December 2011

Relay for Life kickoff set

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Union County plans to have its annual kickoff event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Anna Arts Center at 125 W. Davie St. in Anna.

Friends, neighbors, cancer survivors, caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about Relay For Life are invited to attend this open house. 

The kickoff open house event offers information about the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives faster by helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures and fighting back.

County highway department subject of investigation

An investigation is underway into possible misconduct involving a Union County department.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds issued the following statement Jan. 16 regarding the matter:

"Earlier this month, the Union County State's Attorney's Office received credible evidence that misconduct may have occurred in connection with the Union County Highway Department.

Shawnee girls post 11th win

Taylor Ellis scored 27 points to boost host Shawnee to a 64-12 win over Joppa in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Monday, Jan. 9.

Gwen Kuehne netted 16 points for the Lady Reds. Jordan Johnson added 9 points, Sanni Ahokas and Taylor Loveless 4 each and Haley Murphy and Bethany McMahan 2 each.

The Lady Reds led 19-0 after one quarter and 36-4 at halftime. Shawnee held a 48-8 lead going into the final period.

Shawnee improved to 11-4 overall.

Flood aid available

The 12th Congressional District in Southern Illinois is eligible for nearly $3 million in federal funds to help with repairs to roads damaged by flooding in the spring of 2011.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., said the district is eligible for federal funding as part of a $2,961,793 grant to the Illinois Department of Transportation from the Federal Highway Administration.

Union County is part of the 12th District, which Costello serves.

Remembering those who passed

The Gazette-Democrat remembers those who passed in 2011:


Jan. 6. Dorothy Merriman Schaefer. Walter H. Cherrick. Jeffrey E. Diefenbach. Earlene Osman. M.H. "Jack" Landis. Orville F. Temke. Betty Ann Housman. Patricia "Pat" Haire. Mark Owen Meyer. William Mark Hardwig. Kenneth Benjamin Dexter. Cletus "Babe" Humm. Willis A. Hughes Sr.

Jan. 13. Fred L. Cham-ness. Betty Arlene Davis. Carolyn N. Fassler. Clay White. Vernon Dale Boatright. Robert Mazzei.

Cobden Junior-Senior High School names second quarter honor students

Cobden Junior-Senior High School announces honor roll students for the second quarter:

7th grade, high honors: Josie Walker.

7th grade, honors: Lisett Martinez, Emmelie Hawk, Makynzie Peterman, Moriah Coleman, Robert Phillippe, Sydney Windings, Tristan Hale, Dylan Duty.

8th grade, high honors: Leslie Gearhart, Kalyn Rhodes, Kaitlin McWhorter, Samantha Smith, Aubrey Glasco, Brooke Silliman, Taylor Tomazzoli, Sara Millis.

Carol Gene Prieb

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Carol Gene Prieb, 78, of Jonesboro, formerly of Douglas, MI died at 12:45 PM on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Heartland Rehab in Cape Girardeau.</span></strong></p>

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AFSCME voices concerns about meetings Choate Center's future addressed

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, Council 31 says that secret meetings have been conducted to discuss the fate of facilities including the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna.

"Meeting in secret with no public input or scrutiny, a small handful of top Quinn administration officials and state legislators is plotting to close state-run psychiatric hospitals and residential centers for individuals with profound developmental disabilities," AFSCME Council 31 stated in a news release.

Charles Ray Verble

Charles Ray Verble, 76, of Jonesboro, died at 8:08 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at his home in Jonesboro.

He was born on Sept. 11, 1935, in Anna, the son of Ray and Grace Simmons Verble.

He is survived by one brother-in-law, H.R. Clutts of Cobden; one nephew Rodney (Kelli) Clutts of Anna; and two nieces, Sheleigh (Bill) Belongy of Clewiston, Fla., and Lauren (Wayne) Banks of St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Kathleen Stegle and Geraldine Clutts; and one brother-in-law, Edward Stegle.

Otis W. Monahan

Otis W. Monahan, 72, of Carbondale, and formerly of Thebes, died at 4:08 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

He was born in Caddagap, Ark., on Jan. 29, 1939, the son of Lee and Ruth Cook Monahan.

He first married Carol Johnson of DeSoto, mother of Becky and David. He then married Sandra Adams, his wife of 35 years, on March 19, 1976.


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