Perfect timing...perfect pose...The Other Half and yours truly saw a bald eagle which was perched high in a tree along Illinois Route 146 near the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area.
How can it be December already? This week, once again, bear with me as we take a look at a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... We’ll start with many, many apologies to the spirit of John Lennon...
This an “authentic” photograph of a squirrel. The real deal. The photograph is not a deepfake. Just ask the squirrel. He (she?) lives in the neighborhood. Really.
Don’t know about you...but this “old guy” was not ready for temperatures to be in the 20s...
A hawk made a brief stop atop a utility pole along the State Forest Road last Sunday afternoon. The hawk’s colors stood out in the light of an autumn afternoon.
Thank you, Dueling Pianos guys. Don’t know if you’ll read this, but I’m grateful for the song you chose to share when you passed by my vantage point at last Saturday’s Veterans Day parade in Anna.
Clouds filled much of the sky over Union County last Saturday morning. The image was captured during a stop along Aldridge Road, between metropolitan Cobden and Illinois Route 127.
Every once in a while, I figure it might be nice to create a scrapbook featuring some of the images yours truly has stumbled across during the latest chapter in The Journey Through Life. 
One last chance to bask in the sun? A turtle (yes, folks, another turtle) took advantage of sunshine and warm temperatures on the last Thursday afternoon in October. Pretty soon, many turtles will be flying south for the winter.
Before we get to the “good stuff”... Did you remember to celebrate National Cat Day on Sunday, October 29. We mentioned the special day to Bob, who got some pork roast out of the deal.
Zero the ghost-dog and Jack Skellington are featured in several Pumpkin Town displays at the Anna City Park.
With apologies to Bullwinkle Jay Moose, we’re going to begin this week with... Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a column out of my hat...
Perfect timing...perfect pose...The Other Half and yours truly saw a bald eagle which was perched high in a tree along Illinois Route 146 near the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area.
This an “authentic” photograph of a squirrel. The real deal. The photograph is not a deepfake. Just ask the squirrel. He (she?) lives in the neighborhood. Really.
A hawk made a brief stop atop a utility pole along the State Forest Road last Sunday afternoon. The hawk’s colors stood out in the light of an autumn afternoon.
Clouds filled much of the sky over Union County last Saturday morning. The image was captured during a stop along Aldridge Road, between metropolitan Cobden and Illinois Route 127.
One last chance to bask in the sun? A turtle (yes, folks, another turtle) took advantage of sunshine and warm temperatures on the last Thursday afternoon in October. Pretty soon, many turtles will be flying south for the winter.
Zero the ghost-dog and Jack Skellington are featured in several Pumpkin Town displays at the Anna City Park.
The board of directors of Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois has announced that the 12th mission to transport Veterans to Washington, D.C., is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7. “The generosity of Southern Illinois just keeps coming,” Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois chairman Bryan...
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to host public scoping meetings for the Lower Mississippi River Comprehensive Management Study (LMR Comp) at venues throughout the study area between Feb. 27 and March 11. The meetings will consist of a remote overview presentation and followed by an on-...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Friday, Feb. 2, announced that the latest data continued to show the spread of respiratory viruses was declining throughout the state.  The state’s overall respiratory illness level decreased from low to minimal in the most recent available CDC...
Southern 7 Health Department, S7HD, has announced January Wellness on Wheels, WOW, Van Clinics which are scheduled in Union County. The schedule includes:  Jan. 31. Dollar General Store, Dongola. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Jan. 31. Dollar General Store, Anna, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free services which are...
The minimum wage in Illinois increased on Jan. 1, 2024. Workers will see an increase of $1 per hour from $13 to $14, the Illinois Department of Labor reported.  The minimum wage for tipped workers will rise to $8.40 per hour. Youth workers (under 18) working fewer than 650 hours per calendar year...
To help root out public corruption in Illinois, the Illinois State Police, ISP, Special Investigations Unit, SIU, has created an online form for the public to report suspected corruption directly to ISP. ISP created an online form where the public can provide information confidentially to the ISP...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team was 6-3 in meet action last week. The visiting Wildcats competed in Clarksville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 9. A-J fell to Brentwood Academy 48-37 and Wilson Central 52-30, but posted wins over Centennial 66-15, Kirkwood 51-27 and Hendersonville 60...
Union County government’s new fiscal year started on Dec. 1. The fiscal year runs through Nov. 30, 2024. At a regular meeting just prior to Thanksgiving, the Union County Board of Commissioners approved a combined annual budget and appropriations ordinance for the new fiscal year. The meeting was...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council is planning to present a holiday season children’s musical at the Anna Arts Center. The arts center is located in the 100 block of West Davie St. in Anna.  Performances of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, and for 2...
Illinois soils tell both a story and reveal a history of how soils have changed over the centuries.  To understand more, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign needs help from residents and landowners.  During an upcoming free program, Andrew Margenot, Illinois Extension specialist and associate...

Obituaries

Gordon Patrick “Pat” Sams, 71, of Cairo, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, at Mercy Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Dec. 11, 1952, in Cairo, the son of William L. and Afton I. Robertson Sams. He served in the U.S. Army. He married Lois Dean Estes on Nov. 19, 1999, in Wickliffe, Ky....
Earl W. Miller
Earl W. Miller, 82, of Anna, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, at his home. He was born on Sept. 25, 1941, in De Soto, the son of Clifton Edward and Ruth Aline Walker Miller. He was a graduate of Carbondale Community High School in 1959 and attended University High.  He retired from Verizon on June 30,...
Floyd Morris Dover
Floyd Morris Dover, 83, a resident of Charleston, Mo., since 1968, died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., surrounded by his wife and family. He was born on Nov. 19, 1940, at the family home located in Diswood, the son of Robert “Bob” and Ora Allen Dover....
James ‘Rico’ Synowiec
James “Rico” Synowiec, 76, of Lick Creek, died suddenly on Jan. 22, 2024. James was a son, brother, uncle and friend who left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him.  He was born on Dec. 16, 1947, in Chicago, to loving parents Walter J. and Rosalie Pawlicki Synowiec. He is survived...
Louis Jerome ‘Jerry’ Basler
Jerry Basler, 85, was relieved of his suffering on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024.   He was born on June 5, 1938, in Cobden, the son of Frank “Beck” and Lettie Basler. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol; sons Ben and Davy; and his sister Dorothy. He also was preceded in death by his...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team was 6-3 in meet action last week. The visiting Wildcats competed in Clarksville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 9. A-J fell to Brentwood Academy 48-37...

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