From left are Mary Jo King and Alice Mae Mathis, who were discussing part of the exhibit. They previously had met at Our Place in Karnak for lunch. Photo provided.
The Shawnee Unit of Illinois Association of Home and Community Education, IAHCE, recently toured the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, which is located south of Cypress on Illinois Route 37 South.
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
The son and daughter of a Democratic Party candidate for governor of Illinois paid a campaign visit to Union County last week.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
This week, dear readers, allow me to wax philosophical. And, you're asking yourself: What exactly does he mean when he's going to wax philosophical?  Thank you for asking.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team.
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
The Union County Ambulance Service has honored two long-time employees for their service. The two employees have retired. Carrell O’Daniell retired with 24 years of service.
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
A special chapter in the life and history of Union County was remembered during an event which was held last week in Anna.
From left are Mary Jo King and Alice Mae Mathis, who were discussing part of the exhibit. They previously had met at Our Place in Karnak for lunch. Photo provided.
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
The following statement was issued Tuesday, June 27, by the City of Anna: The Anna Fire Department, under the direction of Chief Gary Rider, is responsible for the annual fireworks celebration. Chief Rider was notified a few days ago that the Illinois state fire marshal had suspended the license of...
From left are Mary Jo King and Alice Mae Mathis, who were discussing part of the exhibit. They previously had met at Our Place in Karnak for lunch. Photo provided.
The Shawnee Unit of Illinois Association of Home and Community Education, IAHCE, recently toured the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, which is located south of Cypress on Illinois Route 37 South. IAHCE member Sue Johnson and her granddaughter Erica viewed the displays of material...
The second River to River Yard Sale is planned July 6-9 in Southernmost Illinois. The event is set to follow Illinois Route 146 from East Cape Girardeau to Cave-In-Rock. Residents along this route are invited to clean out attics, basements, closets and storage sheds and offer items they would like...
Budget inaction and continued uncertainty were on the minds of area superintendents during a June 20 meeting convened by State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, to discuss area schools’ cash flow issues. “Our school superintendents are increasingly frustrated with the ongoing impasse, and that...
The remnants of a tropical storm were expected to impact parts of the region late last week. The National Weather Service was calling for the possibility of a “significant heavy rainfall event” from last Thursday through Friday evening in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky....
An annual Independence Day celebration is planned Tuesday, July 4, in Tamms. The event will be at the Tamms Community Park. The celebration is sponsored by the Tamms Volunteer Fire Department. Activities are planned throughout the day and into the night. A car, truck and motorcycle show is...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in the state to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal, OSFM, prior to...
Illinois State Police District 22 in Ullin released information, Monday, today, June 26, about a fatal rollover car crash that occured on Illinois Route 127 north of Trinity Road near Sandusky in Alexander County at 7:09 a.m. Monday.  Valencia Holloway, 19, of Tamms, was identified as the driver....
An Anna Sandlot Legends baseball camp for boys and girls 7-11 years old is planned at the Anna City Park June 26-29. Hours are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is designed to allow boys and girls the freedom to enjoy the game, to play as a team, to make decisions and to solve...
The second River to River Yard Sale is planned July 6-9 in Southernmost Illinois. The Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau notes that the idea for the River to River yard sale came after Julie Ames and her sister Sabra Smith visited the 100 Mile Yard Sale in a neighboring state.   After visiting...

Obituaries

Kevin Tyler Cooley
Kevin Tyler Cooley, 46, of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2017, after a three-year battle with stomach cancer with family by his side. Mr. Cooley was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Hermitage Hills Baptist Church. He served with the Metro Nashville Police...
Lowell Eugene Freeman
Lowell Eugene Freeman, 73, of Anna, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his home. He was born on Aug. 16, 1943, in Mattoon, the son of Lowell Guy and Ruby Maxine Ingram Freeman. He married Dorothy Huffman on Oct. 17, 1959, in Toledo. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Freeman of Anna;...
James ‘Larry’ Karraker
James “Larry” Karraker, 69, of Anna, died at 5:04 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017, at his home. He was born on Aug. 21, 1947, in Carbondale, the son of James C. and Moneada E. Karraker. He was a 1965 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and a 1969 graduate of Southern Illinois University,...
Morton S. Wright
Morton S. Wright, 76, of Makanda, and formerly of Anna, died at 7:17 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Houston Methodist-Willowbrook Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was born in Karnak on May 1, 1941, the son of Paul and Bernetta Reed Wright. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Wicker) Wright...
Dan Paul Hileman
Dan Paul Hileman, 72, of Anna, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born on Dec. 7, 1944, in Jonesboro, the son of Ray Alfred and Blanche Dillon Hileman. He married Suzanne Brookman on March 20, 1965, in Jonesboro. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne...

Sports

An Anna Sandlot Legends baseball camp for boys and girls 7-11 years old is planned at the Anna City Park June 26-29. Hours are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is designed to allow...

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