January 2010

'Year filled with blessings'

Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the settlers at Plymouth in the Massachusetts colony in 1621 under the leadership of Gov. William Bradford.

Presidents Washington and Madison each issued a Thanksgiving proclamation once during their presidencies.

It was not until 1863, however, when President Abraham Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation that the holiday was established as a national annual event, occurring on the last Thursday of November.

Improvements planned at Anna Park

Another round of improvements are being planned at the Anna City Park.

In recent years, the city has made a number of improvements at the park, including construction of a band shell and installation of sidewalks and new lighting.

Last week, the Anna City Council approved plans to seek state grant funding for a major improvement project at the park.

The proposal was approved at the council's regular meeting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 19.

Dongola returns four starters from last year

Dongola High School boys’ basketball head coach Ron Marsh hopes one problem from last season is resolved this year.

“We threw the ball away over 24 to 26 times a game last year,” Marsh said. “Inexperience will kill you. We’re quick and we’re fast this season. And, we’ve been working a lot on our ball handling, passing and defense.”

Marsh returns four starters from last year’s 2-28 squad.

Special activities planned for Cobden homecoming in January

Special plans are being made for a homecoming celebration Jan. 14-15, 2011, at Cobden High School.

All alumni and other Appleknocker supporters are invited to attend.

The celebration is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, with a basketball game featuring the Cobden Appleknockers and Egyptian.

Homecoming coronation will follow the basketball game.

Appleknocker wear and other items will be available for purchase.

Frances Ann Harris Crowell

<p style="margin: 0in 0.4in 0.0001pt 0.5in;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Frances Ann Harris Crowell, departed this life Saturday, November 20, 2010 at the home of her daughter in Cobden, at the age of 93 years and 11 months.</span></p>

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Anna Council vacancy tabled

Plans to fill a vacancy on the Anna City Council have been tabled until December.

The issue was on the agenda at Tuesday evening's regular meeting of the city council.

The vacancy was created by the recent resignation of city council member Cindy Swope.

Anna Mayor Steve Hartline previously had indicated that he would make a recommendation to fill the vacancy at Tuesday night's meeting.

The vacancy was one of the topics discussed in a closed session which was held at Tuesday's meeting.

Only one starter returns for Cobden

The Cobden High  School girls’ basketball team advanced to the super-sectional last year before ending its season.

Only one starter is returning from last season’s 26-6 squad as Cobden prepares for the 2010-2011 campaign.

“You’ve got to adjust to what you have,” Cobden head coach Travis Foster said. “It’s going to be a lot different this year.”

The lone returner is 5-9 senior foward Kayla Quertermous.

Dorothy L. “Tootie” Harmon

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Dorothy L. “Tootie” Harmon, age 84, of Collinsville, formerly of Dongola, died at 2:30 AM, Sunday, November 07, 2010at Elmwood Nursing and Rehab Center in Maryville, IL.</span></p>

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H. Burton Banks Jr

H. Burton Banks, Jr., age 61, of Paducah passed away at 6:28 a.m. November 24, 2010, at Western Baptist Hospital.

Mr. Banks was the owner of Banks Grocery Co. / SuperValu Foods of Paducah and Cairo, Ill., and H.B. & Co. Clothing Store. He was a member of the Barkley Regional Airport Board and a supporter and contributor of many local charities. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and proud of his country. He enjoyed spending time in Estes Park, Colorado and Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado where he had many fond childhood memories.

Cynthia Chapman

Cynthia Chapman, formerly of Anna, died Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, in New Port Richey, Fla., where she resided for the past 22 years with her husband, Herchel Chapman.

She turned 62 years old Oct. 17, 2010.

She is survived by her oldest son, Bryon Kluesner, 43, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a daughter, Robin Chapman, 42, of Bloomington; and a son, Craig Chapman, 39, of New Port Richey, Fla., and his wife Lisa.

Ms. Chapman has three grandchildren from Craig and Lisa, Megan, 10, Olivia, 5, and Cody, 4.

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