January 2009

Jonesboro boys' team splits in recent basketball action

The Jonesboro School junior high boys' basketball team split in recent action.

Following are game summaries:

Goreville 47, Jonesboro 27: Tyler Vaughn scored 7 points to lead host Jonesboro in the loss Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Ben McFarland added 6 points for Jonesboro. Damian Reed and Noah Fuller had 4 points apiece and Dakota Easterly and Garrett Nadeau 3 each.

Zane DeWitt scored 11 points to lead Jonesboro to a 27-2 win over Goreville in the junior varsity game.

Lick Creek School District tax referendum planned

Voters in the Lick Creek School District will be asked to approve a tax referendum in next February's primary election.

The Lick Creek School District 16 Board of Education adopted a resolution in October to place a referendum on the ballot for the Feb. 2, 2010, primary election.

The referendum will ask the voters in the district to approve a $0.65 increase, with the proposed higher levy limited to four years.

"The rationale behind this move is due to several circumstances," Lick Creek School District superintendent Rob Wright explained.

Gary G. Cunningham

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Lady ‘Cats 47, Vienna 41

Anna-Jonesboro built an early lead on its way to a 47-41 win over host Vienna in non-conference high school girls’ basketball action Saturday, Dec. 5.

A-J was ahead 13-8 after one quarter and 21-16 at the half. The Lady Wildcats led 31-29 going into the final period. A-J outscored the Lady Eagles 16-12 in the final stanza to pull out the win.

Chandra Parr had 16 points to lead A-J. Jesse Stone added 11 points, Emma Basler 7, Destiny Dillow 6, Valerie Pender 4 and Rachel Hayden 3.

County board approves budget

The Union County Board of Commissioners this week gave final approval to a new budget.

The budget was approved at a continued meeting of the county board held Monday afternoon, Nov. 30. The meeting was at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

The commissioners unanimously approved an appropriation resolution for the new budget.

The county's new fiscal year started Tuesday, Dec. 1, and runs through Nov. 30, 2010.

The commissioners also approved a tax levy resolution to generate local funding for the budget.

Shawnee 54, Meridian 43

Kaylee Boston scored 27 points to power Shawnee to a 54-43 win over visiting Meridian in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Monday, Nov. 30.

Jonnie Ellet added 11 points, Reagan Brown 8, Alexa Hileman 3, Taylor Ellis and Jessie Reynolds 2 apiece and Jordan Johnson 1.

Shawnee led 11-6 after one quarter and 26-16 at the half. The Lady Reds were in front 37-29 going into the last period.

Shawnee improved to 3-1 overall.

'Carols at Candlelight' set Sunday

A holiday season "Carols at Candlelight" event is planned Sunday, Dec. 6, in Union County.

The PAST organization of Union County is planning the event, which is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Anne's Church along South Main Street in Anna.

The Anna Junior High School chorus and the Jonesboro School chorus are scheduled to perform.

The Anna chorus is directed by Mara Beth Webster.

David Kosmatka is director of the Jonesboro chorus.

A display of nativities is planned.

Nettie M. Ashline

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Joint investigation leads to arrests of burglary, firearm trafficking suspects

The theft of an all terrain vehicle in Dongola two years ago has led a team of investigators to uncover a widespread burglary ring which involved a network of stolen firearms.

The ongoing investigation has also solved the break-ins at several area churches.

Dogged, old-fashioned police work and a newly formed alliance among local, state and federal agencies led to the arrests of 16 individuals on Nov. 24, most of them in Union County, and five of them from Dongola. Two juveniles were among those arrested.

Cub Scout Pack 44 busy during November

The local Pack 44 dens were very busy during November selling and distributing popcorn, marching in the Anna Veteran’s Day parade, and participating in the nationally acclaimed food drive, Scouting For Food.

The pack sold over $24,500 worth of popcorn with proceeds to help support the local pack and the national council.

The boys were motivated to help their pack and did an awesome job of getting out and selling popcorn to their friends and family.

Participating Cub Scouts won prizes according to how much each sold.

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