Host Cobden and Pope County played for an Illinois High School Association Class 1A softball regional tournament championship last Saturday afternoon. Pope County, which was at bat when the picture was taken, scored a 5-2 victory in the title game.
The host Cobden High School softball team lost 5-2 to Pope County in the Class 1A softball regional championship game Saturday, May 19.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team won the Class 2A regional at Johnston City Saturday, May 19. A-J defeated Fairfield 9-0 for the regional championship. Pitcher Bryce Osman fired a two-hitter to lead the Wildcats to the championship. A-J was scheduled to play Benton Wednesday in first-round action at the Class 2A sectional at Harrisburg. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team won the Class 2A regional at Johnston City Saturday, May 19. A-J defeated Fairfield for the regional championship.
The Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission hosted an open house last Saturday afternoon. Those who attended the open house had an opportunity to get an up-close look at the operations at the commission’s water treatment facility near Jonesboro, including gravity upflow clarifiers.
The Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission hosted an open house Saturday afternoon, May 19, at its water treatment facility.
Paula Stairs, left, with Shawnee Development Council, and Stephanie Rhodes, with the Union County Farm Bureau, are shown with items which were collected during the WIBH Radio Stuff-a-Truck Food Drive. Photo provided.
Food insecurity is defined as “a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life, and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate food.” 
Yours truly truly was happy to see Chuck wandering around last week. At least when the picture was taken, he was far away from a road.
The goal on Monday was pretty simple. Drive home for lunch. Eat lunch. Drive back to The Paragraph Factory. Do not, as in absolutely do not, run over any cute, furry rodents.
David Gould took the oath of office as a new Union County commissioner Friday morning. The oath was administered by Union County Presiding Circuit Judge Mark Boie. From left are county commissioner Danny Hartline; county commissioner Max Miller, who is vice chairman of the board; new county commissioner David Gould; Judge Boie; county commissioner Bobby Toler Jr., who is chairman of the board; and county commissioner Dale Foster.
A new Union County commissioner has been appointed and taken the oath of office. David Gould took the oath of office as a new Union County commissioner last Friday morning.
Host Cobden and Pope County played for an Illinois High School Association Class 1A softball regional tournament championship last Saturday afternoon. Pope County, which was at bat when the picture was taken, scored a 5-2 victory in the title game.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team won the Class 2A regional at Johnston City Saturday, May 19. A-J defeated Fairfield 9-0 for the regional championship. Pitcher Bryce Osman fired a two-hitter to lead the Wildcats to the championship. A-J was scheduled to play Benton Wednesday in first-round action at the Class 2A sectional at Harrisburg. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission hosted an open house last Saturday afternoon. Those who attended the open house had an opportunity to get an up-close look at the operations at the commission’s water treatment facility near Jonesboro, including gravity upflow clarifiers.
Paula Stairs, left, with Shawnee Development Council, and Stephanie Rhodes, with the Union County Farm Bureau, are shown with items which were collected during the WIBH Radio Stuff-a-Truck Food Drive. Photo provided.
Yours truly truly was happy to see Chuck wandering around last week. At least when the picture was taken, he was far away from a road.
David Gould took the oath of office as a new Union County commissioner Friday morning. The oath was administered by Union County Presiding Circuit Judge Mark Boie. From left are county commissioner Danny Hartline; county commissioner Max Miller, who is vice chairman of the board; new county commissioner David Gould; Judge Boie; county commissioner Bobby Toler Jr., who is chairman of the board; and county commissioner Dale Foster.
Former Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball player Haley Inman closed out the regular season for the University of Illinois Springfield softball team with a .344 batting average.  The U of I Springfield team finished the season with a 40-19 overall record. It was a school record for wins...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball team lost 10-5 to West Frankfort in first-round action at the Class 2A softball regional at Vienna  Wednesday, May 16. Alexa Macy was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Lady Wildcats. Morgan Wendling was 2-for-4 with a home run. Tobie Treece was 2-for...
Coach Ron’s Basketball 101 Camp is scheduled June 18-21 at the Jonesboro Grade School. The school is located on Cook Street in Jonesboro. The 2018 camp is scheduled to feature 1996 Olympic high jumper Cameron Wright. Students who are eligible for the camp are those who will be entering 2nd grade...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Julia Lasley finished in 10th place in the pole vault at the Class 2A state girls’ track meet at Charleston Thursday, May 17. Lasley, who earlier set a record in the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference  meet  in the pole vault, finished with a 10-6...
A Memorial Day weekend celebration is planned at the Thebes Historical Courthouse on Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27. Activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. A community worship service is planned at 10 a.m. Sunday at the courthouse. Jimmie Monahan, the pastor of Apostolic...
Lick Creek, Shawnee and Century competed in a close track meet at Shawnee Elementary School in Wolf Lake. After cancellations in 2016 and 2017 due to rain, the event took place Friday, May 11. Lick Creek won the event over Century 85-78. Shawnee finished in a respectable third place with 65 points...
Special events are planned in the region to commemorate Memorial Day. Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 28. Mound City National Cemetery A Memorial Day service is planned Saturday, May 25, at the Mound City National Cemetery. The service, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., is being...
Host Cobden and Pope County played for an Illinois High School Association Class 1A softball regional tournament championship last Saturday afternoon. Pope County, which was at bat when the picture was taken, scored a 5-2 victory in the title game.
The host Cobden High School softball team lost 5-2 to Pope County in the Class 1A softball regional championship game Saturday, May 19. Lauren Sweitzer was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Appleknockers. Meredith Flamm was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Aubrey Fisher was 1-for-1 with a stolen base. Brook...
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, and Illinois State Police, ISP, were teaming up with more than 160 law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the national Border to Border mobilization. The goal of Border to Border was to send a unified message that riding or driving without...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team won the Class 2A regional at Johnston City Saturday, May 19. A-J defeated Fairfield 9-0 for the regional championship. Pitcher Bryce Osman fired a two-hitter to lead the Wildcats to the championship. A-J was scheduled to play Benton Wednesday in first-round action at the Class 2A sectional at Harrisburg. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School baseball team won the Class 2A regional at Johnston City Saturday, May 19. A-J defeated Fairfield for the regional championship. A-J 9, Fairfield 0: Bryce Osman fired a two-hitter to lead A-J to the championship. He logged 2 walks and 12 strikeouts. Ross...

