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Clifford Harold Wright, 86, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at 4:17 a.m. at his home. He was born on Jan. 7, 1930, in Simpson Township in Johnson County. He was the fourth child born to Douglas Bothwell and Edith Electivia Blades Wright. On Feb. 14, 1950, he married Helen Louise...
Seymour, played by Joey Johnson, revealed his new plant, Audrey II, to fellow employees and buyers. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” was performed at the Anna Arts Center Sept. 16-18. The production was directed by Cory Acklin and featured actors from throughout Southern Illinois.
Grand Chain Steamboat Day is planned Saturday, Oct. 1. Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street. Steamboat Day is sponsored by the GCCDA and the Village of Grand Chain. An antique tractors and car show is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Information about the tractor and car show,...
Girls ages kindergarten through grade 12 have two upcoming opportunities to register for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois in Union County. On Thursday, Sept. 29, registration is planned from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the basement of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna. Girls have another chance to sign...
The annual Olmsted Catfish Days Festival is planned Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will begin on Front Street Saturday morning with a flea market, community yard sales, food vendors, music and a parade. The cost for flea market, yard sale, information and game booth space is free. Space for food...
An open house was held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at historic St. John’s Lutheran Church near Dongola.
St. John’s Church near Dongola celebrated its 200th anniversary Sept. 17-18 with an open house and a celebration service. Sunday’s celebration included a service, lunch, games and surrey rides. The church welcomed visitors to an open house on Saturday. Visitors could tour the church and learn about...
Executive Order 2016-10 to create the new Illinois Bicentennial Commission and the Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial to lead the planning for the celebration of the state’s 200th anniversary was signed Sept. 20 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Illinois became a state in 1818. Union County also...
The Pumpkin People are coming to visit the Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna this October.  Organizers report that 15 businesses/organizations have committed to setting up displays, which are scheduled to be available for viewing Oct. 7-16. The trail of pumpkin people...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School homecoming queen and king candidates are, from left, Ethan Carlson, Kate Williams, Austin Dillow, Madison Root, Izzy Markovic, Kortnie Bonner, Aaron Lence, Scarlett Carter, Keaton Busby and Morgan Wright. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
A fall tradition will be renewed next week when Anna-Jonesboro Community High School has its annual homecoming celebration. Homecoming week activities are planned for Sept. 26 through Oct. 1.  Highlights include a homecoming football game, a parade, coronation of a queen and king, and other special...
A little bit of rain didn’t seem to put a damper on Ladies Nite Out last Friday in Cobden. The popular event, presented by the Cobden Community & Business Association, CCBA, welcomed more than 80 visitors. Ladies Nite Out featured food, shopping discounts, raffles, giveaways and other...

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