From left are Mary Jo King and Alice Mae Mathis, who were discussing part of the exhibit. They previously had met at Our Place in Karnak for lunch. Photo provided.
The Shawnee Unit of Illinois Association of Home and Community Education, IAHCE, recently toured the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, which is located south of Cypress on Illinois Route 37 South.
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
The son and daughter of a Democratic Party candidate for governor of Illinois paid a campaign visit to Union County last week.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
This week, dear readers, allow me to wax philosophical. And, you're asking yourself: What exactly does he mean when he's going to wax philosophical?  Thank you for asking.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team.
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
The Union County Ambulance Service has honored two long-time employees for their service. The two employees have retired. Carrell O’Daniell retired with 24 years of service.
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
A special chapter in the life and history of Union County was remembered during an event which was held last week in Anna.
From left are Mary Jo King and Alice Mae Mathis, who were discussing part of the exhibit. They previously had met at Our Place in Karnak for lunch. Photo provided.
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
This is not Chuck. I'm guessing that this is one of Chuck's northern cousins. Chuck's cousin apparently is not very bright, either, because he/she was playing alongside the road, which was good when it comes to generating a somewhat blurry photograph, but not so good when it comes to longevity.
Swimmers make their way to the finish line in a heat of the 25-meter backstroke event last Saturday during an invitational meet hosted by the Anna Blue Dolphins swim team. The meet was at the Anna City Pool in Anna.
From left are Union County Ambulance Service director Grant Capel, Carrell O’Daniell, Roy Walker and ambulance service assistant director Jaime Watkins. Photo provided.
Former WRAJ radio employee Tim Jones, left, presented a special memento to Don Michel. Jones gave Michel a turntable which had been used when WRAJ was in operation in Anna.
Olive Branch United Methodist Church plans to have Bible School June 26-30. The theme is “Hero Central.” Bible School will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. Children ages 3 years old to 5th grade are welcome.
Replicas of two ships used by Christopher Columbus are scheduled to be in the region this fall. The replicas of the Nina and Pinta are scheduled to arrive Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Mississippi River front in Cape Girardeau. The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that on Friday...
The following statement was issued Tuesday, June 27, by the City of Anna: The Anna Fire Department, under the direction of Chief Gary Rider, is responsible for the annual fireworks celebration. Chief Rider was notified a few days ago that the Illinois state fire marshal had suspended the license of...
From left are Mary Jo King and Alice Mae Mathis, who were discussing part of the exhibit. They previously had met at Our Place in Karnak for lunch. Photo provided.
The Shawnee Unit of Illinois Association of Home and Community Education, IAHCE, recently toured the Henry N. Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, which is located south of Cypress on Illinois Route 37 South. IAHCE member Sue Johnson and her granddaughter Erica viewed the displays of material...
The second River to River Yard Sale is planned July 6-9 in Southernmost Illinois. The event is set to follow Illinois Route 146 from East Cape Girardeau to Cave-In-Rock. Residents along this route are invited to clean out attics, basements, closets and storage sheds and offer items they would like...
Budget inaction and continued uncertainty were on the minds of area superintendents during a June 20 meeting convened by State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, to discuss area schools’ cash flow issues. “Our school superintendents are increasingly frustrated with the ongoing impasse, and that...
The remnants of a tropical storm were expected to impact parts of the region late last week. The National Weather Service was calling for the possibility of a “significant heavy rainfall event” from last Thursday through Friday evening in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky....
An annual Independence Day celebration is planned Tuesday, July 4, in Tamms. The event will be at the Tamms Community Park. The celebration is sponsored by the Tamms Volunteer Fire Department. Activities are planned throughout the day and into the night. A car, truck and motorcycle show is...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in the state to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal, OSFM, prior to...
Illinois State Police District 22 in Ullin released information, Monday, today, June 26, about a fatal rollover car crash that occured on Illinois Route 127 north of Trinity Road near Sandusky in Alexander County at 7:09 a.m. Monday.  Valencia Holloway, 19, of Tamms, was identified as the driver....

Obituaries

Frank ‘Larry’ Wiedlocher
Frank “Larry” Wiedlocher, was born on June 27, 1949, in Anna, the son of Carl and Dorothy DeMonde Wiedlocher, and died at home on June 18, 2017, in Salem, Mo., at the age of 67. He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Gloria Green in Carmi. He served in...
Betty J. Thornton
Betty J. Thornton, 88, of Anna, died at 4:17 a.m. Sunday, June 25, 2017, at her home. She was born on Feb. 15, 1929, in Anna, the daughter of James Hosea and Clara Anderson McDonald. She married Charles A. Thornton on Dec. 30, 1945, in Piggott, Ark. Together they shared 58 1/2 years together. He...
James H. ‘Jim’ Blair
James H. “Jim” Blair, 70, of Woodlawn, and formerly of Union County, died at 9:17 p.m. on June 21, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 21, 1946, in Anna, Illinois. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Connie K. (Harre) Blair of Woodlawn; a brother, Kenneth William Blair and wife,...
Larry L. Elkins
Larry L. Elkins, of South Elgin died on June 11, 2017. Larry’s positive, yet accepting attitude helped him thrive and comfort others during aggressive treatment for pancreatic cancer. His final hours were spent at home surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Jonesboro, on Jan. 25, 1942...
Floyd F. Ferry
Floyd F. Ferry, 90, formerly of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 7:08 a.m. at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.  He was born on Nov. 1, 1926, in East Carondelet, the son of Leo Frank Ferry and Matilda Schmidt Ferry.  On Nov. 27, 1947, he married Rosemary B. Ferry at Christ Evangelical...

Sports

An Anna Sandlot Legends baseball camp for boys and girls 7-11 years old is planned at the Anna City Park June 26-29. Hours are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The camp is designed to allow...

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