Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
G’day, duck. One evening last week, yours truly stepped outdoors...and was instantly reminded that Southern Illinois can get rather hot and humid during the summer time.
A Jonesboro bicentennial celebration is planned Oct. 12-13 in the Union County community. The City of Jonesboro, as well as Union County and the State of Illinois are commemorating their bicentennials during 2018.
Flooding in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna during heavy rainfall is an ongoing concern. The picture was taken during a downpour which happened June 26. Anna officials are concerned that continued flooding could lead to the collapse of the highway.
An upcoming major street project and continuing concerns about flooding on one of the community streets were among the issues discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council.
Here we go again...stripes in the sky on Thursday evening, June 28, suggested that something ominous was about to happen. And it did. We had yet another round of stormy weather, including a deluge, strong winds, yada, yada, yada...
Dear Diary, Well, Dear Diary, you are probably somewhat surprised to be getting this note. Mainly because, well, I don’t have a diary. Never have. 
Dark blue, almost black storm clouds rolled through the sky over Union County Thursday evening, June 28.
The last week of June ended on a stormy note in the Union County area. The final days of the month also were highlighted by very hot and humid weather in the region.
From left are Autumn McMahan, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Campbell Neely. Photo provided.
What do you get when 71 students from 27 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives join more than 1,800 of their peers across the United States? 
Australian wood duck? This, dear friends, is not a duck. Of any kind. Don’t even think it’s waterfowl. It’s an emu. In Australia. Really. Took the picture myself. Long ago, on a continent far, far away.
Flooding in the 500 block of East Vienna Street in Anna during heavy rainfall is an ongoing concern. The picture was taken during a downpour which happened June 26. Anna officials are concerned that continued flooding could lead to the collapse of the highway.
Here we go again...stripes in the sky on Thursday evening, June 28, suggested that something ominous was about to happen. And it did. We had yet another round of stormy weather, including a deluge, strong winds, yada, yada, yada...
Dark blue, almost black storm clouds rolled through the sky over Union County Thursday evening, June 28.
From left are Autumn McMahan, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Campbell Neely. Photo provided.
The University of Illinois Master Naturalist program is accepting applications for its fall 2018 training class. Classes are scheduled at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center near Cypress.   The Master Naturalist program provides science-based educational opportunities that are designed to...
Bowfishing enthusiasts are invited to attend the fourth annual Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup bowfishing tournament. The tournament is scheduled Saturday, July 21, on the Kaskaskia River at Wood Duck Marina near Baldwin. The tournament is hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’...
Residents of Jackson County who are served by private water wells may be eligible for free testing of their well water for lead.  The Jackson County Health Department is participating in a research project with researchers from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University to better...
Kelli R. Wood of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Jonesboro recently won the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Wood was one of 1,912 of the firm’s more than 16,000 financial advisors to receive the Ed Armstrong Award.  The award...
A Jonesboro bicentennial celebration is planned Oct. 12-13 in the Union County community. The City of Jonesboro, as well as Union County and the State of Illinois are commemorating their bicentennials during 2018. Organizers of the Jonesboro event are welcoming support for the celebration, with...
From childhood scribblings to a legislative protest against slavery, all Abraham Lincoln documents from his first three decades are now available online to scholars, teachers and history buffs around the world, thanks to the Papers of Abraham Lincoln project. This first release of documents is a...
The story begins in Kansas and detours to the Emerald City, but “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was written in Chicago and now heads the list of Top Illinois Books chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project. Other books on the list are decidedly darker than the children’s classic.  “The Jungle”...
The University of Illinois Master Naturalist program is accepting applications for its fall 2018 training class. Classes are scheduled at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center near Cypress.   The Master Naturalist program provides science-based educational opportunities that are designed to...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Jaryt Tripp has been named to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association Class 2018 2A All South high school track team. Tripp, who was selected to the team as a sprinter, will be on a soccer scholarship this fall at McKendree University in Lebanon.  
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School has scheduled registration for the 2018-2018 academic year. Registration is scheduled July 30 through Aug. 2 in the principal’s office at the school. The school noted that students who signed up for classes in the spring will be receiving information packets in...

Obituaries

Jack R. Sherwin, 79, of Anna, formerly of Chicago, died at 7:12 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, in the Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau, MO.   He was born June 1, 1939 in Chicago, the son of Louis Delwin and Mary L. (Valencic) Sherwin. He married Susan A. Stefanowicz on July 12, 1975 in Chicago....
Patricia J. Taylor
Patricia J. Taylor, 89, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Mounds, IL, died at 10:22 a.m. on July 13, 2018, at Life Care Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born April 9, 1929, in Akron, Ohio to George and Blanche Alice (Caudle) Britt.  She married Carl Taylor on June 10, 1947. Patricia was a graduate of...
Deon Houghlan
Deon Houghlan, 63 of Elkville, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2018, in Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.   He was born February 15, 1955, son of Edgar James and Alice Lucille (Brimm) Houghlan. Deon is survived by his two sons, James Houghlan of Carbondale and Danny Deon Houghlan of Mascoutah; one...
Vicenta Castillo Miller (Vicky) was born on July 19, 1935, in Lockhart, Texas, the daughter of Delfina Martinez Castillo and Julian Castillo. She died on May 30, 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Adan and Rudy; and one sister, Dora. She is survived by her husband, Bill...
Mildred Kelley
Mildred Kelley, 88, of Bush, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8, 2018, at her home.    She was born on May 17, 1930, in Arcola, the daughter of Daniel W. and Thelma Grace Wilson Simpson.   She married William M. Buck Sr. on Nov. 19, 1947. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1955. Later, she married...

Sports

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Jaryt Tripp has been named to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association Class 2018 2A All South high school track team. Tripp, who was selected to the...

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