Recover from eclipse-mania with a celebration of Southern Illinois talent and tastes. Enjoy the bluesy Ivas John Band and the friendly atmosphere of The Old Feed Store, fill a plate, and sample local libations prepared Sunday, Aug. 27. Food Works invites supporters of Southern Illinois farm, music...
Harold S. Jones
Cairo resident and founder of the Cairo violin program, Harold S. Jones, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra at the board’s annual meeting on July 27.  Jones is the first black person ever selected to the board. He said he has been an involved...
The new Century Music Department met for a two-day band camp Aug. 3-4. Music and science teacher Becca Yates, second row on the left, and incoming high school music teacher Katrina Walczyk, first row on right, led the camp. Photo by Amber Filbeck.
With less than two weeks before the beginning of the school year, the newly official music department at Century School at Ullin met for its first band camp in more than 15 years on Aug. 3-4.  The band program returned to Century last November after music and science teacher Becca Yates gathered...
Southern Illinois musician Kevin Lucas is planning to perform a benefit concert in support of the Good Samaritan House. The concert is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at Alto Vineyards in Alto Pass. Donations, including canned food items, will be accepted at the concert.
Glen Browning
Olive Branch native Glen Browning has been involved with thumbpicking since he was 8 years old, but he never thought he would be recognized with a prestigious award for his hobby. In September of 2015, Browning received the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame award for supporting musician. Browning...
The New Chicago Chamber Orchestra is scheduled to perform at the Anna Arts Center in Anna. The performance is part of the 2017 Southern Illinois Music Festival. The orchestra’s performance is set for 7:30 p.m. on June 5 in the performing arts auditorium at the center, which is located at 125 W....
Mike Hanson
Mike Hanson has been the principal at Shawnee Junior-Senior High School in Wolf Lake for the past six years. In mid-June of this year, he will retire. Hanson, of Grand Tower, graduated from Shawnee High School in 1973. However, like many graduates who are tired of school, he swore he would never...
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...
Trinity Assembly of God in Olive Branch plans to host a performance by The Legendary Songfellows Quartet on Sunday, March 5, at 11 a.m. For more information about the event, contact Pastors Stephen and Carrie Clardy at 618-833-3089 or 573-225-8580.
Brooke Miller and Ray Hogan
The Old Feed Store in Cobden looks the same from the outside, but on the inside, the apartment upstairs is getting a makeover. The apartment isn’t being redone because it was outdated or needed repairs, but because there is a new owner.  Brooke Miller recently bought The Old Feed Store from Ray and...


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