Electronic message signs are on display at several locations in the Anna and Jonesboro area. The signs are alerting motorists about the upcoming planned closing of the four-way stop in the heart of Anna.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, is alerting motorists about plans which involve two major highway projects in Union County. Four-Way Stop
Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
G’day, duck. One evening last week, yours truly stepped outdoors...and was instantly reminded that Southern Illinois can get rather hot and humid during the summer time.
A Jonesboro bicentennial celebration is planned Oct. 12-13 in the Union County community. The City of Jonesboro, as well as Union County and the State of Illinois are commemorating their bicentennials during 2018.
Flooding in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna during heavy rainfall is an ongoing concern. The picture was taken during a downpour which happened June 26. Anna officials are concerned that continued flooding could lead to the collapse of the highway.
An upcoming major street project and continuing concerns about flooding on one of the community streets were among the issues discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council.
Here we go again...stripes in the sky on Thursday evening, June 28, suggested that something ominous was about to happen. And it did. We had yet another round of stormy weather, including a deluge, strong winds, yada, yada, yada...
Dear Diary, Well, Dear Diary, you are probably somewhat surprised to be getting this note. Mainly because, well, I don’t have a diary. Never have. 
Dark blue, almost black storm clouds rolled through the sky over Union County Thursday evening, June 28.
The last week of June ended on a stormy note in the Union County area. The final days of the month also were highlighted by very hot and humid weather in the region.
Electronic message signs are on display at several locations in the Anna and Jonesboro area. The signs are alerting motorists about the upcoming planned closing of the four-way stop in the heart of Anna.
Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
Flooding in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna during heavy rainfall is an ongoing concern. The picture was taken during a downpour which happened June 26. Anna officials are concerned that continued flooding could lead to the collapse of the highway.
Here we go again...stripes in the sky on Thursday evening, June 28, suggested that something ominous was about to happen. And it did. We had yet another round of stormy weather, including a deluge, strong winds, yada, yada, yada...
Dark blue, almost black storm clouds rolled through the sky over Union County Thursday evening, June 28.
A Union County Sheriff’s Office deputy escaped injury when he was at the scene of a traffic accident on Interstate 57 and another unit struck his squad vehicle. Illinois State Police District 22 at Ullin reported that the first accident happened at 1:24 a.m. July 16 at milepost 25 in the south...
State Office of Tourism director Cory Jobe was scheduled to conduct a media tour through Southern Illinois this week. The purpose of the tour, which was slated to begin Tuesday, July 17, and continue through Thursday, today, is designed to reveal the latest county tourism numbers and to promote the...
Electronic message signs are on display at several locations in the Anna and Jonesboro area. The signs are alerting motorists about the upcoming planned closing of the four-way stop in the heart of Anna.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, is alerting motorists about plans which involve two major highway projects in Union County. Four-Way Stop Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, July 23, the busy four-way stop intersection at Illinois Route 146 (Vienna Street) and Main Street in downtown Anna...
The 2018 Cobden Peach Festival is only a couple of weeks away. This year’s 81st annual celebration of the local peach harvest is planned Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4. The festival is sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club.  Most of the Peach Festival activities take place at Cobden Lions Club property...
A local resident and business person has called for the resignation of a member of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The matter surfaced during a time for public comments during last week’s regular meeting of the county board. The meeting, attended by about 20 people, was held Friday morning...
Historical aerial photos of Illinois, state climate and soil data and interactive geologic maps are just a few of the offerings provided on the Illinois Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, a project of the Illinois State Geological Survey, ISGS, in Champaign.  The clearinghouse has become the starting...
The University of Illinois Master Naturalist program is accepting applications for its fall 2018 training class. Classes are scheduled at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center near Cypress.   The Master Naturalist program provides science-based educational opportunities that are designed to...
Bowfishing enthusiasts are invited to attend the fourth annual Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup bowfishing tournament. The tournament is scheduled Saturday, July 21, on the Kaskaskia River at Wood Duck Marina near Baldwin. The tournament is hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’...
Residents of Jackson County who are served by private water wells may be eligible for free testing of their well water for lead.  The Jackson County Health Department is participating in a research project with researchers from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University to better...
Kelli R. Wood of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Jonesboro recently won the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Wood was one of 1,912 of the firm’s more than 16,000 financial advisors to receive the Ed Armstrong Award.  The award...

Obituaries

Hobert Clifton Hankla (Cliff)
Hobert Clifton Hankla (Cliff) was born on January 30, 1917 to Joseph and Martha Hankla of Cobden, Illinois, and died on July 8, 2018 in Orange, California. Raised on a farm in Cobden, he was the youngest of eight siblings. Owen, Amos, Jessie, Afton, Ruby, Hiram and Raymond preceded him in passing....
Bonita Jo Bigham
Bonita Jo Bigham, 75, of Olive Branch, died at 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Integrity Health Care in Anna.   She was born on July 28, 1942, in Mill Creek, the daughter of Harvey and Zelma Poole Roach.   She married James “Jim” Bigham in 1956. He preceded her in death in 1986. She loved to...
Jack R. Sherwin, 79, of Anna, and formerly of Chicago, died at 7:12 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau.    He was born on June 1, 1939, in Chicago, the son of Louis Delwin and Mary L. Valencic Sherwin.   He married Susan A. Stefanowicz on July 12, 1975, in...
Patricia J. Taylor
Patricia J. Taylor, 89, of Cape Girardeau, and formerly of Mounds, died at 10:22 a.m. on July 13, 2018, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on April 9, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of George and Blanche Alice Caudle Britt.   She married Carl Taylor on June 10, 1947. She was a...
Deon Houghlan
Deon Houghlan, 63, of Elkville, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.    He was born on Feb. 15, 1955, the son of Edgar James and Alice Lucille Brimm Houghlan. Mr. Houghlan is survived by his two sons, James Houghlan of Carbondale and Danny Deon Houghlan of...

Sports

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Jaryt Tripp has been named to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association Class 2018 2A All South high school track team. Tripp, who was selected to the...

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