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The new music instructor at Shawnee Community College, Lee VanAlstine, conducted his first Shawnee Pride performance on Thursday, March 2. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Community College has a new music instructor after the retirement of John Windings, who was the music instructor for over 20 years. Lee VanAlstine has been working in K-12 public education in Southern Illinois since 1997, though he is originally from Central Illinois. He received his...
A utility pole in Anna was left leaning haphazardly following heavy thunderstorms Tuesday night, Feb. 28, into the early morning on Wednesday, March 1. Photo by Amber Skelton.
A week after the region experienced deadly tornadoes, another round of severe weather rumbled through the region Monday night and early Tuesday, March 6-7. Tornadoes swept through Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois Monday night and early Tuesday morning, Feb. 28 and March 1. The tornadoes...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ basketball team split in recent action. Carterville 45, A-J 37: The host Lady Wildcats fell behind early and couldn’t catch up in the loss Thursday, Dec. 22. “We played well,” A-J coach Matt Denny said. “We just couldn’t get over the hump.” Elle...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team opened its season with a pair of wins at Carterville Nov. 29. The Wildcats defeated Benton and host Carterville.  A-J first place wrestlers are listed first: A-J 48, Benton 31 113 pounds: Jacob Tellor pinned Chris Morris in 1:42. 120 pounds:...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling coach Eric Massey looks for a successful season barring injuries. “If we can remain healthy, we’re looking to be very competitive,” Massey said.  Massey said he’s hoping that A-J can claim a Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ basketball coach Matt Denny looks for the 2016-2017 team to continue its winning ways after a productive offseason. “We had a really good summer,” Denny said.  A lot of Denny’s confidence comes from the return of all of the team’s starters from last year’...
John A. Logan College and Advanced Energy Solutions Group are planning on conducting a series of public meetings to educate Illinois residents about smart grid and smart meter technology as well as a bulk buy opportunity for solar power.  Six events will be held, all open to the public, and one...
This November, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the perfect gift, a blood donation, to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season. A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with family gatherings and...
 Anna-Jonesboro’s Jayce Turner, number 42, carries the ball. Also in the photo are A-J’s Damien Chrisp, number 27, and Dylan Fox, number 21.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team couldn’t recover from two lost fumbles  which resulted in touchdowns in the opening quarter in a 35-7 loss to host Carterville Friday, Sept. 23. “We had three fumbles and two in the first quarter and one in the second,” A-J football coach Brett...
Records don’t mean a whole lot in football with some teams. That would be the case with Carterville, which is Anna-Jonesboro’s next opponent. A-J head coach Brett Detering said that Carterville “is a good football team. Don’t let a 1-3 record fool you. It will be a battle again.” The Wildcats will...

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