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A coat drive and give away are scheduled to begin Dec. 4 at Union County Counseling Service in Anna. Coats will be collected and given away through Jan. 31, 2018. A donation box for coats can be found at Union County Counseling Service’s main building at 204 South St. in Anna. Coats also will be...
A holiday season tradition is scheduled to continue again this year at a Union County church. The First Baptist Church in Cobden is planning to host “A Night in Bethlehem” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-10. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.  The Christmas season event offers...
Improved detection capabilities and increased scrutiny of incoming packages will curb the influx of fentanyl and other deadly synthetic opioids entering the U.S. through the mail, Illinois officials say. Gov. Bruce Rauner joined Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois State Police director Leo...
Schools throughout the area are planning to present holiday season programs. Elementary school programs are planned, along with junior high school and senior high school concerts. Here’s a look at the schedule of events which has been shared by area schools: Shawnee Elementary School at Wolf Lake...
The care and upkeep of cemeteries was addressed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. More than 100 cemeteries can be found throughout the county. Many are situated in...
In an effort to increase the quantity and quality of the selection of books available to students at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, the school conducted a book drive. Students and the community stepped up to the challenge and the A-J library now has more than 1,000 additional books ready to...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School has been awarded an in-kind grant donation of 25 computers from State Farm. A-JCHS received 22 desktop computers and monitors, as well as three laptop computers. State Farm agents Brad Donna of Anna and Chris Mueller of Murphysboro assisted A-J in the...
The Anna City Council covered a wide range of topics at last week’s regular meeting. The meeting was Tuesday evening, Nov. 21, at Anna City Hall. City administrator Steve Guined reported that six months into the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the municipal budget was tracking “fairly well.” The fiscal year...
A new Union County commissioner has been appointed. The appointment was approved at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Wednesday morning, Nov. 22, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The board acted to fill a vacancy which was created by...
The holiday spirit will be celebrated at the ninth annual Christmas in the Village celebration, which is planned Saturday, Dec. 2, in Cobden.  Holiday bazaars and open houses highlight a variety of events that climax with a presentation of Christmas lights in the village’s downtown park. The Old...

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