Trilobite fossils...found in Southern Illinois, just not anywhere near a rugged mountain terrain, since we don’t have very many mountains in our little corner of the world.
Long ago, as in long, long, long, long ago, critters called trilobites wandered around on the bottom of the ocean in what is now Union County.
The “worm moon”...almost...this image of our neighbor in the cosmos was captured Friday night, shining brightly in a clear sky over Union County. That would have been a couple of days before the “worm moon” reached “peak illumination.”
Happy April Fool’s Day. April’s Fool’s Day was yesterday. Or, maybe it’s tomorrow. Just foolin’. It’s today. Saw it online, so it has to be true.
Illinois Army and Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely visited a Southern Seven Health Department mass vaccination clinic at Shawnee Community College near Ullin on Wednesday, March 24. Southern Seven Health Department photo.
Southern Seven Health Department welcomed Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely, commander of the Illinois Army and Air National Guard, on a site tour of COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics in the southernmost area of the state on Wednesday, March 24. 
Representatives from Arrowleaf and Camp Ondessonk met with Glenn and Jo Poshard of the Poshard Foundation at New Simpson Hill. The Poshard Foundation presented a donation of $10,180 to sponsor three dozen New Simpson Hill students for an after-school program at Camp Ondessonk in Southern Illinois. From left are Dan King, executive director, Camp Ondessonk; Nolan Hurst, camping services director, Camp Ondessonk; Glenn Poshard; Jo Poshard; Sherrie Crabb, executive director, Arrowleaf; Candace Armstrong, princ
(Editor’s note: the accompanying photograph and story are courtesy of The Vienna Times newspaper.) Every school district has students who have faced traumatic experiences and New Simpson Hill School is no exception. 
High water was seen under a railroad bridge over the Big Muddy River during a visit on Sunday afternoon, March 21. At the time, a flood warning was in effect for the river.
River flood warnings continued during the past week in the region – and more heavy rain was in the forecast.
Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, met with Dr. Tim Taylor, president of Shawnee Community College. Neely visited the college campus last week. Shawnee Community College photo.
ULLIN – The Shawnee Community College helipad is used occasionally by medical personnel when significant medical intervention is needed quickly. 
Trilobite fossils...found in Southern Illinois, just not anywhere near a rugged mountain terrain, since we don’t have very many mountains in our little corner of the world.
The “worm moon”...almost...this image of our neighbor in the cosmos was captured Friday night, shining brightly in a clear sky over Union County. That would have been a couple of days before the “worm moon” reached “peak illumination.”
Illinois Army and Air National Guard Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely visited a Southern Seven Health Department mass vaccination clinic at Shawnee Community College near Ullin on Wednesday, March 24. Southern Seven Health Department photo.
Representatives from Arrowleaf and Camp Ondessonk met with Glenn and Jo Poshard of the Poshard Foundation at New Simpson Hill. The Poshard Foundation presented a donation of $10,180 to sponsor three dozen New Simpson Hill students for an after-school program at Camp Ondessonk in Southern Illinois. From left are Dan King, executive director, Camp Ondessonk; Nolan Hurst, camping services director, Camp Ondessonk; Glenn Poshard; Jo Poshard; Sherrie Crabb, executive director, Arrowleaf; Candace Armstrong, princ
High water was seen under a railroad bridge over the Big Muddy River during a visit on Sunday afternoon, March 21. At the time, a flood warning was in effect for the river.
Maj. Gen. Richard R. Neely, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, met with Dr. Tim Taylor, president of Shawnee Community College. Neely visited the college campus last week. Shawnee Community College photo.
Local area McDonald’s restaurants plan to hire approximately 1,000 new employees in surrounding communities over the next few weeks to staff up for summer. According to a news release, area McDonald’s locations which are looking to hire new employees include those in: Anna, Carbondale, Marion,...
As warmer weather returns and our nation’s agricultural communities gear up for summer events, the leaders of the agricultural departments in six Midwestern states have released a video message encouraging people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when they are eligible. Echoing a similar message...
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has issued a reminder urging the public to visit his office’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com to conduct transactions online when possible instead of visiting a driver services facility.  Over the last nine months, more than 3.8 million transactions...
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has unveiled a new ad campaign featuring Chicago White Sox All-Star relief pitcher and longtime radio voice of the team Ed “Farmio” Farmer, who died last year.  The campaign marked the beginning of National Donate Life Month in April. In the public service...
The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden co-op high school boys’ soccer team was 2-1 in recent action. A-J/Cobden 6, Harrisburg 1: Beto Vaca Diez scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting A-J/Cobden to the win Saturday, April 3. Nick McGrath added 2 goals. Ethan Carver and Kyle Hall added a goal...
Illinois hunters support the health of ecosystems, conservation efforts and local economies.  Successful hunts also provide lean, local protein for families and communities. University of Illinois Extension, in cooperation with Illinois Learn to Hunt, plans to share basic field dressing, post-hunt...
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, DCEO, on Monday, April 5, announced the recipients for the 2020 Community Development Block Grants, CDBG, for Public Infrastructure.  A total of $18.2 million will be awarded to 34 communities across the state. The funds will enable...
Southern Seven Health Department plans to have a free community electronics recycling event in Union County. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on April 10 at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. This manufacturer-supported e-waste program is administered by the Illinois Environmental...
The Sparta High School football team did not play last Friday. The team did not have enough players due to injuries and academic issues. But the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division Bulldogs expect to regroup and play at Anna-Jonesboro Friday night, April 9.  Kickoff is...
A spring 2021 homecoming celebration is underway this week at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Homecoming traditionally is a fall event at the Union County school.  Like so many other activities, that tradition has been impacted by the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. A traditional fall...

Obituaries

Trenton Cockrum
Trenton Cockrum, 30, of Jonesboro, died on April 6, 2021. He was born on June 7, 1990, in Carbondale, the son of Wendell Cockrum and Charlotte Roberts.  He is survived by his father, Wendell (Shelly) Cockrum; his mother, Charlotte Roberts; children Zaiden, Braxton and Braiden Cockrum; siblings...
Terry Wayne Courtright
Terry Wayne Courtright, 63, of Jonesboro, died on April 7, 2021, at his home.  He was born on Feb. 17, 1958, in Jonesboro, the son of Jimmie and Mary Ann Cavness Courtright. Mr. Courtright is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Courtright of Jonesboro; a sister, Diane and husband Kevin St. Arbor of...
George F. Partridge
George F. Partridge, 66, of Grand Chain, died Saturday, April 10, 2021, at his home.  He was born on May 27, 1954, in Anna, the son of Harry C. and Rosalee Foster Partridge.  He married Suzan Nicholson on Dec. 10, 1976, in Murray, Ky. Mr. Partridge is survived by his wife, Suzan Partridge of Grand...
Linda Halterman Krueger
Linda Halterman Krueger, 77, of Nashville, Tenn., died on March 30, 2021, after a short illness. She was born in Gary, Ind., on July 25, 1943. She   married Glenn Lee Krueger in 1983, and made her home in Texas prior to his passing in 2000.  She was the daughter of Austin O. Halterman and Hazel...
Donald Milton Garver
Donald Milton Garver, 83, died at his residence in Murphysboro at 4:30 p.m.  on Saturday, April 3, 2021. He was born on April 2, 1938, in Decatur, the son of Gerald K. Garver and Thelma E. Casner Garver. Mr. Garver served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He worked for 32 years as a...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro/Cobden co-op high school boys’ soccer team was 2-1 in recent action. A-J/Cobden 6, Harrisburg 1: Beto Vaca Diez scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting A-J/...

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