January 2011

PAWS hosts annual Auction for Animals

After weeks of preparation and the day spent with last minute details, the doors opened at the Great Boars Lodge near Anna for the 18th annual Auction for Animals presented by Pets Are Worth Saving Inc., PAWS.

Auctiongoers began the evening at the silent auction and bucket raffle tables, took a break for a meal prepared by the Great Boars of Fire, and resumed bidding on their favorite finds of the evening. 

Forest prescribed burns planned

The U.S. Forest Service/Shawnee National Forest plans to burn about 4,700 acres in several prescribed fire projects during the coming fiscal year.

The projects will take place depending on funding and weather and fuel conditions, the Forest Service reported. 

The burns will be conducted under controlled conditions between October and May 2012.

The Forest Service stated that the purpose of the projects is to:

•Stimulate growth of native vegetation positively adapted to fire, and impede vegetation that is not.

Author, historian speaks at Union County Museum

An audience of about 30 people were on hand last Sunday afternoon in Cobden for a presentation by local author and historian Darrel Dexter, who has published a new book titled “Bondage in Egypt: Slavery in Southern Illinois.”

The Union County Historical and Genealogy Society hosted a book signing and talk by the author Sunday afternoon at the Union County Museum in downtown Cobden.

River To River Residential plans grand opening of Anna facility

River to River Residential Corporation announces the grand opening of its newest supportive living facility, which is located in Union County.

The River to River Community of Anna is located at 151 Denny Dr. The facility is located in east Anna.

A grand opening celebration is planned from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m.

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to make an appearance at the grand opening.

Ruby Alma Elkins

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Cambria;">Mrs. Ruby Alma Elkins, age 91 of Anna, formerly of Jonesboro, died at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at the Anna Rehab and Nursing Care Center. She was born April 2, 1920 in Reynoldsville, the daughter of James and Alice Cooper Dillon. She married Homer Elkins on September 5, 1939 in Jackson, Mo. He preceded her in death on September 6, 1984.</span></strong></p>

Crash occurs at I-57 work site

Illinois State Police District 22 personnel responded to a one-vehicle crash which happened at about 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning, Nov. 17, in Union County.

The accident happened on Interstate 57 at southbound milepost 24 at Dongola.

State police reported that a truck tractor semi-trailer combination driven by Abdisalan H. Abdirisak, 46, of Indianapolis, Ind., went out of control after striking a portion of the interstate that was cut out for repair.

Sweitzer honored by state association

Karl Sweitzer of Cobden has been selected by the Illinois Principals Association, IPA, as the association's 2011 Herman Graves Award winner.

Sweitzer is superin-tendent of Cobden Unit School District 17.

The Herman Graves Award was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding service to the IPA.

Graves was the first person to receive the award.

Thrill of victory, agony of defeat

To the editor,

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat were words coined by the great Jim McKay and hall-of-fame (Wide World of Sports) announcer who did Summer and Winter Olympic games for many years.

Anna-Jonesboro's volleyball team felt the agony of defeat in a first round regional tournament loss to Carterville, a team they had defeated three times during the conference and regular season.

Anyone associated with coaching over time has had these same experiences.

Sunshine Inn auction planned

An "historic community building auction" is planned next week in Anna.

The Sunshine Inn community center building will be sold at the auction, which is set for 6:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21.

The Sunshine Inn is located at 400 S. Main St. The building is owned by Union County.

The Union County Board of Commissioners recently decided to sell the structure.


        Anna recycling program could begin in 2012

        The City of Anna is moving ahead with plans to establish a groundbreaking recycling program in the Union County community.

        The program was on the agenda at a regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Tuesday night at Anna City Hall.

        City officials have been talking about the recycling program for several months.

        CWI Republic Services currently provides trash pick-up services for the city. Anna officials are talking with the firm about implementing a recycling program.

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