Divine precipitation? Please read on for the “rest of the story”...
...which involves some very special time The Other Half and yours truly spent together in Anna on the second Wednesday of May. We’ll call this very special time a Rainy Day Date.
From left are Anna city commissioner Martha Ann Webb, Anna public works manager Gary Dahmer and Anna city administrator Dori Bigler. Photo provided.
Three Anna city officials have been recognized for their work with the Honor Wreaths for Veterans program.
Tiny drops of moisture were strung along a spider web which had been woven one day last week on our front porch. One can only hope that the arachnid which created this masterpiece really, really, really likes mosquitoes...for breakfast...for lunch...for dinner...for midnight snack...
Maybe it was just inevitable... Bob and I were sitting on the porch swing Monday evening in the still and sultry air of a May evening in Southern Illinois.
We had so much fun with our critter collage last week that we decided to try another one...the goose (and goslings), the bluebird and the hawk were spotted during various meanderings in our little corner of the world. When I looked closely at the goose, the feathered critter appear to have a smile on its beak. Really.
So much time...so much space...so little to write about...
Progress continues on the construction of a new Union County animal control facility. The new facility is located along Kaolin Road, between Anna and Cobden.
Resolutions for approval for local matching funds for two major infrastructure projects were on the agenda at last Friday morning’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. An update on another project also was shared.
At about the time this photograph was taken, a person with a little more sense would have been indoors...where it might have been fairly safe. Instead, shortly after a tornado warning siren had sounded, a downpour began in our neighborhood. So, of course, I had to go outside to take a picture...
Good grief...it was the 21st day of April and we’re looking at a frost advisory... Meanwhile... Once again this week...so many things to ponder...and so little time and space...
Divine precipitation? Please read on for the “rest of the story”...
From left are Anna city commissioner Martha Ann Webb, Anna public works manager Gary Dahmer and Anna city administrator Dori Bigler. Photo provided.
Tiny drops of moisture were strung along a spider web which had been woven one day last week on our front porch. One can only hope that the arachnid which created this masterpiece really, really, really likes mosquitoes...for breakfast...for lunch...for dinner...for midnight snack...
We had so much fun with our critter collage last week that we decided to try another one...the goose (and goslings), the bluebird and the hawk were spotted during various meanderings in our little corner of the world. When I looked closely at the goose, the feathered critter appear to have a smile on its beak. Really.
Progress continues on the construction of a new Union County animal control facility. The new facility is located along Kaolin Road, between Anna and Cobden.
At about the time this photograph was taken, a person with a little more sense would have been indoors...where it might have been fairly safe. Instead, shortly after a tornado warning siren had sounded, a downpour began in our neighborhood. So, of course, I had to go outside to take a picture...
Two historic severe weather events impacted the region in May. The National Weather Service office in Paducah shared a climate review for May on its website. The weather service also reported that temperatures were above normal in May in the Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western...
Each year local health departments and pediatricians experience an increase in back-to-school shots in the last few weeks leading up to the school year.  Public health officials said that while it’s good that children are being vaccinated, this often results in scheduling conflicts, longer wait...
The story of the Annabelle hydrangea is featured on a mural on a building along South Main Street in downtown Anna. File photo.
Union County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development and the City of Anna are joining to announce plans for the 2024 Annabelle Festival. The festival is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in Anna. Organizers noted that additional activities are planned Friday, June 7, and...
The return of an annual children’s fishing derby has been announced by the Shawnee National Forest/U.S. Forest Service. The fishing derby is planned May 18 at the Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site near Grand Tower. This is a free event which is open to children ages 5 to 15. Organizers note that...
Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy in Anna is planning to host advanced self-defense classes every Thursday in June. Classes are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The  classes are for men and women, ages 18 and older, and are open to the public.  Self-defense expert Grandmaster Robert Cutrell, founder of...
Road construction and an update on local property taxes were discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, May 10, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Road Construction Union County Sheriff David Wilkins shared an...
Project updates, concerns about an unsafe property and employment agreements were among the items on the agenda at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Thursday evening, May 9, at Anna City Hall. Two residents of the neighborhood voiced their concerns to city...
From left are Anna city commissioner Martha Ann Webb, Anna public works manager Gary Dahmer and Anna city administrator Dori Bigler. Photo provided.
Three Anna city officials have been recognized for their work with the Honor Wreaths for Veterans program. Anna city commissioner Martha Ann Webb, Anna public works manager Gary Dahmer and Anna city administrator Dori Bigler received certificates and thanks from Wreaths Across America for their...
Flood warnings are in effect this week for three rivers in the Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky region. The warnings included the Mississippi River, the Ohio River and the Big Muddy River. Minor flooding was reported on all three rivers as of early this week. Minor...
Southern 7 Health Department, S7HD, has announced Wellness on Wheels, WOW, Van Clinics which are scheduled during May in the region.  The health department reminds the public that it offers STD and HIV testing and free condoms on the WOW van and at each of its seven public health clinics in the...

Obituaries

James D. ‘Jim’ Brown
James D. “Jim” Brown, 84, of Jonesboro, died Saturday, June 1, 2024, at Southeast Mercy Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on July 1, 1939, in Jonesboro, the son of Glenn Elmer and Ava Lucille Slicker Brown.  He married Irma Wenger Kelley on July 11, 2003, in Rapid City, S.D. Mr. Brown served...
Harold Hubbs, 88, of Anna, died Sunday, June 9, at Integrity Healthcare of Anna. Funeral arrangements for Harold Hubbs were pending at Rendleman &Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. For updated service information and to visit his memorial page, visit the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home website...
Dustin Cody Pitts
Dustin Cody Pitts, 36, of Cobden, died Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at his home. He was born on May 29, 1988, in Carbondale, the son of Pat Pitts. He married Maria Gorety on July 11, 2009. Dustin is survived by his wife, Maria Pitts; children Abigail Edith Pitts and Marquez Tomas Pitts; his mother, Pat...
Kenneth ‘Carter’ Dallas
Kenneth “Carter” Dallas, 69, of Anna, died on May 29, 2024, in Overland Park, Kan., with his daughter and son-in-law by his side.  He was born on April 27, 1955, in Anna, the son of Floyd and Edna Clayton Dallas. He is survived by his daughter, Brandy (Patrick) Leary of Overland Park, Kan.;...
Marsha Gail Hartline Yates
Marsha Gail Yates, 73, of Cobden, died Thursday, May 30, 2024, at her home.  She was born on Dec. 24, 1950, in Carbondale, the daughter of Gilbert L. and Bette Ridgeway Hartline.  She married Jack Gordon Yates Jr. on April 17, 1990, in Billings, Mont. He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2021. She...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball team keeps on winning. A-J won three more games in recent action. With the victories, A-J improved to 20-4 this spring. The Lady Wildcats had an 8-1...

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