Arieh Hart stands on the podium after winning a state wrestling championship. Photos provided.
A Union County high school plans to honor its new state champion this weekend.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School cheer team placed 6th in state on Saturday, Feb. 3. In the first row are, from left, Mallory Cochran, Maddie Lingle and Ashley Detering. In the second row are Addison Osman, Lily Yana and Lexie Lingle. In the third row are assistant coach Sydney Heern, Hallee Menees, Cheyenne Roach, Jenna Clark and head coach Kristen Chamness. Photo provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Wildcat cheer team finished 6th in the Illinois High School Association  competitive cheerleading state finals in Bloomington on Saturday, Feb. 3. 
Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Stearns, left, celebrated his retirement after 25 years of service to the citizens of Union County. The celebration took place at the Union County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Jan.
Karnak United Methodist Church formed a circle of prayer while wearing an orange ribbon, one of the colors of Marshall County High School in Marshall County, Ky. Prayers were offered for the school in the wake of the recent shooting.
Egyptian School in Tamms recently came together for a photograph to show support for Marshall County High School in Kentucky. The Kentucky high school was the scene of a shooting on Jan.
Arieh Hart stands on the podium after winning a state wrestling championship. Photos provided.
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School cheer team placed 6th in state on Saturday, Feb. 3. In the first row are, from left, Mallory Cochran, Maddie Lingle and Ashley Detering. In the second row are Addison Osman, Lily Yana and Lexie Lingle. In the third row are assistant coach Sydney Heern, Hallee Menees, Cheyenne Roach, Jenna Clark and head coach Kristen Chamness. Photo provided.
The second major milestone in Illinois state government for the year was hit last week, with lawmakers coming together from both the Senate and the House of Representatives to listen to the annual budget address on Feb. 14 in Springfield. The address was delivered by Gov. Bruce Rauner. After...
Free income tax preparation is available at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, thanks to a group of student volunteers.  Beta Alpha Psi, an SIU College of Business honors accounting organization, is again sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VITA, program to assist fellow students...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center is planning to present a five-show theater series during 2018 in conjunction with the celebration of Illinois’ bicentennial. The series at the Anna Arts Center will recognize Illinois playwrights and their new plays.  Performances will be at the...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys' basketball team built an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 67-58 win over visiting Sparta on Senior Night in the final Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division regular season game Friday, Feb. 16. Jake Parr had 17...
Students from Union County high schools achieved honors at the annual Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, WYSE, Academic Challenged hosted by Shawnee Community College near Ullin. The academic competition was held Thursday, Feb. 8. Eleven of 12 high schools in the college’s district...
Arieh Hart stands on the podium after winning a state wrestling championship. Photos provided.
A Union County high school plans to honor its new state champion this weekend. Anna-Jonesboro Community High School's Arieh Hart won the 152-pound weight class at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A state wrestling championship. The finals were at the State Farm Center in Champaign on...
Two legislators who represent Illinois in Congress have introduced a bipartisan bill that would create a Conservation Assistance Loan program. The program would be modeled after the existing Marketing Assistance Loan.  The bill has been introducted by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and U.S. Rep....
Community members will have an opportunity to meet candidates who are running for local offices in the March primary election at an upcoming event which is scheduled in Union County. In the March 20 primary election, voters will choose candidates for a wide range of offices, including Union County...
A senior citizen prom is planned March 10 at the Leona Brust Civic Center in Ullin. The civic center is the old Ullin gym. Senior prom is an event geared toward senior citizens, but has grown into a multi-generational event.  Each year it brings the community together for an evening of...
Cobden High School senior Ethan Penrod has received the Boy Scouts of America, BSA, rank of Eagle Scout.   Eagle Scout Penrod belongs to the Anna BSA Troop 7044.   He is the first scout to obtain the rank of Eagle in Troop 7044 in the last five years.   His Eagle project consisted of planning,...

Obituaries

Jackie L. Hoffman, 70, of Anna, died at 8:39 a.m. on Feb. 20 at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion. Arrangements were pending at Crain Funeral Home in Anna.
Vickie Baggett, 61, of Makanda, died Monday, Feb. 19, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Arrangements were pending at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Cobden. To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit www.rendlemanhilemanfh.com. Rendleman & Hileman...
Katharine Mendenhall-Sinn, 92, of Anna, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at her home. She was born on Jan. 30, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Donald Elliot and Helen McFarland Woodbridge. She married John Howard Mendenhall. He preceded her in death in 2005. Later, she was married for 17...
Glenn Earl Hartsock, 93, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at his home. He was born on May 23, 1924, in Alto Pass, the son of Daniel and Minnie Hartsock. He married Edith Stone Moore on April 21, 2001, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Cobden. He is survived by his wife, Edith Hartsock of...
Donna Kay Caraker Sadler, 70, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Cobden after a long battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 6, 1947, in Anna, the daughter of Curtis and Helen Kirkpatrick Caraker. She is survived by her son, Collin Crews (Lori Williams) of Anna;...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys' basketball team built an early lead and never looked back on its way to a 67-58 win over visiting Sparta on Senior Night in the final Southern...

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