Commencement ceremonies for members of the graduating classes of 2016 are underway at Union County high schools. Cobden High School hosted its graduation ceremony last Friday night, when the accompanying picture was taken.
Angry bird? Perhaps. This one was keeping a close eye on her baby, which was on the ground nearby.
Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, shared her story with Rend Lake College students to convince them to stop driving distracted. Photo provided.
Students at Rend Lake College in Ina packed the college's theatre Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn all about distracted driving from Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, and Illinois State Police, ISP, Trooper Christopher Watson.
Shawnee Community College educational technology specialist Rob Lucas listened as two high school students shared their business ideas during an event held recently in Anna. Shawnee Community College photo.
Shawnee Community College representatives Brett Whitnel and Rob Lucas participated in a recent Union County CEO mentorship program. The program was presented Jan. 29 at the college's extension center in Anna. 
Photo by Kassi Needling Photography.
Kyle Cox of Dongola High School scored his 2,000th career point during an away game against Egyptian in Tamms on Friday, Jan. 29.
The sweltering heat and humidity of July seem like a distant memory. Or, maybe, a dream of what is yet to come. Whew.
Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, shared her story with Rend Lake College students to convince them to stop driving distracted. Photo provided.
Shawnee Community College educational technology specialist Rob Lucas listened as two high school students shared their business ideas during an event held recently in Anna. Shawnee Community College photo.
Photo by Kassi Needling Photography.
Isaac Pender was 5-for-5 with a double, 2 stolen bases and an RBI to lead visiting Anna-Jonesboro to a 14-7 non-conference win over Century to close out regular season play Monday, May 16. Jake Wright was 2-for-3 with 2 stolen bases and 2 RBIs. Brayden Benefield was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Collin...
Addy Aspen was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBIs to lead Cobden to an 11-1 win over Century for the Class 1A regional championship at Shawnee High School in Wolf Lake Saturday, May 21. Keileigh Britt was 1-for-2 with a double and 2 RBIs. Josi Braden was 1-for-2 with a stolen base and an RBI. Carley...
The Cobden High School baseball team scored wins over Egyptian and host Century on its way to a Class 1A regional championship. With the regional title in hand, Cobden advanced to sectional play. The Appleknockers are the defending state Class 1A champions. In first-round action, Cobden had no...
A three-foot by four-foot gray, granite monument is being placed by the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society in the Cobden Cemetery. The monument will be placed at the Grand Army of the Republic, GAR, burial plot. The monument, with the names of the nine Civil War veterans who are interred...
The third annual Annabelle Street Festival is planned Saturday, June 11, in downtown Anna. The festival is held to celebrate the Annabelle hydrangea plant. The plants were discovered in 1910 near Anna. For the festival East Davie Street in downtown Anna is scheduled to be closed to traffic from  10...
An annual Springfest celebration is planned Saturday, May 28, in downtown Alto Pass. Springfest is presented by local sponsors and the Alto Pride Community Group. Funds raised at the celebration will help to pay the remaining balance of the cost of construction for restrooms in the park in downtown...
Services are planned in several Union County communities to commemorate the observance of Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is Monday, May 30. All of the services which are planned in the area are open to the public. The Alto Pass Veterans Organization has scheduled three services in commemoration of...
Commencement ceremonies for members of the graduating classes of 2016 are underway at Union County high schools. Cobden High School hosted its graduation ceremony last Friday night, when the accompanying picture was taken. Ceremonies are scheduled this week at Anna-Jonesboro, Dongola and Shawnee...
Angry bird? Perhaps. This one was keeping a close eye on her baby, which was on the ground nearby.
Southern Seven Health Department is planning to participate in a State of Illinois strategic national stockpile mass dispensing full scale exercise in June.   As part of its ongoing emergency preparedness activities, the health department plans have a mock dispensing clinic from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on...

Obituaries

Doris Elizabeth West, 94, of Marion, and formerly of Anna, died on May 18, 2016. She was born on May 16, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of George M. and Natalie Kuhlman Andrews. She married then-USAAF Staff Sgt. James Edward West on July 1, 1944. After an adventuresome move from...
Sue Brimm, 76, of Springfield, and formerly of Cobden, died Friday, May 20, 2016, at her home. She was born on March 7, 1940, in Anna, the daughter of Louie and Mildred Mallender Lockard of Cobden. She married Gene Brimm on Nov. 1, 1958, in St. Louis. She is survived by her husband; son Allen (...
Johnny Ray "Bam Bam" New, 58, of Cobden, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at his home. He was born on March 22, 1958, in Muncie, Ind., the son of Lee Hollis and Hazel Malone New. He married Ruth Seals on Aug. 14, 1976. He is survived by his wife, Ruth New of Cobden; a son, Johnny "Jay" (Hailey) New of...
Ethel Mae Blunt, 88, of Cobden, died at 6:46 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. She was born on June 2, 1927, in Cobden, the daughter of Fred and Mae Hodges Flamm. She married Harold L. "Bud" Blunt Sr. on Oct. 28, 1958, in Cobden. He preceded her in death in August...
Mable Margaret Smith, 92, of Jonesboro, died at 4:17 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Marion VA Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Memphis, Tenn., the daughter of Edward and Letha Mettille Kelly Hellengreen. She married Leroy Smith on Feb. 16, 1957, in Dixon. She is survived by her...

Sports

Isaac Pender was 5-for-5 with a double, 2 stolen bases and an RBI to lead visiting Anna-Jonesboro to a 14-7 non-conference win over Century to close out regular season play Monday, May 16. Jake...

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