Main course? Guess it could be. Earthworms are high in protein, and are really easy to find. This one was already cooked, too...tasted like chicken...
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The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
On Saturday, May 18, over 60 schools were represented in the SIJHSAA state track meet at Herrin Sports Complex. 
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Katelynn Williams signed a national letter of intent on Thursday, May 18, to play softball at Shawnee Community College.
In the first row are, from left, Hailley’s mother, Rhonda Abernathy; Hailley Abernathy; and Hailley’s father, Scott Abernathy. In the second row are A-JCHS golf coach Brandon Bierstedt and A-JCHS athletic director Rick Livesay.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Hailley Abernathy has signed a national letter of intent to play golf at McKendree University in Lebanon.
The Cobden School Marching Appleknockers participated in the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Anna. File photo by Amber Skelton.
Fifty-eight junior high and high school band students are scheduled to leave Cobden Thursday evening, today, on a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade.
Dr. Susan Spellman, known in Anna and Jonesboro schools and among her squad of volunteers as the tutoring lady, is retiring.
Main course? Guess it could be. Earthworms are high in protein, and are really easy to find. This one was already cooked, too...tasted like chicken...
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
In the first row are, from left, Hailley’s mother, Rhonda Abernathy; Hailley Abernathy; and Hailley’s father, Scott Abernathy. In the second row are A-JCHS golf coach Brandon Bierstedt and A-JCHS athletic director Rick Livesay.
The Cobden School Marching Appleknockers participated in the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Anna. File photo by Amber Skelton.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
On Saturday, May 18, over 60 schools were represented in the SIJHSAA state track meet at Herrin Sports Complex.  It was a beautiful day for a track meet, maybe the best all year to this point.  The Lick Creek Lady Eagles battled all day long and ended up with a third place team trophy, in a day...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Katelynn Williams signed a national letter of intent on Thursday, May 18, to play softball at Shawnee Community College. She plans to obtain an associate of science degree while at Shawnee Community College. In the first row, are from left,...
In the first row are, from left, Hailley’s mother, Rhonda Abernathy; Hailley Abernathy; and Hailley’s father, Scott Abernathy. In the second row are A-JCHS golf coach Brandon Bierstedt and A-JCHS athletic director Rick Livesay.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Hailley Abernathy has signed a national letter of intent to play golf at McKendree University in Lebanon. She plans to major in exercise science with a minor in athletic training. In the first row are, from left, Hailley’s mother, Rhonda...
Memorial Day will be commemorated with a variety of special events which are planned in the area. Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. The schedule of special events planned in the area includes: Alto Pass Veterans Memorial The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial organization plans to have a ceremony...
The Cobden School Marching Appleknockers participated in the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Anna. File photo by Amber Skelton.
Fifty-eight junior high and high school band students are scheduled to leave Cobden Thursday evening, today, on a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade. The band from the Union County school will perform along with marching bands and veteran units from around the...
Dr. Susan Spellman, known in Anna and Jonesboro schools and among her squad of volunteers as the tutoring lady, is retiring. For the past 14 years, Spellman, a Jonesboro resident, has trained and directed a volunteer program to tutor at-risk students in 1st through 8th grades in Anna and Jonesboro...
The Anna City Pool opens May 29. A public swim is set from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are $3, or buy a $25 pass for 10 entries to the pool.
The Anna City Council last week revisited concerns related to actions at the municipal cemetery on the Independence Day holiday. The council also formally said farewell to a long-time employee. The council met in regular session Tuesday evening, May 16, at Anna City Hall. Cemetery Concerns Actions...
Local college students competed in a recent intercollegiate art show hosted by Shawnee Community College near Ullin. Categories included drawing, painting, photography/graphic design, ceramics, and sculpture.  Winners in the show follow, by category, as provided by the college: Drawing 1st place:...
Southern Seven Health Department has invited the Kidney Mobile from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois to provide free health screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at the Shawnee Worship Center, which is located at 98 Oliver St. in Vienna. The Kidney Mobile is a custom...
Shawnee Community College plans to host 14 summer camps for young people starting June 5. A variety of camps are planned. Here’s a look at the schedule: Soccer Camp: June 5-7, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the college’s main campus near Ullin. Ages 7-12. The fee is $30.  Renewable Energy Camp: June 5-...

Obituaries

John William Ice, John William Ice
John William Ice, 82, died on May 15, 2017, at the Park Manor of Westchase nursing home in Houston, Texas, following a long battle with dementia. He was born on June 8, 1934, in Anna, the son of Julia and Rayburn Ice. He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in the class of 1952. He...
Billy Lee Verble
Billy Lee Verble, 82, died Monday, April 24, 2017, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. He was born to Archie Verble and Nellie Stoner Verble on April 2, 1935, in Cairo. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and four years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from a civil service...
Hillary Rae Vega, 44, of Anna, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Nov. 4, 1972, in Marion, the daughter of Terry and Janie Carlene Rendleman Sichling. She married Alberto “Al” Vega. She is survived by her husband, Alberto “Al” Vega of Anna;...
Darren Myers Sr.
Darren Myers Sr., 56, of Dongola, died Sunday, May 7, 2017. He was  born on July 5, 1960, in Chaffee, Mo., the son of Nicholas and Shirley Douglas Myers. He married Rebecca Moore on Feb. 14, 1990. He worked driving a big rig truck for US Express and trained students on how to drive a semi-truck. He...
James ‘Jamie’ Walker Jr.
Services for James “Jamie” Walker Jr., 55, of Tonkawa, Okla., were held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Wheeler, Texas, with Thomas Peppers officiating. Burial was in the Wheeler Cemetery under the direction of Peppers Family Funeral Home in Wheeler, Texas. Mr. Walker...

Sports

The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
On Saturday, May 18, over 60 schools were represented in the SIJHSAA state track meet at Herrin Sports Complex.  It was a beautiful day for a track meet, maybe the best all year to this point....

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