January 2011

A-J wins in first round at Eldorado

Brady Wright scored 19 points and added 9 rebounds to lead Anna-Jonesboro to a 59-34 win over Norris City-Omaha-Enfield in first-round action at the 47th annual Eldorado high school boys’ holiday basketball tournament Monday, Dec. 26.

Travis Smith, who had four 3-pointers, added 14 points and a rebound for the Wildcats.

Cody Garver had 10 points and 2 rebounds. Tyler Vaughn had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Jay Kemp had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Andrew Nixon had 2 points.

Haire wins trophies at shooting event

Christopher Haire, 12, of Jonesboro, competed in the Nashville, Tenn., Gun Club December clay target shooting competition.

The competition was held Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Tennessee State Clay Target Complex in Nashville.

Chris won first-place trophies in the three events and four classes in which he competed.

He competed in the ATA 100 singles 12-15-year-old class, ATA 100 singles adult class, ATA adult handicap 18-22 yards and the ATA adult class doubles competition.

A-J’s Wright named high school football player of the year

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Brady Wright has been honored as the Southern Illinoisan newspaper’s high school football player of the year for 2011.

Wright, a versatile quarterback, led the Wildcats to a 9-3 finish and to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A high school football playoffs.

“He had a heck of a year for us,” A-J coach Brett Detering said. “But one of the things he’s aware of is that it is really a team honor.

Loretta Darlene Lacy

Loretta Darlene Lacy, 65, of Alto Pass, died at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

She was born on March 15, 1946, in Murphysboro, the daughter of Samuel and Deloris Lingle Davis.

She married Rodney Lacy on Oct. 6, 1971, in Jonesboro.

Don't drink and drive

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White reports that alcohol-related fatalities have decreased by 9 percent from the previous year and urges motorists to continue this trend by celebrating the holiday season safely and not drinking and driving.

Illinois recently received a 5-star rating, the highest ranking possible by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, for the state’s innovative and comprehensive efforts to combat drunk driving.

Connie A. Young

Connie A. Young, 74, of Navarre, Fla., and formerly of Dongola, died at 9:31 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1937, in Wetaug, the daughter of Harley and Edna Staudacher Hight.

She married Alvin Junior Young. He preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1986.

She liked country and western line dancing.

'Year filed with blessings'

<em>Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the settlers at Plymouth in the Massachusetts colony in 1621 under the leadership of Gov. William Bradford.</em>

<em>Presidents Washington and Madison each issued a Thanksgiving proclamation once during their presidencies.</em>

<em>It was not until 1863, however, when President Abraham Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation that the holiday was established as a national annual event, occurring on the last Thursday of November.</em>

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