January 2009

SMART plans to increase Anna service

SMART is planning to increase its Anna shuttle service.

Beginning Monday, Dec. 21, hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The shuttle will not be in operation on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

The cost for the shuttle service is $1 for each time a person boards.

The driver also will have on hand shuttle-specific monthly passes.

Due to the increase in days of operation, a senior pass will be $15 per month.

For those under the age of 60, a monthly pass fee is $25.

Injuries play key role in success of a team

Injuries are just a part of football.

They can impact a team at any level – high school, college and the pros.

Injuries just go with the territory, as Anna-Jonesboro High School football coach Brett Detering pointed out as his squad’s 2009 season unfolded.

He said a coach just has to work around the inevitability of facing the injury bug when the football season rolls around.

Housing authority organization presents scholarship to local student

A Union County student is the recipient of a special scholarship that will help him to pursue a college education.

Marcus Etherton of Anna has been awarded a $500 scholarship by the Egyptian Council of Housing Officials, ECHO.

Etherton is the son of Mildred Etherton of Anna.

He is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He transferred to the U of I after graduating from Shawnee Community College.

Etherton is a 2007 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.

Cobden 66, Dongola 46

Robby Lehr tossed in 22 points to power Cobden to a 66-46 win over host Dongola in South Egyptian Conference  high school boys’ basketball action Friday, Dec. 11.

Steve Draper added 20 points for the Appleknockers. Alex Sweitzer netted 16 points, Gage Wright, Allan Brumleve, Josh Chapman and Josh Aspen 2 each.

Austin Hinkle had 20 points to lead the Demons. Tyler Thompson added 9 points, Tyler Eddleman and Darin Gibson 6 apiece, Chris Cohin  3 and Jordan Eads 2.

Former A-J wrestlers competing at SIUE

Dustin Young assumed his athletic career was over after high school.

Young, a freshman, attends Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he is in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, ROTC.

“The wrestling coach said he needed 125-pound wrestlers so  I tried out and made the team,” Young said.

Young, who competed in the 119-pound class last year for Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, finished 29-8 for the Wildcats his senior season.

Competing at the Division I collegiate level has been quite a challenge.

Cobden 56, Christopher 49

Steve Draper scored 23 points to lead Cobden to a 56-49 win over visiting Christopher in non-conference high school boys’ basketball action Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Robby Lehr had 19 points for the Appleknockers. Alex Sweitzer and Allan Brumleve added 6 points apiece and Josh Chapman 2.

Christopher pulled ahead 16-13 after one quarter and was ahead 31-28 at the half. The Bearcats were in front 38-37 headed into the final period. The Appleknockers made a 22-11 run in the final quarter to pull out the come-from-behind win.

A-J boy's roll to victory over Massac

After a three-game losing streak, the Anna-Jonesboro High School boy’s basketball team tried a different approach.

“It was just a case of overcoaching the last three games,” A-J coach Rob Wright said. “We told them to go out and play a lot looser and just play ball.”

With the new approach, A-J rolled to a 66-50 win over visiting Massac County Saturday night, Dec. 19.

The Wildcats held a 15-7 first quarter lead and were ahead 29-18 at the half. A-J led 47-32 headed into the final period.

New state law bans texting while driving

The Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Secretary of State, along with corporate partners, are joining together to remind Illinois motorists of two new laws which take effect Jan. 1.

The new laws represent a groundbreaking effort to reduce crashes and save lives by curbing distracted driving on Illinois’ roadways.

“When motorists text and drive, they are putting themselves and others in serious danger,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig.

Lady Wildcats 52, Harrisburg 30

Rachel Hayden scored 15 points to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 52-30 win over host Harrisburg in first-round action of the Lady Bulldogs’ high school girls' basketball tournament Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Destiny Dillow added 10 points for the Lady Wildcats. Jessi Stone and Chandra Parr 6 apiece, Emma Basler 5 and Valerie Pender 2.

A-J led 14-11 after one quarter and 24-14 at the half. The Lady Wildcats led 36-18 after three quarters.

Harry Lee Palmer





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