High school graduation and 8th grade promotion celebrations are planned at public schools in Alexander and Pulaski counties.  The schedule for the ceremonies includes: Cairo School District No. 1 High school graduation: Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Eighth grade promotion: Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m....
Century Unit School District No. 100 superintendent Leslie Varble was honored as a Superintendent of Distinction from the Shawnee Region of the IASA luncheon in Springfield on April 24. From left are Varble and state superintendent Dr. Tony Smith. Photo provided.
Leslie Varble, superintendent of Century School District No. 100 at Ullin, has been named as a 2017 Superintendent of Distinction by her colleagues in the Shawnee Region of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, IASA. Varble was honored at an awards luncheon which was held April 24 in...
Gary Funk, standing, the director of the Rural Schools Collaborative, gave a presentation about the future of Illinois rural public schools at Egyptian High School in Tamms on Tuesday evening, April 25. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Illinois Humanities, in partnership with the Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools, presented a free public program called The Future of Rural Public Schools at Egyptian High School in Tamms on Tuesday, April 25. Egyptian seniors Daneesha Carthell, Tyra Huff and Kacia Houston,...
Illinois State Police District 22 is planning to participate in the April 24-28 observance of the inaugural Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week. Plans for participation in the week were announced by Lt. Michael Alvey. Alvey is the interim commander of District 22. Union County is in the...
A high school business skills competition was held recently at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. Six local high schools competed at the event, including Cairo, Century, Egyptian, Goreville, Massac and Vienna.   The competition featured 14 business related categories.   Students who finished in...
Hillbilly Theater
The Pulaski-Alexander Illinois Association of Home and Community Education sponsored an annual Hillbilly Dinner Theater on Saturday, April 8, at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. Ham and beans, cornbread, slaw, fried potatoes, fried apples and desserts were served. Music and entertainment...
From left are Tony Jackson, Jarred Walker, Alma DeWitt, John DeWitt, Miss Cache River Katelynn Williams, Little Miss Cache River Amber Smith, LaWanda Jones, Justin DeWitt and Mark Rarrick. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The Ullin Fire Department served its 34th annual chili supper on Saturday, April 8. Chili, desserts and pulled pork sandwiches were served at the fire department.
Peggy F. Jackson Bradford
Interviews are planned during the week of April 17 for the remaining two candidates for the president of Shawnee Community College. The college reported in a news release that Peggy F. Jackson Bradford is scheduled to be interviewed on Monday, April 17. Deborah A. Garrett is scheduled to be...
Kenna Hight
Kenna Hight, a 3rd grader at Century Elementary School near Ullin, won second place in the state-wide hoop shoot contest sponsored by Illinois Elks Clubs.   Open to all boys and girls in the state between the ages of 8 and 13, the contest pit each child against others of their own age and gender. ...
Easter egg hunts are planned Saturday, April 15, in the Ullin area. Shawnee Community College Shawnee Community College near Ullin plans to host an annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event will be on the college’s main campus. The college asks everyone to arrive no earlier than 9:45 a....


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