December 2009

Sales tax referendum's passage would help fund new courthouse

A countywide sales tax referendum is on the Feb. 2 Union County primary election ballot.

Voters will be asked to approve a 1 percent increase in the county's share of the local sales tax.

Funding generated by the increase in the sales tax would allow for the construction of a new Union County Courthouse.

If the measure were to be approved, it would mean that consumers would pay an additional $1 in sales tax for every $100 "of tangible personal property bought at retail."

Carl J. Leonard

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New cartridge refilling business opens in Anna

Cartridge World, the largest retailer of cartridge refilling services in the $60 billion printer cartridge industry, has announced the opening of its newest partnership with Postal Pal in Anna.

Postal Pal, located at 1155 E. Vienna St., entered into an agreement with Cartridge World in Carbondale in December to bring the cartridge refilling concept to consumers and businesses in the Anna community.

Cobden, Dongola fall in SEC

Cobden and Dongola lost in first-round action at the South Egyptian conference high school boys’ basketball tournament held at Century Tuesday, Jan.19.

Following are game sumaries:

Egyptian 74, Cobden 42: Robby Lehr scored 18 points to lead the Appleknockers.

Alex Sweitzer added 10 points, Steve Draper 8 and Bo Gearhart 6.

The Pharoahs built a 20-6 first quarter lead and were ahead 36-22 at the half.

Fish fry set in Cobden will benefit Cross of Peace

A fish fry is planned this week for the benefit of a Union County landmark.

The fish fry is set for Friday, Jan. 15, in the parish hall at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cobden. Serving is planned from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday’s event will help to raise funds for restoration work at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass.

This will be the second year that area churches have cooperated to have a fish fry for the benefit of the cross.

Harley Frank Venus

Frank Venus, 86, formerly of Marion, died at 9:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Franklin Hospital in Benton.

He was born on July 13, 1923, in Creal Springs, the son of Vernie Frank and Rhoda M. Gilley Venus.

He married Geraldine Edwards on Sept. 4, 1946, in West City. She preceded him in death on May 5, 1996.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a member of the Apostolic House of Worship in Marion for many years.

Charles Kerr

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Bob Shoemaker to be inducted into hall of fame Former A-JCHS softball coach

Former Anna-Jonesboro Community High School softball coach Bob Shoemaker will be inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame at a banquet scheduled in Bloomington on Feb. 22.

“It’s quite an honor,” Shoemaker said. “I’m up there with a lot of very good coaches.”

Shoemaker coached a A-J from 1979 through 1996. He was an assistant coach the first year and took over head coaching duties the next season. He was off for four years and came back to coach again in 2000 and held the post until his retirement from teaching in 2008.

A-J compiles 5-0 record on way to tourney title

Anna-Jonesboro avenged an earlier loss to Herrin with a 56-48 win in the championship of the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic high school boys’ basketball tournament Saturday, Jan. 23.

With the victory, A-J won the West Frankfort tournament title for the first time. 

“We didn’t finish out like we should have the last time we played them,” A-J head coach Rob Wright said. “We played well, especially in that game.”

The Wildcats had lost earlier this season to Herrin in the third-place game at the Eldorado Holiday Tournament.

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