January 2010

Cobden falls, Shawnee wins in SEC tournament action

Goreville held off Cobden 42-35 to win the championship of the South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball tournament at Egyptian Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The game was tied 9-9 after one quarter. The Lady Blackcats pulled ahead 16-11 at the half. The Appleknockers fought back to trail 24-23 headed in to the final period. Goreville outscored Cobden 18-12 in the last frame.

Buy Local: A vote for your community

(Note: Susan Odum is University of Illinois Extension CED program coordinator.)

Buy local can’t be a fad, a gimmick or a resolution that we undertake for a short time then discontinue, like so many New Year’s resolutions. For buy local to have an impact on our local economy, it needs to become a way of life for each and every one of us.

While the reasons to buy local are endless, the following are considered to be among the Top Ten:

Local businesses are the lifeblood of the community and, therefore, critical to our community’s survival.

Planning continues for new water treatment plant

Planning continues on construction of a new $10 million water treatment plant to serve a large part of Union County.

The Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission has authorized its engineer to conduct preliminary studies for construction of the new plant to be located in the general vicinity of the existing plant southwest of Jonesboro.

The commission is in the process of acquiring property for the new plant. The engineer recommended staying near the present plant to avoid costly pipeline extension.

Conservation initiative could bring more than $1 million to Union County

A conservation project announced Tuesday could bring more than $1 million to Union County over the next three years.

The Union County Conservation Partnership Initiative was announced during Ag Appreciation Day activities at the USDA  building in Anna.

Details of the program were outlined by Carlyn Light, chairman of the Union County Soil and Water Conservation board.

Brennen Snell honor student

Brennen H. Snell of Cobden has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Snell is an economics major at the college. He is the son of Brent R. Snell of Cobden.

To make the dean’s list, students must have a grade point average of 3.75 or above.


        Dowell man sentenced for home invasion

        A Southern Illinois man will serve time in prison for his part in a home invasion and beating of a Union County resident.

        Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced Tuesday that Tommy E. Reams, 27, of Dowell, will serve 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his part in the home invasion and beating of Gerald Dziczkowski of 250 Kimber Rd. in rural Dongola.

        Dziczkowski was found dead in his home on the evening of Oct. 22, 2009.

        A-J FBLA members receive awards at area conference

        The Illinois Future Business Leaders of America, FBLA, Southern Area Conference was held Thursday, Jan. 14, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

        Four-hundred-sixty-four advisers, members and guests registered from 18 area schools: Anna-Jonesboro, Carbondale, Carterville, Christ Our Savior Lutheran in Evansville, Du Quoin, Hamilton County, Harrisburg, Herrin, Marion, Mt. Vernon, Murphysboro, Pinckneyville, Shawnee, Sparta, Steeleville, Trico, Waltonville and Waterloo.

        The theme of the conference was "FBLA: Simply the Best."

        Annual Bald Knob Cross membership meeting set

        The future of a Union County landmark will be the focus of discussion at an upcoming meeting.

        The annual meeting of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace membershp is planned Tuesday, Feb. 9.

        The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the welcome center which is located near the Cross of Peace atop Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass.

        People from throughout the region who are interested in the future of the cross are invited and encouraged to attend next Tuesday's meeting.

        Robert “Turkey Shooter” Spier

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