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Students from Union County were among those receiving honors in an annual young writer’s competition sponsored by Shawnee Community College near Ullin. The competition is designed to encourage local high school students to submit their own works of non-fiction, short fiction and poetry. Winners in...
A State Emergency Operations Center, SEOC, in Springfield was activated May 1 to ensure that state personnel and equipment are ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with flooding-related public safety issues in several areas of the state. “Several inches of rain...
Ruby, a puppy who is approximately eight months old, is housed at the Union County Animal Control located outside of Anna. Ruby, along with the other animals pictured on this page, was available for adoption at the time of printing. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The Union County Animal Control, located between Anna and Cobden, deals with animals in several ways, such as abuse cases, relocation and adoption.  UCAC officer Dirk Wright said that animal abuse is not a major problem in Union County, but it does occur, most being repeat offenders. He said if...
The current facility for PAWS Place Adoption Center, pictured above, is located 139 E. Vienna St. in Anna, across from Dairy Queen. The 1,100 square-foot building has represented hope for the more than 6,000 animals who have found homes through PAWS. Funds are being raised for the construction of a new, larger facility. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Though it’s recently taken a very large blow in the loss of longtime facility manager Penny South, PAWS Place Adoption Center in Anna hasn’t give up on its mission to provide a safe place for animals and a chance to find a loving, permanent home. PAWS, which stands for Pets Are Worth Saving, is a...
The Illinois Department of Transportation alerted motorists to an upcoming road closure of Illinois Route 127 in Union County. Beginning Saturday, May 13, at 7 a.m., the route will be closed at a location 7.5 miles north of Illinois Route 146 near the Village of Alto Pass. The closure is necessary...
Topics ranging from an August solar eclipse and storage space to barking dogs, trash on local roads and finances were discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, April 28, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Solar...
 In the front, from left, are State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood; State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago; Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds; State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles; and State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond. Photo provided.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds joined prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs from throughout Illinois last week to meet with leaders in Springfield about the impact of the ongoing state budget impasse on programs for children that prevent crime.    “We know investing in our youth...
From left are Union County CEO program students Aaron Lence, Julian Smith, Shad Turner, Erin Dillow, Jessica Glasco and Jessa Bond.
Students from Union County joined in showcasing their entrepreneurial spirit and start-up businesses at a program which was held last week in Carbondale. The Southern Illinois Youth Entrepreneur Trade Show was held Tuesday evening, April 25, at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center at...
Water rushed over a ford at the Trail of Tears State Forest last Saturday morning following a night of very heavy rain fall.
Union County officials were hoping for the best as major flood conditions were in the forecast this week for the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers in Southern Illinois. The hopeful outlook came even as forecasts were calling for the possibility of more heavy rain on Wednesday and Thursday, today....
Multiple agencies responded to the scene of a traffic accident on Shiloh Road in Union County early Wednesday afternoon, May 3. One person airlifted by helicopter from the scene.
Multiple agencies responded to the scene of a single-vehicle traffic accident on Shiloh Road in Union County early Wednesday afternoon, May 3. One person airlifted by helicopter from the scene. The vehicle was traveling Northbound on Shilloh Road, approximately .5 mile south of Nance Lane in Union...

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