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Bulldozers from Schaefer Excavating leveled the ground at the building site of the future location of PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving). Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
After years of planning, PAWS has officially begun construction on its new facility located on Dog Walk Road in Anna.  PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) is a no-kill animal shelter that has been a fixture in Anna since 2001 at its Vienna Street location, as well as a resale store located near the...
The 2018 Cobden Peach Festival queen pageant contestants include, from left, Josie Walker, Erin Dillow, Addison Osman, Grace Pitts, Zoe Fuhrhop, Kaitlin McWhorter, Lexi Miller, Haley Brown and Emilee Awbrey. Contestant Grace Schroeder and 2017 Peach Festival queen Janna Harner could not be present for the picture. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
Ten young women from Union County are contestants for the title of 2018 Cobden Peach Festival queen. The Cobden Peach Festival is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4. A queen pageant is one of the highlights of the Peach Festival, which again is being sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club. The...
From left are Kirk Riva, vice president of public policy with LeadingAge Illinois; Sherry Barter Hamlin, CEO of River to River Residential; and State Rep. Natalie Phelps-Finnie, D-Elizabethtown. Photo provided.
Quality in aging services requires commitment, responsibility and a belief that aging has a fulfilling purpose in life, and that our society’s elders have an enduring value to family and community.  To promote the importance of their commitment to quality and to illustrate what quality looks like...
The entry deadline is approaching to enter the 2018 Union County Fair Queen, Little Miss Fair Queen and Junior Miss Fair Queen pageant. The pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Union County Fair in Anna. The fair will be at the Anna City Park in Anna. Fair Queen Pageant  Contestants...
The 81st annual Cobden Peach Festival is planned Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4. The festival is sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club.  Most of the Peach Festival activities take place at Cobden Lions Club property adjacent to the Cobden School and at the Cobden Community Park. The festival is...
A benefit is planned Aug. 4 for Molly Woods, whose home sustained severe damage during a recent storm. The event is scheduled at the Mounds VFW hall.  A barbequed chicken dinner will be served, starting at 5:30 p.m. Carry outs will be available. An open mic for karaoke is planned starting at 7 p.m...
Donors contributed more than $25.2 million last year to support Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and programs, a 25 percent increase over the previous year, SIU chancellor Carlo Montemagno reported. “Our alumni and friends believe in SIU, and they are coming together to advance the...
Southern Illinois World War I veteran Paul Stout has been honored on the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo provided.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – World War I veteran Paul Stout of Murphysboro was recognized July 19 on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., paid tribute to Stout. July 19 marked the 100th anniversary of Private Stout’s death while serving on the front lines in France. ...
The Union County Museum and its resale shop located on South Appleknocker Street in downtown Cobden are scheduled to be open on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4, during the Cobden Peach Festival.  Museum hours are planned from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. The Peach Festival is scheduled Aug. 3-4 in...
Blake Gerard of Cahokia Rice is teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the last of four twilight meetings at his farm near East Cape Girardeau. The meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 20, starting at 6 p.m. University of Illinois Extension local food systems and small farms educators...

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