Mystery pic: While motoring home last Friday, I happened to spot a flock of birds way, way up high in the sky. Please read this to see more about whatever these creatures might have been. Maybe.
This week is for the birds. Really. Well, not really. It’s more about the birds, instead of for the birds.
Julia Hall handed the baton to Julia Ellis during a leg in the 4 x 800 meter relay event.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ and boys’ track teams were in action during a meet which was held Wednesday, April 11, at the Union County school. 
Lick Creek School students in grades 1 through 5 sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to close out “The Wizard of Oz”-themed show which was performed for visiting grandparents. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
Lick Creek School hosted annual Grandparents’ Day events on Thursday and Friday, April 12-13.
Rain, rain, go away...at least for long enough that a guy can get in a walk. Smart people would have stayed inside, where it was warm and dry.
This week...some sage advice from somebody who's been around the block once or twice... ...really. I go around the block once or twice for my daily walkabouts.
Anna-Jonesboro hosted Vienna in a high school softball game which was played Friday afternoon, April 6. The game was played at Jonesboro School. A-J was at bat and was looking to score some runs when the picture was taken. The game, won by A-J, was played on a chilly, blustery afternoon.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball team split in recent action.
Master Sgt. Kent Baker recently announced his retirement from the U.S. Air Force Band. Baker served the Ceremonial Brass for 20 years as a horn player and later as assistant drum major.
Mystery pic: While motoring home last Friday, I happened to spot a flock of birds way, way up high in the sky. Please read this to see more about whatever these creatures might have been. Maybe.
Julia Hall handed the baton to Julia Ellis during a leg in the 4 x 800 meter relay event.
Lick Creek School students in grades 1 through 5 sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to close out “The Wizard of Oz”-themed show which was performed for visiting grandparents. Photo by Benjamin Marxer.
Rain, rain, go away...at least for long enough that a guy can get in a walk. Smart people would have stayed inside, where it was warm and dry.
Anna-Jonesboro hosted Vienna in a high school softball game which was played Friday afternoon, April 6. The game was played at Jonesboro School. A-J was at bat and was looking to score some runs when the picture was taken. The game, won by A-J, was played on a chilly, blustery afternoon.
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, has launched an Opioid Data Dashboard, which allows access to data about opioid overdoses and deaths. “The Opioid Data Dashboard is an innovative way to share information with our partners in health care, government, community organizations, law...
Union County native Joe Wilkins is the author of a newly released book titled “Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration.” “Gates of the Arctic National Park” is the first book written about the second largest national park in the United States. Wilkins is scheduled...
Hunter Ralls was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs to lead visiting Anna-Jonesboro to a 6-2 win over Nashville in high school baseball in Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi league action Monday, April 16. Dalton Goddard was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Conner Jerolds was 2-for-4 with a...
f you’ve been a regular reader of this column, you may recall that we’ve occasionally complained about “changes.”  It even upsets us to be so old-fashioned as to moan about some of today’s practices and be so eager to refer to “the good old days.” Nevertheless, here we go again. Due to our limited...
The community’s next generation of innovative thinkers will be on display next week as students from the Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities, or CEO, program showcase their products and services at two April trade shows.  In addition to a combination trade show with Jackson County CEO at the...
The Cobden High School baseball team won a pair of games in recent action. Cobden 2, Shawnee 1:  Brayden Clark was 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead host Cobden to the South Egyptian Conference win Friday, April 18. Cody Wieseman was 2-for-3 with a double for the Appleknockers. Bayden Ditterline was 2-...
The A-J Junior Wildcats hosted an awards night April 12 to conclude the 2017-2018 wrestling season.   The Junior Wildcats started the season with a roster of 44 wrestlers, from age 5 through 8th grade.   The club’s coaches said they were proud of the commitment and growth they have seen in the team...
A benefit for the David Wilkins family is planned Saturday, April 28, at JR’s Place in Jonesboro. The Wilkins family’s home near Jonesboro sustained major damage as the result of a fire which occurred Monday morning, April 9. No injuries were reported. The April 28 benefit is scheduled from 11 a.m...
Julia Hall handed the baton to Julia Ellis during a leg in the 4 x 800 meter relay event.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ and boys’ track teams were in action during a meet which was held Wednesday, April 11, at the Union County school. 
Community members are invited to attend a meeting which is planned in Anna which will focus on preventing gun violence before it happens, particularly in area schools. The meeting is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Stinson Memorial Library. Organizers who announced plans for...

Obituaries

Justin Hileman
Justin Hileman, 35, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  He was born on Feb. 4, 1983, in Carbondale, the son of John Phillip “Phil” and Sharon Kay Bartruff Hileman.  He married Brittany Newell on July 17, 2012. Justin is survived by his wife, Brittany Hileman of Jonesboro; three children...
Charles Eugene Chapman
Charles E. Chapman, 62, of Cobden, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Integrity Healthcare of Cobden.      He was born on June 4, 1955, the son of Hershel Wilmer and Ogla Evalee Andrews Chapman. He was an avid fisherman. Mr. Chapman is survived by his siblings, Martha (Leroy) Lemmons of...
Sondra K. Bradford
Sondra K. Bradford, 63, of Anna, died at 7:46 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at her home.   She was born on April 15, 1954, in Cape Girardeau, the daughter of Charles Harold and Barbara Jean Zimmerman Huffman.   She married Richard Lee Bradford on Dec. 30, 1972, in Aroma Park. She is survived by...
Donna Kay Hurst, 63, of Anna, died at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018, at her home.   She was born on April 25, 1954, in Anna, the daughter of Samuel Gordon and Elsie Barker Hurst.   She is survived by her children, Christine (Shawn) Faivre of Christopher, Jeffrey Robert Casey of Louisiana,...
Georgia Ann Polach
Georgia Ann Polach, 69, of Anna, died peacefully with her family by her side at 8:47 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018. She was born on Dec. 23, 1948, in Kennett, Mo., the daughter of John and Edith Fisher Lutrell. She married Charles S. Polach Jr. in 1978 in Belleville. He preceded her in death on June...

Sports

Hunter Ralls was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs to lead visiting Anna-Jonesboro to a 6-2 win over Nashville in high school baseball in Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi league...

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