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Reports on computer hacks and online information breaches are in the news almost daily.  While the news stories come and go, the effects of having personal information compromised can be long-lasting.  To highlight the importance of understanding and avoiding cyber risks, Governor Bruce Rauner has...
How often should the smoke alarms in your home be replaced? If you don’t know, you’re not alone.  A national survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, shows that nine out of 10 Americans don’t know how often smoke alarms need to be replaced. The correct answer: every 10...
The Egyptian High School Marching Pharaohs played on the route that ran through Main Street in Anna during the A-JCHS homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 30.
The Marching Pharaohs from Egyptian High School at Tamms participated in Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s 2016 homecoming parade. The parade was Friday afternoon, Sept. 30, in Anna. 
The Agbassadors at Southern Illinois University Carbondale have been representing the university’s College of Agricultural Sciences for 30 years, and it’s time for a reunion.  The fourth annual Fall Fest, a celebration of the college, includes the 30th anniversary Agbassador reception, to which all...
Likely voters in Illinois overwhelmingly support a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring gas taxes be spent only on road projects, according to a poll by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.  The survey also shows massive support for term limits...
The Union County state’s attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today, Oct. 7, that Joseph H. Silliman, 32, of Anna, has been sentenced to 18 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to one count of domestic battery, a class four felony.  Silliman will also serve four...
The position of staff assistant at the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, has been abolished. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the move. The governor’s office said in a news release that the position was central to an IDOT patronage hiring scandal that began under previous administrations. “...
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, IDVA, director Erica Jeffries has announced a new statewide program to thank the service men and women, veterans and their families. On Friday, Nov. 11, people throughout Illinois will be able to spend part of their day engaged in volunteer service projects...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center hosted a Zombie Walk through downtown Anna on Saturday, Oct. 1. Kids and adults arrived at the arts center in torn and splattered clothes and received a zombie makeover. The group walked on Main Street to show off their zombie attire before returning to the arts center for snacks and games. Photo by Amber Skelton.
(Editor’s note: the accompanying article was submitted by Lee Hackney from the Anna Arts Center.) The Zombies limped through downtown Anna on Oct. 1. Several undead or “normal” walked freely among the Zombies.  After the Zombies’ excursion downtown they returned to their crypts at the Anna Arts...
The Union County Housing Authority board plans to have a special meeting on Oct. 12. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the board room at the housing authority's main office in Anna. Human resource issues will be on the agenda for the meeting.

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