The 2016 Cobden Peach Festival is just around the corner. This year's festival is planned Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6. Most of the activities will be at the Cobden Community Park in Cobden. The Peach Festival is an annual community celebration which is sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club. The...
The kids colored and decorated paper masks.
Kids from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade flexed their super skills at the second week of the Stinson Library summer reading program in Anna. The theme this year is "Every Hero Has a Story." The program uses superhero activities and stories to motivate kids to continue reading even when school is not...
A stopgap Illinois budget was approved June 30. The Illinois News Network reported that the budget funds K-12 education for the entire year and road construction projects, some human services and government operations through the November election. Southern Illinois state legislators shared their...
Pamela Hearon of Anna has a new book coming out titled “Gaining Visibility” in October. This book is a different genre from her past novels. Instead of romance, her new book is considered women’s fiction and is published through Kensington Publishing Corporation.  “It’s a different and exciting...
This is a raw video of a firework explosion in Southern Illinois. It was reported no one was harmed. Even if you're cautious, accidents can happen, so please be safe this holiday season. 
The Village of Tamms held their annual 4th of July celebration this year. This is a short video of the firework display.
One of the many local firework shows that were displayed Monday evening for the 4th of July in Union County. Video by Amber Skelton with the Gazette-Democrat in Anna.
The Christian women of Union County plan to meet for a prayer luncheon on Thursday, July 7, in Anna. The luncheon will be at the Main Street Center, which is located on the corner of South Main and East Jefferson streets in Anna. The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be...
A former Illinois Department of Human Services, IDHS, caseworker has pled guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in state assistance for needy families. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan reported that Amy Mueller, 40, of Highland, pled guilty to...
A new survey conducted by United Way of Illinois, UWI, shows Illinois’ year-long budget impasse continues to starve the nonprofit sector and cause harm to vulnerable citizens across the state. Results of the survey were announced June 22. As of that date, the State of Illinois still did not have a...


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