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First place, 6th grade, The Orphan Train, by Leah Goins.
A history fair was held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Cobden Junior-Senior High School in Cobden. Students from Candace Smith’s 6th grade class and Ashley Taylor’s 8th grade class participated in the history fair. Eighteen judges reviewed 67 projects which were entered in the history fair. The event was...
From left are Lynn Smith, 15th District president, Auxiliary to the VFW; Jamie Nash-Mayberry; Dianna Robertson, president of Carroll P. Foster Auxiliary No. 3455; Linda Jackson, sponsor; and Jo Lynn Alvatter, national council member, who presented Nash-Mayberry with the citation and check. Photo provided.
Jamie Nash-Mayberry, a teacher at Shawnee Junior-Senior High School at Wolf Lake, has been honored by the Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Nash-Mayberry received a citation for winning the Smart-Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Award on the local level and a check for winning on...
The students at Lincoln School in Anna celebrated Dr. Seuss Week Feb. 27 through March 3 with Seuss’ books and fun activities. On Wednesday, March 2, a birthday party was hosted for Dr. Seuss at the school. Anna School District 37 principal Mark Laster read aloud Seuss’ book “Happy Birthday to You...
A Union County school district has been awarded funds from the Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program. Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, director Wayne Rosenthal on March 2 announced the awarding of more than $98,000 in donated funds from the grant program. More than 8,300...
Three persons were injured in a traffic accident which occurred Friday morning, March 3, in Alexander County. Illinois State Police District 22 at Ullin reported that the accident happened at approximately 7:49 a.m. on Illinois Route 3, half a mile north of Jaco City Road. State police reported...
A utility pole in Anna was left leaning haphazardly following heavy thunderstorms Tuesday night, Feb. 28, into the early morning on Wednesday, March 1. Photo by Amber Skelton.
A week after the region experienced deadly tornadoes, another round of severe weather rumbled through the region Monday night and early Tuesday, March 6-7. Tornadoes swept through Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois Monday night and early Tuesday morning, Feb. 28 and March 1. The tornadoes...
Kasandra Jackson spun a basketball on her finger with a little help from basketball player Corey Jones. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Cleveland basketball player turned motivational speaker Corey Jones visited Jonesboro Elementary School on Tuesday, Feb. 21, to give presentations on bullying and promoting reading. Jones demonstrated a number of tricks with a basketball, including juggling and helping students spin a ball on their...
Shawnee National Forest plans to use prescribed fire on March 9, weather permitting. Prescribed fire is a planned fire that is overseen by professionals. Fall marked the beginning of the forest’s prescribed burn season, during which professionals plan to burn up to 10,000 acres. Prescribed fires...
State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, invites job-seekers in the Southern Illinois area to attend a free résumé building workshop that he is planning to host alongside Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Career Services program. The workshop is set for 6 p.m. March 16 at the Harrisburg...
Fifth grade student Collier Morgan climbed over hay bales during the farmer race. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The Egyptian Ag Olympics took place on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Egyptian High School in Tamms. Sponsored by FFA, the Ag Olympics allowed students in 4th grade to go up against 5th grade students in several Olympic-style games, including an egg drop and farmer race.

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