Normally, I don't like to do this sort of thing, just 'cause the critter in the pic is ours. The pic was taken during one of his calmer moments.
Finally. A reason for yours truly to love cats. Or, to at least tolerate them. Even Bob. Maybe... Actually, I might have two reasons to tolerate felines. First of all: did you know that Aug. 8 was International Cat Day.  Yup. And I missed it. Maybe I missed all of the International Cat Day...
The 2017 Cobden Peach Festival queen candidates were joined by the reigning queen for a group photo. From left are 2017 candidates Alejandra Lopez, Jericha Carter, Grace Pitts, Olivia Gordon, Janna Harner, Brooklyn Miller, Kaitlin McWhorter, and reigning queen Karlyn Furry. The pageant is set Friday and Saturday nights at the festival, with a coronation on Saturday. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
An annual celebration of the local peach harvest is coming up in Union County. The 2017 Cobden Peach Festival is planned Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5. Most of the Peach Festival events take place at the Cobden Community Park in Cobden. The Peach Festival is presented by the Cobden Lions Club, with...
Cobden was edged by Salem 4-3 for its second loss in the double elimination 5th Division junior baseball tournament at Pinckneyville Saturday, July 22. “It was a good season,” Cobden baseball coach Dana Pearson said. “Cobden proved it could play with the good teams.” In its final game, Cobden was...
Illinois 4-H is inviting the public to a front row seat for the historic total solar eclipse in August in Southern Illinois, where the sun’s path creates the longest duration of darkness. University of Illinois Extension, in cooperation with the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team, plans to host...
The Cobden American Legion baseball team displays its championship trophy. Photo provided.
The Cobden American Legion baseball team topped host West Frankfort 13-2 to win the 25th Junior East District Tournament Sunday, July 16. Cody Wieseman was 2-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBIs to lead Cobden to the win. Landon Britt was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBIs. Josh Burgess was 2-for...
The Cobden American Legion baseball team lost 9-0 to visiting Steeleville Tuesday, June 27. Cobden, which was held to six hits to go with five errors, stranded five base runners. Chandler West was 2-for-3 to lead Cobden at the plate.  Clayton Flamm was 1-for-2. Josh Burgess, Cody Wieseman and Alex...
10U: Dozers, first place.
The 2017 Southern Illinois Baseball and Softball Association season is wrapping up. The accompanying pictures feature some of the highlights from the season. Photos provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team had two players selected to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South baseball team. The two selected off the Wildcats’ baseball team were Bryce Osman and Hunter Ralls.  Both were juniors and will return for the 2018 season.
The Cobden American Legion baseball team split in recent action. Cobden 7, Benton 6: Cody Wieseman was 3-for-5 with 3 RBIs to lead visiting Cobden to the win Monday, June 26. Alex Ramsey was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs for Cobden. Clayton Flamm was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Chandler West was 1-for-2. Brayden...
An Anna Sandlot Legends baseball camp for boys and girls 7-11 years old is planned at the Anna City Park June 26-29. Hours are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is designed to allow boys and girls the freedom to enjoy the game, to play as a team, to make decisions and to solve...


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