January 2010

PAWS plans annual dinner/auction

Items from local artists, crafters, businesses, friends and supporters are arriving daily and will all be offered for bids Saturday evening, Nov. 13, at the 17th annual “Auction For Animals." 

The auction is being held at the Great Boars Inn on Kratzinger Hollow Road near Anna, with the doors opening at 5 p.m.

Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is catered by the Great Boars of Fire.

PAWS dinner/auction scheduled for Nov. 13

Pets Are Worth Saving, PAWS, Inc., a local not-for-profit animal welfare organization, plans to have its annual dinner/auction fundraiser at the Great Boars of Fire Lodge on Kratzinger Hollow Road between Anna and Cobden Saturday, Nov. 13. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is served until 7 p.m. 

The dinner menu includes chicken or vegetable lasagna, tossed salad, cheesy potatoes, green bean supreme, assorted rolls, coffee/tea/water, and desserts.

There will be a silent, and oral auction, as well as raffles, and new PAWS shirts for sale.

Santa Cop program planned in Union County

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and Union County 911 are working on plans for the fourth annual Santa Cop program.

Santa Cop helps underprivileged children in Union County schools at Christmas time.

Children are selected based on financial need, good performance in school work and for having no negative contact with local law enforcement agencies.

Presents will be bought by the Union County Sheriff’s Office and given to selected recipients at a Christmas party. The party will be hosted by the sheriff’s office and the 911 office.

Lot of experience returns for A-J wrestling squad

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling heads coach Rick Bittle returns a strong contingent of wrestlers from last season.

“We’ve got a lot of experience coming back,” Bittle said. “We’d like to compete for the conference and regional title. They’ve got to work for it.”

The Wildcats have 27 grapplers competing in the different weight classes.

Seniors who return are Brett Turner, 215 pounds; Brad Cerney, 140-145 pounds; Chase Hargrave, 145-152 pounds; Daniel Heath, 119-125 pounds; and Taylor Fitzgerald, 189 pounds.

Jack Keil

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Jack Baggott Keil, age 67, of Dongola, died at 5:00AM, at Union County Hospital in Anna.</span></p>

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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">He was born Dec. 25, 1942 at Elmhurst, IL, the son of Donald Howell and Frances Baggott Keil.<span style=""> </span> He was married on Oct. 31, 1960 to Patricia Fritz.</span></p>

Woman found safe in wilderness area

A woman who became lost in the Bald Knob Wilderness Area near Alto Pass was found safe and uninjured Monday afternoon.

A search for the woman also led to a Southern Illinois man being cited for possession of methamphetamine, Union County Sheriff David Livesay reported.

The woman was in a group of four people, all from Murphysboro, who went camping in the wilderness area over the weekend.

The group was made up of the woman, a man and two young men.

The woman apparently left the group’s campsite early Sunday afternoon and became lost.

Harry Dale Bailey

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family:">Harry Dale Bailey, age 76 of rural Neoga passed away at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center of Coles County.</span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family:"><span style="">           </span> Dale was born July 19, 1934 in Pope County the son of Harry Sherman and Irene (Conley) Bailey.</span></p>

Thompsons married 50 years

Loyd and Carlena Wright Thompson of Anna will celebrate their golden anniversary. 

Loyd and Carlena were married Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1960, in Carpentersville. 

They have three children, Karen (Dale), Daniel (Rhonda) and Michele (Brian); and five grandchildren, Corey, Faith, Heather, Hunter and Xander. 

Loyd is retired from Anna School District 37. Carlena is semiretired from Edward Jones Investments.

Shirley Libke

Former Albion resident Shirley Jean (Bunting) Libke, 75, died peacefully Oct. 31, 2010, at 12 noon at Rehab and Care Center in Murphysboro.

Mrs. Libke was born June 27, 1935, in Ellery, to Della and Lyman Bunting.

She was united in marriage to Louie Libke on May 18, 1952.

She was a rural Albion resident and member of Little Prairie Christian Church until her move to Alto Pass in 2006.

Her interests included family, gardening and reading. She was also an accomplished artist, quilter and enjoyed refinishing antiques.

Deadline noted for chamber's annual banquet

Friday, Nov. 29, is set as the deadline to RSVP to attend the Union County Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.

The banquet is planned Thursday, Dec. 9, at Blue Sky Vineyard near Makanda.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. An awards program will begin at 8 p.m.

The cost for the banquet is $30 per person.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting the chamber office, which is located at 330 S. Main St. in downtown Anna.


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