Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Jovante Coleman, left, and Jonathan Utley, right, were awarded the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Medal for providing life-saving aid and assistance to a Pulaski County citizen. The medals were presented by Chief Deputy Lyle Womack, center, on behalf of Sheriff Randy Kern. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
Two Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office deputies have received a special commendation for administering prompt and unselfish life-saving aid and assistance to a Pulaski County citizen.
A couple of fossils discovered by yours truly while wandering around in Union County. Believe they are fossils of critters called brachiopods.
This week, we’re making note of National Fossil Day, which was celebrated around the world and throughout the universe on October 14 with parades, hoopla and lots of other exciting activities.
White-tailed deer are  a common sight along roads and highways in the Union County area. File photo.
As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures prevail, the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, are reminding motorists to watch out for deer. 
During October, former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard is leading “silent marches” throughout the region in a call for a return to peace, unity and civility during a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Poshard, left, led a march at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
Former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard has taken to the streets and sidewalks of Southern Illinois, calling for a return to peace, unity and civility amongst a bitterly divided state and nation. 
As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the region, Southern Seven Health Department encourages all residents to get tested, regardless of symptoms, especially if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. The health department noted in a news release that “it is through testing that the health department can effectively track this disease and prevent its spread to our most vulnerable populations."  During September, Southern Seven Health Department held mobile COVID-19 testing  eve
Southern Seven Health Department reported on Friday, Oct.
Following a decision by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday, Oct. 13, the deadline for submitting census date has been moved up to Oct. 15.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Jovante Coleman, left, and Jonathan Utley, right, were awarded the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Medal for providing life-saving aid and assistance to a Pulaski County citizen. The medals were presented by Chief Deputy Lyle Womack, center, on behalf of Sheriff Randy Kern. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
A couple of fossils discovered by yours truly while wandering around in Union County. Believe they are fossils of critters called brachiopods.
White-tailed deer are  a common sight along roads and highways in the Union County area. File photo.
During October, former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard is leading “silent marches” throughout the region in a call for a return to peace, unity and civility during a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Poshard, left, led a march at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the region, Southern Seven Health Department encourages all residents to get tested, regardless of symptoms, especially if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. The health department noted in a news release that “it is through testing that the health department can effectively track this disease and prevent its spread to our most vulnerable populations."  During September, Southern Seven Health Department held mobile COVID-19 testing  eve
Southern Seven Health Department reported a cumulative total of 1,593 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its service area as of Monday, Oct. 19. The health department serves Union, Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Pulaski counties. Southern Seven Health Department on Monday confirmed a...
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS, reports that it has enhanced and streamlined its online reporting system and optimized its website for easier submissions through mobile phones. DCFS said in a news release that the goal is to make reporting allegations of neglect and...
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Jovante Coleman, left, and Jonathan Utley, right, were awarded the American Police Hall of Fame Life Saving Medal for providing life-saving aid and assistance to a Pulaski County citizen. The medals were presented by Chief Deputy Lyle Womack, center, on behalf of Sheriff Randy Kern. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
Two Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office deputies have received a special commendation for administering prompt and unselfish life-saving aid and assistance to a Pulaski County citizen. At a ceremony held at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Mound City on Oct. 7, Deputy Jovontae Coleman and Deputy...
Southern Seven Health Department reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the United States about 237,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,100 in men.  In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, Southern...
CHAMPAIGN – The Midwest is a particularly promising region for future wind energy development out to 2100 when accounting for climate change, according to a new study at the University of Illinois. “Climate change will influence wind resources in the future; in the central U.S., there are a lot of...
Three persons were in custody and a fourth was being sought in connection with a series of burglaries in the Union County area. Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel reported on Friday that the arrests had  been made. The Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Anna Police Department are investigating a...
Shawnee Community College plans to co-host an adult mental health first aid training course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23.   The college said in a news release that the virtual course will provide the tools necessary to help participants assist someone who may be experiencing a mental...
The first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2020 has been confirmed. The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Thursday, Oct. 8, reported that it had confirmed the death. The disease claimed the life of a Chicago resident who became ill in mid-September and tested...
White-tailed deer are  a common sight along roads and highways in the Union County area. File photo.
As the leaves begin to change and cooler temperatures prevail, the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, and Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, are reminding motorists to watch out for deer.  With autumn comes deer mating season, a time of increased activity at dawn and dusk...
During October, former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard is leading “silent marches” throughout the region in a call for a return to peace, unity and civility during a tumultuous time in the nation’s history. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Poshard, left, led a march at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.
Former Southern Illinois Congressman Glenn Poshard has taken to the streets and sidewalks of Southern Illinois, calling for a return to peace, unity and civility amongst a bitterly divided state and nation.  Throughout the month of October, Poshard has scheduled “silent marches” in front of the...

Obituaries

Merl Everet Penrod
Merl Everet Penrod, 95, of Anna, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Integrity Healthcare in Anna.  He was born on Feb. 11, 1925, in Wolf Lake, the son of Everet and Grace Emiline Ballance Penrod.  He married Dorothy Marie Lynn on May 26, 1945, in Jonesboro.   Mr. Penrod is survived by his wife,...
Jewell Ellean Lindsey Hicks
A strong headed woman has left this world and now rests in heaven. Jewell Ellean Lindsey Hicks, of Jonesboro, died on Oct. 16, 2020, at the young age of 69. She was actually 90, but loved telling everyone she was 15 to 20 years younger even to the end.  She was born in Pulaski, the daughter of ...
Georgianna Tucker
Georgianna Tucker, born Georgianna Lannom on January second in the year nineteen and forty-seven, a woman who never met a person she didn’t like, passed on to the meadow where the best people gather on October fourteenth in the year two thousand and twenty at eleven hours and two minutes in the...
Linda Kay Riggs Ryan
Linda Kay Riggs Ryan, 64, of Dongola, died at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Nov. 23, 1955, in Cairo, the daughter of William Henry and Elsie Geraldine Schierbaum Riggs.  She married Jim Ford on June 3, 1972. He preceded her in death on Feb...
Mary Louise ‘Nanny’ Kinder
Mary Louise “Nanny” Kinder, 68, of Anna, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at her home.  She was born on Aug. 25, 1952, in Charleston, Mo., the daughter of Martin George and Hattie Lenore Moore Hedge.  She married Jackie Lee Brimm on March 14, 1968, in Anna. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1976....

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro High School girls’ and boys’ golf teams competed last week at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A regionals. A-J Girls, at Massac County Regional Massac...

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