A pair of killdeer (or maybe a pair of killdeers) were seen walking along, and on, the railroad tracks in metropolitan Cobden on a cold January afternoon.
This week, let’s start with a grammar question: If the plural of deer is deer, is the plural of killdeer killdeer? Common sense, which seems to be a rare commodity these days, might suggest that more than one killdeer would be killdeer.
Representatives of the Cobden American Legion post presented a check to village officials on Monday evening, Jan. 4. From left are John Wingate, who has led efforts to develop disc golf courses in Cobden and Anna; Cobden American Legion post representatives Earnie Newton, Harold Blunt, Mark Haddick and Chuck Neal; Cobden Mayor Paul Z. Tomazzoli; and American Legion post representatives Gene Horn and David Stewart.
Expansion of Cobden’s popular disc golf course is planned.  The project is being made possible thanks to a major donation from a veterans organization in the community.
Frozen in time? This turtle was seen in the water at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro on the final day of 2020.
A few weeks ago, way back in the final days of 2020, I shared a photograph of a turtle in this space. At the time, I figured the image would be that last one of a turtle that you folks would get to see for 2020. 
This may be how some of us feel about the way the year 2020 has unfolded...
OK folks...is anybody, as in anybody, out there disappointed to see the squirrely year 2020 coming to an end?  I’m guessing that if you are one of those folks, you just might see the glass as more than half full...and overflowing...
At Mounds Head Start: from left are Cindy Rice (S7HS), Minta Comte (Elks and Rotary), Lonnie Coleson (S7HS), Kenneth Wood (Masonic Lodge), Chris Davault (Elks, Masonic Lodge and Rotary), Trucy Steers (Elks) and Stephanie Lowe (S7HS). Southern Seven Head Start photo.
As 2020 draws to a close, many organizations throughout the region are coming together to support their local residents.  
June 2
Can you believe it? When it comes to the year 2020, we’re down to this week...and next week. I’m guessing that it’s pretty safe to say that not many people will be disappointed to say farewell to this year...
A pair of killdeer (or maybe a pair of killdeers) were seen walking along, and on, the railroad tracks in metropolitan Cobden on a cold January afternoon.
Representatives of the Cobden American Legion post presented a check to village officials on Monday evening, Jan. 4. From left are John Wingate, who has led efforts to develop disc golf courses in Cobden and Anna; Cobden American Legion post representatives Earnie Newton, Harold Blunt, Mark Haddick and Chuck Neal; Cobden Mayor Paul Z. Tomazzoli; and American Legion post representatives Gene Horn and David Stewart.
Frozen in time? This turtle was seen in the water at the pond at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro on the final day of 2020.
This may be how some of us feel about the way the year 2020 has unfolded...
At Mounds Head Start: from left are Cindy Rice (S7HS), Minta Comte (Elks and Rotary), Lonnie Coleson (S7HS), Kenneth Wood (Masonic Lodge), Chris Davault (Elks, Masonic Lodge and Rotary), Trucy Steers (Elks) and Stephanie Lowe (S7HS). Southern Seven Head Start photo.
June 2
URBANA – There comes a time when every forest landowner gets a knock on their door. Someone wants to buy their timber on a handshake deal. “I get calls from landowners looking for information on the harvesting process and rates,” says Duane Friend, a University of Illinois Extension energy and...
A new year means new beginnings for the Rauchfuss Hill State Recreation Area near Golconda. State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, said that after being closed for almost a decade, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Rauchfuss Hill State Recreation Area will be...
Recording your life story, treasured memories, and special moments can leave a legacy for your family for generations to come. Everyone has a unique and individual story to tell.  Start writing yours with a little help from University of Illinois Extension in a free, eight-week online workshop...
People throughout Illinois are urged to be on alert for scams related to the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. As the general public begins to receive doses of the vaccines manufactured by Pfizer and Moderna, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office is cautioning people to be alert for...
Illinois officials on Friday, Jan. 8, announced more than $275 million in nearly 9,000 emergency assistance grants have been made to small businesses in over 600 cities and towns statewide through the Business Interruption Grants, BIG, program.  The funding was announced by the Illinois Department...
The Illinois Department of Central Management Services recently announced the launch of Be Well Illinois. Be Well Illinois is the state’s new, comprehensive wellness program for employees, retirees and health plan participants.  The new program connects plan participants with resources to help...
By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinoisgbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Some regions of the state could see loosened COVID-19 restrictions as early as Friday – as some counties have already transitioned to the next phase of vaccine distribution, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday. Although...
University of Illinois Extension says that winter is a great time to make plans for new garden projects. One of the projects could be a perennial fruit garden. Information about fruit garden planting, including fruit-specific information and cultivar recommendations, can be found on University of...
The Alexander/Pulaski County Branch of the NAACP is planning to host an annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative event. The 2021 event is scheduled to go forward on a virtual platform, from 10 to noon on Monday, Jan. 18. This year, the keynote speaker is scheduled to be Dr. Larry T. Barnett...
Young hunters between the ages of 10 and 17 can apply now for a youth wingshooting clinic and pheasant hunt scheduled Saturday, March 20, at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex, WSRC, in Randolph County. All participants in the clinic and hunt will be required to follow all health and...

Obituaries

Bobby Joe Hines
Bobby Joe Hines, 67, of Anna, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 7, 2021, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.  Family and friends came to celebrate his birthday with him on Jan. 6, the day before his passing. He left this Earth knowing that he was loved and will be missed by many.  He was...
Joe J. Smith
Joe J. Smith, 72, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at his home.  He was born on Aug. 18, 1948, in Anna, the son of Ellis and Virginia Hamel Smith.   Mr. Smith is survived by three sons, Little Joe (Samantha) Smith of Grand Tower, James Lee Smith of Jonesboro and Danny (Carol) Hancock of...
Dale Harvell
Dale Harvell, 82, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on July 19, 1938, in Tamms, the son of Thomas and Pearl Bridges Harvell.  He married Dorothy Williams on Nov. 4, 1959. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Darryl (Diane) Harvell...
Edna R. Poole
Edna R. Poole, 91, died on Jan. 6, 2021, in Carbondale. She was born on Dec. 4, 1929, the daughter of Ford and Anna Hubach Cates.  She married Norbert Leo Basler on July 16, 1948. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1982. On Dec. 8, 1991, she married Donald Poole. He went to meet the Lord on Sept...
Doris Choate, of Grand Tower, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, at her home. Funeral arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna. To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com.  Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna...

Sports

Jadyn Gerardi, left,  of Lick Creek led her team to a national cross country championship at a competition which was held near Lexington, Ky.
Jadyn Gerardi of Lick Creek has had quite a cross country career, considering she is only in the 6th grade. She just keeps adding to her resume every time she runs.  After winning the SIJHSAA...

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