January 2009

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Olde Tyme Christmas planned Sunday, Dec. 13, at Fort Massac

The annual Fort Massac State Park Olde Tyme Christmas is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in Metropolis.

The park staff and local historical reenactors will welcome guests to the visitors’ center and museum, which will be decorated with items based on 17th and 18th century designs. 

Hot spiced tea and homemade cookies will be served to visitors. Music will be performed.

For more information about the event, call Fort Massac State Park at 618-524-9321. 

Windy Wednesday in region

The first full week of December brought wet and windy conditions to the Union County area.

The wet weather followed record dry weather which was recorded in the region during November, a month when Union County had just over an inch of rain.

Wind Advisory Issued

The National Weather Service, NWS, forecast office at Paducah issued a wind advisory for the region which went into effect at midnight Tuesday.

The advisory was scheduled to remain in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Diary tells story of Illinois soldier during Civil War

He went in as a private and emerged a surgeon, and along the way kept a day by day account of his experiences during some of the major campaigns of the American Civil War. 

Now, the diary kept by Salem, Ill., native Dr. James A. Black has been donated by Benita K. Moore and David G. Moore to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill.

H1N1 vaccine supply update

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that effective on Dec. 15, all persons six months of age and older now are eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine.

Southern Seven Health Department, which serves Union County, reports that it now has "a sufficient amount of vaccine on hand and encourages everyone to get vaccinated."

During December, Southern Seven staff members have been visiting area schools to offer the vaccine to school children.

Cobden church to host ‘A Night in Bethlehem’

A Union County church is planning to host a special Christmas season event which is open to the community.

“A Night in Bethlehem” is planned Sunday and Monday, Dec. 20-21, at First Baptist Church in Cobden.

The church is located at 200 S. Walker St.

“A Night in Bethlehem” will be presented from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Tours through Bethlehem are scheduled to start every  10 minutes.

‘Bud’ & Donna Duty to celebrate golden anniversary on Dec. 20

Wayland “Bud” and Donna Duty will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house planned from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Apostolic Lighthouse in Cobden.

The open house will be hosted by the couple’s children, Rex and Sherry Goforth, and David “Scott” Duty and family.

Wayland “Bud” and Donna Duty were married on Dec. 18, 1959, in Cobden.

Bud and Donna spend their spring and summer gardening and selling their produce at local farmers’ markets.

Donna is retired from Ensign Bickford.

Jerry Lee Westbrook

JERRY LEE WESTBROOK, age 69, of New Paris, OH, died Thursday, December 24, 2009 in New Paris, OH. Born on June 7, 1940 in Anna, IL,he was  the son of the late Floyd A. & Vesta (Campbell) Westbrook Sr. Jerry had worked at Gear Works in Richmond, IN and Power Train at New Paris, OH. A U.S. Army veteran serving from 1963 to 1965, in a transportation unit and was an expert sharpshooter. Member of the American Legion Clarence Teaford Post #360 at New Paris, OH.

Three Wildcats earn 2009 All-South honors

Anna-Jonesboro had three players named to the Southern Illinois Coaches Association 2009 All-South high school football team.

The three players selected from the 7-4 Wildcat squad, which advanced to the second round of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs, were J.R. Woodward, Jordan Chamness and Gabe Pecord.

All three seniors were selected as two-way players.

Woodward, a quarterback on offense had 987 yards rushing in 117 carries, scoring 13 touchdowns and passing for 667 yards and six TDs.

Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, Anna, celebrates 140th anniversary Dec. 6

The congregation of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church in Anna celebrated a festive day on Sunday, Dec. 6.

In a combined service, worshipers and Sunday School members marked Mt. Moriah’s 140 years of mission and ministry in the Anna community, observed St. Nicholas Day, and experienced the presentation of a Christmas play, “Gifts for The King.”

The mission of Mt.  Moriah is follow the scriptures and share the news of Jesus Christ’s love and redemption for all.


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