December 2011

Ruth Corbitt

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="">        </span> Ruth Corbitt, age 95 of Danville, Indiana and formerly of Anna died at 3:58 am Saturday January 21, 2012 in Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, IN. Ruth was born April 9, 1916 in Makanda the daughter of John and Myrtle Stacy. She married Paul Corbitt.</span></strong></p>

Wilma E. Brown

Wilma E. Brown, 81, of Marion, died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

She was born on Jan. 6, 1931, in Vienna, the daughter of Loren and Freda Hester Ford Sr.

She married James Soper on Aug. 26, 1950, in Grantsburg. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1983. She later married David Brown on Dec. 23, 1986, in Marion. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2011.

Page from the Past from the files of The Gazette-Democrat50 Years Ago, January 11, 1962

Disaster struck on Jonesboro Square Wednesday afternoon a little after 2 o'clock when a fire which started on the outside of the Jonesboro Second Hand Store spread rapidly through that store and The Nifty Shop and the Jonesboro Newsstand.

Residents of Union County woke up Wednesday to a mighty nippy temperature of 8 degrees below zero. This is the coldest temperature which has been recorded since February, 1951 when it was 11 below, according to J. Bon Hartline, official weather observer in this area.

Shawnee scores win at homecoming

Trailing going into the final quarter, Shawnee came on for a 66-63 win over visiting Dongola in the Redskins’ homecoming game in high school boys’ basketball Saturday, Jan. 14.

The Demons led 14-13 after one quarter. The Redskins fought back to pull ahead 31-28 at the half. Dongola built a 49-43 advantage going into the last period. But Shawnee made a 23-14 scoring in the final frame to post the come-from-behind win.

Drier weather good for courthouse construction

Less rain in recent weeks was good news for work being done on the construction of Union County's new courthouse in Jonesboro.

An update on the work was presented at last Friday morning's regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners.

The meeting was at the community center in Jonesboro.

Courthouse project manager Mike Smith presented a report to the county board on work which had been done since Dec. 16. Highlights follow:

Yvonne Noble

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Yvonne Noble, 79, of Anna, died at 6:30 AM on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at home.</span></strong></p>

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Animal rescue program announces Jan. 9 clinic

Cache Creek Animal Rescue announces the opening of its low-cost spay/neuter clinic on Jan. 9. 

With the donation of an ambulance, Cache Creek Animal Rescue will become the first mobile spay/neuter clinic in Southern Illinois. 

The current clinic will be located at 6535 Lick Creek Rd. in Buncombe, but until the program moves its shelter and permanently open its doors, inquiries are to be directed to the shelter at 1235 Spanish Bluff Rd. near Anna. 

The phone number for Cache Creek Animal Rescue is 893-2500. 

Jean Katherine Halbin

Jean Katherine Halbin, 89, of Anna, died at 7:35 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at the Union County Nursing Home in Anna.

She was born on Jan. 15, 1922, in Anna, the daughter of Charles and Minnie Norris Vaughn.

She married Robert Halbin on Dec. 1, 1950, in Carbondale.

She is survived by one daughter, Gloria (Lans) Verduin of Oro Valley, Ariz.; one stepson, Richard Halbin of Bluford; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Harold Vaughn of Makanda; other relatives and many friends.

Kirkpatrick Pottery display planned at Civil War event

Mike Isom, owner of the Anna Kirkpatrick Pottery Museum in Anna, plans to display various pottery pieces at the Anna Arts Center during the Civil War Weekend scheduled Feb. 10-11.

One of the pieces is a Civil War "presentation for valor" Anna Pottery pig flask which was presented to Col. Breckinridge of the West Tennessee Cavalry Regiment for his outstanding leadership during a raid on a Rebel group outside of Linden.  

The pig flask is recognized as an extraordinary piece of Civil War associated history.


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