Alto Pass

A rare and never before seen total eclipse of the sunflower unfolded last Saturday morning. These exclusive images captured the phenomonomonomon, which likely will never be seen again...Photoshop truly is a wonderful toy...um...tool...
The morning commute on Wednesday, August 16, along old U.S. Route 51 between Cobden and metropolitan Anna was blessedly quiet, uneventful and almost free of any other traffic. On the journey to start another day of adventures at The Paragraph Factory, I couldn't help but think about what the...
With as many as 200,000 additional people expected to be in Southern Illinois during the solar eclipse weekend, emergency management agencies and local authorities throughout the area have been meeting to insure plans are in place to address any problems that may arise.   Union County Hospital in...
Southern Illinois musician Kevin Lucas is planning to perform a benefit concert in support of the Good Samaritan House. The concert is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass. Donations, including canned food items, will be accepted at the concert.
An event to help support Steve Cremeens of Alto Pass is planned Saturday, July 8. A barbeque dinner will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alto Pass Community Center. The center is in downtown Alto Pass. The dinner is being sponsored by churches and friends of Alto Pass. The dinner will...
Inaugural Cross of Peace dinners are planned during July at two Southern Illinois venues. The dinners are planned Saturday, July 15, at Hedman Vineyards in Alto Pass and Saturday, July 29, at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville. The dinners are being held to help support the perpetual care and...
From left are new Union County 911 coordinator Crystal Gurley; Steve Hartline, who is chairman of the Union County 911 board; and Jana Fear, who has retired as the system’s coordinator.
A celebration was held Tuesday, May 23, to say "job well done" to the coordinator of the Union County 911 emergency communications system. The celebration also gave those in attendance an opportunity to welcome the system’s new coordinator. The gathering was held in the community room at the Union...
A couple of fellow travelers on The Journey Through Life recently shared the accompanying map with me. The map, featuring Union County, dates to 1876, a time when men were men, including General George Armstrong Custer, who should have been a much smarter man. Just sayin'...
This week, let's start with some words of wisdom... ...what once was lost, now is found... ...third time's a charm... ...seek, and ye shall find... ...and a thought or two from your intrepid scribe in response to the thoughts, including an explanation for the big ol' map you see this week... What...
Shawnee Hills Lavender near Cobden hosted u-pick events in 2016. The farm was established in 2014 and is owned by Charlotte and Doug Clover. File photo.
(Editor’s note: the following article is shared by Susan Odum, who is a University of Illinois Extension community economic development educator.) *** Early June is a great time to enjoy the excellence of Southern Illinois’ grape and wine industry at one of the many vineyards within the boundary of...
Memorial Day will be commemorated with a variety of special events which are planned in the area. Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. The schedule of special events planned in the area includes: Alto Pass Veterans Memorial The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial organization plans to have a ceremony...
The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial organization plans to have a ceremony Saturday, May 27. The ceremony is planned at 1 p.m. at the veterans memorial in downtown Alto Pass. The ceremony is scheduled to include a brief presentation and a three volley salute. The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial...

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