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The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ golf team has two sectional qualifiers returning for 2017. The two returning sectional qualifiers are senior Levi Hall and junior Carson Reynolds. “We’ll be competitive with those two starters back,” A-J boys’ golf coach Brandon Bierstedt said. “They...
Project updates were shared at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, at Anna City Hall in Anna. City administrator Steve Guined reported that final details and walk-throughs were being completed on improvement work and construction of a new...
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...
Erin Dillow was crowned Sunday night as the 2017 Union County Fair queen. The queen and her court are Jericha Carter, second runner-up; 2017 fair queen Erin Dillow; Grace Pitts, first runner-up; and Brookelyn Cast, Miss Congeniality. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
The 2017 Union County Fair queen was crowned Sunday night in Anna. Coronation of a new fair queen was one of the highlights of the opening weekend of the Union County Fair. The fair continues through this weekend at the Anna City Park in Anna. Sunday’s fair queen pageant also featured the...
Spectators viewed the solar eclipse from different parts of the Union County Fair at the Anna City Park in Anna. Photo by Amber Filbeck.
On Monday, August 21, the nation experienced a total solar eclipse. The path of the solar eclipse was across the entire continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Thousands of people in Southern Illinois experienced the wonder of the total eclipse at locations which included the...
Union County Counseling Service, UCCS, plans to host its third 5K run/walk on Oct. 21. The event is set for 9 a.m. at the Anna City Park in Anna. The counseling service works to improve the mental health of children and adults throughout the communities it serves. Proceeds generated by the run/walk...
Community forums are planned in the area in late August and in September with Dr. Peggy Bradford, who is the new president of Shawnee Community College. The schedule for the community forums includes: •Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Shawnee Community College Anna extension center, 1150 E. Vienna St...
The 137th 2017 Union County Fair is underway at the Anna City Park in Anna. The fair was scheduled to begin Aug. 18 and continues through Aug. 26 with a wide range of activities. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur; activities are planned at the fair on that day. Eclipse Day Monday...
Anna-Jonesboro-Cobden-Dongola high school co-op boys’ soccer coach Mark Boomer predicts his team could be very competitive this season. “We’ve got a strong team and we’re going to be competitive and be able to play anybody,” Boomer said. Boomer looks to be in the hunt as long as the team remains...
Normally, I don't like to do this sort of thing, just 'cause the critter in the pic is ours. The pic was taken during one of his calmer moments.
Finally. A reason for yours truly to love cats. Or, to at least tolerate them. Even Bob. Maybe... Actually, I might have two reasons to tolerate felines. First of all: did you know that Aug. 8 was International Cat Day.  Yup. And I missed it. Maybe I missed all of the International Cat Day...

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