December 2011

Nearly 30 citations issued during deer hunting season

Union County Sheriff David Livesay and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Officer Steve Vasicek report the following activity while working in conjuction during the two weekends of the 2011 firearm deer season:

First Season, Nov. 18-20

Eight written warnings. One rifle seized.

Sixteen citations issued, including:

Two, hunting without permission. Two, hunting with aid of bait. Two, no blaze orange.

One, untagged transport of deer. One, no hunting license. One, no habitat stamp. Two, no non-resident permit.

Support Choate Center

To the editor,

I would like to ask people to please pray for Choate Mental Health in Anna that it will never close.

Write letters and make phone calls to support the need for Choate to our governor and representatives.  I have.

Southern Illinois needs jobs and the people who live at Choate need their home and people to care for them.

Anna will be a ghost town if Choate closes. Our businesses will have no one to buy from them. People will leave Anna to find jobs.

County fair queen finalist at state pageant

The reigning Union County Fair queen was a finalist in a state pageant last weekend in Springfield.

The state fair queen pageant was held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs.

Reigning Union County Fair queen Crystal Davis of Anna was one of the top 15 finalists at the state pageant.

Brittani Schisler, Miss Lake County Fair queen, of Fox Lake was crowned Sunday night by the retiring 2011 queen Jackie Driscoll.

There were 70 queens vying for the state title this year.

Voters in four school districts should have their say

To the editor,

As many of you in the community may know, the State Superintendent of Education, Christopher Koch, on Dec. 23, 2011, approved the petition to form a new unit district within the territory of our four existing school districts.

In doing so, Superintendent Koch has allowed for the voters in Anna, Jonesboro and Lick Creek to have a voice on the proposition for reorganization at the regularly scheduled election on March 20, 2012.

Superintendent Koch stated in his decision that he believes the petition to be:

Keith Honey

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Keith Honey 52, of Ullin, formerly of Tamms, died at 8:20PM on Friday, January 20, 2012 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.</span></strong></p>

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Illinois hunters harvest 181,411 deer in 2011-12

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 181,411 deer during all 2011-12 seasons. 

Illinois deer seasons closed in early January as hunters concluded the archery deer season and the last segments of the late-winter and special Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD, deer hunting seasons on Jan. 15.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, total preliminary deer harvest for all seasons of 181,411 compares with a total harvest for all seasons of 182,270 in 2010-11. 

Dongola defeats Shawnee in SEC tournament play

Dongola avenged a previous loss to Shawnee with a 76-67 win over the Redskins on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The win for the Demons advanced them to the second round of the South Egyptian Conference high school boys’ basketball tournament played in Dongola last week.

Jordan Eads led the way for the Demons with 23 points. Austin Hinkle added 21 points, Tyler Eddleman 16, Brock Patterson 12 and Darius Schauer 4.

Activities set for young people

Free activities are planned for young people at a Union County Civil War Weekend which is planned Feb. 10-12 in Anna.

The Anna Arts Center and the PAST organization of Union County will be sponsoring the Civil War Weekend. The events will be at the Anna Arts Center at 117 W. Davie St. in Anna.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, one of the events is a free children/youth area.

Other free events on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. include:

Civil War exhibits, open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anna Council approves Sunday alcohol sales

The sale of beverages containing alcohol could begin as soon as noon this Sunday in Anna.

Alcohol sales on Sunday will be allowed as the result of passage of a new liquor ordinance. Such sales have not been allowed in Union County's largest community for many years.

The ordinance was approved by a 3-2 vote at this week's regular meeting of the Anna City Council.

The meeting was held Tuesday evening at Anna City Hall.

The city council had been considering a new liquor ordinance since late last year.


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