January 2010

4 to 5 inches of rain recorded in area

Weeks of dry weather in the Union County area came to an end during the past week.

Rainfall amounts reported to be in the range of 4 to 5 inches were recorded in the area during the period which included the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 25.

Official weather observer Dana Cross recorded 3.98 inches of rain in Anna over the period from Tuesday, Nov. 23, through Monday, Nov. 29.

Precipitation in Anna included:

1.5 of an inch Nov. 23. 1.40 inches Nov. 24. 1 inch on Nov. 25 and again on Nov. 26. .43 of an inch Nov. 29.

Help during a busy season

To the editor,

It’s the time of the season when we all begin to think about mailing our holiday cards and gifts.

As the postmaster of the Cobden Post Office, I know my customers lead busy lives, and that is why I am so pleased to let them know they never need to wait in line at the post office again, this holiday season or any season.

Great event…

To the editor,

I want to extend a huge "Thank You!" and deep appreciation to everyone who made this past Saturday's "Christmas in the Village" celebration in Cobden the great event that it was.

Even though it was a cold, blustery day, the warmth and joy displayed by everyone in downtown Cobden as we ushered in the Christmas season was so inspiring. 

What a thrill to experience such community pride and neighborly spirit as was demonstrated at this "Christmas in the Village" celebration.

A-J falls in title game at tournament

Anna-Jonesboro remained close until the second quarter before losing the championship game to Carbondale 62-40 in  the Harrisburg high school girls’ basketball Pre-View Tournament Saturday, Nov. 27.

“Carbondale struggled in that first quarter,” A-J coach Brian Clark said. “But they made adjustments in the second quarter.”

The Lady Terriers led 12-10 after one quarter but made a 24-14 run in the second quarter to build a 37-24 halftime advantage.

District 84 seeks superintendent

Shawnee School District 84 is in the process of seeking a new superintendent.

Bill McClain is serving as the district’s interim superintendent.

McClain said the district is working with the regional superintendent of schools office in Ullin in the superintendent selection process.

About 14 people initially expressed interest in the job, McClain said.

Oaths of office administered for officials

Oaths of office were administered this week for Union County officials who were elected in November.

A swearing-in ceremony was held Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Family members, friends, community members and other county officials were on hand for the ceremony, which took place in the second-floor courtroom at the courthouse.

Judge Mark Boie administered the oath of office for:

•Union County Clerk Bobby Toler Jr.

•Union County Sheriff David Livesay.

Mildred V. Duty

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style="">Mrs. Mildred V. <span style=""> </span>Duty, age 94 of Cobden, passed away at 4:20 P.M. Monday, December 6, 2010 with her daughter Bonnie and son Ronnie at her side. She was born January 2, 1916 in Alto Pass, the daughter of Harrison and Ethel Lovena Dillow King. She married Alvie Duty on January 18, 1934 in Anna. He preceded her in death on September 7, 1989.</strong></p>

William C. Ralls Jr.

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: black;">William C. Ralls Jr., 52, of New Baden, Illinois, born May, 20 1958 in Carbondale, Illinois, died Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at his residence.</span></p>

A-J wrestlers outscore Johnston City

Anna-Jonesboro defeated visiting Johnston City, 48-21, in high school wrestling Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The following are winners for the Wildcats:

112 pounds: Andrew Adams won by forfeit.

125 pounds: Chris Adams won by forfeit.

130 pounds: Brian Kern pinned Murphy in 2:32.

140 pounds: Brandon Cerney won by forfeit.

145 pounds: Dylan Noble pinned Hughes in 1:37.

152 pounds: Chase Hargrave pinned Reinert in 2:42.

160 pounds: Andrew McMahan pinned Wolf in 3:19.

Real, live Grinches at work

To the editor,

An open letter to the editor, friends and neighbors in our surrounding counties.

Last week's Monday's Pub. told of Dr. Seuss's children's story, "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." Plus a $500 reward ad for a robbery in Pulaski County on Dec. 9.

Yes, folks, there are real live Grinches, thieves in other words, working our area, watching, plotting and planning to rob us, when we are the most vulnerable.

Our big building, near our home, was invaded and robbed in the early morning hours of Dec. 12.


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