December 2009

Conceal, carry law supported

State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said he is continuing to push for passage of House Bill 462, the Family and Personal Protection Act.

The measure would allow conceal and carry permits for Illinois firearm owners.

House Bill 462 would authorize county sheriffs to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to citizens who are at least 21 years of age.

Applicants are required to complete specified training requirements.

Knop signs with John A. Logan

Cobden High School's DaCota Knop signed a letter of intent last Friday to play softball at John A. Logan College near Carterville this fall.

"We've lost three pitchers to graduation and she can help fill the void," said John A. Logan assistant coach Angie Jilek, who was at the signing. "We're losing two first basemen and she can play first, too."

Angie's husband is John A. Logan head softball coach Bruce Jilek.

Veterans take part in special hunt

The conditions did not appear ideal for waterfowl hunting – temperatures were dipping below the freezing mark and there was plenty of snow and ice cover.

But that didn't make any difference to the hunters at the Grassy Lake Hunting Club in Union County Thursday, Jan. 7.

Ten disabled military veterans from the U.S. Army's Fort Campbell in Kentucky participated in the first Wounded Warrior Hunt at the club. They harvested seven ducks and two geese in the morning hunt. 

A-J outscores Chester

Jordan Adams and Brady Wright scored 16 points apiece and pulled down 4 rebounds each to power Anna-Jonesboro to a 75-48 win over visiting Chester in Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division Conference high school boys’ basketball Friday, Jan.  8.

J.R. Woodward added 14 points and 6 rebounds for A-J.

Tylor Duckworth had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Travis Smith had 5 points and 4 rebounds.

Cody Livesay and Jacob Brimm had 4 points apiece, Jesse Webb and Nick Bound 3 each and Jordan Kern and Gabe Pecord 2 each.

Union County area candidates for degrees at Mid-Continent University

Students from Union County were among those who were candidates to receive degrees from Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ky.

Commencement ceremonies were Saturday, Dec. 12, at Mayfield High School in Mayfield.

The December graduating class included 16 local students who were candidates for bachelor’s degrees which were earned through a partnership with Shawnee Community College, SCC.

Angela Simmons of Dongola was asked to speak as a representative for her graduating class during a brunch which was held prior to the commencement ceremony.

Kindness was appreciated

To the editor,

To the Cobden commu-nity: Your kindness has touched and amazed me.

I thought I was attending my mom's birthday party and was surprised to learn it was a fundraiser for me and my family.

I still can hardly believe the amount of money that was raised – simply incredible. It will help me and my children so much.

My mom, the good Mayor Molly (Beckley) and my sister Pat are blessed to live in your community with all of you folks.

Shawnee 56, Egyptian 33

Kaylee Boston scored 17 points to boost Shawnee to a 56-33 win over visiting Egyptian in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Thursday, Jan. 21.

Jonnie Ellet added 9 points for the Lady Reds. Jessie Reynolds and Taylor Ellis 8 apiece, Jordan Johnson, April Kutak and Taylor Loveless 4 each and Reagan Brown 2.

Shawnee built a 27-6 first quarter lead and were ahead 34-14 at the half.

Shawnee, which improved to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the SEC, plays in the South Egyptian Conference Tournament this week at Egyptian.

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