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Anna-Jonesboro-Cobden-Dongola high school co-op boys’ soccer coach Mark Boomer predicts his team could be very competitive this season. “We’ve got a strong team and we’re going to be competitive and be able to play anybody,” Boomer said. Boomer looks to be in the hunt as long as the team remains...
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team recently completed its 2017 season. The team had an awards night last week.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team has wrapped up its 2017 season. Supporters of the Blue Dolphins said that the team had a great year, with 29 swimmers attending the Southern Illinois Swim League championship meet at Marion on July 29.   Of those attending the meet, 11 swimmers qualified for the...
The Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its season opener. Photo provided.
The junior high team for the Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its first challenge this week.   The team will head to Benton on Saturday to face Carbondale at 2 p.m. “We lucked out and had a bye for last week,” said head coach Rollie Hawk. “That gave us a chance to go on the road and...
Shanna Pender will take over coaching the softball team at Shawnee Junior High School in Wolf Lake this fall. Pender, who is also the junior high school girls’ track coach, succeeds Russ Marsh, who recently resigned from coaching junior high school softball at the school. Pender, who is a teacher...
Union County Counseling Service, UCCS, plans to host its third 5K run/walk on Oct. 21. The event is set for 9 a.m. at the Anna City Park in Anna. The counseling service works to improve the mental health of children and adults throughout the communities it serves. Proceeds generated by the run/walk...
Runners leave the starting line early Saturday morning.
The 14th annual Cobden Peach Festival 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run were held early Saturday morning, Aug. 5. The events were sponsored by the Cobden Runners/Walkers Club. The starting and finish lines were near the Cobden Community Park, which was the site of the Peach Festival.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School opened practice for the 2017 football season on Monday.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School opened practice for the 2017 football season on Monday. The A-J varsity football team is scheduled to open the season Friday night, Aug. 25, at Frankfort Community High School in West Frankfort. A-J opens its 2017 home season Friday night, Sept. 1, against...
Shawnee Community College plans to host the annual Saints Challenge golf tournament Friday, Sept. 8, at the Union County Country Club course in Anna. Proceeds will benefit the college’s athletic department. The four-person, 18-hole scramble is scheduled to have a 1 p.m. shotgun start.  Lunch will...
Members of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Marching Wildcats band’s color guard were practicing last week during a band camp at the Union County school.
Members of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Marching Wildcats band’s color guard were practicing last week during a band camp at the Union County school. The camp ran last week and was slated to continue this week.
An Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, hunter safety education course is planned Aug. 4-5 at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna. The church is located at 315 South St. Hours for the course are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 4 and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 5. Students must...

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