December 2010

John C. Davis

John C. Davis Sr., 90, formerly of Anna, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

Johnnie was born on May 11, 1920, in Anna, the son of Ira and Iva Davis.

He married Shirley West of Anna on Nov. 7, 1942.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Coounty plans surplus property auction

Part of the process involved in the construction a new Union County courthouse includes finding temporary homes for the county's offices – and permanent homes for some items which no longer are needed.

The county had acquired several buildings adjacent to the existing courthouse in Jonesboro which will be serving as temporary office spaces as the courthouse project moves forward.

And on Saturday, Jan. 22, a surplus auction is scheduled to find new homes for a wide variety of items.

Perry A. Dillow

<p align="justify">Perry A. Dillow, 92, of Iola, Kansas, died Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at Guest Home Estates in Iola.

Perry was born April 22, 1918, on a farm near Mill Creek, Illinois, the son of George and Clara (Combs) Dillow. He grew up in Illinois and graduated from Dongola High School.

Remember safety when using portable space heaters at home

While portable space heaters can provide supplemental heat, Ameren warns that these heaters are not designed to be a home’s primary source of heat and kitchen ovens must never be used for heating.

Sometimes people will use an oven for heating when a furnace malfunctions.

This is an extremely dangerous practice that can cause ovens to overheat, resulting in a fire. This practice also can cause carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Town hall meeting held Monday in Cobden

A "state of the village" presentation and discussion about the accessibility of high speed broadband Internet service highlighted a town hall meeting held Monday night in Cobden.

An event of national significance also was part of the community gathering.

During the meeting, a moment of silence was observed in honor of those who died and were wounded during last weekend's shootings in Tucson, Ariz.

Monday night's meeting was hosted by the Cobden Community & Business Association, CCBA.

Clay White

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<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Clay White, 60, of Cairo died at 3:50AM Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Day Star Care Center in Cairo.</span></strong></p>

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Kenneth Benjamin Dexter

Kenneth Benjamin Dexter, 88, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, in Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

Mr. Dexter was born April 19, 1922, in Ullin, the son of Ben and Ella (Mowery) Dexter.

Kenneth was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ullin, a World War II Army veteran and a retired dairy farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul and Ralph Dexter; and a sister, Wanda Lentz.

Service project helpsto keep people warm

Union County residents are invited to be a part of a project which helps to keep people warm.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP, is collecting new, warm socks for its Martin Luther King, Jr. “Make A Difference” service project again this year.

Throughout January, RSVP volunteers have been gathering new socks (for both male and female) to distribute to residents of local facilities within the southern seven counties.

A-J wrestlers close out 2010 on winning note

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School wrestling team closed out the 2010 portion of its schedule on a winning note with four victories at the Herrin Duals Wednesday, Dec. 22.

“We had some kids really step up big for us,” A-J wrestling coach Rick Bittle said.

With the victories, A-J improved to 10-2 in dual competitions. Results recorded by A-J wrestlers at Herrin follow:

A-J 72, Waterloo 12

103 pounds: Devon LaFine won by forfeit.

112 pounds: Andrew Adams pinned Fuller in :49.


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