January 2010

Dr. Ribbing completes 20 years of service

Dr. William Ribbing of Anna completed 20 years of service at Rural Health Inc. during 2010.

Ribbing is a family practice physician at Rural Health and joined the practice in 1990.

Ribbing also has served as chief medical officer for many years at Rural Health.

Rural Health CEO Cindy Flamm praised Ribbing for his “dedication, his work ethic, his willingness to always assist staff members, his liaison work with hospitals and community agencies, his leadership, and his dedication and concern for his patients.”

Two men sentenced for meth conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced on Dec. 1 that two men had been sentenced after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Jeremy L. Stone, 24, of Murphysboro, and Rodney C. Kimes, 40, of Carmi, were sentenced Monday, Nov. 29, in United States District Court in Benton.

Stone was sentenced to 46 months in prison, three years of supervised release and was fined $600.

Municipal votes planned

Filing is scheduled to begin Monday, Dec. 13, for next year's municipal elections in Union County communities.

The filing period continues through Monday, Dec. 20.

Elections are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in communities throughout Union County.

Anna, Cobden, Dongola and Jonesboro will be among the communities which will be conducting elections.

In Anna, voters will elect a mayor and four city council members.

W.C. “Bill” Meggs, Jr.

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">W.C. “Bill” Meggs, Jr, 62, of McClure, died at 10:27 PM Tuesday, December 14, 2010at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.</span></strong></p>

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Century 50, Dongola 41

Century built an early lead on its way to a 50-41 win over host Dongola in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Monday, Dec. 20.

The Lady Centurions were ahead 16-11 after one quarter and 30-23 at the half. Dongola trailed 46-30 going into the final period.

Michaela Penrod had 11 points to lead the Lady Demons. Emily Terbrak added 9 points and Victoria Shirkey and Haley Fuller 6 apiece, Brittany Hinkle 5 and Reba Robinson and Jodi Schultz 2 apiece.

Dongola is 3-5 overall.

Children’s Memorial Day ceremony set

In observance of National Children’s Memorial Day, a candlelight ceremony is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Cobden School.

National Children’s Memorial Day recognizes families who have lost a child.

Those who plan to attend are asked to bring a photograph of the child who will be remembered and a candle.

The ceremony will include reading, music and remembering children. A balloon release is planned. Refreshments will be served.

Wayne Dusch

. Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at his home.

He was born May 8, 1927, in Dawson Springs, Ky., the son of Wayne and Alice D. Crider Dusch.

He married Nancy L. Heidewald on Sept. 3, 1949 in Peoria.

Lady ‘Cats win twice

After losing three consecutive games, Anna-Jonesboro bounced back to win a pair of games in recent action.

The following are game summaries:

A-J 52, Chrisman 26: Chandra Parr scored 12 points to lead the Lady Wildcats to the win in the Cobden Shootout Saturday, Dec. 11.

Kim Mixen added 10 points for A-J. Erica Friebel had 8 points, Rebecca Mitchell and Brooke Chamness 6 apiece, J.J. Ford and Katie Edwards 4 each and Kylie Foster 2.

Christmas Eve event scheduled at Cross of Peace on Bald Knob

A brief worship service and press conference are planned at noon on Christmas Eve (Friday, Dec. 24) at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass.

Plans for the Christmas Eve events were announced this week by Steven M. McKeown, president of Bald Knob Cross of Peace Inc.

Bald Knob Cross of Peace Inc. is the governing body which oversees the Union County landmark.

McKeown issued the following statement about this Friday's event:


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