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A message about the importance of the 2020 census appears on an Anna School District No. 37 bus.
Efforts continue at the local, county and regional levels to promote participation in the 2020 nationwide census. Southern Seven Health Department reported that the U.S. Census Bureau planned to begin following up with households in the region which have not responded to the 2020 census. The...
The number of COVID-19 cases in Union County climbed to 350 as of Monday, Aug. 17. Southern Seven Health Department on Monday confirmed 31 new cases of COVID-19 in the region it serves in Southern Illinois. Twenty-two of the cases were in Union County. The health department reported the death of...
A new automatic truck donated for use by Shawnee Community College truck driving program is already helping one student, Billy Floyd, get on the road to success. Shawnee Community College photo.
In 2009, Billy Floyd’s life changed drastically.  A construction worker by trade, Billy received word from doctors that injuries sustained in a motorcycle wreck would prevent him from ever working again.   The injuries required multiple surgeries, extensive recovery time, and ultimately resulted in...
A picture of women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony is featured in an exhibit which is on display in a window at the Union County Museum in downtown Cobden. Anthony visited Cobden in 1877.
The Union County Historical and Genealogy Society is recognizing the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment  to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Frances Swedlund, of Cobden, who is a member of the society’s board of directors, has designed a window...
Coach Ron Fulenwider will be having a “Book Signing” Aug. 29 at the First Christian Church off Mallard Lane in Anna. The event will be in conjunction with a fund raising event for a church family member in need of assistance due to a major health issue. The funds raised will help with incidental...
The first Blessing of the Jeeps event is planned Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass. The first blessing is planned at 9:30 a.m. A second blessing scheduled at noon. In keeping with social distancing guidelines, the event will be a drive-in style blessing....
As the 2020 census begins to wind down, Southern Seven Health Department plans to partner with a local business to make Southern Illinois count in a memorable way. On Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the health department plans to present an event billed as a census “ice cream social”...
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James Bonner. Photo provided.
It was a love of sports that started former Union County resident Brig. Gen. James Bonner on a career path towards military command.  “I love sports. I love playing sports. I love contact sports. And it left kind of a void after leaving high school and going to college. And to me, the military...
Laura Ann Harris
Laura Ann Harris transitioned from this earth to her heavenly palace on Aug. 9, 2020. Laura was born on May 28, 1946. She was the daughter of Samuel and Rosie Mae Terry from Mounds. Laura was the passionate mother of five young men. She loved making arts and crafts for her home.  Laura spent half...
Anna has a new assistant police chief. The appointment of long-time patrol officer Tim Smith as assistant chief was approved at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Tuesday evening, Aug. 4, at Anna City Hall. Smith has served with the Anna Police Department for 21...

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