January 2009

Concerned about fundraiser

To the editor,

I was asked to buy tickets for a fundraiser for the Anna-Jonesboro boy’s basketball team. It is a worthy cause to support our young athletes, but I have several objections to the way this particular fundraiser was handled.

First, the tickets one buys will offer price reductions in goods and services by businesses, only one of which is a local establishment in Anna (Pizza Hut). This means a fundraising company was hired without local interests in mind.

Labor Council, Kroger sponsor annual food drive

For 13 years, area labor unions and Kroger have worked together to fill the shelves at food pantries throughout Southern Illinois.

Eighteen area food pantries were slated to receive $16,500 worth of food Saturday, Dec. 12, as the result of fundraising efforts by Southern Illinois union members.

Area union members raised $11,000 this holiday season to purchase food to help stock food pantries located in several counties throughout Southern Illinois.

Carlos L. Brown

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Charles S. Horecker

Charles S. Horecker, formerly of Anna, was born on Feb. 28, 1979, in Carbondale.

He died Friday evening, Dec. 11, 2009, in an automobile accident.

He attended Anna-Jonesboro Community High School and Crossroads prepatory in St. Louis. He graduated from the University of Chicago with honors in 2001. He furthered his education at Yale University.

Then he became a traveler and student of the world through extensive travels in India, China, the Middle East and all of Southeast Asia. While in Beijing he taught at the University of Beijing.

Cerney, Gonzalez lead A-J wrestlers at Lawrenceville

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High  School wrestling team captured two second-place finishes at the Lawrenceville Invitational Saturday, Dec. 5.

Brandon Cerney and Alex Gonzalez claimed second-place finishes for the Wildcats.

Cerney, wrestling in the 135-pound class, pinned Fairfield’s Tyler Kunce in 1:08 and Marion’s Arthur Grant in 3:28 before being pinned in 5: by Mt. Carmel’s Derek Garnett in the championship bout.

Patricia Yvonne Flick

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Royal Raymond Eaves

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Billy L. Vincent

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State police continue holiday CARE Bears project

Illinois State Police personnel became CARE Bears this week as a holiday season tradition continued.

Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, Illinois State Police District 22 personnel planned to don their Santa hats and joined together to load squad cars with food and gifts like elves loading Santa’s sleigh.  

They planned to spend the day distributing the food and gifts to families in need for CARE (Children are Remembered Everywhere) Bears, Illinois State Police District 22 safety education officer Bridget R. Rice said.

Robert Chester Case

Robert Chester Case, 59, of Anna, died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Mr. Case made his home at Hidden Valley in Jonesboro for many years and has lived at Mulberry Manor for the last two years. He is survived by many friends.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Susan Middleton officiating. Burial will be in the Anna Cemetery.

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

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