January 2011

Barnett hired to fill SIUC post

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has hired its first full-time coordinator of nontraditional student services/single parent programs.

Deborah R. Barnett, a nontraditional student herself, recently began working in the position. 

Barnett, who is from Marion, is working on her doctorate in education at SIU Carbondale, where she also completed her master of science in education in December 2010. 

She also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ky.

Reflecting on the season

As the celebration of Christmas draws near, holiday season decorations at historic St. Anne's Church in Anna give us a chance to reflect on the bright message of the season as shared in the Gospel of Luke:

Now at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census, the first, took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered.

Jill Wise Childers

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Cambria;">Mrs. Jill Wise Childers, age 35 of Marion, died at 4:48 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2011 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN from mixed connective tissue disease and pulmonary hypertension. She was born May 3, 1976 in Carbondale, the daughter of Robert and Jean Koelling Wise. She married Dale Childers on July 8, 2000 in Marion.</span></strong></p>

Friends of Stinson project provides books to children

ibrary Book in Every Home project for December donated more than 400 books to local schools and other organizations.

The donations included 125 books to Anna Head Start, 117 books to Anna Rural Health, 50 books to the Cobden pre-kindergarten program, 25 books to Dongola Pre-K, 40 books to Jonesboro Pre-K, 20 books to Lick Creek Pre-K.

Also, 40 books to Lincoln Pre-K, 14 books to the kindergarten class at Shawnee Elementary North school at Grand Tower and 11 books to the kindergarten class at Shawnee Elementary South school in McClure.

Mixens married 50 years

The Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth Mixen will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Dec. 24.

Kenneth and Janet Carter Mixen were married on Dec. 24, 1961, at New Hope Baptist Church at Buncombe.

They have three children, Carol McHughes (Jack Pitts) of Anna, Susan (Benny) Joles of Clarksville, Tenn., and Doug (Jeanne) Mixen of Buncombe.

They have seven grandchildren, Joshua Mixen, Caleb and Kimberly Mixen, Lyndsay and April Joles, Jason (Stephanie) Joles and K.C. McHughes; and two great-grandchildren, Laighton Mixen and Serenity McHughes.

Hubert L. Clover

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Cambria;">Mr. Hubert L. Clover age 91, of Alto Pass, died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. He was born November 2, 1921 in Pomona, the son of Edward Monroe and Lena Franklin Clover. He married Mary E. Hale on July 27, 1947 in Alto Pass. She preceded him in death on May 25, 1994.</span></strong></p>

Rain doesn't dampen spirits at Anna celebration

Rainy weather didn't put a damper on the spirits of those who came to be a part of a new holiday tradition in Union County.

The first Christmas in downtown Anna was celebrated Saturday afternoon and evening, Nov. 26.

A wide range of activities were planned for the event. Highlights included a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of a community Christmas tree in downtown Anna.

Santa welcomed those of all ages during a visit to 326Productions along South Main Street in the heart of downtown Anna.

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