Junior high students in teacher Heather Coffman’s science classes at Lick Creek School recently hosted engineers from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The Anna Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with identifying a person,
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with wood chips, daffodils or geology. I just liked the pic, and it made me think of a couple of songs, too..."Time for Me to Fly" and "I'll Fly Away."
So many things to learn about...and so little time...but, before we get started...a bit of a...
Seated, from left, are Karlie’s father, Sean, Karlie and her mother Sarah. Dongola athletics director and volleyball coach Preston Hall is standing. Photo by Mike Estel.
Dongola High School’s Karlie Kelley signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Blackburn College in Carlinville Thursday, March 23. 
Union County farmers who attended the conference included, from left, Jeff Flamm  from Cobden; Mark Eddleman, president of the Union County Farm Bureau, from Dongola; and Paul Rich, director, Union County Farm Bureau, from Anna. Photo provided.
Members representing local county Farm Bureaus attended the Illinois Farm Bureau’s 2017 Governmental Affairs and Leadership Conference, which was March 1-2 in Springfield.
The Anna Police Department is trying to gain the identity of a person of interest, in regards to an ongoing inve
This picture has absolutely nothing to do with wood chips, daffodils or geology. I just liked the pic, and it made me think of a couple of songs, too..."Time for Me to Fly" and "I'll Fly Away."
Seated, from left, are Karlie’s father, Sean, Karlie and her mother Sarah. Dongola athletics director and volleyball coach Preston Hall is standing. Photo by Mike Estel.
Union County farmers who attended the conference included, from left, Jeff Flamm  from Cobden; Mark Eddleman, president of the Union County Farm Bureau, from Dongola; and Paul Rich, director, Union County Farm Bureau, from Anna. Photo provided.
The Pulaski-Alexander Illinois Association of Home and Community Education plans to sponsor the yearly Hillbilly Dinner Theater on Saturday, April 8. The dinner theater will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shawnee Community College near Ullin. Ham and beans, cornbread, slaw, fried potatoes, fried...
In January, the University of Illinois leader of a multi-state soybean research project put out a call to farmers to help gather data for the project.  Few participants have signed on, so he is putting the call out again. “We only need two or three producers in each soybean-growing county in...
In preparation for Resurrection Sunday, the board of Kornthal Church in Union County has scheduled a Palm Sunday service. The service is planned at 2 p.m. on April 9. Music and the message for the service will focus on the passion account of Jesus Christ which is found in the gospel record. The...
Ron Fulenwider is planning to release his second book April 29 at Lick Creek School. Coach Ron plans to donate receipts from the book to Lick Creek School. The book is honoring the Southern Illinois state champion cross country Lady Eagles. The upcoming book release event is scheduled at 2 p.m. on...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball team lost a pair of games to open the spring season. Marion 8, A-J 5: Makenzie Carter was 2-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBIs for the host Lady Wildcats in the loss Saturday, March 18. Lexi Smith was 2-for-3 for A-J. Katie Williams was 2-for-4 with...
Junior high students in teacher Heather Coffman’s science classes at Lick Creek School recently hosted engineers from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The engineers brought items with them for a hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) presentation. One group worked...
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., said March 17 that he is seeking input from residents of Southern Illinois as Congress moves forward in crafting a health care reform package.  Bost said in a news release that he has created a forum at http://bost.house.gov/yourstory for constituents to share their...
Union County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0287. The issuing of the tentative multiplier was announced in a March 15 news release from the Illinois Department of Revenue, IDOR. The tentative multiplier number also had been reported at a March 10 meeting of...
The Anna Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with identifying a person, in reference to a theft investigation. Anna Walmart reported a theft occurred on March 14. The theft was captured after reviewing recorded video surveillance, which stemmed from an employee finding an empty...
The Anna Junior High School Drama Club is planning to host a talent show. The show is set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the new gymnasium at the Anna school. Admission is $2. Proceeds will help to support a theater program at the school. Twenty students will be performing a variety of acts,...

Obituaries

Evelyn May Kinder
Evelyn May Kinder, 74, of Anna, died at 8:11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born on May 22, 1942, in Zion, the daughter of Howard and Grace Grover Moughmer. She married Wilford Glenn Kinder on May 30, 1970, in Zion. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce...
Master Chief Ronald Hill Ret.
Master Chief Ronald Hill, Retired, 73, of Creal Springs, died at 12:12 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, at his home. He was born on July 9, 1943, in Anna, the son of John Calvin and Carrie Kimmel Hill. He married Sharolyn Keenan on Jan. 27, 1968, at the Christian Church in Anna. He is survived by his...
Elizabeth D. Merkley
Elizabeth D. Merkley, 70, of Anna, died at 1:34 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. She was born on Nov. 30, 1946, in Carbondale, the daughter of Dean and Millie Frick Goetz. She married Donald E. Merkley on Dec. 27, 1976. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 2011. She...
Pauline Virginia Haines Duke
Pauline Virginia Haines Duke, 93, of Cypress, and formerly of Perks, died at 11:02 p.m. on March 15, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born on July 14, 1923, in Tennessee, the daughter of John Henry and Lamon Swindle Haines. She married Cletus Duke on Oct. 10, 1947. He preceded her in...
Millie Brown
Millie Brown, 91, of Jonesboro, died at 12:25 a.m. Monday, March 20, 2017, at Union County Hospital Long Term Care Center in Anna. She was born on Jan. 19, 1926, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Howard and Charlotte Sensmeier Brown. She is survived by her nieces, Cindy Henley of Goreville and...

Sports

Ron Fulenwider is planning to release his second book April 29 at Lick Creek School. Coach Ron plans to donate receipts from the book to Lick Creek School. The book is honoring the Southern...

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