January 2009

Joan Mae Sikon

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Students share what Christmas means to them

Rusty's Home Center in Anna again this year invited local students to share their thoughts about what Christmas means to them. Third grade students at Union County schools wrote about the special holiday. Those chosen to have the best entries each received a six-foot stocking filled with all kinds of toys. This year's winning entries follow.

By Alex Heath,

Lick Creek

Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the Way. Hey, that is what Christmas means to me. I like giving joy to people, my family, and Santa Claus.

Roy R. Long Sr.

Roy R. Long Sr., 83, of Perks, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at his home.

He was born on March 18, 1926, in Salem, Ky., the son of Duke and Leona Loyd Long.

He married Elsie Viola Johnson on July 27, 1945. She preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 2003.

Pinckneyville defeats A-J

Pinckneyville built a first quarter lead on its way to a 60-49 win over host Anna-Jonesboro in Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division Conference high school boys’ basketball action Friday, Dec. 11.

The Panthers were ahead 18-8 after one quarter and 27-22 at the half. Pinckneyville led 47-33 going into the final period.

Jordan Adams had 11 points to lead the Wildcats. J.R. Woodward had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Cody Livesay added 10 points. Tylor Duckworth added 7 points, Brady Wright 6 and Jesse Brimm 5.

Christmas in Cobden

A wonderful Christmas holiday season tradition may have been born in a Union County community.

The first "Christmas in Cobden" celebration was held last weekend. Most of the activities took place on Saturday.

"Christmas in Cobden" included a live nativity scene, a chance to visit with Santa Claus, caroling, gingerbread houses, good food, crafts and many other activities.

Rosalie Jacobs

Rosalie Jacobs, 91, of Hurst, died on Nov. 25, 2009, at home.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1918, in Cambria, the daughter of Roy and Rebecca Cain Thetford.

She married Benny Jacobs, who preceded her in death on May 10, 1983.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Hurst.

Wildlife habitat bus tour scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11

A wildlife habitat bus tour is planned Friday, Dec. 11, in the area.

The tour is being sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the Union County Soil and Water Conservation District.

A bus is scheduled to leave the USDA building parking lot at 201 Springfield Ave. in Anna at 1:15 p.m.

The tour bus is scheduled to return to the USDA building parking lot by 6 p.m.

Participants will be able to see how federal, state and private lands are managed for sustainable wildlife habitat.

Pana hosts A-J in second round of 3A playoffs

Pana High School football coach Al Stupek knows something about the River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division teams.

"Du Quoin beat us 40-7 last year in the first round," Stupek said. ""It gave us an opportunity to see the level of play and competition in that conference."

Pana, 7-3, a South Central Conference member, will host River-to-River Conference member Anna-Jonesboro, 7-3, in a 2 p.m. second-round game Saturday.

Afton Gurley

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Thanksgiving celebrated this week

Union County residents will be joining in the celebration of the Thanksgiving Day holiday this week.

Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 26.

In observance of the holiday, schools will have a long weekend.

Local government offices will be closed for the holiday.

The Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro, as well as Anna and Jonesboro city halls and the village hall in Cobden, are scheduled to be closed Thursday and Friday.

There is no regular mail delivery on Thanksgiving Day.

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