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Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
A special chapter in the life and history of Union County was remembered during an event which was held last week in Anna. About 20 people gathered Wednesday afternoon, June 14, at historic St. Anne’s Church to hear a presentation by former Union County resident Don Michel. He was introduced by...
Historian and author Darrel Dexter, standing, shared some stories about the Union County area’s history during a presentation held last Sunday afternoon at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna.
A new edition of a book about Union County history was featured during a presentation held last Sunday afternoon at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna. Local historian and author Darrel Dexter has written a new edition of the book titled “Pioneer Sketches of Union County, Illinois.” The PAST...
Walter Cronkite, left, was interviewed by Don Michel in Carbondale in 1996. SIU Press Photo/courtesy of Don Michel.
Amazon.com has released publication of a new book by Don Michel, former owner/operator of WRAJ, WRAJ-FM radio stations in Anna. The book, “Getting to Know Walter Cronkite, Buckminster Fuller, Michael DeBakey MD, Arthur Godfrey and Ann Landers,” is available by going to Amazon.com. The book contains...
A new edition of a book highlighting the history of an area county has been published. Local historian and author Darrel Dexter has written a new edition of the book titled “Pioneer Sketches of Union County, Illinois.”   The 200-plus page book is an edited and annotated update of the book Dexter...
Local historian and author Darrel Dexter has written a new edition of the book titled “Pioneer Sketches of Union County, Illinois.”   The 200-plus page book is an edited and annotated update of the book Dexter published in 1986.  The collection of articles written by Dr. Sidney Smith Condon was...
The PAST organization of Union County is planning to host its annual soup/chili supper and dessert auction on Friday evening, March 10. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be at the historic St. Anne’s Church, which is located at 507 S. Main St. in Anna. The cost is $5 per person...
Some of teacher Darrel Dexter’s history classes at Egyptian High School in Tamms listened to Marlene Rivero’s at the Civil War Weekend. Along with Rivero, who was dressed in clothing from the time, are students Grace Klingeman, Amanda Bennett, Tristan Parker, Daneesha Carthell, Tyra Huff, Rileigh Petermichel, Jordan Reeves, Kacia Houston, Cheyenne Petzoldt and Trevor Smith.
The Civil War era came to life during a recent event in Union County. The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center hosted a wide range of activities during its 2017 Civil War Weekend, which was presented from Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 19. Activities included a play, exhibits,...
On Saturday, Feb. 18, Marlene Rivero, standing, center, of Grand Chain, shared the story of Ann Stokes, who served as a nurse aboard the first U.S. hospital ship, the U.S.S. Red Rover. Rivero’s presentation was Saturday morning at the arts center. Stokes’ work as a nurse was a groundbreaking role, both for African-Americans and for women.
The Civil War era came to life during the past week in Union County. The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center hosted a wide range of events during its 2017 Civil War Weekend.  Activities began Wednesday night, Feb. 15, and continued through Sunday, Feb. 19. Events included a play, exhibits,...
A Civil War Weekend is planned Feb. 16-19 at the Shawnee Hills Art Council/Anna Arts Center in Anna.  The arts council/arts center has announced that highlights for the weekend include presentation of a play, “Soldier Come Home”; exhibits, which include guns and quilts; reenactors and storytelling...
The PAST organization of Union County extends an invitation to a Christmas open house which is planned this weekend. The holiday season event is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Heritage House Museum in Jonesboro. Heritage House is located just south of the Jonesboro...

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