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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Oct. 7 alerted Illinois voters that a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit restores Illinois voters’ legal right to register to vote and cast their ballot at the same time in the general election on Nov. 8.  The court’s ruling puts on...
Olivia Gordon, an Anna-Jonesboro Community High School graduate and life-long resident of Union County, is taking a huge step forward in her career. She left on Oct. 9 to pursue her dream of being a stage performer, with Broadway being the ultimate goal. She will be attending the American Musical...
Volunteers are needed for a tutoring program that is sponsored by the Union County Alliance of Churches, UCAC. Dr. Sue Spellman of Jonesboro has run the program since its beginning 14 years ago at the First Christian Church of Anna. What started with five or six kids being aided in their studies...
The Trinity Assembly of God in Olive Branch plans to host a community Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m.   The Bobby Bowen Band is scheduled to perform. There will also be chili, hot dogs and a Trunk or Treat.  The event is open to all ages, however young children will need parental...
Sparky helped greet those who came from the breakfast along with Xavier Richardson of Anna, Knox Richardson of Anna and Anna firefighter Brad Vaughn of Anna.
The Anna Fire and Rescue Department hosted a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, Oct. 8, during Union County ColorFest weekend. The breakfast was at the Anna Fire Station. All proceeds will benefit the Shop with a Cop/Firefighter program. Sparky, the Anna Fire and Rescue Department’s mascot, was on...
Former Anna Mayor Kenneth H. Kohler, 93, died Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. Mr. Kohler served back-to-back terms as the mayor of Anna, from 1987 to 1991 and from 1991 to 1995. During his time of service as mayor, Mr. Kohler was instrumental in bringing the Illinois Veterans...
Conservationists normally plant trees not cut them down.  But, in an innovative project at Trail of Tears State Forest in Union County, that is precisely what the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, is doing to restore a more open, sunny forest that can support a diversity of life. “We...
Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel, left, presented a “Neighborhood Hero” certificate to Norman Hickam, right, last Friday afternoon.
The quiet, calm courage of a Union County resident was recognized by his neighbors during a surprise gathering last Friday afternoon. Norman Hickam’s neighbors met at his home along Morgan School Road between Jonesboro and Ware.  The neighbors, who were joined by Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel,...
The second annual Powderpuff Football Game for Breast Cancer is set for Oct. 15 at the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football field at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $2 per person. The A-J junior and sophomore girls will play the senior girls at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play a...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center plans to host two upcoming events. Haunted House A “Haunted House of Horrors” is scheduled to be open Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and Halloween night, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The arts center will be transformed into an abandoned fire station...

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