Not to worry, folks...it’s not real...not even close...we’re going to let you in on a little secret this week...those “snow snakes” which made an appearance last time...they were frozen figments of the writer’s imagination...for all of the details...please keep on reading this...
...the “snow snakes” that were created on the hood of the world’s ugliest pickup truck were able to make their appearance thanks to a fake snake.
Southern Seven Health Department hosted mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Thursday, April 29, in Alto Pass and in Cobden. The mobile clinic in Cobden was held at the community park, where the photograph was taken while people were waiting to receive their vaccine. The health department has been offering the mobile clinics in an effort to reach outlying areas in the Southern Illinois counties it serves. The health department serves Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Union, Johnson, Pope and Hardin counties. The mo
By Tim KirsininkasCapitol News Illinoistkirsininkas@capitolnewsillinois.com
Maybe I’ll send this one to National Geographic, or, even better, the National Enquirer. Extremely rare snow snakes made an appearance last week in the April snow and cold. A pair of them apparently spent some time frolicking on the World’s Ugliest Pickup Truck, which is parked in front of our house.
That was odd, the writer who has never won a Pulitzer Prize and is not Ernest Hemingway, thought as the Canadian National freight train rumbled its way north through Union County early last Monday afternoon.
Dylan Ahlberg was on the mound for the Anna-Jonesboro baseball team in a game against Trico on Thursday, April 22. The game was played at Kiwanis Field at the Anna City Park.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team defeated visiting Trico 5-4 in 8 innings Thursday, April 22.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden boys’ co-op high school soccer team has wrapped up its spring season. A-J/Cobden players Nick McGrath, number 23 in dark uniform, and Beto Vaca Diez, number 17, and their teammates finished the season with a 10-3 record. The photo was taken during an April 8 A-J/Cobden home game against Murphysboro.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden co-op high school boys’ soccer team closed out the season with three consecutive wins last week. “As short as it was, it was a good season,” A-J/Cobden boys’ soccer coach Mark Boomer said. 
It was a dark and stormy night...really...it was dark...and stormy...and almost night time...this is what happens when the photographer is sitting in the car...waiting to see if a high school football game in April is going to resume after being put on hold because of Mother Nature’s dramatics...in keeping with the theme for this week’s column, we’ll call this photo “the old man and what he did see.”*
Let’s start this week with something in the “don’t even know what to do with this one” category...
Not to worry, folks...it’s not real...not even close...we’re going to let you in on a little secret this week...those “snow snakes” which made an appearance last time...they were frozen figments of the writer’s imagination...for all of the details...please keep on reading this...
Southern Seven Health Department hosted mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Thursday, April 29, in Alto Pass and in Cobden. The mobile clinic in Cobden was held at the community park, where the photograph was taken while people were waiting to receive their vaccine. The health department has been offering the mobile clinics in an effort to reach outlying areas in the Southern Illinois counties it serves. The health department serves Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Union, Johnson, Pope and Hardin counties. The mo
Maybe I’ll send this one to National Geographic, or, even better, the National Enquirer. Extremely rare snow snakes made an appearance last week in the April snow and cold. A pair of them apparently spent some time frolicking on the World’s Ugliest Pickup Truck, which is parked in front of our house.
Dylan Ahlberg was on the mound for the Anna-Jonesboro baseball team in a game against Trico on Thursday, April 22. The game was played at Kiwanis Field at the Anna City Park.
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden boys’ co-op high school soccer team has wrapped up its spring season. A-J/Cobden players Nick McGrath, number 23 in dark uniform, and Beto Vaca Diez, number 17, and their teammates finished the season with a 10-3 record. The photo was taken during an April 8 A-J/Cobden home game against Murphysboro.
It was a dark and stormy night...really...it was dark...and stormy...and almost night time...this is what happens when the photographer is sitting in the car...waiting to see if a high school football game in April is going to resume after being put on hold because of Mother Nature’s dramatics...in keeping with the theme for this week’s column, we’ll call this photo “the old man and what he did see.”*
A school bus used by Shawnee School District No. 84 was rear-ended while loading students during a routine stop. The accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, May 11, on Grapevine Trail in McClure. Shawnee school administrators and Illinois State Police officers responded...
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding the public that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DHS, has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023.  With the extended federal deadline of REAL ID, current Illinois driver’s licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted...
The second annual Blessing of the Jeeps is planned Saturday, May 15, at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass. Blessing of the Jeeps is being presented in partnership with Jeep’N Shawnee.  The event provides an opportunity for Jeep enthusiasts to gather for a blessing at one of...
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, industry partners and frontline construction workers joined forces to commemorate National Work Zone Awareness Week in late April, asking the public to “Drive safe. Work safe...
Summer camps for children are scheduled to return to Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center in 2021, with an expanded lineup for younger kids. The experiential learning center plans to offer a dozen summer camp opportunities for children ages 4 to 13. After a...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team defeated Elverado and fell to Harrisburg in action last week. Harrisburg 8, A-J 3: Luke Lasley was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the visiting Wildcats in the loss Tuesday, April 27. Dylan Harvel was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Hayden Ralls added an RBI...
An oak ecosystem restoration project proposed by the Shawnee Resource Conservation and Development Area, SRCD, will receive $1.1 million in funding over the next five years.  The Southern Illinois Oak Ecosystem Restoration project will allow for the targeted implementation of forest conservation...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ and girls’ track coach Michael Eudy is looking forward to the season. “All of the kids missed track season last year,” Eudy said. “I’m glad we got a season and are able to compete.” The season was cancelled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The...
Southern Seven Health Department hosted mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Thursday, April 29, in Alto Pass and in Cobden. The mobile clinic in Cobden was held at the community park, where the photograph was taken while people were waiting to receive their vaccine. The health department has been offering the mobile clinics in an effort to reach outlying areas in the Southern Illinois counties it serves. The health department serves Alexander, Pulaski, Massac, Union, Johnson, Pope and Hardin counties. The mo
By Tim KirsininkasCapitol News Illinoistkirsininkas@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday the state could enter the “bridge” phase to greater reopening as soon as next week, while the state’s vaccination rate continues to drop. Speaking at a news conference at...
Three persons sustained gunshot wounds during an incident early Sunday morning, May 2, in McClure. Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 7 shared the following report about the incident: On Sunday, May 2, at approximately 2:48 a.m. Illinois State Police, ISP, District 22...

