This "common-looking" fellow really should not need an introduction. At least not in Illinois. This portrait of the fellow is now on display at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
One hundred and sixty years ago this month, a fellow who played a rather important role in our nation’s history paid a visit to Union County.
Members of the team in the 1968 photo included, kneeling in the center, Greg Choate, bat boy. In the first row are, from left, Don Verble, Wane Eudy, Rodney Vancil, Jeff Choate, Ken Mueller and Ron Woolridge. In the second row are Mike Jackson, John Nimmo, Tracy Livesay, John Garner, Randy Astin, Jeff Rader and Walt Zeschke. In the fourth row are coach Al Astin and manager Don Choate. Members of the team in the 2018 photo are, kneeling in the center, Greg Choate, bat boy. In the first row are, from left, Ro
The 1968 Anna Bunny Bread baseball team recently held a 50-year reunion at Hebrewz CoffeeHouse in Jonesboro.
Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden’s Jackson Laster, in dark uniform, battles a Harrisburg player for the ball. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden co-op high school boys’ soccer team faced Cape Girardeau Notre Dame on Sept. 15 and Harrisburg on Sept. 13.
Union County Presiding Judge Mark Boie unveiled the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled during a ceremony which was held Thursday morning, Sept. 13, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
A-J seniors Gavin Tripp, number 17 in white uniform, and Cameron Tweedy, number 5, tackle a Nashville ball carrier. Also in the photo are A-J players Wyatt Johnson, number 9, a senior, and Derek Nelson, number 34, a junior
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team scored early and often on its way to a 37-14 win over visiting Nashville Friday night, Sept. 14.
The Shawnee Community College Lady Saints volleyball team took the court for the first time in nearly 10 years on Aug. 23. More than 300 community members turned out to support the Saints in their match against Rend Lake College.
This "common-looking" fellow really should not need an introduction. At least not in Illinois. This portrait of the fellow is now on display at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
Members of the team in the 1968 photo included, kneeling in the center, Greg Choate, bat boy. In the first row are, from left, Don Verble, Wane Eudy, Rodney Vancil, Jeff Choate, Ken Mueller and Ron Woolridge. In the second row are Mike Jackson, John Nimmo, Tracy Livesay, John Garner, Randy Astin, Jeff Rader and Walt Zeschke. In the fourth row are coach Al Astin and manager Don Choate. Members of the team in the 2018 photo are, kneeling in the center, Greg Choate, bat boy. In the first row are, from left, Ro
Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden’s Jackson Laster, in dark uniform, battles a Harrisburg player for the ball. Photo provided.
Union County Presiding Judge Mark Boie unveiled the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
A-J seniors Gavin Tripp, number 17 in white uniform, and Cameron Tweedy, number 5, tackle a Nashville ball carrier. Also in the photo are A-J players Wyatt Johnson, number 9, a senior, and Derek Nelson, number 34, a junior
The Illinois State Board of Education, ISBE, recently published a comprehensive suite of solutions for the statewide teacher workforce crisis, backed by state and national research and data.  The “Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms” report addresses the state’s record number of...
Union County Clerk Vonda Benefield reports that her office is offering consumer property protection alerts. The free service alerts property owners and homeowners about potential fraud. Benefield said the service is offered through Property Fraud Alert. Property Fraud Alert is an online...
Members of the team in the 1968 photo included, kneeling in the center, Greg Choate, bat boy. In the first row are, from left, Don Verble, Wane Eudy, Rodney Vancil, Jeff Choate, Ken Mueller and Ron Woolridge. In the second row are Mike Jackson, John Nimmo, Tracy Livesay, John Garner, Randy Astin, Jeff Rader and Walt Zeschke. In the fourth row are coach Al Astin and manager Don Choate. Members of the team in the 2018 photo are, kneeling in the center, Greg Choate, bat boy. In the first row are, from left, Ro
The 1968 Anna Bunny Bread baseball team recently held a 50-year reunion at Hebrewz CoffeeHouse in Jonesboro. The team was managed by Don Choate. Don (now 83 years old) managed, and various members of this team played from 1965 to 1973.   This event was attended by eight players, some traveling from...
Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden’s Jackson Laster, in dark uniform, battles a Harrisburg player for the ball. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden co-op high school boys’ soccer team faced Cape Girardeau Notre Dame on Sept. 15 and Harrisburg on Sept. 13. Cape Girardeau (Notre Dame) 3, A-J 2: Blake Pena scored the two goals for the visitors in the loss Saturday, Sept. 15. Jacob Schaefer played 80 minutes in goal and...
The Cobden High School baseball team won twice in recent action. Cobden 8, North Clay 3: Bayden Ditterline was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs to lead visiting Cobden to the win Saturday, Sept. 15. Landon Britt was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Brayden Clark was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Zane Nance was 1-for-3 with an RBI....
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School golf team topped Pinckneyville 168-196 at the Red Hawk Golf Course in Pinckneyville Thursday, Sept. 13. A-J’s Luke Lasley and Peter Hauser won medalist honors with 40 apiece.  Carson Reynolds was next for the Wildcats with 41, followed by Trent Mason 47,...
Illinois State Police District 22 is conducting nighttime enforcement patrols in Union County during September. Plans for the patrols were announced by Capt. Michael Alvey, who is the commander of the district. Alvey said the patrols allow the state police to focus on preventing, detecting and...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s 2018 homecoming celebration is planned next week. The student council at the Union County school is overseeing homecoming activities. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Once Upon a Time.”  Spirit Days for homecoming week, which is planned Sept. 24-28,...
The Carterville High School football team was shut out last weekend 41-0 by Du Quoin. The Lions, 1-3, are scheduled to host Anna-Jonesboro, 2-2, on Friday, Sept . 21. Game time is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna. Carterville’s lone win this season was the opener 20-6...
Union County Presiding Judge Mark Boie unveiled the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.
A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled during a ceremony which was held Thursday morning, Sept. 13, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The ceremony at the Union County Courthouse was one of four such events  held on Sept. 13 in four area counties....

