January 2011

Home for the holidays

Having a new home for the holidays is a special gift for a Union County family.

Last Saturday morning, Jackson-Union County Habitat for Humanity presented the keys to a new home to a local family.

What a wonderful gift – and what a wonderful show of humanity and compassion by the many volunteers who made the new home a reality.

We take this opportunity to voice appreciation to Habitat for Humanity for choosing Anna as the site of a new home for a local family. We also salute those who worked to built the home.

Electa Dillow Hayes

<p style="line-height: 115%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Electa (Bill) Dillow Hayes, 99, of Anna, died at 10:30a.m. on Monday, December 5, 2011, at Union County Hospital.</span></strong></p>

Anna police investigate incidents involving three stolen vehicles

The Anna Police Department is investigating two separate incidents which involve stolen vehicles.

A suspect was apprehended in connection with one of the incidents.

Nov. 27 Incident

Anna Police Chief Dale Foster reported that the most recent incident occurred Sunday, Nov. 27.

A pickup truck was reported to have been stolen from a residence along Industrial Drive in Anna. Keys had been left in the vehicle.

Rachel Needham receives scholarships

Two fourth-year medical students from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have received scholarships from the Southern Illinois Medical Association, SIMA.

Rachel Needham is one of the scholarship recipients.

She is the daughter of Neal Needham of Dongola and Cindy Mosley of Jonesboro.

Needham is a 2003 graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree in physiology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007.

A-J girls win twice

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School girls’ basketball team won a pair of Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference Mississippi Division games in recent action.

A-J 50, Chester 26: Jessi Stone poured in 26 points to lead the host Lady Wildcats to the win Thursday, Dec. 15.

Kim Mixen added 8 points for A-J, followed by Brooke Chamness 5, Katie Grant 4, Valerie Pender 3, Krista Pender 2 and Natty Hepburn and Balyie Denny 1 each.

A-J built a 12-0 first quarter lead and led 29-7 at halftime.

A-J boys’ basketball wins season opener

t the buzzer to lift Anna-Jonesboro to a 49-47 win over Carmi-White County in first-round action of the Harrisburg Invitational high school boys’ basketball tournament Monday, Nov. 28.

With the game tied 47-47, A-J took a time out with 7 seconds remaining to set up the final play. Caleb Mixen then fired a pass to Wright for the game-winning basket.

The Wildcats trailed 10-4 after one quarter and 21-14 at the half. A-J was behind  36-29 going into the last quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 20-11 in the final quarter to pull out the win.

Christmas in the Village planned Saturday in Cobden

A popular holiday tradition will continue this weekend in a Union County community.

The third annual Christmas in the Village holiday celebration is planned Saturday, Dec. 3, in Cobden.

The celebration is being promoted by the Cobden Community and Business Association and the Village of Cobden.

Business open houses and Christmas bazaars will be among the highlights of the day's activities.

Activities are planned from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day is scheduled to close with the lighting of a Christmas tree in the downtown park.

Proposed school reorganization focus of Nov. 22 public hearing

Regional superintendent of schools Janet Ulrich was hoping to make a decision sometime this week regarding the appearance of a Union County school reorganization plan on next year's primary election ballot.

The issue was the focus of a public hearing which was held Tuesday night, Nov. 22, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

The hearing, which was attended by an estimated 60 to 70 people, lasted nearly three hours. Proponents and opponents of school reorganization spoke at the hearing.

Benefit dinner set for Brandon Miller

The Anna Elks Lodge plans to host a benefit spaghetti dinner for Brandon Miller Saturday, Dec. 17. Serving is planned from noon to 5 p.m.

The cost for the meal is $10. The menu includes spaghetti, bread, salad and dessert.

Tickets are available at the principal’s office at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. Tickets also will be available at the door.


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