The resource management class at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School takes active steps to ensure that seniors are ready to become adults once they graduate.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team celebrates a second consecutive state championship. Photo provided.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team traveled to Salem on Saturday, Oct. 14, to defend its 2016 state championship. 
Anna-Jonesboro’s Levi Hall participated in the Illinois High School Association state golf tournament Oct. 13-14.  He placed 66th at the state tournament, which was played at the Prairie Vista Country Club in Bloomington. Pictured are Levi Hall and A-J coaches Brandon Bierstedt and Matt Lang. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School golfer Levi Hall competed in the Class 1A boys’ state golf tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington Saturday, Oct. 14.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball team head coach Barry Hinson, standing, at right, was a guest speaker at an assembly held last week at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. At the time the picture was taken, Hinson had asked members of the school’s marching band and cheer squad to stand, as well as students who attended A-J’s football game against Du Quoin on Friday night, Oct. 6.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball team head coach Barry Hinson shared a pep talk, some inspirational advice, a few thoughts about modern communication and even assigned some homework during a visit last week at An
Those who keep the Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission plant in Union County operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, include, from left, Eric Thornton, operator; Dana McKinney, operator/maintenance; David Gregge, operator; Ed Earnhart, superintendent; and Casey Johnson, assistant superintendent. Operator Martin Bunch could not be present for the picture.
The work done to provide water 24 hours a day, seven days a week to thousands of Union County residents has received special recognition. 
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team celebrates a second consecutive state championship. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro’s Levi Hall participated in the Illinois High School Association state golf tournament Oct. 13-14.  He placed 66th at the state tournament, which was played at the Prairie Vista Country Club in Bloomington. Pictured are Levi Hall and A-J coaches Brandon Bierstedt and Matt Lang. Photo provided.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball team head coach Barry Hinson, standing, at right, was a guest speaker at an assembly held last week at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. At the time the picture was taken, Hinson had asked members of the school’s marching band and cheer squad to stand, as well as students who attended A-J’s football game against Du Quoin on Friday night, Oct. 6.
Those who keep the Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission plant in Union County operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, include, from left, Eric Thornton, operator; Dana McKinney, operator/maintenance; David Gregge, operator; Ed Earnhart, superintendent; and Casey Johnson, assistant superintendent. Operator Martin Bunch could not be present for the picture.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds reported Oct. 10 that Jeremy McCormick, 37, of Mill Creek, was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which is a Class 2 felony.   McCormick will serve a two-year period of...
The resource management class at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School takes active steps to ensure that seniors are ready to become adults once they graduate. Resource management teacher Alysha Hase brought in business people from the community to conduct mock interviews with students. Each...
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team celebrates a second consecutive state championship. Photo provided.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team traveled to Salem on Saturday, Oct. 14, to defend its 2016 state championship.  The Lady Eagles had to overcome losing a lot to graduation to repeat as champs.  Lick Creek lost three of its top four runners from last year to graduation, all who...
Anna-Jonesboro’s Levi Hall participated in the Illinois High School Association state golf tournament Oct. 13-14.  He placed 66th at the state tournament, which was played at the Prairie Vista Country Club in Bloomington. Pictured are Levi Hall and A-J coaches Brandon Bierstedt and Matt Lang. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School golfer Levi Hall competed in the Class 1A boys’ state golf tournament at Prairie Vista Golf Course in Bloomington Saturday, Oct. 14. Hall finished with a 174, which tied him for 66th place.  Hall advanced to state with a 6th place top 10 score of 80 at the...
Area residents are invited to be a part of a special upcoming program which is planned to help combat hunger. An Illini Fighting Hunger 4-H food packaging event is scheduled Saturday, Nov. 4, at Shawnee Community College. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium and...
Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball team head coach Barry Hinson, standing, at right, was a guest speaker at an assembly held last week at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. At the time the picture was taken, Hinson had asked members of the school’s marching band and cheer squad to stand, as well as students who attended A-J’s football game against Du Quoin on Friday night, Oct. 6.
Southern Illinois University Carbondale men’s basketball team head coach Barry Hinson shared a pep talk, some inspirational advice, a few thoughts about modern communication and even assigned some homework during a visit last week at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Hinson was the guest...
The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Medicine will use a $1.13 million federal grant to study the opioid epidemic affecting the state’s 16 southernmost counties.  The joint effort will initially focus on learning how and why people use opioids such as...
Those who keep the Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission plant in Union County operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, include, from left, Eric Thornton, operator; Dana McKinney, operator/maintenance; David Gregge, operator; Ed Earnhart, superintendent; and Casey Johnson, assistant superintendent. Operator Martin Bunch could not be present for the picture.
The work done to provide water 24 hours a day, seven days a week to thousands of Union County residents has received special recognition.  The Illinois Potable Water Supply Operators Association, IPWSOA, has recognized eight outstanding professionals in their individual categories of service.   ...
The Benton High School football team visits Anna-Jonesboro this Friday night as both teams close out 2017 regular season play. The Rangers, 5-3, are in a must win situation for a sixth victory to earn an IHSA playoff berth. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at The Pit. Friday will be Senior Night...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team won the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division title outright with a 46-14 win over host Sparta last Friday night. “That was our goal,” A-J football coach Brett Detering said about winning the title.  “It was something...

Obituaries

Hobert F. Rhodes, 63, of Anna, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at his home. He was born on Sept. 3, 1954, in Manila, Ark., the son of Robert and Lessie Mae White Rhodes. He is survived by his seven sisters, Loretta Wilson of Sikeston, Mo., Geneva Smith of Anna, Janice (Joe) Westmorland of...
Richard Cooley, 64, of Dongola, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at his home. He was born on March 24, 1953, in Dongola, the son of Leonard and Marie Hines Cooley. He married Brenda McCommons on Aug. 5, 1968, in Missouri. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Brenda Cooley of...
Karen Hartsock, 66, of Cobden, died at 2:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, at her home. She was born on Jan. 31, 1951, in Eugene, Ore., the daughter of Clifford Carmen and Peggy Hiestand Porter. She married Danny Hartsock on Oct. 24, 1969, in Cobden. She is survived by her husband, Danny Hartsock of...
Hazel Lee May Carter, 91, of Tamms, died at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at the home of her granddaughter in Olive Branch. She was born on June 12, 1926, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of James Cecil and Willa Lois McDonald May. She married Frank Carter on Jan. 4, 1941. She worked in the...
Judy Vaughn, 58, of Jonesboro, died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at Integrity Healthcare of Cobden. She was born on Aug. 25, 1959, in Cairo, the daughter of Walter and Louise Kelly Kelley. She married Richard Vaughn on Nov. 6, 1981, in Anna. She is survived by her husband, Richard Vaughn of...

Sports

The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team celebrates a second consecutive state championship. Photo provided.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles cross country team traveled to Salem on Saturday, Oct. 14, to defend its 2016 state championship.  The Lady Eagles had to overcome losing a lot to graduation...

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