January 2010

Gladys Shelton Stark

Gladys Shelton Stark, 87, of Anna, formerly of Jonesboro, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her home in Anna.

She was born May 15, 1923, in Jonesboro, the daughter of Samuel W. and Maude Hensley Shelton.

She married Ivan L. Stark on Nov. 17, 1944, in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 2009.

Gladys is survived by nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

County board chairman, vice chairman elected

The Union County Board of Commissioners this week elected a chairman and vice chairman.

New commissioner Dale Russell attended his first meeting. Russell was elected in November.

Leaders were elected at a regular meeting of the county board. The meeting was Monday afternoon at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

The three county commissioners also accepted committee assignments at the meeting.

School elections slated

School board elections are planned next spring in Union County.

Filing for the elections begins Monday, Dec. 13. Filing continues through Monday, Dec. 20.

Elections are set for April 5, 2011, in all seven of Union County's public school districts.

Current members of local boards of education whose terms will expire in 2011 follow, by district:

Lick Creek School District 16: John Basler, Boyd Holshouser, Clay Mitchell, Allen Plott, Brian Reach.

Cobden School District 17: Gerald Britt, Mike Flamm, Tracie Moore.

Lick Creek 39, Goreville 25

Balyie Denny scored 11 points, had 4 assists and 3 steals to lead Lick Creek to a 39-25 win over host Goreville in junior high school girls’ basketball action Saturday, Dec. 18.

Denny was 2 of 3 from 3-point range.

Elle Basler had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Kennedy Sturgeon added 8 points, 7 rebounds and a steal. Ashley Donaho had 8 points, 2 steals and an assist. Hannah Schlenker had 4 points, 7 rebounds and a steal. Lauren George had 2 rebounds and a steal. Lily Robinson had 2 rebounds.

Carol Lee Sims

Carol Lee Sims, 59, of Cobden, IL, died at 11:05 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2010 at Memorial Hospital, Carbondale, IL.

     Ms. Sims was born on August 15, 1951 in Denver, CO the daughter of Van Franklin Sims and Leota Faye (Taylor) Sims.

     Carol was a nurses aide, worked in the ministry, and enjoyed taking care of children.  She was a member of the Family Worship Center, Johnston City, IL.

Jonesboro Rehab Center honored at ceremony

The Jonesboro center was honored along with key members of all of the more than 90 skilled nursing, supportive, assisted and independent living facilities Petersen Health Care owns and operates in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

The day included presentations, motivational speakers, team building and entertainment. 

A donation was made to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in honor of Chloe Petersen, the daughter of Petersen Health Care owners Mark and Vicki Petersen, for $24,634.71.

Jeffrey E. Diefenbach

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="">           </span> Mr. Jeffrey E. Diefenbach, age 44 of Davenport Iowa, died at 12:46 p.m. Monday, December 27, 2010 at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. He was born May 8, 1966 in Paducah, KY., the son of Phil and Marsha E. Slicker Diefenbach.</span></strong></p>

William A. Carnell

William A. Carnell, 58, of East Peoria, passed away Nov. 30, 2010, at OSF St. Francis Hospital, in the presence of his family.

Mr. Carnell was born Feb. 1, 1952, in Anna, to William C. and Leona (McHughes) Carnell.

He married Rosemary Lantz Dec. 19, 1974, in East Peoria. She survives.

'Christmas in the Village' planned Saturday in Cobden

A Union County community is planning to host a special holiday season event this weekend.

The second annual "Christmas in the Village" celebration is planned Saturday, Dec. 4, in Cobden.

A wide range of activities are planned throughout the day. The celebration is being promoted by the Cobden Community and Business Association, CCBA, and the Village of Cobden.

Business open houses and Christmas bazaars will be among the highlights of the day's activities.


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