Obituaries

Evelyn Jeannette Wienecke
Evelyn Jeannette Wienecke, 98, of Kansas City, Mo., and Boerne, Texas, died on April 24, 2021.  A farewell viewing was held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge. A graveside memorial followed immediately after at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski. She was...
Brenda Gail Sadler
Brenda Gail Sadler, 68, of Dongola, died Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.  She was born on July 14, 1952, in Anna, the daughter of Jewel “Red” and Lavanda Ruth Carraker Henderson.  She married Paul Sadler on July 25, 1970, in Anna.  She is survived by her husband, Paul...
Nellie Kathryn Ellis
Nellie Kathryn Ellis, 80, of Pomona, died Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, surrounded by her husband and their four daughters.  She was born on March 15, 1941, in Ava township, the daughter of Luther and Mary Holiday Morris. She was the fourth of their eight children. ...
James L. Stamp
James L. Stamp, 86, of Wolf Lake, died Thursday, April 29, 2021, at Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center.  He was born on July 5, 1934, in Thebes, the son of Elmer and Gertie Rhymer Stamp.  He married Irene Smith on Sept. 5, 1953. He is survived by his wife, Irene Stamp; a son, Jeff Stamp; three...
Mike Harvel, 63, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, May 2, 2021, at his home.  He was born on June 27, 1957, the son of Wilistene George and June Penninger Harvel.   Mr. Harvel was a member of Plasterers and Cement Masons Union Local No. 143. He loved his work and had a very strong work ethic. He loved...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team defeated Elverado and fell to Harrisburg in action last week. Harrisburg 8, A-J 3: Luke Lasley was 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the visiting...

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