December 2010

Wildcats outscore West Frankfort 61-45

Anna-Jonesboro used a big fourth quarter to knock off host West Frankfort 61-45 in the Redbirds’ Classic in high school boys’ basketball Friday, Jan. 21.

The Redbirds led 12-11 after one quarter. Travis Smith and Tylor Duckworth scored the final two unanswered baskets of the second period to boost A-J to a 28-23 halftime lead.

West Frankfort hung around in the third quarter and only trailed 41-36 going into the final quarter.

Visiting Carterville scores win over A-J

Carterville had a big second quarter on its way to a 68-62 win over host Anna-Jonesboro in Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division Conference high school boys’ basketball action Friday, Jan. 7.

After the Lions controlled the opening tip, they built a 11-4 first quarter lead.

Countering with a 3-pointer by Travis Smith, the Wildcats fought back to trail 13-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The Lions went on a 17-7 run in the second quarter to take a 30-19 lead at the half.

Union County students named State Scholars

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, ISAC, has recognized 17,335 students from 749 different high schools from across the state as 2011-12 Illinois State Scholars.

Students from Union County high schools are among those honored as State Scholars.

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School students named Illinois State Scholars are Samantha Coleman, Adriel Cross, Kelsey Friebel, Ian Hallam, Jennifer Keller, Lindsey Patterson, Daniel Pineau and Elise Wheaton.

Cobden, Shawnee both fall in first round at Sesser-Valier

Cobden and Shawnee both lost in the first round of the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament in high school boys’ basketball Monday, Dec. 27.

Chester 67, Cobden 47:The Yellowjackets pulled ahead 15-10 after one quarer and 34-23 at the half.

Rob Lehr had 17 points to lead the Appleknockers. Tyler Lewey added 13 points, Bo Gearhart 7, J.C. Chapman 4, Nathan Sweitzer 3, R.G. Millis 2 apiece and Austin Flamm 1.

Police, fire pension board appointments made in Anna

Police and fire pension board appointments were among items considered by the Anna City Council at its regular meeting this week.

The meeting was Tuesday night at Anna City Hall.

Mayor Steve Hartline announced the appointments of Toni Flamm to both the police and fire pension boards, and Mike Stoner to the fire pension board.

Hartline said the city is in the process of helping the two boards become more organized and ensuring that both comply with state requirements.

National Stalking Awareness Month observed in January

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds is asking the community to join in January’s observance of National Stalking Awareness Month.

Edmonds said the observance is a time to focus on a crime which affects 3.4 million victims each year.

This year’s theme, “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.”, challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

Cobden scores win, Shawnee defeated in tournament action

The Cobden High School boys’ basketball team defeated Christopher 63-43 in second-round action of the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Shawnee High School also was in action at Sesser-Valier.

Cobden 63, Christopher 44: The Appleknockers built a 27-19 first quarter lead and were ahead 37-28 at the half. Cobden led 47-28 going into the final period.

Rob Lehr led Cobden with 25 points. J.R. Chapman added 14 points, Bo Gearhart 13, Zach Moore 4, Austin Flamm, Josh Aspen and Sean Stadlebacher 2 apiece and R.J. Bridges 1.

Orville F. Temke

Orville F. Temke, 84, of Ullin, passed away at 4:38 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Mr. Temke was born Nov. 14, 1926, at America, Ill., the son of the late William Temke and Elsie (Mayer) Temke.

Orville was raised in the America community, Olmsted and Ullin area, and attended the Levings and New Hope grade schools. He attended the Ullin High School and graduated from Sparta Township High School.

Congressman urges levee funding

U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., has urged President Barack Obama to make funding for levee repair and water infrastructure projects a priority in his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal.

Costello made a similar request last September when the president announced his proposal for $50 billion in infrastructure investments.

A senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and co-chairman of the House Levee Caucus, Costello cited the need for a strong federal commitment to levee repair and maintenance:

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