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Members of Union County Women in Business gathered in December for their annual membership meeting and Christmas party at Goddard’s Barn & Grill in Anna. The meeting and party were held on Friday evening, Dec. 8. Thirty local business women were in attendance for an evening of networking and...
Everyone in Union County is invited to be a part of a special event which is scheduled for this weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 6, a kickoff celebration is planned in commemoration of the bicentennial of the creation of Union County. Saturday’s celebration is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Union...
Lots of ice could be seen on Plum Street in Anna Tuesday. The conditions were created after a leak developed on nearby Apple Lane. In the midst of bitter cold weather early this week, a number of frozen water meters were reported along Main Street in Anna.
The first couple of days of the new year started on a frigid note in the Union County area. Local weather observer Dana Cross reported that the low temperature dropped to 5 degrees below zero on Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, in Jonesboro.  The icy weather is expected to continue through Friday. The...
Idaho was the nation’s fastest-growing state over the last year.  And Illinois had the largest numeric decline in population. Idaho’s population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s national and state population estimates,...
An American Red Cross blood drive is planned Jan. 16 at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. The blood drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the K Atrium in the college’s main campus building. The blood drive is open to the public. State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie, D-Elizabethtown, is...
Legislation which allows 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the State of Illinois’ First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.  “Our main priority is to save lives,” Illinois Secretary of State...
One of the landmark events which occurred in Union County during 2017 happened in the fall. The Anna Masonic Lodge No. 520 celebrated its 150th anniversary. The lodge was founded on Oct. 16, 1867, with an official charter from the Grand Lodge of Illinois after operating as Ariel Lodge since 1866....
Coats were delivered to the Children’s Medical & Mental Resource Network on Wednesday, Dec. 20. From left are Natalie Linton, Shawnna Rhine, Elaina Spalt and Ginger Meyer.
On Nov. 30, WIBH Radio in Anna wrapped up its seventh annual New Coats, New Hope campaign, NCNH. The campaign’s goal was to raise money for the purchase of new winter coats for children living in the lower 45 counties in Illinois.  This year’s campaign raised over $5,700, which allowed for the...
A large crowd was in attendance last week for a public hearing regarding a  proposed property tax increase for Union County government. The public hearing was conducted Thursday morning, Dec. 21, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The hearing was held prior to a regular meeting of the...
State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, standing, third from left, voiced appreciation to the veterans who attended last week's special waterfowl hunt.
For the last nine years, the Grassy Lake Hunting Club at Ware has hosted wounded veteran soldiers for a one-day waterfowl hunt on Wednesday, Dec. 20. “It’s the biggest honor I’ve ever had in my life,” said Collin Cain, who owns the Grassy Lake Hunting Club about hosting the special event.  “It...

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