Tamms

The new music instructor at Shawnee Community College, Lee VanAlstine, conducted his first Shawnee Pride performance on Thursday, March 2. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Shawnee Community College has a new music instructor after the retirement of John Windings, who was the music instructor for over 20 years. Lee VanAlstine has been working in K-12 public education in Southern Illinois since 1997, though he is originally from Central Illinois. He received his...
The Egyptian Lady Falcons Classic was held on Saturday, March 4. The junior high volleyball tournament was held at Egyptian School in Tamms. Egyptian School won first place, Century was second and Dongola took third. Players who earned first team all tournament honors included Daisha Carthell,...
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.
The host Appleknockers, in white uniforms, faced Egyptian High School from Tamms Monday night, Feb. 20, in tournament play. Cobden won the game.
Cobden hosted an Illinois High School Association Class 1A boys’ regional basketball tournament last week. The host Appleknockers faced Egyptian High School from Tamms Monday night, Feb. 20, in tournament play. Cobden won the game. 
Some of teacher Darrel Dexter’s history classes at Egyptian High School in Tamms listened to Marlene Rivero’s at the Civil War Weekend. Along with Rivero, who was dressed in clothing from the time, are students Grace Klingeman, Amanda Bennett, Tristan Parker, Daneesha Carthell, Tyra Huff, Rileigh Petermichel, Jordan Reeves, Kacia Houston, Cheyenne Petzoldt and Trevor Smith.
The Civil War era came to life during a recent event in Union County. The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center hosted a wide range of activities during its 2017 Civil War Weekend, which was presented from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 19. Activities included a play, exhibits,...
Century’s Cason Hight passes the ball during the first game of the Egyptian Mid-Winter Classic.
Egyptian High School at Tamms hosted its inaugural Mid-Winter Classic boys’ high school basketball tournament last week. The tournament featured host Egyptian, Century, Joppa, Johnston City, Lovejoy and Elverado. The accompanying pictures were taken during the tournament. Photos by Lindsey Rae...
Santa Claus participated in the Light Up Tamms parade after he visited with children. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The third annual Light Up Tamms parade took place on Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade started at the park in Tamms, went up Front Street and then proceeded along several streets so residents could see the displays. All proceeds generated by the holiday season event went towards the Tamms Depot...
In the first row are, from left, Michael Honey, Charlie McGuckin and Ted McGuckin. In the second row are Tony Smith, William Hall, David Lacey, Deanna McGuckin and Simon McGuckin. Photo provided.
In October, Simon McGuckin of Tamms was working on his property when a tractor overturned onto him. His 13-year-old son, Charles McGuckin, and 10-year-old son, Ted McGuckin, were with him. The boys reacted calmly and waited with their father until first responders arrived at the scene. Then, once...
Students in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade sang “Chime In!” The song featured the 4th and 5th grade bell choir. They also performed “Listen to the Jingles.”
Egyptian Elementary School in Tamms hosted its annual Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 1. Photos with Santa were available before the program, along with a dinner from Fazoli’s. Photos by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
A day of festivities is planned for the third annual Light Up Tamms parade, which is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Alexander County community. At 2:30 p.m., a craft/vendor fair will begin in the Tamms Community Center, at the corner of Second and Illinois streets.  There is no entry fee for...

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