January 2010

PAST Market Place planned Saturday, Feb. 27, at A-JCHS

The PAST organization of Union County seeks to Promote Appreciation of Structural Treasures and the stories about the people who lived and worked in those places.

For several years, the organization has sponsored a winter sales event intended to be a fund raiser to support the educational and historical projects of PAST.

This year’s PAST Market Place is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.

Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lower gymnasium at A-JCHS.

Bring jobs back home

To the editor,

Free trade, what a wonderful catch phrase. There is a whole chapter on free trade in the book, voodoo economics 101.

What has free trade given us? Let’s see, it created millions of jobs. Just not in America, a trip to your local mart store will prove this.

Jimmy Drew transfers to DePaul University

Former Anna-Jonesboro High School athlete Jimmy Drew has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA and is eligible to play basketball for DePaul University in Chicago this week.

“Jimmy has been working hard since the start of practice and into the season while the appeal process with the NCAA has been on going,” DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright said in a press release.

“Doug Baker in our compliance office has been working on this and it’s great to see Jimmy get an opportunity to play right away.”

A-JCHS student Elizabeth Bell named National Merit Finalist

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School principal Brett Detering has announced that the National Merit Scholarship Program has honored Elizabeth Bell as a National Merit Finalist.

The A-JCHS senior was one of only four Southern Illinois high school students to have reached the semifinalist level.

School officials said it’s not yet known whether the other three students also advanced to the highest plateau along with Bell.

Cobden coach in hall of fame Blayne Smith honored

Cobden High  School veteran baseball coach Blayne Smith topped the pinnacle of his career this past weekend.

Smith, who has coached baseball at Cobden for the last 34 years, was inducted at a banquet to the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame at Woodridge Saturday, Feb. 6.

“It’s a tremendous honor when your peers have chosen you,” Smith said. “It doesn’t get much better than that and you just don’t get much higher. It was really a neat thing and a very impressive banquet.”

Dongola man pleads guilty to burglary, criminal sexual abuse

A Dongola man has pleaded guilty to two felony charges and will serve time in prison.

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced Tuesday, Feb. 23, that Brandon D. Griffin, 26, of 445 Frey Ln., Dongola, entered a plea of guilty to one count of burglary and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Burglary is a Class 1 felony. Aggravated criminal sexual abuse is a Class 2 felony.

Buy Local A Return to the Good Ole Days

(Editor's note: the following article was written by Susan Odum, CED program coordinator for University of Illinois Extension.)

In rural southernmost Illinois, we often hear the term “the good ole days.”  While the decade of reference may differ for each of us, the overall concept remains the same, a time we remember fondly generally centered on friends, family and community.

Monroe Rich Jr.

Monroe Rich Jr., 61, of Cobden, and formerly of East St. Louis, died at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

He was born on Dec. 24, 1948, in Gary, Ind., the son of Lindberg and Ida Matthews Rich.

Mr. Rich is survived by his son, Malcolm Monroe Rich of East St. Louis; one brother, James Rich Sr. of Fairview Heights; and one sister, Pearlie Jackson of East St. Louis; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Everett L. Frizzell





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