Obituaries

Dorian ‘Pinky’ Buckley
Dorian “Pinky” Buckley, 72, of Jonesboro, and formerly of Chicago, died at 2:05 a.m. on May 19, 2018, at Integrity Healthcare Center in Anna.  He was born on Nov. 20, 1945, in Muskegon, Mich., the son of Joseph and Doris Wilson Buckley.  He married Laura Grubbe on June 5, 1971. She preceded him in...
Victor Lechtenberger Jr.
Victor Lechtenberger, 73, of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home.  He was born on Oct. 30, 1944, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Merle Victor Sr. and Vesper Zepher (Farrens) Lechtenberger.  He married Ethel Mixen on Dec. 2, 1975. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Lechtenberger of...
Barbara Ann Ferrill (Wilson)
Barbara Ann Ferrill (Wilson) of Topeka, Kan., age 80, passed away on May 9, 2018, at Midland Hospice House of Topeka.   She was born on Jan. 19, 1938, in Anna, the daughter of Everett and Helen Wilson and had two siblings: Trelby Wilson (deceased) and Connie Kessler (Wilson) of Tallahassee, Fla....
James Foster
James Foster, 84, of Anna, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at his home.  He was born on Dec. 17, 1933, in Wolf Lake, the son of George and Edith L. Rhodes Foster.  He married Maxine Burleson on Oct. 7, 1955, in Waco, Texas.  He is survived by his wife, Maxine Foster of Anna; a son, Terry (Denise) Foster...
Josephine Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Renzaglia
Josephine Elizabeth “Betty” Renzaglia passed away with grace and dignity in her home surrounded by her family on May 12, 2018. Betty was born in LaPorte, Saskatchewan, Canada on June 22, 1921, the daughter of Arnold Michael and Adella Anna Guidinger.   She had two older brothers, Conrad and Ambrose...

Sports

Former Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball player Haley Inman closed out the regular season for the University of Illinois Springfield softball team with a .344 batting average.  The...

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