Obituaries

William “Louie” Bryant
William “Louie” Bryant, 79, of Anna, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born Feb. 17, 1939, in Wolf Lake, the son of Carl “Pee Wee” and Nola (Harris) Bryant. He married Tina (Lazenby) on October 19, 1985, in Anna. Louie is survived by his loving wife, Tina...
Jan (Baker) Robertson
Jan (Baker) Robertson, 54, of Dongola, formerly of Hollister, Florida, died on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born Jan. 17, 1964 in Springfield, the daughter of Thomas J. and Bertha Lucille (Trexler) Baker. Jan was raised in Union County and attended Cobden High...
Woodrow ‘Woody’ Paul Almon
Woodrow “Woody” Paul Almon, 76, of Marion, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at 7 a.m. at his home in Marion. He was born on June 4, 1942, in Chicago, the son of Paul Woodrow and Justine Marie Laputo Almon.  He married Margaret Nuber on March 2, 1968, in Downer’s Grove. This year, they celebrated 50...
Carolyn Moore
Carolyn Moore, 78, of Cobden, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.   She was born on April 18, 1940, in Jackson County, the daughter of Pearl and Opal Brandon Hagler.   She married Wayne Moore on Aug. 22, 1959, at the First Baptist Church in Alto Pass. She...
Loren ‘Jim’ J. Rhodes
Loren “Jim” Rhodes, 88, of Mt. Vernon, Ind., and formerly of Jonesboro, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Deacons Hospital in Evansville, Ind.   He was born on Oct. 27, 1929, in Beech Grove, the son of Loren and Fannie Land Rhodes.   He married Mary Rita Collins on June 24, 1951, in San Diego, Calif...

Sports

Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden’s Jackson Laster, in dark uniform, battles a Harrisburg player for the ball. Photo provided., Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden’s Noah Treece, in dark uniform, moves the ball against Harrisburg. Photo provided., Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden’s Avery Webb, in dark uniform, goes for the ball in a match against Massac County which was played Tuesday, Sept. 11. A-J/Cobden won the match by a score of 4-1. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden co-op high school boys’ soccer team faced Cape Girardeau Notre Dame on Sept. 15 and Harrisburg on Sept. 13. Cape Girardeau (Notre Dame) 3, A-J 2: Blake Pena scored...

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