December 2009

Church to give away coats

A Dongola church is planning to give away free coats and clothes Sunday, Jan. 17.

The giveaway is scheduled at the Dongola Pentecostal Church. A lunch also will be served.

Sunday School at the church begins at 10 a.m. The lunch and giveaway begin at 11 a.m.


        A-J wrestlers sweep five opponents at Herrin Duals

        The Anna-Jonesboro High School wrestling team opened the new year with a sweep of five teams in the Herrin Duals Saturday, Jan. 2.

        “For a young team, we’ve made some great strides,” A-J wrestling coach Rick Bittle said. “We had a great week of practice leading up to the Duals. They just really responded and wrestled well.”

        Following are results recorded by A-J wrestlers:

        A-J 61,

        Calloway County, Ky., 15

        112 pounds: Andrew Adams decisioned Isiah Frank, 17-4.

        119 pounds: Daniel Heath pinned Bryce Elliott 1:51.

        Mary Pizzo

        Mary Pizzo, 88, of Anna, and formerly of Chicago, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

        She was born on March 27, 1921, in Franklin, La., the daughter of Vincent and Carolyn Pizzo.

        She is survived by a nephew, Phillip Sansone of The Villages, Fla., other relatives and many friends.

        According to her wishes, her body was cremated and services and burial will be private at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

        Cobden girls record first loss of season

        The Cobden High School girls’ basketball team had its first loss of the season to host Herrin in the Christmas tournament play Saturday, Dec. 26.

        The Appleknockers finished the tournament with a 2-3 record after losing two more games after the Herrin game.

        “They were three pretty darn good teams we lost to,” Cobden coach Travis Foster said.

        Cobden’s Taylor Orsburn and Ana Duda were named to the all-tournament team.

        Following are game summaries:

        Many candidates in primary

        The 2010 primary election is planned Tuesday, Feb. 2, in Union County.

        Voters who go to the polls will have an opportunity to select candidates who will face off in the November general election.

        In Union County, candidates are running on the Democrat, Republican and Green party ballots.

        Here's a look at the candidates who are on the ballot in next Tuesday's primary election:

        Democrat Party

        For U.S. Senator: Robert Marshall, David Hoffman, Jacob J. Meister, Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias, Cheryle Jackson.

        Jonesboro 46, Century 40

        Tyler Vaughn scored 13 points to lead host Jonesboro to a 46-40 win over Century in junior high school boys’ basketball Monday, Jan. 4.

        Zane DeWitt added 7 points for Jonesboro. Noah Fuller and Damian Reed had 6 points apiece, Trey Pender and Ben McFarland 4 each and Dakota Easterly, Garrett Nadeau and Derek Harvell 2 apiece.

        Nadeau scored 12 points to lead Jonesboro to a 51-20 win over Century in the junior varsity game.

        Absentee voting underway for 2010 primary election

        Absentee voting has started in Union County for the 2010 primary election.

        The primary election is set for Feb. 2.

        Union County Clerk Bobby Toler Jr. said grace registration and voting started Wednesday, Jan. 6, and continues through Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the county clerk's office.

        Early voting is scheduled to start Monday, Jan. 11, and will continue through Thursday, Jan. 28.

        The county clerk's office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

        Bessie Irene Baker

        Bessie Irene Baker, 75, of Cobden, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at her home.

        She was born on April 28, 1934, in Arbyrd, Mo., the daughter of William and Ollie Thomas Sorrels, but was raised by her aunt, Birdie Jane Tucker.

        She was married to Charles R. Baker and enjoyed over 50 years of marriage.

        Shawnee scores win over Joppa

        Kaylee Boston scored 14  points to lead Shawnee to a 61-21 win over visiting Joppa in South Egyptian Conference high schoolgirls’ basketball Monday, Jan. 11.

        Taylor Ellis scored 13 points, Jessie Reynolds 11, Taylor Loveless and Jordan Johnson 6 apiece, Ragan Brown 5 and Jonnie Ellet, April Kutek and Elena Houston 2 apiece.

        Shawnee led 17-6 after one quarter and 33-10 at the half.

        Shawnee improved to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the SEC.

        Jerry Lee Westbrook

        Jerry Lee Westbrook, 69, of New Paris, Ohio, and formerly of Union County, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, in New Paris, Ohio.

        He was born on June 7, 1940, in Anna, the son of Floyd A. and Vesta Campbell Westbrook Sr.

        Mr. Westbrook had worked at Gear Works in Richmond, Ind., and Power Train in New Paris, Ohio.

        He was a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1963 to 1965 in a transportation unit and was an expert sharpshooter.

        Mr. Westbrook was a member of the American Legion’s Clarence Teaford Post No. 360 in New Paris, Ohio.

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