January 2009

A-J state champion swimmer Elizabeth Bell signs with U of I

After months gathering information and weighing interest showed in her by more than 30 Division I universities, Anna-Jonesboro Community High School senior Elizabeth Bell visited four of her top choices.

Full and nearly full scholarship offers from Tulane and Rice were very hard to ignore. Purdue also made a strong bid for her services, but the University of Illinois emerged as the choice.

Frances Seals Phalin

Frances Seals Phalin, 75, of Vienna and formerly of Perks, died at 4:55 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

She was born on Oct. 3, 1934, in Grand Chain, the daughter of Theodore and Fannie Eddleman Goins. 

She married Frank Seals in 1951. He preceded her in death in 1978. She married Clifford Phalin in 1984. He preceded her in death in 1993.

She was a homemaker.

Holiday brings heavy rain, strong winds, light snow

Heavy rain, high winds and light snow highlighted the Union County area's weather during the past week.

Some areas in the region received nearly 5 inches of rain on Christmas Eve.

In Union County, just over 3 inches of precipitation was measured.

The heavy rain gave way to colder temperatures and snow showers on Christmas Day.

A light dusting of snow allowed some people in the region to experience a white Christmas.

Jonesboro splits in recent play

The Jonesboro Schoolboys’ basketball team split in recent junior high school  action.

Following are game summaries;

Giant City 57, Jonesboro 46: Tyler Vaughn scored 14 points to lead host Jonesboro in the loss Wednesday, Dec. 2.,

Damian Reed added 13 points, Dakota Easterly 5, Trey Pender, Ben McFarland and Noah Fuller 4 apiece and Zane DeWitt 2.

Fuller scored 10 points to lead Jonesboro to a 32-23 win over Giant City in the junior varsity game.

Shawnee hosts 2009 madrigal

Shawnee Community College plans to host 2009 madrigal performances Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5.

Performances are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. each day in the atrium on the college’s main campus near Ullin.

The madrigal is presented by the SCC Chamber Singers.

For ticket information, contact Lisa Root-Bosecker at 618-634-3250.


        Ryan Patrick Foley

        Ryan Patrick Foley, 30, of Murphysboro, died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, in Murphysboro.

        He was born on Oct. 20, 1979, in Arlington Heights,  the son of John and Pamela S. Foley.

        He was united in marriage to Heather Riggio in Makanda on May 25, 2008.

        He was a 1997 graduate of Murphysboro High School and was a member of the Crimson Express Band and also played football. He received an associate degree in criminal justice from John A. Logan College in Carterville.

        Roadside safety checks planned during December

        Illinois State Police District 22 troopers plan to conduct roadside safety checks during December.

        Capt. Harry Masse, commander of District 22, said federally funded programs will enable troopers and local police officers to be hired for overtime details.

        District 22 has its headquarters at Ullin. Union County and six other area counties are in the district.

        The safety checks will encompass all of District 22, Masse said.

        Christmas in Cobden 'tremendous success'

        An early December "Christmas in Cobden" celebration was a "tremendous success," village officials said.

        The event was discussed at last week's regular meeting of the Cobden Village Board of Trustees.

        The meeting was Monday night, Dec. 7, at Cobden Village Hall.

        The holiday celebration was sponsored by the Cobden Community and Business Association and the village.

        Hundreds of people came to "Christmas in Cobden." A wide range of activities were held.

        Motorists reminded about speed limit on Heacock Street in Jonesboro

        Jonesboro officials are cautioning motorists to remember the posted speed limit on a recently repaved street in the Union County city.

        The issue was discussed at a regular meeting of the Jonesboro City Council. The meeting was Monday night, Dec. 7, at Jonesboro City Hall.

        Concerns focus on Heacock Street. The street was recently repaved, making it much smoother.

        The nicer street apparently has led some motorists to forget that Heacock has a speed limit of 30 miles per hour.

        Spirit of cooperation

        Last week, we learned of multiple arrests as the result of an investigation into crimes in the Union County area which included burglaries and trafficking in firearms.

        The large number of arrests which happened at one time justifiably grabbed the headlines, but another aspect of the investigation needs to be noted.

        Local, state and federal authories worked together in this effort. Such a spirit of cooperation is to be commended.

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