From left are Alazeye Bellamy, Ukari Posey, Faith Diel, Jalaya Whitfield and David Cook. Photo provided.
Cairo High School was represented when the National Beta Club hosted an annual Senior Beta Leadership Camp, formerly known as Beta BLC or the Broyhill Leadership Conference, at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, Tenn., July 23-
A ranch rodeo was held Friday evening, Aug. 19, in front of the grandstand. Events included team doctoring, wild cow milking, team sorting, trailer loading and ranch team roping.
Click through the slideshow to see The Gazette-Democrat's collection of images from this year's Union County Fair. The slideshow will be updated through the week to include upcoming events.
On the left is the Junior Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016, Allison Wilburn. She is also Miss Congeniality. Kiara Aden, right, was crowned the Little Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The Junior Miss and Little Miss Pulaski County Fair queen pageant took place under the pavilion at the fairgrounds in Pulaski on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Union County animal control program administrator Dr. Ray Heinrichs performed surgery on a dog in his SI Mobile Vet Unit during a recent visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Photo provided.
Several Union County animal control program workers and volunteers recently made a special trip to South Dakota.
A pickup truck made its way through water on Illinois Route 146 near Ware early last Saturday afternoon. At the time, water was covering nearly half of the highway.
The rain started during the early morning hours of Saturday in the Union County area...and kept on coming... ...into Sunday...Monday...and continued on Tuesday afternoon.
The 2016 Union County Fair in Anna is scheduled to get underway Friday, Aug. 19. Fair activities continue through Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Anna City Park, which is the home of the fair each year.
From left are Alazeye Bellamy, Ukari Posey, Faith Diel, Jalaya Whitfield and David Cook. Photo provided.
A ranch rodeo was held Friday evening, Aug. 19, in front of the grandstand. Events included team doctoring, wild cow milking, team sorting, trailer loading and ranch team roping.
On the left is the Junior Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016, Allison Wilburn. She is also Miss Congeniality. Kiara Aden, right, was crowned the Little Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Union County animal control program administrator Dr. Ray Heinrichs performed surgery on a dog in his SI Mobile Vet Unit during a recent visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Photo provided.
A pickup truck made its way through water on Illinois Route 146 near Ware early last Saturday afternoon. At the time, water was covering nearly half of the highway.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, honored eight individuals and two groups for exceptional volunteer service to the department and the people of the State of Illinois at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20. One of the individuals honored is from Southern Illinois. The...
The focus of a new, not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation will be to emphasize capital improvements at the state fairgrounds in Du Quoin and Springfield. “The state fair is the best place for Illinois to show off its products and accomplishments, and to ensure we can continue to do that,...
Fifty community leaders have successfully completed the year-long Delta Leadership Institute, DLI, Executive Academy, a program of the Delta Regional Authority, DRA. Four of those who completed the program are from Southern Illinois. The Executive Academy is a training program that brings together...
From left are Alazeye Bellamy, Ukari Posey, Faith Diel, Jalaya Whitfield and David Cook. Photo provided.
Cairo High School was represented when the National Beta Club hosted an annual Senior Beta Leadership Camp, formerly known as Beta BLC or the Broyhill Leadership Conference, at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, Tenn., July 23-27. Senior Beta Leadership Camp provided leadership skills for...
A ranch rodeo was held Friday evening, Aug. 19, in front of the grandstand. Events included team doctoring, wild cow milking, team sorting, trailer loading and ranch team roping.
Click through the slideshow to see The Gazette-Democrat's collection of images from this year's Union County Fair. The slideshow will be updated through the week to include upcoming events.
Auditions for Shawnee Community College’s upcoming production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” are scheduled Friday, Aug. 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. Auditions will be in the educational center at Shawnee Community College’s main campus near Ullin. The...
On the left is the Junior Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016, Allison Wilburn. She is also Miss Congeniality. Kiara Aden, right, was crowned the Little Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The Junior Miss and Little Miss Pulaski County Fair queen pageant took place under the pavilion at the fairgrounds in Pulaski on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The Junior Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016 is Allison Wilburn. She also won Miss Congeniality. The Little Miss Pulaski County Fair Queen 2016 is...
Stevens Aircraft Solutions, SAS, is offering a unique opportunity for those who are planning to attend the 2016 Union County Fair in Anna. The fair is underway at the Anna City Park in Anna. SAS, which is based in Paducah, is offering fairgoers an opportunity to go on a helicopter flight. The...
Recent social media posts have led to concerns about the future of Bethany Village, a women’s shelterin Anna which offers a place for women and children to stay during their time of need. Some posts suggested the shelter was on the verge of completely shutting down. Bethany Village’s executive...
Union County animal control program administrator Dr. Ray Heinrichs performed surgery on a dog in his SI Mobile Vet Unit during a recent visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Photo provided.
Several Union County animal control program workers and volunteers recently made a special trip to South Dakota. Dr. Ray Heinrichs, a local veterinarian, his wife Debbie, Union County animal control program deputy administrator Derk Wright and program volunteer Ashley Trexler all made the journey...

Obituaries

Ethel ‘Dolly’ Colson
Ethel “Dolly” Colson, 76, of Carbondale, and formerly of Makanda, died at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at the Herrin Hospital. She was born in Pomona Township on Jan. 19, 1940, the daughter of Ogle and Claudine Stearns Hagler. Ethel Colson was known by most as “Dolly,” an endearment given to...
Joann Spiller
Joann Spiller, 59, of Cobden, died at 3:48 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. She was born in Union County, on Dec. 26, 1956, the daughter of William Fraiser and Edna Mae Davis Matheney. She married Robert Roy Dover on Oct. 9, 1982, in Champaign. He preceded her...
Bob Shepard, 83, of Cobden, died at 7:03 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Union County Hospital in Anna. Bobby Gene Shepard was  born on Jan. 5, 1933, in Anna, the son of Frank and Stella Schlenker Shepard. He married Carol Treece on Dec. 25, 1953, and they enjoyed nearly 63 years of marriage. He...
Beverly J. McKinney
Beverly J. McKinney, 82, of Anna, passed peacefully on Aug. 10, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Decatur. She was born on March 10, 1934, in Anna, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett and Connie Burgeois Randall of Cobden. She has one sister, Linda M. Knauer of Cobden. She married Donald L. McKinney...
John Peter Grimm, 61, of Buncombe, died at 11:35 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Oct. 22, 1954, in Toronoto, Canada, the son of Noel and May Jo Beasley Grimm. He married Kathy Trexler on Jan. 8, 2016, in Vienna. He is survived by his...

Sports

The 2016 fall sports season at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School is scheduled to kick off with the A-J Golf Invitational at the Union County Country Club course in Anna at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug...

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