January 2011

Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club honors Dr. Carroll Loomis

The Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club honored Dr. Carroll Loomis of Anna on Dec. 15 as the club's Rotarian of the Year. 

Assistant district governor Leon Russell presented Dr. Loomis with a plaque commemorating his lifetime of contributions to others.

The Anna-Jonesboro Rotary Club shared the following information about Dr. Loomis:

Dr. Carroll Loomis is an example of service above self, dedicating his life to local community service and service to all people around the world.

Charlene Powles

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Charlene Powles, 78, of<span style=""> </span> Tamms died <span style=""> </span>on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.</span></strong></p>

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A-J wrestling coach optimistic as new season set to open

First-year Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling coach Kevin Stephens is optimistic for the upcoming season.

“If we can keep everybody healthy and fill a couple of weight classes, we look like we’ll do well,” Stephens said. “The conference championship as well as the regional championship could be in our grasp.”

The squad won the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference last sesaon under retired coach Rick Bittle, who remains as a volunteer coach.

The weight classes have changed this season at A-J:

Basketball official Dana Pearson selected for hall of fame honors

Dana Pearson of Cobden has been honored for his 37 years of officiating high school basketball.

Pearson will be inducted into the Illinois High School Officials Association Hall of Fame in Bloomington next April.

“It kind of caught me by surprise,” Pearson said. “It’s probably more special than anything I’ve ever achieved.”

Pearson said the award is special because coaches and his peers voted for his induction.

Jonesboro Council honors fire chiefs

The Jonesboro City Council took a few minutes during its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 7 to honor Mike Hunter for his 21 years of service to the Jonesboro Fire Department.

Hunter started with the fire department in April 1992 as a volunteer firefighter. Jonesboro Mayor Ken Blandford appointed Hunter as fire chief on Nov. 6, 2006.

The Jonesboro City Council appointed Tim Bowen as the new fire chief, effective on Nov. 1.

Appleknockers hand Shawnee first loss

Shawnee’s undefeated season came to an end Monday, Dec. 12, after a 55-41 loss to host Cobden in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball.

Cobden, which avenged a loss to the Lady Reds on Dec. 5, had big first and third quarters on its way to the win.

The Appleknockers led 12-7 after one quarter and were ahead 22-17 at halftime. Cobden made a 16-4 run in the third quarter to take a 38-21 lead into the final period.

Jonesboro girls improve to 12-2

Jonesboro went 3-1 in recent junior high school girls’ basketball action.

Jonesboro 44, Lick Creek 34: Jamie Hammond scored 22 points, pulled down 19 rebounds and blocked 6 shots to lead visiting Jonesboro to the win Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Jaycee Pender added 12 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and a blocked shot. Madi Calhoun had 13 rebounds and 2 assists and Aliah Delgado added 2 assists.

Pender scored 10 points, had 3 assists and a blocked shot to lead Jonesboro to a 37-15 win over Lick Creek in the junior varsity game.

Wildcats fall twice in weekend action

Anna-Jonesboro struggled last weekend in high school boys’ basketball, losing two games.

“We’re not playing very well,” A-J coach Mike Chamness said. “We’re not taking care of the basketball.”

Massac County 58, A-J 32: The host Wildcats couldn’t recover from a first quarter deficit in the loss Saturday, Dec. 17.

The Patriots were ahead 14-6 after one quarter and 36 -12 at halftime. Massac County led 53-23 after three periods.

Lady ‘Cats outscore West Frankfort

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ basket ball team split in recent action.

A-J 56, West Frankfort 48: Kim Mixen scored 21 points to boost the host Lady Wildcats to the win Thursday, Dec. 8.

Jessi Stone added 20 points for A-J. Katie Grant scored 6, Brooke Chamness 5 and Valerie Pender 4.

The Lady Wildcats made a big third quarter run in the win. A-J led 13-8 after one quarter and 22-19 at halftime. A-J outscored the Lady Redbirds 21-11 in the third quarter to take the lead 43-30 heading into the final frame.

Lick Creek boys win championship

Lick Creek defeated Dongola 63-45 to win the Egyptian Junior High School boys’ basketball conference tournament at Dongola Thursday, Dec. 8.

Zach Parr scored 35 points to lead Lick Creek. Hunter Garver, who made four 3-pointers, scored 16 points. Ethan Friebel added 6 points and Logan Mattingly, Jake Parr and Kylen Grant 2 each.

Kyle Cox scored 32 points to lead Dongola.

Lick Creek 48, New Simpson Hill 35: Zach Parr scored 17 points to lead Lick Creek to a first-round tournament win Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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