January 2009

News Notes

An open house is planned March 22 at Shawnee Community College's new extension center in Anna.

A Union County legislative luncheon is being planned for September. The luncheons have been held in the past and were quite successful. Don Denny and David Gould are leading the effort.

New county engineer Kevin Grammer addressed the Union County Economic Development Corporation board Monday in Anna. Grammer pledged to maintain the county's roads to help promote economic development.

Cobden Names IsomAs New Police Chief

Dr. Seuss' birthday was celebrated Monday, March 2, at the Union County Early Learning Center in Jonesboro. In celebration of the special day, parent educator Kristen Cameron read "The Cat in the Hat," a classic children's story which was written by Dr. Seuss, to children and adults Monday morning at the early learning center. Children also had an opportunity to make a Cat in the Hat mask. Photo by The Gazette-Democrat.

William ‘Bill’ H. Echols

William “Bill” H. Echols,  89, of Las Vegas, Nev., and formerly of Ullin, died at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, in the Heights of Summerlin care facility, in Las Vegas.

He was born on July 27, 1919, in Ullin, the son of H. E. and Ruth Crippen Echols. 

He met Arline Belding through the World War II program called “Smokes for Yanks” and married her on March 14, 1945, in Andersen, Ind. They were married for 50 years until her death.

50 Years Ago

Dedication ceremonies for the Cobden Medical Clinic will

be held Sunday afternoon, March 1, in the gymnasium of the

Cobden High School and Open House will be held immediately

following the ceremonies when residents of Cobden and

surrounding areas will have an opportunity to inspect the new


Governor William G. Stratton voiced approval of the state

accepting Kornthal Church near Jonesboro as a state historical

shrine at a conference Tuesday in Springfield with six

Anna City Council Approves Paving Project

Resolutions for work to be done in conjunction with a major paving project were approved by the Anna City Council Tuesday.

The action came at Tuesday night's regular council meeting at Anna City Hall.

Parking spaces on South Main Street will be resurfaced this summer at the same time Illinois Route 146 is repaved from its intersection with new Highway 51 on Anna's east side to the Jonesboro Square.

Absentee Voting To Begin

Union County Clerk Bobby Toler Jr. reports that regular absentee voting is scheduled to begin Thursday, today, for April municipal and school board elections.

Elections are scheduled Tuesday, April 7, throughout Union County.

Those wanting to cast absentee ballots can do so in person at the county clerk's office.

The clerk's office is located on the first floor of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In-person absentee voting will continue through April 6.

Wildcats Split In Conference Play

Anna-Jonesboro split in Southern Illinos River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division high school boys basketball action last weekend.

Following are game summaries:

A-J 76, Chester 56 : Anna-Jonesboro made seven 3-pointers in a 76 -56 win over host Chester Friday, Feb. 13.

Gabe Pecord led the way for the Wildcats with a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds.

Jordan Adams added two 3-pointers, finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Coby Hubble, who added a 3-pointer, had 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Former Wildcat HilemanLeads Baylor To Victory

Former Anna-Jonesboro Community High School standout Lucas Hileman slapped a bases-loaded walk-off single through a drawn-in infield with no outs in the bottom of the 10th as No. 8 Baylor defeated Pacific 5-4 in Sunday’s A series finale at Baylor Ballpark in Waco, Texas.

With the win, the Bears took the series two games to one.

It marked the second time in three days that a Baylor (2-1) freshman delivered a bases-loaded, walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.

Cobden Girls Win Regional

Jenna Lehr made a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to boost Cobden to a 52-50 win over host Goreville and a Class 1A high school girls basketball regional championship Thursday, Feb. 12.

"Jenna stepped up for us," Cobden head coach Brian Clark said.

With the game tied 50-50 Cobden had the ball with 12 seconds remaining.

"We called time out and set up our press breaker play," Clark said. "We told them to get the ball to Jenna and she had two options: she'd get the basket or get fouled."


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