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Bill Bass of Bass Farms near Cobden is teaming up with University of Illinois Extension to host the first of four “twilight meetings” at his farm on Monday, May 15, starting at 6 p.m.  Illinois Extension educators Bronwyn Aly, Nathan Johanning and Katie Bell have partnered with area farmers over...
The Village of Cobden plans to have a community yard sale day on Saturday, May 14. The event will be held rain or shine. Yard sales are planned throughout the Union County village and at the park in downtown Cobden. Yard sale maps will be available starting at 7 a.m. at Cobden Village Hall, which...
As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, which was observed in April, Jo Poshard, director of The Poshard Foundation for Abused Children, planned to announce grants for over $100,000 at a press conference held Thursday afternoon, April 27, at John A. Logan College in Carterville.  Agency...
West Nile virus, WNV, is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.   There are no vaccines to prevent, or specific medications to treat, WNV in people, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent contracting the disease. Beginning the week of May 22,...
Baccalaureate and commencement events are planned for members of the graduating class of 2023 at Union County high schools. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School  A baccalaureate ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m. in the A-J gymnasium.  A-J seniors are scheduled to graduate Saturday...
The chief of the Anna Police Department has issued activity reports for the month of March. The report was given at an April 18 regular meeting of the Anna City Council. Anna Police Chief Bryan Watkins shared the following highlights: 442 total calls. 189 officer initiated calls. 127 warnings. 101...
There is new playground equipment at the ballpark in Vienna to honor the memory of a Goreville teenager who lost his life in a car accident in 2020.  Brayden King, 17, played baseball and basketball at Goreville High School. After his death, a memorial fund was created in Brayden’s honor. New...
As of 3 p.m. on April 12, local law enforcement agencies in 19 counties had received threats directed towards schools, the Illinois State Police reported.  A total of 21 were reported in counties throughout the State of Illinois.  Six of the calls were reported in the Southern Illinois area,...
Eighty-nine projects throughout Illinois have been awarded $22.5 million in grant funding through the state’s Tourism Attractions and Festivals Grant program. The grant funds were announced April 7 in Chicago. The grant awards were announced by Gov. JB Pritzker, the Illinois Department of Commerce...
An Annabelle Festival 2023 committee planning meeting was held April 18. From left around the table are Debbie McKibben, Dori Bigler, Martha Ann Webb, Gary Dahmer, Marilyn Meisenheimer, Tom Caldwell, Tracy Smith, Barbara Bauer, Susan Prestia and Lee Hackney. Committee members who could not be present for the picture included Tanya Lovelace and Crystal Housman. Photo provided.
The 2023 Annabelle Festival is set for Saturday, June 10, in Anna.   The festival’s 2023 planning committee met April 18 at the Union County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development office to work on arrangement and management of the festival. Chairperson Tracy Smith led members to share...

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