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The upcoming schedule at the Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center includes a kids art camp, a drama camp and a kids painting party. The kids art camp and the drama camp both are planned July 24-28. Hours for both camps are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Kids Art Camp: At the kids...
The results are in and the wineries of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail are adding a little more hardware to their trophy cases this year.  “Each of the 11 wineries along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail produce and sell award-winning wines for every palate and we are pleased to announce a great award...
The cover of “Supermax Prison: Controlling the Most Dangerous Criminals.”
Four years have passed since the Tamms Correctional Center shut down, but its story isn’t over.  That is according to Larry Franklin, co-author of “Supermax Prison: Controlling the Most Dangerous Criminals,” which tells the story of the Tamms supermax and its legacy. The top-level security prison...
Contestants are being sought for the 2017 Union County Fair Queen, Little Miss and Junior Miss Fair Queen pageant. The pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the fair, which will be at the Anna City Park in Anna. Union County Fair Queen Pageant Pageant organizers said that contestants for...
Photo by Amber Filbeck.
Stinson Memorial Library in Anna is hosting its annual summer reading program for children of preschool age through the 8th grade. The theme this year is “Build a Better World.” Stinson’s children’s librarian, Beth Sisler, read “Big Bear Hug,” a book about caring for trees, during the preschool and...
Seranna Cross plans to have a lemonade stand at the PAWS 2nd Hand Resale Store in Anna on Saturday, July 8. She plans to have regular lemonade, black cherry lemonade, popcorn, and dog and cat treats. Proceeds will help to support PAWS.
While it is often assumed that vendor expenses will always go up over time, the Union County Board of Commissioners and chief information officer Rollie Hawk say they remain dedicated to keeping costs down for taxpayers.   In a pair of recently signed agreements, Union County has secured...
Construction of a new concessions/restroom building is underway as part of a major improvement project at the Anna City Park in Anna.
Construction of a new concessions/restroom building is underway as part of a major improvement project at the Anna City Park in Anna. Wissinger Construction of Cairo is the general contractor for the project; local subcontractors also have been working on the project. The building project is slated...
On Thursday, June 29, representatives of a number of emergency service organizations in Union County came together to devise a plan for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and providing their services to all of the visitors expected to appear for the event. Transport and housing of patients and...
Dr. Peggy Bradford
Dr. Peggy Bradford is returning to her roots in Southern Illinois as the new president of Shawnee Community College.  The search for a new president took place after the retirement announcement of former SCC president, Tim Bellamy. Bradford was raised in the small town of Pulaski and graduated from...

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