From left are Western Governors University representative John Hardin and Anna Junior High School teacher Carolyn Gaddis. Photo provided.
Carolyn Gaddis, a 6th grade English language arts teacher at Anna Junior High School in Anna Community School District No. 37, has received a $1,000 grant through Western Governors University’s, WGU, “Fund My Classroom” initiative. 
From left are Boy Scouts Ben Hauser, Joshua Rochon and Mason Wren. Photo provided.
Daniel Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a monthly meeting June 14 at the Vienna Carnegie Public Library.
The forecast late last week posted by the National Weather Service office in Paducah showed that high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday in the region could climb back into the 100-degree range.
A break was expected over the weekend in what the National Weather Service office in Paducah was describing as a “dangerous heat wave” which was impacting the region. 
Saw these kitties last Saturday evening in the big city, not far from downtown Anna, where the Annabelle Festival was happening. Just for the sake of the moment, we’ll call the grayish kitty Annabelle. Kitty, as kitties do, tolerated a photo or two.
Goodness, gracious, it sure has been H-O-T in our little corner of the world...
Are you looking at me? As a matter of fact, yes. Saw this white-tailed deer hanging around near the State Forest Road Sunday evening. The critter was kind enough to pose for a couple of photographs.
Surprise... Under “normal” circumstances, you would have found this column on the back page of the paper. However, due to other obligations, the “normal” back page is not the back page this week... back to “normal” next week, I think...
Tess D. Hazel-Ford and Archie Hazel have written a book titled “Ware Illinois and the Mississippi River Bottoms: A Ramble Through Time.” Photo provided.
“Ware Illinois and the Mississippi River Bottoms: A Ramble Through Time,” a book written by Tess D. Hazel-Ford and Archie Hazel, was just released for sale through Barnes and Noble Press.  
From left are Western Governors University representative John Hardin and Anna Junior High School teacher Carolyn Gaddis. Photo provided.
From left are Boy Scouts Ben Hauser, Joshua Rochon and Mason Wren. Photo provided.
The forecast late last week posted by the National Weather Service office in Paducah showed that high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday in the region could climb back into the 100-degree range.
Saw these kitties last Saturday evening in the big city, not far from downtown Anna, where the Annabelle Festival was happening. Just for the sake of the moment, we’ll call the grayish kitty Annabelle. Kitty, as kitties do, tolerated a photo or two.
Are you looking at me? As a matter of fact, yes. Saw this white-tailed deer hanging around near the State Forest Road Sunday evening. The critter was kind enough to pose for a couple of photographs.
Tess D. Hazel-Ford and Archie Hazel have written a book titled “Ware Illinois and the Mississippi River Bottoms: A Ramble Through Time.” Photo provided.
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, reminds all Illinoisans to take precautions against tick bites to prevent contracting illnesses, such as Lyme disease, spotted fever group rickettsiosis, tularemia, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis.   To avoid tick bites, IDPH said people should conduct a...
From left are Western Governors University representative John Hardin and Anna Junior High School teacher Carolyn Gaddis. Photo provided.
Carolyn Gaddis, a 6th grade English language arts teacher at Anna Junior High School in Anna Community School District No. 37, has received a $1,000 grant through Western Governors University’s, WGU, “Fund My Classroom” initiative.  The funds will be used to purchase materials to create an outdoor...
The Union County Museum in downtown Cobden is planning to host a book signing by Mike Estel of Anna from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Estel has released his 19th book of historical fiction.  The book is about a Pennsylvania physician who joins the Union Army. The doctor, John Beatty, was one...
The Illinois Association of School Administrators, IASA, the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, IASBO, and the Illinois Association of School Boards, IASB, have announced a merger to create the Illinois Energy Consortium powered by Future Green – Illinois’ largest energy management...
Capt. Michael Alvey, the commander of Illinois State Police District 22, has reported results from special traffic enforcement patrols which were conducted during May in Union County. Alvey said in a news release that the patrols allowed the state police to provide increased enforcement for...
A Mammoth Days and Mastodon Nights program is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 25, at Giant City State Park near Makanda. The outdoor program presented by local interpreter Steve Gariepy will feature “mammoth tracking” activities. Registration is requested for the program. To register,...
The 2022 Cobden Peach Festival is planned Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13. The festival is presented each year by the Cobden Lions Club. A queen pageant is one of the highlights of the Peach Festival. Hannah Stillman of Cobden is the reigning queen. Young women, ages 16 to 21, from Union County are...
From left are Boy Scouts Ben Hauser, Joshua Rochon and Mason Wren. Photo provided.
Daniel Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution had a monthly meeting June 14 at the Vienna Carnegie Public Library. June 14 was Flag Day. Flag Day is observed each year on June 14. Flag Day commemorates the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress approved the design for its...
The Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky areas experienced a record breaking heat wave June 12-16. The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported on its website that a strong upper level ridge of high pressure developed across the Ohio and Tennessee Valley, producing...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Friday, June 17, reported 27,112 new confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 68 deaths since June 10. According to the CDC, 25 Illinois counties were rated at high community level for COVID-19, an area...

Obituaries

Samuel Grayson Hood
Samuel Grayson Hood, 46, of Mounds, died at 7:35 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022, at his residence. Mr. Hood was born on Jan. 20, 1976, in Paducah, the son of Danny and Kathy Hodges Hood. He was a member of the former Assembly of God Church in Cairo, a member of the Cairo Fire Department and a...
Billy Gene Rader
Billy Gene Rader, 58, of California, Mo., died at his home on Friday, June 17, 2022.   He was born on Dec. 28, 1963, in Cairo, the son of William and Connie Rader, Carol Phillips both of whom preceded him in death.  Mr. Rader graduated from Egyptian High School in Tamms. He was married on Sept. 25...
James Lewis McClain
James Lewis McClain, 90, of rural Karnak (Massac County), died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. McClain was born on Nov. 30, 1931, on a farm outside of Boaz. Mr. McClain was a graduate of the Karnak Community High School. He was a member...
Ralph Griffith
Ralph Griffith, 96, of Surprise, Ariz., formerly of Cobden, died, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2020. He was born Sept. 5, 1923 in Cobden, the son of Ralph W. and Emma (Benham) Griffith. He married Bertha Elizabeth Davis in Dec. of 1945 in Anna. She preceded him in death. Ralph is survived by his children,...
Tina L. Ridenhour
Tina L. Ridenhour, 53, of Mattoon, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at her home in Mattoon. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Allenville Christian Church.  Memorials can be made to the Allenville Christian Church, 201 Allen St., Allenville, Ill. 61951; or to Mid America...

Sports

The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team was scheduled to have its first day of practice on Thursday, June 2. The team practices and hosts its swim meets at the Anna Pool. The pool opened for the season on...

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