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Sole Camp, a summer running camp for girls in 4th through 8th grade, is coming to Union County starting the week of Aug. 15.  Camp participants will meet twice a week to run and gradually build up to a run in the Sole Challenge on the first Saturday of October with their coaches.  The camp aims to...
Band students practiced drills without their instruments on Tuesday, July 26. Photo by Amber Skelton.
The Anna-Jonesboro Marching Wildcats trained at an annual band camp which began July 25 and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 2. The camp is taking place on the school's practice football field. The high school students fought off insects and the hot and humid weather to practice marching...
The Union County Country Club golf course in Anna hosted the Brian S. Tucker Memorial Scramble on Saturday, July 23.  The family of Brian Tucker, Brandon Bierstedt and the Elks voiced appreciation to the 36 teams that turned out to play in the scramble. The teams raised money for the Brian Tucker...
The 13th annual Cobden Peach Festival 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run are planned Saturday, Aug. 6. The run and walk are held in conjunction with the annual Cobden Peach Festival. This year’s festival is planned Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6. The Cobden Runners’/Walkers’ Club sponsors the run/walk....
The varsity cheerleading squad from Cobden High School attended an NCA cheer camp July 11-14. Eight of the Cobden squad’s 10 members were able to attend. They are coached by Melanie Smith and Karen Engelmann. In the first row, from left, are sophomores Maddie Bundren and Morgan Bass. In the second row are sophomores Carla Guerrero, Amanda Smith and Elle Mason and juniors Haley Smith, Nicole Shields and Zoe Fuhrhop. Photo provided.
Cobden High School varsity cheerleaders attended an NCA Cheer Camp held at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., July 11-14. This was the first NCA camp the squad had ever attended.   Twenty-five other teams were at the camp from various other areas, including Hazelwood, Mo., Columbia, Mo.,...
Egyptian Country Club in Mounds plans to host a Rally for the Cure twoperson golf scramble on Aug. 6. Rally is a grassroots program that works to spread awareness about breast cancer volunteer through organized golf, tennis and social events. This year marks the first year Egyptian Country Club has...
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The Dozers softball team of Anna won first place in a tournament which was played July 9-10 in Murphysboro. In the first row are, from left, Sadie Cross, Olivia Schaefer and Dixie Kaufman. In the second row are Macie Hoehner, Hallie Plott, coach Lyle Plott, Elle Penrod, Breanna Hileman and Emma...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Hannah Reach has been named the girls’ 2016 scholar athlete of the year by the Southern Illinoisan newspaper. Reach became the first A-J female athlete since the award began in 1994 to receive the honor. She set the school and Southern Illinois River-to-River...
A golf tournament benefiting the Brian S. Tucker Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund is scheduled Saturday, July 23, at the Union County Country Club in Anna. Shotgun starts are slated at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  For more information about the tournament, contact Brandon Bierstedt at the Union County...
Ligon returned the ball to the pitcher during his All-Star game on July 14. Photo by Amber Skelton.
John Michael Ligon of Anna played catcher this summer for the Athletics, a Marion team. Ligon completed a full season without being struck out at bat. He was selected from his team to play in an all-star game on Thursday, July 14. The game ended in a tie. Each team scored 9 runs, with Ligon...

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