December 2009

Winter storm watch issued for region

Union County could be experiencing another round of wintry weather today.

The National Weather Service, NWS, forecast office in Paducah issued a winter storm watch for the region Tuesday afternoon.

The watch area included the southern tip of Illinois,  and much of Southeast Missouri and Western Kentucky.

An upper level storm system is forecast to move across the area by tonight and Friday.

Tours offer up-close look at aging courthouse

Community members were invited to get an up-close look at the status of the aging Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro early this week.

The community was invited to tour the courthouse prior to the Feb. 2 primary election in Union County.

In the primary election, voters will be asked to vote on a referendum which, if approved, would generate funding for construction of a new county courthouse.

On Feb. 2, voters will be asked to approve a 1 percent sales tax increase.

Thomas W. Lawson





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Shawnee 80, Joppa 71

Tyler Davis scored 32 points to power Shawnee to an 80-71 overtime win over visiting Joppa in South Egyptian Conference high school boys’ basketball Saturday, Jan. 16.

Kyle Griggs added 14 points, Ty McMahan 13, Tyler Spurlock 11, Kyle Stevens 6 and Andrew Livesay 4.

The game was tied 20-20 at the end of one quarter. The Rangers pulled ahead 35-33 at the half.

Smoking rights at veterans' club

To the editor,

It is a shame a veteran can not smoke in his own veterans' club.

I know of a veteran who was a POW in World War II who has to stay outide his veterans' club to have a smoke. Is this justice? No. No.

People who support this no smoking law should be made to go to the next conflict or war and see what it is to give his or her time to defend other person's rights.

You are not compelled to go in to a club of such, so if you do not like the surroundings don't go to the club.

Signed, Paul H. (Doc) DuBois, Cobden

2009Remembering those who passed away

During 2009, The Gazette-Democrat published information about the passing of the following people:


Jan. 1. Charles T. Sims. Rosann Lentz Kelley. Cecil (Eddie) Haynes. Daniel Gilbert Brames Sr. Ernestine Louise Wright. Marjorie Ann Myers. LaVerne Tucker Palmer. Michael L. Robinson. Elma M. Marshall. Violet Faye Shaw. Carl G. McHughes. Ronald J. Seeck. Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Casper.

Christmas project a success

To our community,

The Union County Christmas project was again a great success.

That success was due to the wonderful community that we live in.

Our community has been working together for more than 20 years to make Christmas better for those in need.

Our churches, civic groups and clubs, businesses, and individuals all come together to make this project work.

Each year we have special people, some we know and some who like to stay anonymous, who continue to support the project and the angel tree.

Shawnee 61, Joppa 21

Kaylee Boston scored 14 points to lead Shawnee to a 61-21 win over visiting Joppa in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Taylor Ellis added 13  points for the Lady Reds. Jessie Reynolds had 11 points, 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 impoved to 6-5 overall and 1-0 in the SEC.

Polling places to be monitored

Union County polling places will be monitored on Election Day, Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds and Union County Sheriff David Livesay announced Monday that their offices will be teaming up to monitor local polling places.

Edmonds and Livesay announced in a joint news release that three teams "will be visiting polling places throughout the county to ensure that everyone's right to vote is protected and that no improper activity occurs in or around polling places."

Union County man sentenced for removing historical artifacts

A Union County man was sentenced Monday for knowingly removing thousands of historical artifacts from a Southern Illinois National Wildlife Refuge, NWR.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Midwest Region external affairs office in Ft. Snelling, Minn., reported in a news release that Leslie Jones was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, 500 hours of community service, five  years of probation, and was ordered to pay $150,326.06 in restitution to Cypress Creek NWR.


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