December 2010

Anna School District 37 Boosters' efforts appreciated

To the editor,

Anna Community Consolidated School District No. 37 faculty, staff, administration, and board of education would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Anna Indians Athletic Booster Club during the 2010-2011 school year. 

Thanks to their efforts, sports programs that were cut or affected, due to budget cuts, have been restored. 

Games were restored to baseball and softball, boys and girls varsity and junior varsity basketball, varsity cheerleading, and volleyball. 

Meisenheimer marks 35 years of service

Country Financial representive Mike Meisenheimer of Jonesboro is celebrating 35 years of serving the needs of clients in the Union County area.

In an effort to serve his clients better, Meisenheimer furthered his insurance education and completed course work necessary to earn the Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow designation.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Meisenheimer has two children, Lindsay and Lance, and two grandchildren, Landon and Reese.

John Woodrick

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">John Woodrick, 68, of Columbia Ky, and formerly of Murphysboro,IL, died at 4:50 PM in Norton-Audobon Hospital in Louisville, KY.<span style=""> </span></span></strong></p>

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Fred L. Chamness Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Fred L. Chamness, 74, of Davenport, FL, formerly of Anna, died at 10:56am Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 surrounded by family at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City, FL.</span></strong></p>

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Week brings snow, more bitter cold

The Union County area was back in a deep freeze following a winter storm which dropped an inch or two of snow on the area.

The forecast from National Weather Service, NWS, office in Paducah called for a low temperature of around 7 degrees in the Union County area for Thursday morning (today).

The low dipped to 12 degrees Wednesday morning, Jan. 12, in Anna.

The high temperature today is expected to be in the mid-20s under a partly sunny sky.

Fundraising ideas: Taxes on tacks, faxes

Last week, as you may or may not recall, my journey through life included a game of Spin the Car. I am going to blame that incident for what follows.

Something more profound than an ice-induced motor car adventure happened last week in the Land of Lincoln.

Illinois legislators, in their infinite wisdom, decided to increase our state income tax by approximately 12,000 percent.

County hosts successful surplus property auction

An auction sale of Union County surplus property turned out very well, even though weather for the event was less than ideal.

The auction was held Saturday, Jan. 22, on the grounds of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Saturday was very cold. Light snow flurries could be seen as the auction began shortly after 10 a.m. (The event lasted until about 1 p.m.) A cold wind added to the chill of the day.

More than 100 potential bidders registered for the event, which was conducted by 3D Auctions of Anna. Carl Dillow was auctioneer.

Youth waterfowl hunt banquet held in Union County

Illinois Department of Natural Resources director Marc Miller traveled to Union County during the holiday season to attend a youth waterfowl hunt banquet.

The banquet was Sunday, Dec. 26, at the Blue Boar Restaurant near Anna.

The banquet was held on the day before the actual youth waterfowl hunt so the young participants could be registered and receive assignments for their hunting blinds.

Miller was keynote speaker at the banquet. He is an advocate for getting young people more involved in outdoor activities, such as hunting and fishing.

Lady ‘Cats 60, Du Quoin 57

Jessi Stone scored 18 points to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 60-57 win over visiting Du Quoin in Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division Conference high school girls’ basketball action Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Destiny Dillow scored 13 points for the Lady Wildcats. Chandra Parr added 10 points, Brooke Chamness 6, Emma Basler 5, Valerie Pender 4 and Rebecca Mitchell and Erica Friebel 2 apiece.

William Mark Hardwig

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormalCxSpFirst"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 150%;"><span style="">           </span> Mr. William Mark Hardwig, age 53, of Anna, formerly of Murphysboro, died at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born May 23, 1957 in Kansas City, MO., the son of William and Betty Robinson Hardwig.</span></strong></p>

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