May. She married Wendell Jones on June 16, 1962, in Anna. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Wendell...
Roger William Waller, 58, of Anna, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, surrounded by his family at home. He was born on Jan. 27, 1960, in Joliet, the son of Budd and Ann Warren Waller. He married the love of his life, Tina Sadler, on Sept. 25, 1981, at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. He is...
Lois “Gabby” Dickerson, 83, of Anna, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born on Sept. 16, 1934, in Reynoldsville, the daughter of Wayne Carl “Kate” and Ivory Wilson Wright. She married Lester M. Dickerson in 1979 in Ware. He preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 2005...
Francis Westbrooks, 91, of Anna, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on Feb. 24, 1926, in Cobden, the son of Francis Marion and Cora Ann Lowery Westbrooks. He married Barbara Louise Treece on Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. She preceded...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team is scheduled to compete at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A regional which is set Feb. 19-23 in Johnston City....

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