Yes, you are right. This image of crocuses enjoying the bright sunshine would look better in color. I am sorry we could not oblige. The flowers were bright yellow, in case you wondering. (Both images appeared as black and white in print.)
This week, please humor me as I ponder the start of baseball spring training, what appears to the imminent, and potentially premature, arrival of spring and the adventures of Bob the cat. 
Cobden, in white uniforms, and Egyptian anticipate a rebound after a shot during Monday night’s game.
Cobden hosted an Illinois High School Association Class 1A boys’ regional basketball tournament this week.
Anna-Jonesboro’s Arieh Hart, third from left, stands on the podium after winning second place at state last weekend. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestler Arieh Hart, 152 pounds, finished in second place in the Class 1A state wrestling championship at Assembly Hall in Champaign Saturday, Feb. 18.
In the first row are, from left, Mike Meisenheimer, Clare Bunyan, Halford Dillow and Ron Knupp. In the second row are Keith Ellis, John Garner, Dale Moreland, Paul Rich, Daniel Theis, Jack Steele, Bill Clutts and Mike Yates. Photo by Amber Skelton.
The Union County Fair Board hosted 2016 fair queen Clare Bunyan of Cobden at a reception on Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, following her first runner-up finish at the Illinois State Fair queen pageant in January in Springfield.
New K-9 officer Kaiser waited patiently while his handler, Deputy Eric Ralls, answered questions from 3rd graders at Anna Junior High School on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Learning came to life for a group of 3rd grade students at Anna Junior High School when they got a visit from the Union County Sheriff Office’s newest officer on Wednesday, Feb. 15. 
The Anna Community Consolidated School District No. 37 Board of Education recently honored Dale Foster for his service.   Foster served on the board of education from 2005 to 2017. From left are board members Craig Dillman, Elaine Ray, Tina Waller, Dale Foster, Grant Capel, Pam Needling and Dave Sullivan. Photo provided.
The Anna Community Consolidated School District No. 37 Board of Education recently honored Dale Foster for his service. Foster served on the board of education from 2005 to 2017.
Yes, you are right. This image of crocuses enjoying the bright sunshine would look better in color. I am sorry we could not oblige. The flowers were bright yellow, in case you wondering. (Both images appeared as black and white in print.)
Cobden, in white uniforms, and Egyptian anticipate a rebound after a shot during Monday night’s game.
Anna-Jonesboro’s Arieh Hart, third from left, stands on the podium after winning second place at state last weekend. Photo provided.
In the first row are, from left, Mike Meisenheimer, Clare Bunyan, Halford Dillow and Ron Knupp. In the second row are Keith Ellis, John Garner, Dale Moreland, Paul Rich, Daniel Theis, Jack Steele, Bill Clutts and Mike Yates. Photo by Amber Skelton.
New K-9 officer Kaiser waited patiently while his handler, Deputy Eric Ralls, answered questions from 3rd graders at Anna Junior High School on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Photo by Amber Skelton.
The Anna Community Consolidated School District No. 37 Board of Education recently honored Dale Foster for his service.   Foster served on the board of education from 2005 to 2017. From left are board members Craig Dillman, Elaine Ray, Tina Waller, Dale Foster, Grant Capel, Pam Needling and Dave Sullivan. Photo provided.
John Russell scored 15 points and had 2 rebounds to lead Cobden to a 67-53 win over Egyptian in first-round action at the Class 1A high school boys’ basketball regional tournament hosted by the Appleknockers Monday, Feb. 20. Clayton Eck added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Austin Lewey...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team pulled ahead early in a 54-45 win over host Sparta in the final Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division regular season game Friday, Feb. 17. “We got a road win and that’s always good,” A-J boys’ basketball coach...
Former Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball player Chandra Parr begins her final season with the University of Evansville softball team this spring. Parr, a senior, was a starter in all of Evansville’s 47 games last season. She had a .300 batting average with 6 home runs, 23 RBIs and...
On Saturday, Feb. 18, Marlene Rivero, standing, center, of Grand Chain, shared the story of Ann Stokes, who served as a nurse aboard the first U.S. hospital ship, the U.S.S. Red Rover. Rivero’s presentation was Saturday morning at the arts center. Stokes’ work as a nurse was a groundbreaking role, both for African-Americans and for women.
The Civil War era came to life during the past week in Union County. The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center hosted a wide range of events during its 2017 Civil War Weekend.  Activities began Wednesday night, Feb. 15, and continued through Sunday, Feb. 19. Events included a play, exhibits,...
A Southern Illinois legislator is speaking out against action which he says will impact senior citizens. State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said this week that a plan by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration will strip care from 40,000 elderly residents, remove criminal background check...
The Union County Board of Commissioners is working to fill a newly created position – director of human resources. County officials explained in a Feb. 17 news release that given the increasing complexities of complying with employment law, this is a position that more and more employers, in both...
Yes, you are right. This image of crocuses enjoying the bright sunshine would look better in color. I am sorry we could not oblige. The flowers were bright yellow, in case you wondering. (Both images appeared as black and white in print.)
This week, please humor me as I ponder the start of baseball spring training, what appears to the imminent, and potentially premature, arrival of spring and the adventures of Bob the cat.  Bob the Cat has been with us since last summer. He, and his buddy, Cory, were welcomed into our home as rescue...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t hold a first half lead in a 71-68 loss to Vienna in the first round of the Class 2A regional tournament at Trico Monday, Feb. 20. With Jake Parr and Jacob Zimmerman leading the way with a 3-pointer apiece, the Wildcats pulled...
Cobden, in white uniforms, and Egyptian anticipate a rebound after a shot during Monday night’s game.
Cobden hosted an Illinois High School Association Class 1A boys’ regional basketball tournament this week. The host Appleknockers faced Egyptian High School from Tamms Monday night in tournament play. Cobden won the game. The regional tournament championship game was set for 7 p.m. this Friday.
Anna-Jonesboro’s Arieh Hart, third from left, stands on the podium after winning second place at state last weekend. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestler Arieh Hart, 152 pounds, finished in second place in the Class 1A state wrestling championship at Assembly Hall in Champaign Saturday, Feb. 18. Hart, 42-4, lost to undefeated and No. 1 state-ranked Belleville Althoff’s Danny Braunagel, 47-0, by a 10-4...

