December 2012

Police investigate online threat to local school

The Anna Police Department responded rapidly to an incident which involved a threat of violence at a local school.

The incident centered around a posting on, which is an Internet forum.

The posting, dated Wednesday, Jan. 4, was addressed to staff at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. The posting, as it appeared on line, read:

"HEY I WANTED TO INFORM ALL (AJ) HIGHSCHOOL STAFF You all Better Start Watching a Student Of yours A little Bit Better. Yes I mean it," the posting began.

Winery brings holiday cheer to veterans home

The Illinois Veterans Home in Anna received some extra holiday cheer through the efforts of the Lincoln Heritage Winery, which is located between Anna and Cobden.

The winery held a benefit for the veterans. Visitors were encouraged by the winery to bring gifts for the veterans or to contribute money to the veterans activity fund.

“We were so impressed to see the community bring such a nice variety of gifts for the veterans,” winery co-owner Bonnie Cissell said in a news release.

Dongola win two games at tournament

Host Dongola won two games at its own holiday tournament in high school boys basketball last week.

Dongola 70, Joppa 41: Brock Patterson, Tyler Eddleman and Darius Schaure each scored 15 points to lead the Demons in their opening game Thursday, Dec. 27.

Alex Zeschke added 9 points for Dongola and Bradley Ralls 7. Donnie Gibson 4, Dylan Simmerman 3 and Zayne Dismore 2.

The Demons led 12-5 after one quarter and 24-15 at halftime.

Prayer vigil planned to show support for those impacted by facility closings

The community is invited to be a part of a prayer vigil which is planned Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

During the vigil, prayers will be said as a show of support for those in the region who are impacted by the recent closing of state-run facilities in Southern Illinois, including the Tamms Correctional Center at Tamms.

The Jan. 26 event will be similar to a vigil which was held in July 2012 in Jonesboro.

Letter: Anna resident concerned about proposed yard sale regulations

To the editor,

I wish to express my concerns regarding the proposed regulations of yard sales by the city council of Anna.

I have lived in Anna since 1985 and I have resided in Union County since I was in the 5th grade at Cobden Grade School. My husband has lived in Anna since 1969. We have been avid "yard sellers," both as buyers and sellers.

Lick Creek girls win regional, advance to state tournament

The host Lick Creek School junior high girls’ basketball team defeated Buncombe-Cypress 45-35 to win a Class S regional championship Saturday, Jan. 12.

Madison Root scored 18 points to lead Lick Creek to the win. She scored 15 of 18 points in the first half. She also had 4 rebounds and 6 steals.

Elle Basler added 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals.

Morgan Dillow had 10 points, 3 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Brooke Miller had 3 points, 2 rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Swedlund to give presentation about Civil War era photography

Charles A. Swedlund of Cobden is scheduled to be a guest speaker during an upcoming Civil War Weekend in Anna.

The Civil War Weekend is planned Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8-10, at the Anna Arts Center.

The Civil War Weekend is being sponsored by the Shawnee Hills Arts Council and the PAST organization of Union County. The arts center is located at 117 W. Davie St. in Anna.

Swedlund's lecture is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. He plans to give a PowerPoint presentation titled "Civil War Photography."

Shawnee 56, Joppa 34

Bethany McMahan scored 16 points to lead Shawnee to a 56-34 win over host Joppa in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Monday, Jan. 7.

Gwen Kuehne added 11 points for the Lady Reds. Jordan Johnson chipped in 10 points, Valley Reynolds   9, Reagan Brown 4 and Amanda Goodman, Morgan Stevens  and Alexis Charles 2 each.

Shawnee led 13-10 after the first quarter and 29-13 at halftime. The Lady Reds led 42-22 heading into the fourth quarter.

Shawnee, 7-7, is scheduled to play Thursday, today, at home against Meridian.

Remembering those who passed away in 2012

Following is a listing of the names of those who passed away and whose obituaries appeared in The Gazette-Democrat during 2012:


Jan. 5. Dorothy L. Mar-tin. Danny J. Holdman. Getty Cicchette. Carol Lincoln. Ruby Pankey Warren. Catherine Ruth Johnson. Jean Katherine Halbin.

Jan. 12. Charles Ray Verble. William Carl Shepard. Wilma E. Brown. Carmelita Yting.

Jan. 19. Robert "Bob" Jones. Donna M. Mosby. Lela McClure. Otis W. Monahan. Tia Stewart. Kacie Nicole Edmonds.

Lady Wildcats struggle at Benton tournament

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ basketball team struggled at the Rangerette Christmas Classic last week.

Hamilton County 53, A-J 14: The Lady Wildcats fell behind 15-5 in the first quarter and couldn’t catch up in the loss in their final tournament game Saturday, Dec. 29.

Kim Mixen and Balyie Denny each scored 6 points to lead A-J. Katie Grant and Brooke Chamness each added 1 point.

Carterville 69, A-J 45:  Mixen scored 18 points to lead the Lady Wildcats in a loss in the early game Saturday.


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