Dongola School

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...
The Egyptian Lady Falcons Classic was held on Saturday, March 4. The junior high volleyball tournament was held at Egyptian School in Tamms. Egyptian School won first place, Century was second and Dongola took third. Players who earned first team all tournament honors included Daisha Carthell,...
Shawnee Pride was presented at Shawnee Community College in Ullin on Thursday, March 2. The band featured students from Anna, Century, Cobden, Cypress/Buncombe, Dongola, Egyptian, Goreville, Jonesboro, Shawnee and Massac County junior high schools. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Pride was presented at Shawnee Community College in Ullin on Thursday, March 2. The event brings band students from the area together to practice and then to present a concert. Shawnee Community College band director Lee VanAlstine worked with students for one day before the performance....
Dongola School teacher Barb Woolard was awarded a $500 classroom empowerment grant from the Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, SIEC, on Thursday, Feb. 2. Chris Boyd from SIEC presented the check to her, along with 7th and 8th grade students. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Dongola School teacher Barb Woolard was awarded a $500 classroom empowerment grant from the Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, SIEC, on Thursday, Feb. 2. Chris Boyd from SIEC presented the check to her, along with 7th and 8th grade students. Woolard said she plans to buy molecule building kits...
The Dongola School music department is planning to host a trivia night event. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 18. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will begin at 7 p.m. The cost to enter is $80 a table. Mulligans cost $5 for 10 and are worth “freebies."  Easy Street SoCo Food Truck is set...
Elementary students sang several classic Christmas songs. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Dongola School presented its annual Christmas program and art show on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Students in elementary school, junior high school and high school performed to a packed house in the high school gymnasium. Elementary students sang several classic Christmas songs. Art work created by students...
School board elections are slated in April 2017 in Union County.  The filing period for school board elections began Dec. 12 and continues through Dec. 19. Nominating petitions are filed at the Union County clerk’s office in Jonesboro. Elections are scheduled in each of the county’s seven school...
‘Tis the season...for Christmas holiday season programs at Union County public schools. The schedule of upcoming programs includes: Lick Creek School, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Cobden Elementary School, Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. Cobden Junior-Senior High School, Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Davie School, Anna, Dec. 13, 7 p.m....
Dongola High School girls’ basketball coach Rob Shepard is pointing to a team effort for success this season. “If I can get them all  working together as a team we’ll do all right,” Shepard said. The Lady Demons finished 11-13 last year and four starters return from that squad. The four returning...
From left are Megan Theis, Alyssa Flores, Westin George, Kinley Lingle, Hailey Wright, Peyton Lingle, Noah Wiseman, Rebecca Gray, Michelle Wolford and Madison Boner with their new instruments. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
In April, Dongola Unit School District No. 66 received new music instruments, thanks to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. All five clarinets which were received are currently in use by students in grades 5 through 8. Three of the four alto saxophones and both tenor saxophones are in use. An oboe...

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