Jim Burnes and Jonesboro Elementary School student Jaley Watkins. Photo provided.
Jaley Watkins of Jonesboro Elementary School was awarded the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association, SIJHSAA, Jim Burnes Leadership Award for Region 1 on Friday, May 5, at Alongi’s in Du Quoin.
Shawnee Hills Lavender near Cobden hosted u-pick events in 2016. The farm was established in 2014 and is owned by Charlotte and Doug Clover. File photo.
(Editor’s note: the following article is shared by Susan Odum, who is a University of Illinois Extension community economic development educator.) ***
First row, from left, Alena Cowsert, Rachel Kindhart, Remington Fisher and MaKayla Holder. Second row, Josh Stafford, Rian Shaneyfelt, Hannah Loyd, Gabriele Farner and Dr. Vickie Artman. SCC photo.
Nine area high school students enrolled in dual credit courses completed their associate degrees at Shawnee Community College prior to graduating from high school.  
Main course? Guess it could be. Earthworms are high in protein, and are really easy to find. This one was already cooked, too...tasted like chicken...
WARNING: If you are squeamish about eating dead things, other than hamburger, Please DO NOT Read This. If you are a member, or supporter, of PETA, Please DO NOT Read This.
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
On Saturday, May 18, over 60 schools were represented in the SIJHSAA state track meet at Herrin Sports Complex. 
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Katelynn Williams signed a national letter of intent on Thursday, May 18, to play softball at Shawnee Community College.
Jim Burnes and Jonesboro Elementary School student Jaley Watkins. Photo provided.
Shawnee Hills Lavender near Cobden hosted u-pick events in 2016. The farm was established in 2014 and is owned by Charlotte and Doug Clover. File photo.
First row, from left, Alena Cowsert, Rachel Kindhart, Remington Fisher and MaKayla Holder. Second row, Josh Stafford, Rian Shaneyfelt, Hannah Loyd, Gabriele Farner and Dr. Vickie Artman. SCC photo.
Main course? Guess it could be. Earthworms are high in protein, and are really easy to find. This one was already cooked, too...tasted like chicken...
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
Jim Burnes and Jonesboro Elementary School student Jaley Watkins. Photo provided.
Jaley Watkins of Jonesboro Elementary School was awarded the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association, SIJHSAA, Jim Burnes Leadership Award for Region 1 on Friday, May 5, at Alongi’s in Du Quoin. Jaley is the daughter of Brad and Jaime Watkins. SIJHSAA is one of two organizations...
Shawnee Hills Lavender near Cobden hosted u-pick events in 2016. The farm was established in 2014 and is owned by Charlotte and Doug Clover. File photo.
(Editor’s note: the following article is shared by Susan Odum, who is a University of Illinois Extension community economic development educator.) *** Early June is a great time to enjoy the excellence of Southern Illinois’ grape and wine industry at one of the many vineyards within the boundary of...
First row, from left, Alena Cowsert, Rachel Kindhart, Remington Fisher and MaKayla Holder. Second row, Josh Stafford, Rian Shaneyfelt, Hannah Loyd, Gabriele Farner and Dr. Vickie Artman. SCC photo.
Nine area high school students enrolled in dual credit courses completed their associate degrees at Shawnee Community College prior to graduating from high school.   The students completed the required course work to earn associate degrees through Shawnee Community College.   Many of the students...
Flood warnings continued this week for the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Union County is bordered by both of the rivers. The National Weather Service office at Paducah reported early this week on its website that a flood warning for the Mississippi...
The Lick Creek School Lady Eagles finished third at the state track meet. Photo provided.
On Saturday, May 18, over 60 schools were represented in the SIJHSAA state track meet at Herrin Sports Complex.  It was a beautiful day for a track meet, maybe the best all year to this point.  The Lick Creek Lady Eagles battled all day long and ended up with a third place team trophy, in a day...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Katelynn Williams signed a national letter of intent on Thursday, May 18, to play softball at Shawnee Community College. She plans to obtain an associate of science degree while at Shawnee Community College. In the first row, are from left,...
In the first row are, from left, Hailley’s mother, Rhonda Abernathy; Hailley Abernathy; and Hailley’s father, Scott Abernathy. In the second row are A-JCHS golf coach Brandon Bierstedt and A-JCHS athletic director Rick Livesay.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School student athlete Hailley Abernathy has signed a national letter of intent to play golf at McKendree University in Lebanon. She plans to major in exercise science with a minor in athletic training. In the first row are, from left, Hailley’s mother, Rhonda...
Memorial Day will be commemorated with a variety of special events which are planned in the area. Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. The schedule of special events planned in the area includes: Alto Pass Veterans Memorial The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial organization plans to have a ceremony...
The Cobden School Marching Appleknockers participated in the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Anna. File photo by Amber Skelton.
Fifty-eight junior high and high school band students are scheduled to leave Cobden Thursday evening, today, on a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade. The band from the Union County school will perform along with marching bands and veteran units from around the...
Dr. Susan Spellman, known in Anna and Jonesboro schools and among her squad of volunteers as the tutoring lady, is retiring. For the past 14 years, Spellman, a Jonesboro resident, has trained and directed a volunteer program to tutor at-risk students in 1st through 8th grades in Anna and Jonesboro...

Obituaries

John William Ice, John William Ice
John William Ice, 82, died on May 15, 2017, at the Park Manor of Westchase nursing home in Houston, Texas, following a long battle with dementia. He was born on June 8, 1934, in Anna, the son of Julia and Rayburn Ice. He graduated from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in the class of 1952. He...
Billy Lee Verble
Billy Lee Verble, 82, died Monday, April 24, 2017, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. He was born to Archie Verble and Nellie Stoner Verble on April 2, 1935, in Cairo. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and four years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from a civil service...
Hillary Rae Vega, 44, of Anna, died Monday, May 15, 2017, at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Nov. 4, 1972, in Marion, the daughter of Terry and Janie Carlene Rendleman Sichling. She married Alberto “Al” Vega. She is survived by her husband, Alberto “Al” Vega of Anna;...
Darren Myers Sr.
Darren Myers Sr., 56, of Dongola, died Sunday, May 7, 2017. He was  born on July 5, 1960, in Chaffee, Mo., the son of Nicholas and Shirley Douglas Myers. He married Rebecca Moore on Feb. 14, 1990. He worked driving a big rig truck for US Express and trained students on how to drive a semi-truck. He...
James ‘Jamie’ Walker Jr.
Services for James “Jamie” Walker Jr., 55, of Tonkawa, Okla., were held Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Wheeler, Texas, with Thomas Peppers officiating. Burial was in the Wheeler Cemetery under the direction of Peppers Family Funeral Home in Wheeler, Texas. Mr. Walker...

Sports

Jim Burnes and Jonesboro Elementary School student Jaley Watkins. Photo provided.
Jaley Watkins of Jonesboro Elementary School was awarded the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association, SIJHSAA, Jim Burnes Leadership Award for Region 1 on Friday, May 5, at Alongi...

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