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.
Harold S. Jones
Cairo resident and founder of the Cairo violin program, Harold S. Jones, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra at the board’s annual meeting on July 27. 
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.
Harold S. Jones
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...
Union County public schools are preparing to open their doors for the new school year. Schools will not be in session on Monday, Aug. 21, which is the day of the total solar eclipse. Anna School District No. 37 scheduled teacher institutes on Aug. 16-17. The first day for students is on Friday, Aug...
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. Evening performances at this year’s fair are scheduled to include a queen pageant, Steve Hornbeak and the...
A total solar is eclipse is coming. That’s a certainty. For Union County emergency services personnel, the only certain thing about the eclipse is uncertainty surrounding the impact of the event. The total eclipse will occur on Monday, Aug. 21. Totality, when the sun is at its darkest, will be at 1...
The Giant City Stables will be open for business the weekend of the eclipse, August 19-21. The stables will be open for guided trail rides, pony rides and therapeutic rides. For more information regarding what the stables offer, please call 618-529-4110. Giant City State Park is administered by the...

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

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...

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