December 2010

Carterville tops A-J in overtime

Carterville outscored Anna-Jonesboro 11-6 in overtime to post a 57-52 win in first-round action of the West Frankfort Classic in high school boys’ basketball Monday, Jan. 17.

The Lions led 16 -14 after one quarter and 24-21 at the half. The Wildcats fought back to pull to 35-34 going into the final quarter  and knotted the game 46-46 in regulation play on 6 unanswered points on a 3-pointer by Brady Wright and a basket and the ensuing free throw by Cody Livesay.

A-J class of 1971 planning reunion

Members of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School class of 1971 have finalized plans for their 40th  year reunion.

The reunion is planned during the 2011 Labor Day weekend.

The reunion committee is still seeking addresses for some of the 1971 class members:

Ginger Alsip, Vicki Arnold, Mary Benefield, Roy Byrd, Floyd Cook, Jack Elder, Ilene Gee, Dennis Howard, Stephen Jones, Norma Kelley, Steve Mitchell, Diana Rude, Robert Shelton, Bob Shelton, David Stephens, Lee Tate, Betty Traylor, James Walker.

Southeast names students on dean’s list

Students from Union County have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

Students who were named to the dean’s list earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and completed at least 12 credit hours during the fall.

Union County area students on the dean’s list are named below by their hometowns:

Anna: Taylor M. Bryant, Leslie A. Donna, Kodie E. Edmonds, Megan D. Wilson.

Cobden: Stephanie R. Winzenburger.

A-J wrestling team wins first trophy at Redbird Invitational

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s wrestling team had a history-making performance at the Redbird Invitational in West Frankfort Saturday, Jan. 8.

For the first time, the A-J squad earned a trophy at the high school wrestling event.

The Wildcats brought home a second-place trophy on the strength of three first-place finishes and three seconds.

Highland won first place. The host Redbirds finished in third place.

A-J goes 3-2 at tournament

The Anna-Jonesboro High School boys’ basketball team advanced to the championship game before losing to Herrin in the West Frankfort Classic Saturday, Jan. 22.

“We just fell a little bit short,” A-J coach Mike Chamness said. “We would have liked to have won a little more, but I think we’re playing better.”

The Wildcats, who finished 3-2 in the Classic, had Brady Wright and Tylor Duckworth selected to the all-tournament team.

Anna resident sentenced for meth conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, reports that on Thursday, Jan. 6, Rolla S. McFarland, 43, of Anna, was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton.

McFarland, who had previously pled guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment, four years of supervised release and was fined $350.

The violation took place between January 2007 and April 2010 in Union, Jackson and Williamson counties.

Wayne William Peters

<p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%; font-family:"><span style="">     </span></span> Mr. Wayne William Peters, age 74 of Anna, died at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at his home in Anna. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna.</strong></p>

M.H. ‘Jack’ Landis

M. H. “Jack” Landis, 89, a former resident of rural Vienna, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at 4:55 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Marion.

Jack was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Makanda. He was the son of James M. Landis and May (Phillips) Landis.

Jack was united in marriage to Ruth Knight on April 9, 1950 in Piggott, Ark. She survives.

Good coach, good man

To the editor,

I remember this about him. He was well liked by everyone he coached.

He was a man of few words, yet he was a great motivator. He accepted no excuses, nor offered any.

He orchestrated a track and field powerhouse during the late 1970s through the early 1980s that has been unmatched before or since.

He took a group of baseball holdouts, hallway heroes and pool hall hustlers and taught them teamwork and toughness, while inspiring them to do their best. He groomed boys into men.

Moose Riders make presentation to local food pantry

Anna Moose Lodge 1346 Moose Riders recently presented a truckload of food to Paula Stairs, Union County coordinator for the Shawnee Development Council food pantry.

Proceeds collected from a recent motorcycle run were used to purchase the food for the local pantry.

Stairs said she was extremely appreciative of the donation.

Stairs said donations were appreciated any time of the year, but at this time the pantry and people in Union County could use the items.


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