Mounds

From left are Faye Mize, Carmen Dixon and Phyllis Webb. Photo provided.
For the first time in nearly 15 years, Johnson County has a Master Gardener graduate.  Carmen Dixon completed the 11-week training and will be completing volunteer hours over the next year.   Part of her volunteering will include submitting articles to local papers, giving presentations to groups...
The Southernmost Illinois Delta Empowerment Zone, SIDEZ, has awarded three scholarships for the upcoming semester at Shawnee Community College.  SIDEZ noted in a news release that it typically funds one scholarship per semester, but had such a large number of deserving applicants the decision was...
The Pulaski-Alexander Illinois Association of Home and Community Education plans to sponsor the yearly Hillbilly Dinner Theater on Saturday, April 8. The dinner theater will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. Ham and beans, cornbread, slaw, fried potatoes, fried...
The blues tribute band Small Chance performed at the Mounds Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 25. Band members are George Moss, drums; Gerald Long, keyboard; Larry Baldwin, vocals; and Owen Terry, guitar. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Black History Month was celebrated during February at the Mounds Public Library in Mounds. An exhibit showcased African Americans who have made significant contributions to American culture. On exhibit were 36 African Americans who are on U.S. postage stamps.   The displays featured a colored...
Shawnee Community College near Ullin hosted the annual Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, WYSE, Academic Challenge on Feb. 9. Eleven of the 12 high schools in the college’s district competed at the event. Participating high schools were separated into two divisions based on their...
The new gymnasium at Meridian Elementary School. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Construction continues at the new Meridian Elementary School in Mounds. Faculty and students have been in trailers for the last couple of years due to mold in the old elementary building. Construction was halted momentarily due to the state not having a budget.  The school is now receiving funds...
Spencer Byrd, superintendent at Meridian High School, spoke to those who attended the luncheon about the Fast Start Program. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Meridian High School in Mounds is unique to other Southern Illinois schools. Nearly half of the school’s senior class will be graduating with a full year of college under their belt – for free. It’s all thanks to the Fast Start Program, which is in its first year at Meridian. Superintendent Spencer...
Plans are underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sister program in Pulaski County.  The plans were announced by Richard Grigsby, president of the Alexander-Pulaski County Chapter of the NAACP and Jim Flummer, Pulaski County state's attorney. An organizational meeting for representatives of all...
Meridian High School in Mounds announces fourth quarter honor roll students: High Honor Roll Freshmen: Kendrick Blake, Treston Masters, Sydnie Walker. Sophomores: Cymone Ballard, Larry Barnett, Alexis Crain, Mia Davis, RaKyah Jeter, Ann Lence, Destiny Lowe, Jazane Magraff. Juniors: Alyzon Agbayani...

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