Obituaries

Carl Everett Rhodes, 91, of Wolf Lake, died at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at his home. He was born on March 23, 1925, in Wolf Lake, the son of Albert and Lula Foster Rhodes. He is survived by his brother, Billy Rhodes of Alto Pass; numerous nieces and nephews, Annie Rhodes, Jim Rhodes,...
Jena Rose Tucker
Jena Rose Tucker, 24, of Cobden, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at her home. She was born on Nov. 13, 1992, in Carbondale, the daughter of Johnny Dewayne and Tara Bush Tucker. She is survived by her father, Johnny Dewayne Tucker of Cobden; her mother, Tara (Earl) Ferguson of Buckner; a sister,...
Lois E. Brooks
Lois E. Brooks, 57, of Cobden, died at 12:32 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, at the Jonesboro Rehab & Health Care Center. She was born on Sept. 11, 1959, in Anna, the daughter of Roy Delano and Evelyn Childers Bridgeman. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Bridgeman of Anna; one brother, Roger...
Mary Jean Pace Proffitt
Mary Jean Pace Proffitt, 94, of Metropolis, died at 2:35 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Antioch Cemetery in Rosebud. Dr. Joe Buchanan officiated. She was a member of the First Baptist Church...
James ‘Chinko’ Cantrell
James “Chinko” Cantell, 94, of Anna, and formerly of Jonesboro, died at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born on Jan. 21, 1923, in Reynoldsville, the son of James W. and Hallie Keller Cantrell. He married Norma J. Collie on March 31, 1944, in Union County...

Sports

John Russell scored 15 points and had 2 rebounds to lead Cobden to a 67-53 win over Egyptian in first-round action at the Class 1A high school boys’ basketball regional tournament hosted by the...

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