January 2009

Shawnee Forest CampgroundFees To Increase On March 15

An increase in fees for five campgrounds on the Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois was announced Monday, March 2.

Shawnee National Forest supervisor Allen Nicholas announced the fee increase.

The increase will become effective Sunday, March 15.

The fees for Pine Ridge, Pharaoh, Camp Cadiz and Pine Hills campgrounds will increase from $5 to $10 per night. (Pine Hills is in Union County.)  

Fifty Years Ago,March 5, 1959

Last Sunday, March 1, 1959, will be a remembered date for the citizens of the Cobden community and the surrounding area. More than five hundred people gathered to dedicate the community's new Medical Center and to welcome the new physician, Dr. Helmut Hartmann.

Approximately 2,400 letters are being run off and mailed this week to Union County residents asking for donations toward a $3,000 quota in a drive to erect a chapel at Anna State Hospital.

Help Available For Disaster Applications

State and federal disaster officials scheduled three briefings in the area this week to help representatives from state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in nine Illinois counties to apply for federal disaster assistance in the wake of late January's severe winter storm.

The nine counties have been declared as a federal disaster area as the result of damage caused by the storm.

This week's briefings are scheduled in Ullin, Metropolis and Harrisburg. The schedule follows:

Union County Museum Opens March 7

The Union County Museum in downtown Cobden is scheduled to open for the 2009 season at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7. Admission is free.

The museum's general store also is scheduled to be open.

The revolving exhibit at the museum features sheet music written by Southern Illinois residents about Southern Illinois.

Most of the pieces of sheet music have been loaned to the museum by a private collector.

Union County Area Students Named To SIUC Dean's List

Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently named fall semester dean's list students.

Dean's list recognition goes to students who compile grade-point averages that meet or exceed performance standards set by SIUC's schools and colleges.

The minimum standards vary by college and range from 3.25 to 3.75 on a scale of 4.0, which is perfect.

Students from the Union County area who were named to the dean's list are named below by their hometowns as provided by the university. An asterisk (*) denotes straight A grades.

Alto Pass

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.

Rural Development Offers Disaster Help

USDA Rural Development in Champaign announced March 3 that it stands ready to assist homeowners who sustained uninsured losses from the severe ice storms that struck Southern Illinois in January.

President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration made additional funds available through Rural Development’s housing program for low interest loans for repairs and home purchases in Union, Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Saline counties.


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