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The Dozers softball team of Anna won first place in a tournament which was played July 9-10 in Murphysboro. In the first row are, from left, Sadie Cross, Olivia Schaefer and Dixie Kaufman.
Your intrepid photographer spotted a pair of birds (we'll call them doves) on utility wires near St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. So, I captured this clever silhouette image of the birds. (Yes, I was on another one of my walks. Sorry.)
This originally was going to be about Pokemon Go. What, you say? You've never heard of Pokemon Go. Good. That is very, very good.
Ligon returned the ball to the pitcher during his All-Star game on July 14. Photo by Amber Skelton.
John Michael Ligon of Anna played catcher this summer for the Athletics, a Marion team. Ligon completed a full season without being struck out at bat.
Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy students who have been promoted to black belts include Cooper Johnson, Wes Johnson, Heather Coffman, Andrew Inman, Dillon Greer and Jacob Cross. Photo provided.
A group of six students are the first at Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy in Anna to be promoted to black belts.
Staff members at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna were using their smartphones one day last week to play Pokemon GO.
The nationwide phenomenon, Pokemon GO, has been downloaded on millions of mobile devices, including many in Union County. Pokemon GO is a free game that is downloadable on iPhone and Android devices.
Water used during the training was pumped out of the pond at the Anna City Park. The water then was sprayed back into the pond.
Firefighters from throughout Union County gathered last week for a training exercise in Anna. The training event was held Thursday evening, July 14, at the Anna City Park.
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Your intrepid photographer spotted a pair of birds (we'll call them doves) on utility wires near St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cobden. So, I captured this clever silhouette image of the birds. (Yes, I was on another one of my walks. Sorry.)
Ligon returned the ball to the pitcher during his All-Star game on July 14. Photo by Amber Skelton.
Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy students who have been promoted to black belts include Cooper Johnson, Wes Johnson, Heather Coffman, Andrew Inman, Dillon Greer and Jacob Cross. Photo provided.
Staff members at Stinson Memorial Library in Anna were using their smartphones one day last week to play Pokemon GO.
Water used during the training was pumped out of the pond at the Anna City Park. The water then was sprayed back into the pond.
The Union County Fair queen pageant is in search of contestants for the 2016 pageant. The pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the fairgrounds (the Anna City Park). Little Miss/Junior Miss: Little Miss contestants must be 10-12 years of age, and Junior Miss contestants must be 13-15...
The Horseshoe Lakers 4H Club is hosting a Community Helping Hand event on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will be doing community service for the residents of Olive Branch and others in Alexander County. For those who have a task that they need help with, visit their Facebook...
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The Dozers softball team of Anna won first place in a tournament which was played July 9-10 in Murphysboro. In the first row are, from left, Sadie Cross, Olivia Schaefer and Dixie Kaufman. In the second row are Macie Hoehner, Hallie Plott, coach Lyle Plott, Elle Penrod, Breanna Hileman and Emma...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Hannah Reach has been named the girls’ 2016 scholar athlete of the year by the Southern Illinoisan newspaper. Reach became the first A-J female athlete since the award began in 1994 to receive the honor. She set the school and Southern Illinois River-to-River...
A golf tournament benefiting the Brian S. Tucker Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund is scheduled Saturday, July 23, at the Union County Country Club in Anna. Shotgun starts are slated at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  For more information about the tournament, contact Brandon Bierstedt at the Union County...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School plans to have registration for the 2016-2017 school year Aug. 1-4, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  Students who signed up for classes in the spring are advised that they should receive information packets in the mail. Senior registration is planned for...
Chris Egleston, the “Reading Magician,” is scheduled to present his “Readers Are Winners Show” at the Jonesboro Public Library on July 26 at 2 p.m. Egleston uses magic, comedy and audience participation to teach about the fun and importance of reading. He encourages his audience to read – both to...
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds reported the sentencing of six persons to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Alex E. Pulliam, 21, of Tunnel Hill has been sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.   Pulliam struck a Union County...
The Du Quoin State Fair is partnering with the Southern Illinois Miners this weekend. Saturday, July 23 is Du Quoin State Fair Night at the Miners game in Marion. State Fair staffers will be on hand to show baseball fans some of the new exhibits and features of the Du Quoin State Fair. Fans will...
Ligon returned the ball to the pitcher during his All-Star game on July 14. Photo by Amber Skelton.
John Michael Ligon of Anna played catcher this summer for the Athletics, a Marion team. Ligon completed a full season without being struck out at bat. He was selected from his team to play in an all-star game on Thursday, July 14. The game ended in a tie. Each team scored 9 runs, with Ligon...

Obituaries

Nancy O’Daniel, 73, of Anna, died at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Oct. 29, 1942, in Syracuse, N.Y. She married Leon Merle O’Daniel on Nov. 2, 1962, in Syracuse. He preceded her in death on March 25, 2013. She is survived by her...
Billy Dean Tutt, Captain, USN Ret., died July 11, 2016. He was born on July 7, 1937, in Jonesboro. Billy spent 31 years in the active and reserve Navy with 20 decorations (made two-star admiral for 1 1/2 years). He also was a past owner of Tutt Advertising, Public Relations and Talent Agency....
Judith Marie DuBois, 78, of Cobden, died at 7:17 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016, at her home. She was born in Anna, on May 27, 1938, the daughter of William B. and Mildred Howenstein Lamer. She married Lawrence A. “Spike” DuBois on Jan. 25, 1958, in Cobden. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1999....
Lloyd Leonard Vines Jr., 72, of Anna, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family at 10:27 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016. He was born on Aug. 1, 1943, in Villa Ridge, the son of Lloyd Leonard Sr. and Edna Landis Vines. He married Cindy Davis in 1963 in South Elgin. He is survived by his wife...
Ruth Hankla
Ruth Hankla, 93, of Anna, died at 6:45 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2016, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born in Jonesboro on Dec. 15, 1922, the daughter of Frederick E. and Nora Shy Meyer. She married Ray Hankla on Sept. 19, 1942, in Cape Girardeau. She was an active member of...

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The Dozers softball team of Anna won first place in a tournament which was played July 9-10 in Murphysboro. In the first row are, from left, Sadie Cross, Olivia Schaefer and Dixie Kaufman. In the...

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