January 2009

Busy Schedule For Anna City Park

Anna City Park could be a busy place in months to come, based on requests for use of the facility considered by Anna City Council during its regular  meeting Tuesday. The meeting was at Anna City Hall.

Activities at the park approved by the council include:

•A meeting of the Illinois Trappers Association Oct. 1-4. The event is expected to draw from 600 to 1,000 people.

•An Illinois High School Rodeo Association rodeo competition at the park May 1-4.

•A Future Farmers of America benefit auction which is planned March 20-21.

Roberta Eickelman

Roberta Eickelman, 78, of Dongola, died at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

She was born on Dec. 12, 1930, the daughter of Jack and Marie Rogers Lawrence.

She married Harold Marquardt in 2002.

She was an avid garage sale enthusiast.

Please Read This

Mr. Twain didn't look all that bad, considering that he's been dead since 1910.

Mark Twain made an appearance (or, perhaps, a reappearance, of sorts) last Saturday night in Carbondale.

Twain came to life thanks to the absolutely joyful staging of actor Hal Holbrook.

Holbrook presented "Mark Twain Tonight!" (complete with an exclamation mark and I despise exclamation marks; they make words and phrases pompous and overblown. They turn simple and beautiful grammar into the Paris Hiltons of language. Humbug, I say. Humbug!!!)

Sweetest Sorghum From Union County

A Union County couple received some sweet honors at the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association's annual convention.

And, thanks to the recognition they received, Union County now is home to the number one sorghum syrup in the nation.

The association's annual convention was Feb. 26-29 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Clifford and Margaret Heil of rural Cobden, and Margaret's brother and his wife, Larry and Jane Johnson of Farmington, Mo., attended the convention. All four are members of the association.

County Reviews Bids For Bulk Fuel Tank System

Plans continue to move forward for the purchase of a bulk fuel tank system as a cost-saving measure for the county.

The Union County Board of Commissioners this week at its regular meeting opened bids for the tanks.

The meeting was Tuesday afternoon at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

The county is considering installation of the system so fuel can be purchased in bulk. Such purchases would be designed to save the county money.

 The county received five bids for installation of the system.

Fuel Prices Hurt Economy

To the editor,

I am very concerned about the economy of our country.

It seems as if most things were going well until the gasoline, diesel and home heating fuel prices raised within the past few years.

Most of us were doing well, paying our bills and living a comfortable life until the fuel prices were elevated.

These higher prices take away the extra money we have for things such as eating out, buying clothing, taking vacation trips, and just being able to buy something extra we want or need.

Cobden Names IsomAs New Police Chief

Cobden will have a new police chief effective in early April.

The job was on a busy agenda at this week's regular meeting of the Cobden Village Board of Trustees.

The meeting was Monday night at Cobden Village Hall.

Current Cobden police chief Dennis Holbrook is planning to retire on April 8.

As Holbrook's retirement draws closer, the village board on Monday night unanimously approved Mayor Wes Lyerla's appointment of David Isom as police chief effective April 8.

Isom has been working as a police officer in Cobden.

Lambdin Honored As Master Farmer

A Union County resident has been recognized as a 2009 Illinois Master Farmer.

This year's Master Farmers were announced in the March issue of Prairie Farmer magazine.

Those honored as Master Farmers are Randy Lambdin of Wolf Lake, Rick Nelson of Paxton, Doug Block of Pearl City, Kent Schleich of Fairview and Tom Block of Pearl City.

The Master Farmers program recognizes the finest farmers in Illinois.


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