You couldn’t really tell (well, I couldn’t), but a lunar eclipse was underway when this photograph was taken late, late Sunday night...or maybe it was early, early Sunday morning. I wasn’t paying close attention to the exact time...
The conditions on Monday were just right for doing something I had not done in a while.
Perfect timing...perfect pose...The Other Half and yours truly saw a bald eagle which was perched high in a tree along Illinois Route 146 near the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area.
How can it be December already? This week, once again, bear with me as we take a look at a little bit of this...and a little bit of that... We’ll start with many, many apologies to the spirit of John Lennon...
This an “authentic” photograph of a squirrel. The real deal. The photograph is not a deepfake. Just ask the squirrel. He (she?) lives in the neighborhood. Really.
Don’t know about you...but this “old guy” was not ready for temperatures to be in the 20s...
A hawk made a brief stop atop a utility pole along the State Forest Road last Sunday afternoon. The hawk’s colors stood out in the light of an autumn afternoon.
Thank you, Dueling Pianos guys. Don’t know if you’ll read this, but I’m grateful for the song you chose to share when you passed by my vantage point at last Saturday’s Veterans Day parade in Anna.
Clouds filled much of the sky over Union County last Saturday morning. The image was captured during a stop along Aldridge Road, between metropolitan Cobden and Illinois Route 127.
Every once in a while, I figure it might be nice to create a scrapbook featuring some of the images yours truly has stumbled across during the latest chapter in The Journey Through Life. 
You couldn’t really tell (well, I couldn’t), but a lunar eclipse was underway when this photograph was taken late, late Sunday night...or maybe it was early, early Sunday morning. I wasn’t paying close attention to the exact time...
Oh, deer...  One day last week, I was motoring through metropolitan Anna and happened to spot this “critter” along a city street. I drove on for a block, turned around, went back to have another look. I’m guessing there’s a story...
Perfect timing...perfect pose...The Other Half and yours truly saw a bald eagle which was perched high in a tree along Illinois Route 146 near the Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area.
This an “authentic” photograph of a squirrel. The real deal. The photograph is not a deepfake. Just ask the squirrel. He (she?) lives in the neighborhood. Really.
A hawk made a brief stop atop a utility pole along the State Forest Road last Sunday afternoon. The hawk’s colors stood out in the light of an autumn afternoon.
Clouds filled much of the sky over Union County last Saturday morning. The image was captured during a stop along Aldridge Road, between metropolitan Cobden and Illinois Route 127.
Illinois’ overall respiratory virus level remains at a moderate level according to the latest CDC data, while COVID-19 hospitalizations have continued to decline in recent weeks, the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, reported Friday, March 15. The total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations...
By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The 2024 primaries in Illinois were largely uneventful, due mainly to a lack of competition in races at the top of the ballot and historically low turnout among voters. That’s the analysis of two former Illinois...
The 2023-2024 Illinois bobcat season concluded Feb. 15, with 370 bobcats harvested by hunters and trappers. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources reported a  total of 214 (55 percent) of bobcats were taken by hunting, while trapping accounted for 156 (40 percent) of the harvest.  Nineteen (5...
Junior high school and homeschooled students are invited to attend free poetry workshop sessions which are scheduled at Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center. The arts center is located at 117 W. Davie St. in Anna. The theme for the workshop is “Who I Am and Who I’m Yet To Be.” Tom Caldwell...
An Illinois State Police, ISP, Division of Criminal Investigation Zone 7 investigation has resulted in the conviction of 35-year-old James A. Merritt of Morehouse, Mo. on multiple charges, including second degree murder. The state police reported in a March 13 news release that the charges in...
Rain which fell Monday night in the region brought some relief to very dry conditions in the Southern Illinois area. The U.S. Drought Monitor reported on March 21 that all of Union County was experiencing moderate drought conditions. March has been an extremely dry month in Union County.  Through...
April’s observance of National Child Abuse Prevention Month is scheduled to kick off with a special event next week. In 2011, a Union County Child Abuse Prevention, UCCAP, planning committee was co-developed by WIBH Radio in Anna and the Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, CMMHRN...
Anna-Jonesboro Elks Lodge No. 1641 is planning to host the 11th annual Theresa Pearl-McKinney Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30. The egg hunt is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, which is located at 427 E. Jefferson St. in Anna. Age groups include 1 to 4, 5 to 8 and 9 to 12....
A program which strives to keep juvenile offenders from facing incarceration and an update on a new animal control facility were discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, March 22, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro...
Union County voters cast ballots in the 2024 primary election on Tuesday, March 19. Results tallied at the Union County clerk's office in Jonesboro showed that a total of 2,971 out of 11,574 registered voters cast their ballots on Tuesday. Voters who went to the polls selected candidates in the...

Obituaries

Edwin James ‘Chip’ Rundle Jr.
Edwin James “Chip” Rundle Jr., 63, of Anna,  died at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2024, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. He was born on Sept. 22, 1960, at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, the son of Edwin James Rundle Sr. and Carol Joyce Essex Bearden. He graduated from Meridian High...
Samuel ‘Sam’ Joe Myers
Samuel “Sam” Joe Myers, 83, of Grand Tower, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale surrounded by his beloved family.  He was born at his childhood home on the Carter farm on Aug. 30, 1940, in Wolf Lake, the son of Cyril Lymar and Frieda Alice Carter...
Judy Mosby
Judy Mosby, 79, of East Cape Girardeau, died Sunday, March 24, 2023, at Integrity Healthcare of Anna. She was born on June 7, 1944, in Lincoln, the daughter of James and Olive Warmoth Summers.   Survivors include her son, James Ingram of Lincoln; daughters Angie Ralls of Anna, Joy Funderburk of...
Doris ‘Janie’ Walter
Doris “Janie” Walter, 91, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the Jonesboro Rehab and Nursing Center in Jonesboro.  She was born on April 29, 1932, in Lawrence County, Ill., the daughter of Benefield and Anna Culp Mallette.  She married Herman “Shady” Walter on March 17, 1956. He...
Ruby Lillian Clover Black, 101, of Pasadena, Texas, and formerly of Pomona, died Saturday, March 23, at her home in Pasadena. Funeral arrangements for Ruby Black were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. Updated service information and her memorial page can be found by visiting...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team was 6-3 in meet action last week. The visiting Wildcats competed in Clarksville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 9. A-J fell to Brentwood Academy 48-37...

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