January 2011

Three starters back for Shawnee girls

Shawnee High School girl’s basketball coach Chad Pitts will rely on three returning starters from last year’s 19-6 squad to build a successful team around.

“We lost two starters but we’ve got a lot returning,” Pitts said. “The outlook is pretty good.”

Pitts will be counting on a trio of returning starters. The three juniors are 5-9 guard/forward Taylor Ellis, 5-9 forward Jordan Johnson and guard Reagan Brown.

Veterans Day parade winners noted

Organizers of the recent Veterans Day parade in Anna have announced award winners from the event.

The parade was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Carroll P. Foster Post No. 3455 of Anna.

The winners, by category, follow:

Military color guard: 1st, ROTC Air Force, Carbondale/ROTC Army SIU.

Antique car: 1st, Jimmy Foster. 2nd, Denise Reynolds. 3rd, Joe Ralls.

Antique farm equipment: 1st, Adrian Westbrook. 2nd, Leon Bunch. 3rd, Marion Hill.

Raymond Smithey

Raymond Smithey, 78, of England, Ark., died on Dec. 20, 2011.

He was born on April 1, 1933, in Elco.

He was a veteran of the Army and was a member of the IOOF Lodge and VFW Post No. 3455.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Smithey.

He is survived by one daughter, Judy Smithey Dillow (Ted) Richardson; two granddaughters, Jill (Jeston) George and Meagan Hatfield; one great-grandchild, Aidden Hatfield; and brothers Donald Durham, Denny Durham and Charles Durham; and special friends Willie, Lee, Margaret and Lula.

Stop the insanity of Christmas debt

Christmas is around the corner and your stomach is in knots. You want to join in the spirit of the season but the debt from last Christmas still plagues you and the memory of last January’s credit card statement sets off heart palpitations. 

The weight of the season is upon you so you slump your shoulders, grab your plastic and trudge off to do your duty.  Christmas, for you, is no longer fun.

Regional superintendent denies school reorganization petition

The Illinois state superintendent of education will make the next decision in a proposed reorganization involving four Union County public school districts.

Regional superintendent of schools Janet Ulrich on Friday, Dec. 2, issued a written order denying a petition which had sought to place the issue on the 2012 primary election ballot in Union County.

Ulrich is regional superintendent of schools for Union, Alexander, Johnson, Massac and Pulaski counties.

Shawnee girls 7-0 after win

Taylor Ellis scored 18 points to boost Shawnee to a 46-29 win over host Egyptian in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Thursday, Dec. 1.

Jordan Johnson added 17 points for the Lady Reds. Reagan Brown scored 7 points, Gwen Kuehne 3 and Taylor Loveless 1.

The Lady Pharaohs led 11-9 after one quarter. The Lady Reds held Egyptian scoreless in the second quarter which allowed them to pull ahead 14-11 at halftime. Shawnee led 34-16 after three periods.

Shawnee improved to 7-0.

Regional superintendent denies petition for school consolidation

A petition to consolidate four Union County school districts into a single district has been denied by Regional Superintendent of Schools Janet Ulrich.

The petition sought seeking voter approval to merge Anna-Jonesboro, Anna, Jonesboro and Lick Creek school district into a single district consisting of two, three or four of the districts.

Shawnee junior high boys improve to 10-1

The Shawnee Junior High School boys’ basketball team has built a 10-1 record this season.

Shawnee 46, Century 26: Dylan Boston scored 13 points to lead visiting Shawnee in the win Nov. 29.

Hunter Levan added 10 points, Lucas Matlock, Nick Crane and Daniel Parris 7 each and Eli Baltzell and Hunter Smithey 1 each.

Shawnee 62, Cobden 15: Boston scored 20 points to lead host Shawnee Nov. 22.

T.J. Foeste added 11 points, Parris 10, Smithey 7, Matlock 6 and Levan and Crane 4 each.  

Run to Bald Knob Cross planned New Year's Day

The Cobden Runners Club plans to have its annual walk/run to the Bald Knob Cross of Peace near Alto Pass on New Year's Day, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

The annual event sponsored by the club to celebrate the New Year has been a tradition for approximately 20 years and has grown to about 30 participants.

The event is scheduled to start at the Cobden park across from the U.S. Post Office.

Walkers are set to start at 7:30 a.m. Runners start at 9 a.m.

The total distance covered is approximately 10 miles.

Christmas time of magic, learning about birth of Jesus

To the editor,

Christmas will soon be here. It's a time of magic and learning about the birth of Jesus for little children.

The lights and the Christmas tree and pretty wrapped gifts under the tree.

It is a beautiful time of the year. That beauty should be there all year.

Then your heart hurts when you hear about all these little ones having their lives taken from them. I do not understand how a person can abuse, rape and kill one of these precious little ones.


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