December 2010

Winter Fest Luau planned at Anna school

A Winter Fest Luau is planned Saturday evening, Jan. 22, at Anna Junior High School in Anna.

The event is being sponsored by the Anna Indian Athletic Booster Club.

Proceeds will help to ensure that there will be a full season of baseball and softball for next year at the Anna school.

A luau meal is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The menu will include a barbeque sandwich, chips, dessert and a drink for $5.

Concessions and games are planned from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets will be 25 cents each.

Braving the cold

Last Saturday morning wasn't the most ideal time to be standing outdoors. The temperature was very cold, light snow flurries were falling and a chilly wind was blowing.

Nevertheless, more than a hundred people gathered on the grounds of the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Folks came to look for bargains at a surplus property auction sponsored by the county. The auction generated more than $45,000, which will go to the county highway department. We salute those who braved the cold, and maybe even made a bid.

Christmas project a success

To the editor,

The 2010 Union County Christmas project was again a great success and provided Christmas gifts for 386 children.

That success was due to the wonderful community that we live in.

Our community has been working together for many, many years to make Christmas better for those in need.

Our churches, civic groups and clubs, businesses and individuals all come together to make this project work.

Each year, we have special people, some we know and some we don't who help to bring everything together.

Future growth, development

Last week, nearly 50 people gathered for a town meeting which was held in a Union County community.

The Cobden Community & Business Association, CCBA, sponsored the meeting, in cooperation with the Village of Cobden. Representatives of the Connect SI initiative attended the meeting. Also present were representatives of several businesses which would provide broadband Internet service.

Lick Creek boys split in recent junior high action

The Lick Creek boys’ basketball team split in recent junior high school action.

Lick Creek 68, Dongola 63: Gavin Hooks led the way with 22 points for host Lick Creek Thursday, Jan. 6.

Jake Parr added 13 points. Curtis Plott had  12 points, including 4 3-pointers and 6 assists. Zack Parr had 12 points, 9 steals, and 6 rebounds. Will Charles added 6 points and 8 rebounds. Hunter Garver had 3 points and 7 assists.

Courthouse project business on county board agenda

A busy, but fast-paced, agenda highlighted the open portion of the Union County Board of Commissioners' first meeting of 2011.

The meeting was Monday afternoon, Jan. 3, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Monday's meeting included discussion about several issues related to the construction of a new county courthouse. Work is moving forward quickly on that project.

The county is planning to have a surplus property auction as it prepares to move out of the existing courthouse.

Local quilting bees are community efforts

One of my favorite books was a gift to me for chairing my first PAST quilt show in 2003.

“This Old Quilt” was edited by Margret Aldrich in 1975.  

An introduction notes that quilting has long been an art form practiced by early pioneer craftswomen to today’s modern artisans.  

The collection of stories in “This Old Quilt” is ”a heartwarming celebration of quilts and quilting memories.”

It refers to our “love affair with quilts and with the community-building that the creation process instills.”

Kinsey to be honored at retirement reception My Daddy's Cheesecake co-owner

The co-owner of a popular business in the region will be honored at a retirement reception which is planned for this weekend.

Wes Kinsey, co-owner of My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery and Cafe in Cape Girardeau, will be honored at the reception.

The reception is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at My Daddy's Cheesecake, which is located at 265 S. Broadview.

My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery and Cafe has been making award-winning cheesecakes and desserts since 1987.

2010 Weather High of 102 degrees, low of 4 below40.33 inches of precipitation for year

Union County's weather highlights during 2010 included:

•A high temperature of 102 degrees.

•A low temperature of 4 degrees below zero.

•Precipitation totalling 40.33 inches.

•16 inches of snow.

Official weather observer Dana Cross reports that the high temperature was recorded on Aug. 4 and 5.

Last summer in Union County was very hot and very dry.

The low temperature for 2010 was recorded on Jan. 10.

Monthly precipitation totals for last year included:


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