Visitors enter the new Meridian Elementary School in Mounds during an open house on Thursday, Aug. 10. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Meridian Elementary School in Mounds held an open house to showcase its new building on Thursday, Aug. 10. The new facility is located directly behind the junior/senior high school.
Normally, I don't like to do this sort of thing, just 'cause the critter in the pic is ours. The pic was taken during one of his calmer moments.
Finally. A reason for yours truly to love cats. Or, to at least tolerate them. Even Bob. Maybe...
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team recently completed its 2017 season. The team had an awards night last week.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team has wrapped up its 2017 season.
The Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its season opener. Photo provided.
The junior high team for the Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its first challenge this week.   The team will head to Benton on Saturday to face Carbondale at 2 p.m.
From left are church members David Hogue and Sue Rohrschneider, Rep. Bost, church member Darrell Ross and Nick Rafael, Bost’s staff assistant.
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., center, helped to serve a free community meal on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Harvest Church of Southern Illinois in Anna.
Anna Fire Department personnel washed down the Henry Dillow Grandstand Monday to prepare for the 2017 Union County Fair in Anna. The fair is set to start this weekend at the Anna City Park, where the grandstand is located. The Anna Fire Department has done this for many years.
The 137th 2017 Union County Fair is scheduled Aug. 18-26 at the Anna City Park in Anna. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur; activities are planned at the fair on that day.
Visitors enter the new Meridian Elementary School in Mounds during an open house on Thursday, Aug. 10. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Normally, I don't like to do this sort of thing, just 'cause the critter in the pic is ours. The pic was taken during one of his calmer moments.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team recently completed its 2017 season. The team had an awards night last week.
The Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its season opener. Photo provided.
From left are church members David Hogue and Sue Rohrschneider, Rep. Bost, church member Darrell Ross and Nick Rafael, Bost’s staff assistant.
Anna Fire Department personnel washed down the Henry Dillow Grandstand Monday to prepare for the 2017 Union County Fair in Anna. The fair is set to start this weekend at the Anna City Park, where the grandstand is located. The Anna Fire Department has done this for many years.
Community forums are planned in the area in late August and in September with Dr. Peggy Bradford, who is the new president of Shawnee Community College. The schedule for the community forums includes: •Aug. 29, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Shawnee Community College Anna extension center, 1150 E. Vienna St...
Visitors enter the new Meridian Elementary School in Mounds during an open house on Thursday, Aug. 10. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Meridian Elementary School in Mounds held an open house to showcase its new building on Thursday, Aug. 10. The new facility is located directly behind the junior/senior high school. Five years ago, the elementary building was condemned because of mold. For two years, the schools had to do a split...
The 137th 2017 Union County Fair is underway at the Anna City Park in Anna. The fair was scheduled to begin Aug. 18 and continues through Aug. 26 with a wide range of activities. On Monday, Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will occur; activities are planned at the fair on that day. Eclipse Day Monday...
Anna-Jonesboro-Cobden-Dongola high school co-op boys’ soccer coach Mark Boomer predicts his team could be very competitive this season. “We’ve got a strong team and we’re going to be competitive and be able to play anybody,” Boomer said. Boomer looks to be in the hunt as long as the team remains...
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, has announced plans to temporarily close part of a local highway due to a construction project. IDOT reported that Illinois Route 146 is scheduled to be closed Aug. 23-24 at the Interstate 57 overpass in Union County. The highway will be closed so...
Miss Union County Fair: from left are Madison Lingle, Brooklyn Cast, Grace Pitts, 2016 Miss Union County Fair Clare Bunyan, Jericha Carter and Erin Dillow. Photo by Tiffiny Dillow.
The pageant for Miss Union County Fair will be held on Sunday evening, Aug. 20, in front of the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. The Miss Union County Fair pageant is held annually on the first Sunday night of the fair.   Contestants compete for cash and prizes, including a Union County Fair board sponsored...
The Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro is scheduled to be closed Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, due to the total solar eclipse. The Union County Board of Commissioners voted Friday morning to close the courthouse from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday. The vote came at a special county board meeting which...
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team recently completed its 2017 season. The team had an awards night last week.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team has wrapped up its 2017 season. Supporters of the Blue Dolphins said that the team had a great year, with 29 swimmers attending the Southern Illinois Swim League championship meet at Marion on July 29.   Of those attending the meet, 11 swimmers qualified for the...
The Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its season opener. Photo provided.
The junior high team for the Wildcat Youth Football League is preparing for its first challenge this week.   The team will head to Benton on Saturday to face Carbondale at 2 p.m. “We lucked out and had a bye for last week,” said head coach Rollie Hawk. “That gave us a chance to go on the road and...
From left are church members David Hogue and Sue Rohrschneider, Rep. Bost, church member Darrell Ross and Nick Rafael, Bost’s staff assistant.
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., center, helped to serve a free community meal on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Harvest Church of Southern Illinois in Anna. The Anna church offers the ministry as a service to the community each Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meals have been served for about five...

Obituaries

Patricia Ann Broadway
Patricia Ann Broadway, 62, of Anna, died at 12:22 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at her home. She was born on Feb. 17, 1955, in Anna, the daughter of Walter and Irene Ann Smith Tellor. She is survived by her mother, Irene Ann Tellor of Dongola; children Michelle (Jenna) Duskey of Dongola, Donald (...
Gary D. Fuller
Gary D. Fuller, 78, of Cobden, died at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on July 12, 1939, in Anna, the son of Edgar and June Wall Fuller. He married Judy Renfrow on Nov. 27, 1958. He owned and operated Gary D. Fuller Construction. He loved his work and the...
Jamin Scott Weaver, 17 months of Dongola, peacefully entered into the arms of Jesus after a battle of Menkes Disease. He was born on March 5, 2016, in Carbondale and died on Aug. 12, 2017, at 7:15 a.m. in his home. Jamin is survived by his parents, John and Eva Weaver of Dongola; one brother, Keith...
Russell K. ‘Hokie’ Johnson Jr.
Russell K. “Hokie” Johnson Jr., 44, of Jonesboro, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at his home. He was born on Feb. 17, 1973, in Peoria, the son of Russell Keith Johnson Sr. and Shirley Cady Page. He was a truck driver for over 10 years and worked as a mate on the river. He enjoyed fishing...
Barbara Sue Landis Fisher
Barbara Sue Landis Fisher, of Dongola, died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Integrity Healthcare of Anna. She was born in Anna, the daughter of Willy Everett and Mildred Viola Nimmo Landis. She married Raymond Fisher in 1957. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2008. She was a beautician...

Sports

Anna-Jonesboro-Cobden-Dongola high school co-op boys’ soccer coach Mark Boomer predicts his team could be very competitive this season. “We’ve got a strong team and we’re...

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