December 2009

Blood drive scheduled at A-JCHS

Even though the holiday season has come to an end, area residents can still give a special gift: the gift of life.

The gift of life can be shared at an American Red Cross blood drive which is planned Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.

The blood drive is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is being hosted by the A-JCHS Student Council.

The drive will be in the lower gymnasium at the high school.

Anna-Jonesboro National Bank will be sponsoring the drive by donating items for prizes.

A-J rallies for win over Massac County

Anna-Jonesboro trailed early but came back to post a 58-45 win over Massac County in the quarterfinals of the Eldorado holiday high school boys’ basketball tournament Monday, Dec. 28.

The Wildcats trailed 8-0 at the outset and were behind 10-2 until back-to-back 3-pointers pulled A-J to 17-12 at the end of one quarter.

A-J fought back to pull to 26-23 at the half and pulled ahead 43-39 headed into the final period.

The Wildcats outscored the Patriots 15-6 in the final quarter.

PAST board of directors meets to plan activities for coming year

The board of directors for the PAST organization of Union County met Friday, Jan. 8, to plan events for the coming year.

The meeting was Tuesday, Jan. 5, in the conference room at Shawnee Community College’s Anna Extension Center.

Those present were Judy Smith, Rita Dodd, Judy Neal, Holly Wohlwend, Linda Hileman, new member Andi Laster, Mindy Carter, Linda Sadler, Kay McRaven, Evelyn Bailey, Barbara Bauer and Elaine Crain. 

Council member Mary Ellen Ecker and reserve members Kathy Tolson and  Mona Diefenbach were unable to attend.

Cobden couple married 65 years

Glenn and Gerry Winstead of 305 Winstead Rd. near Cobden plan to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 4.

The Winsteads request no gifts but would appreciate receiving cards from family and friends at the following address: 9850 Garfield Ave., No. 125, Huntington Beach., Calif. 92646.

        Anna Council discusses sales tax referendum at Tuesday night meeting

        An upcoming referendum that would allow the City of Anna to increase sales tax dominated discussion at Tuesday night's Anna City Council meeting.

        Mayor Steve Hartline explained that the increase would amount to "only 25 cents for each $100 spent in Anna" and could help prevent a significant property tax increase.

        More information  about the Feb. 2 referendum will be outlined by the mayor and council during a special meeting set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at city hall.

        Phyllis K. Wright





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        Ethel Mae Halstead

        Ethel Mae Halstead, 91, of Carterville, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin.

        Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Riggin-Pillatsch & Burke Funeral Home in Carterville with the Rev. Charles Epperly and Pastor Mike Bogard officiating. Burial was in Little Flock Cemetery in Carterville.

        Memorials can be made to Shawnee Christian Nursing Center, Activities Department, 1901 N. 13th St., Herrin, Ill.

        A-J defeats Carterville at Mid-Winter Classic

        Brady Wright scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 60-44 opening round win over Carterville in the high school boys’ basketball Mid-Winter Classic at West Frankfort Monday, Jan. 18.

         J.R. Woodward added 14 points and a rebound for the Wildcats.

        Tylor Duckworth netted 13 points and had 3 rebounds. Travis Smith had 6 points, Jordan Adams 2 and Jacob Brimm and Gabe Pecord 1 apiece.

        “We had a little size advantage,” A-J coach Rob Wright said. “And, we did a good job of taking it inside.”

        Pamela Kay Dover

        Pamela Kay Brust Dover, 59, of Villa Ridge, and formerly of Mound City, died at 5:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at her home.

        She was born on Aug. 5, 1950, in Cairo, the daughter of Wilbur Harold Brust and Dorothy Helen Neeley Brust.

        She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both in Mound City.

        She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Villa Ridge. She was past president of the Mound City Woman’s Club.

        She was a former member of the Eastern Star chapter in Olive Branch.

        Tax referendum on ballot in Lick Creek School District

        Voters in the Lick Creek School District will be asked to approve a tax referendum in the Feb. 2 primary election.

        The Lick Creek School District 16 Board of Education adopted a resolution last October to place a referendum on the ballot for the  2010 primary election.

        The referendum will ask the voters in the district to approve a $0.65 increase, with the proposed higher levy limited to four years.

        "The rationale behind this move is due to several circumstances," Lick Creek School District superintendent Rob Wright explained.


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