December 2008

A-J wrestlers earn medals at Quincy tournament

Mitchell Holshouser and Daniel Heath became the first Anna-Jonesboro high school wrestlers to win medals at the Quincy tournament Saturday, Jan. 17.

"This is the second year we've entered the 23-team tournament," A-J wrestling head coach Rick Bittle said. "Our wrestling and team have improved."

Mitchell Holshouser and Daniel Heath each finished in fifth place.

Daniel Heath, 103 pounds, pinned Belleville Althoff's Brent Striebel in :19 and decisioned Rock Falls, 11-9, before being pinned by Bloomington's Jake Bellis in 1:18.

County Board approves committee appointments

Another broad-ranging agenda highlighted this week's regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners.

The meeting was Tuesday afternoon at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. More than 20 people concerned about a variety of matters were on hand.

Topics of discussion and action at Tuesday's meeting included appointments to three advisory committees, a local senior citizens services program and funding for promotion of local wineries.

Advisory Committees

Full agenda for Union County Commissioners

<p style="text-align: justify;">The Union County Board of Commissioners covered a wide range of territory during its first regular meeting of 2009. The meeting was Monday, Jan. 5, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Monday's agenda covered such issues as allocation of hotel/ motel tax funds, enforcement of the county's building permit system, the possible purchase of bulk fuel tanks, improvements at the county's State Pond site west of Jonesboro and the sale of surplus property which was seized as part of a drug investigation.

Candidates file for municipal posts

Candidates on Tuesday began to file nominating petitions for 2009 municipal elections in Union County.

Filing continues through Monday, Jan. 26. Elections are scheduled in April.

Cobden

Six candidates filed for various posts which will be on the ballot in Cobden.

Village President (Mayor): Two candidates filed for the post of village president (or mayor).

Those filing for the post were M.M. "Molly" Beckley and Paul "Zee" Tomazzoli. Both currently are serving as members of the Cobden village board of trustees.

Bald Knob transition board meetingheld

An underlying sense of urgency was present when the new Bald Knob Cross of Peace Foundation transition board met last Friday afternoon.

The urgency reflects the deteriorating state of the Union County landmark, which is in need of major repair work.

The new transition board met for the first time on a chilly December day at the welcome center atop Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass. Snow flurries were falling when the meeting got underway at about 3:30 p.m.

Shawnee High School To Honor Standouts Blandford And Ranson

Former Shawnee High School standout athletes Ken Blandford and Paul Ranson will be honored between the Redskins' boys and girls varsity homecoming basketball games which are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17.

Blandford was a standout in football. Ranson will be honored for his achievements on the basketball court.

The girls play Century at 5  p.m.  Blandford and Ranson will be honored immediately following the game and prior to the boys' game against Joppa.

Awards presented to the former athletes will be on display at the high school.

Anna chief reports '08 statistics

<p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;">Anna Police Chief Dale Foster shared the following 2008 statistics for the Anna Police Department:</span>

Incidents, 326. Accidents, 174. Traffic arrests, 160. Criminal arrests, 118.

Warrants served, 35. Juvenile cases, 52. Warnings, 220.

DUI arrests, nine. Drug arrests, 14. Two vehicles seized.


        Pinckneyville tops A-J

        Dustin Winter scored 19 points to lead Pinckneyville to a 62-44 win over visiting Anna-Jonesboro in Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division high school boys basketball action Friday, Jan. 16.

        The Wildcats were playing without starters J.R. Woodward and Cody Wheaton.

        Woodward had shoulder surgery and is out for the season.Cody Wheaton was suspended from the team for disciplinary reasons.

        Anna Council discusses major construction rules

        An ordinance requiring use of union labor on construction projects valued over $500,000 may be reexamined by the Anna City Council.

        The issue was on the agenda at this week's regular meeting of the city council. The meeting was Tuesday evening at Anna City Hall.

        City council member Cindy Swope proposed another look at the requirement after reporting that it led to a business deciding against building in the Anna Industrial Park. "They want to use their money to hire who they choose," she explained.

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