January 2011

Anna Christmas celebration set

A new holiday celebration is scheduled to make its debut this weekend in Anna.

Christmas in Downtown Anna is planned from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

The celebration is being planned by representatives of local groups and organizations.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the lighting of a community Christmas tree is planned. The tree will be on display outdoors at Anna-Jonesboro National Bank in the heart of downtown Anna.

Here's a look at what's being planned on Saturday:

Main Street

Weekend death investigated

Union County Sheriff David Livesay announced Monday that his office was conducting an investigation into the death of a rural Jonesboro man which happened over the weekend.

The sheriff said the man’s death occurred Sunday night.

Livesay said deputies responded at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday at a residence at 100 State Pond Rd. west of Jonesboro.

Deputies found the body of Jeffery D. Emrick, 58, outside the residence.

“At this time, the death is believed to be accidental, but the investigation is ongoing,” the sheriff said.

Melvin Lee Hunter

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Melvin Lee Hunter, 90, of Anaheim, California died August 21, 2011 at Karlton Residential Care Center in Anaheim, California.</span></strong></p>

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A-J Wildcats blank Eldorado Eagles 36-0 in playoff opener

The Eldorado High School football team has lived by its rushing attack all season.

But, the Eagles’ offense failed to get on track in a 36-0 loss to host Anna-Jonesboro in first-round action of the Class 3A playoffs at ‘The Pit’ last Saturday afternoon.

“It seems they were pretty content to come in here and run the football and keep their offense on the field,” A-J football coach Brett Detering said. “They were intent on trying to pound it (up the middle) instead of running the perimeter. They were getting less than 3 yards a carry.”

Williams named ad manager

Brent Williams of Vienna has been named as advertising manager for Reppert Publications.

Reppert Publications, which includes The Gazette-Democrat, is owned by Jerry L. Reppert and is based in Anna.

The publishing company produces nearly a dozen weekly newspapers, along with niche publications. The company specializes in commercial printing.

Williams will oversee advertising departments at four of Reppert’s offices, including Anna, Carterville, Herrin and Cairo.

He also will sell into the Vienna and Goreville newspapers.

Always remember their sacrifices

Veterans Day, 1954




Whereas it has long been our customs to commemorate November 11, the anniversary of the ending of World War I, by paying tribute to the heroes of that tragic struggle and by rededicating ourselves to the cause of peace; and

Whereas in the intervening years the United States has been involved in two other great military conflicts, which have added millions of veterans living and dead to the honor rolls of this Nation; and

Dr. Dolores Gore

<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Dr. Dolores Gore, 85, of Clarksville, TN formerly of Olmsted, IL died at 6:45 AM on November 3, 2011 at Cedarhurst Memory Care in Shiloh, IL.</span></p>

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Donald Ledbetter

Donald Amos Ledbetter, 80, of Gordonville, Mo., died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1931, in Ullin, the son of Amos Alfred and Elsie Margaret Curt Ledbetter.

He and Edna Elwilda Bell were married in 1952. She died in December 1972. He then married Dena Joy Manewal on Feb. 9, 1973.

He graduated from Ullin High School in 1949 and from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in vocational agriculture and soil conservation.

County budget on display

A new budget was on the agenda when the Union County Board of Commissioners had a rare Tuesday meeting this week.

The meeting was Tuesday morning at the commissioners' office in Jonesboro.

The commissioners usually meet on the first and third Friday morning of each month.

The county's new fiscal year begins on Dec. 1 and runs through Nov. 30, 2012. The county was required to have a tentative Fiscal Year 2011-2012 budget on public display by 4 p.m. Tuesday.


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