January 2010

Courthouse project update shared

The latest update on the construction of a new courthouse was shared at a meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners held this week.

The meeting was Tuesday afternoon at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Commissioner Don Denny reported that representatives of the courthouse project's architectural firm, HOK of St. Louis, had again visited Union County last week.

HOK representatives and county officials reviewed architectural drawings for the new courthouse.

Lick Creek wins conference title

Lick Creek defeated St. Andrews of Murphysboro 35-17 to win the Egyptian Junior High School girls’ basketball conference championship at Cypress Thursday, Dec. 2.

It was the fourth straight conference title for Lick Creek.

Balyie Denny led the way with 13 points, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Elle Basler added 10 points, Ashley Donaho 6, Lauren George 2 and Hannah Schlenker  and Kennedy Sturgeon 1 apiece.

Wildcats fall to 5-4 with two recent losses

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team lost a pair of games in recent action.

Following are game summaries:

Massac County 73, A-J 56: The visiting Wildcats couldn’t recover from a first quarter deficit in the loss Saturday, Dec. 18.

The Patriots went on top 12-7 at the outset and were ahead 19-12 at the end of the opening quarter. Massac County held a 34-31 halftime lead and built a 58-48 advantage after three quarters. The Wildcats were outscored 15-8 in the final period.

School board election filing underway this week

Filing started Monday, Dec. 13, for April 2011 board of education elections in Union County school districts.

Elections are scheduled next spring in all seven of the county's school districts.

Candidates can file nominating petitions for next year's election through Monday, Dec. 20.

Here's a look at who had filed as of Monday:

Lick Creek School District 16: Five positions are open on the board. Incumbent John A. Basler filed for reelection.

Wildcats edge Meridian 50-49

With 1.3 seconds remaining, Joshua Jones’ jump shot missed and Anna-Jonesboro held on for a 50-49 win over Meridian in the Cobden High School Shootout in boys’ prep basketball Saturday, Dec. 11.

The win halted the Bobcats’ 10-0 winning streak.

“I’m glad we were able to bounce back from Friday (loss to Pinckneyville),” A-J coach Mike Chamness said. “We played well. Our two big men played outstanding.”

A-JCHS hosts first home bowling meet

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s new bowling team hosted its first home bowling meet Tuesday.

The team’s home meets will be played at The Strike Zone in Anna.

A-J faced Johnston City Tuesday in Anna.

The A-J boys scored a 2,222-2,145 victory. Scores are based on pin totals.

The A-J girls were outscored by the visitors by a score of 1,772-1,695.

The A-J boys won by 77 pins; the girls lost by the same margin.

David Wild is serving as coach of the new A-J bowling team. Wild, who is retired, is a volunteer.

98,700 deer harvested during firearm season Union County total: 1,680

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 98,700 deer during the seven-day firearm deer season which was Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reports.

A total of 99,419 deer were taken during the 2009 firearm season.

The preliminary second-season (Dec. 2-5) harvest total was 30,663, compared with the 33,293 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the season in 2009. 

A-J opens boys' basketball season by defeating Goreville

Tylor Duckworth scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 57-47 win over Goreville in first-round action of the Harrisburg Invitational in high school boys’ basketball Monday, Nov. 29.

Brady Wright added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats. Cody Livesay had 13 points and a rebound. Alex LeFevre had 4 points. Travis Smith added 4 points and 2 rebounds.Dalton Baker had 3 points and 3 rebounds.

Diefenbach Christmas tree farm business celebrates 30th anniversary

The Diefenbach Christmas Tree Farm, located on Gemutlichkeit Acres in rural Anna, marked 30 years of select-and-cut tree business this December.

The Diefenbachs planted the first crop of pine seedlings in 1973 and sold the first Christmas trees in 1980.

The Christmas tree farm, in the beginning, offered tag-your-tree days each year during the weekend following Thanksgiving. Customers could tag a tree to be cut and picked up on a specified day in December.

Reflecting on the season

Reflecting on the season

As the celebration of Christmas draws near, holiday season decorations at historic St. Anne's Church in Anna give us a chance to reflect on the bright message of the season as shared in the Gospel of Luke:

Now at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census, the first, took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered.

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