January 2009

Ernestine Jackson

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Bears who CARE

A special Southern Illinois holiday season tradition was scheduled to continue this week.

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. 

The state police personnel planned to spend the day distributing the food and gifts to families in need as part of CARE (Children are Remembered Everywhere) Bears.

Wasting tax dollars

To the editor,

I am agreement with Ms. Sather's opinion in the Nov. 18 issue of your paper regarding the inefficiency of Medicare in preventing waste of our tax dollars.

Last February I had an accident requiring medical equipment in my home.

I returned unused materials for credit approved in advance, but the supplier failed to give credit for those materials.

After numerous phone calls to Medicare requiring long waits and specific details, it is still unresolved.

Support appreciated

To the editor,

To steal a column title from The Gazette-Democrat: Please Read This:

I would like to thank everyone who supported my effort and who shared with me their pride at the way my recent success at the IHSA swim finals represented Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, Union County and Southern Illinois.

I especially thank Jay Newton and Howard Harris, who were my “main” coaches.

Mr. Skinner of The Gazette-Democrat did not have to publish articles about the sport I love, but he did.

Thank you for doing that.

Wildcats 49, Fairfield 36

Jordan Adams scored 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 49-36 win over Fairfield in first-round action at the 45th annual Eldorado holiday high school boys’ basketball tournament Saturday, Dec. 26.

Tylor Duckworth scored 12 points for the Wildcats, including 8 in the final quarter. He added 10 rebounds.

J.R. Woodward added 9 points, Brady Wright 7,  Cody Livesay 4 and Gabe Pecord 3.

A-J led 12-9 after one quarter and was on top 21-16 at the half. The Wildcats led 33-19 after three periods.

Special event

To the editor,

I want to thank everyone who helped make Joe Aden Day a success.

I am both honored and humbled by the kind words spoken by the special guests at the event.

I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the recognition given to me by those in attendance and to those who sent cards and called me.

It was a great evening and will never be forgotten.

Signed, Joe Aden, East Cape Girardeau

Missouri man sentenced on drug-related charge

A Missouri has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly substance.

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds said the plea was entered by Jason M. Kendrick, 35, of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Kendrick pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a deadly substance, which is a Class 1 felony.

Kendrick entered his plea on Nov. 24 before Judge Charles Cavaness during a hearing at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Kendrick will serve six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Paul D. Etherton

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A-J opens with win at Benton tournament

The Anna-Jonesboro High School girls’ basketball team split in opening-round action of the Benton Invitational tournament Saturday, Dec. 26.

Following are game summaries:

A-J 48, Hamilton County 42: Chandra Parr scored 16 points, including three 3-pointers, to power the Wildcats to the opening game win.

Valerie Pender added 10 points, Rachel Hayden 7, Destiny Dillow 6, Emma Basler 5 and Jesse Stone 4.

The Lady Wildcats led 13-10 after one quarter and 25-14 at the half. A-J took a 41-24 advantage going into the final period.

Beverly Jean Walker

Beverly Jean Walker, 67, of Cumberland, Md., died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in Maryland.

She was born on Oct. 14, 1942, in Freeport, the daughter of Clinton Elza and Paula Marie Porter Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Charles Walker.

Mrs. Walker was a professor at Allegany College of Maryland.

She received her bachelor of fine arts degree and master’s degree in English as a second language from Southern Illinois University.

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