January 2011

Union County students named State Scholars

Students from each of Union County's four high schools have been honored as Illinois State Scholars.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, ISAC, announced the names of the State Scholars on its website.

The State Scholar program recognizes students at Illinois high schools for outstanding academic achievement.

State Scholar designation provides honorary recognition with no monetary award.

Approximately the top 10 percent of graduates from approved high schools are announced as State Scholars each year.

Fires damage house, destroy mobile home

A mobile home was destroyed and a house sustained major damage as the result of two separate fires which happened during the past week in Union County.

No injuries were reported as the result of the two incidents.

The mobile home fire was reported at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. The mobile home was located at 170 Miller Ln., just east of Anna.

The Anna and Jonesboro fire departments responded to the call. The mobile home was owned by David Miller.

Jonesboro girls improve to 9-1

Taylor Smith scored 14 points to lead Jonesboro to a 51-8 win over host Egyptian in junior high school girls’ basketball action Monday, Nov. 28.

Jaycee Pender added 8 points and 3 steals  for Jonesboro. Megan Silliman had 8 points and 6 rebounds, Aliah Delgado had 6 points and 6 rebounds and Livi Hess had 6 points and 2 steals.

Jamie Hammond had 8 rebounds, Madi Calhoun had 5 assists and Hailley Abernathy had 2 steals.  Smith also blocked a shot.

Jonesboro improved to 9-1 overall.

Voters can decide school reorganization issue Will appear on 2012 primary election ballots

A proposed reorgan-ization involving four Union County public school districts now has moved a step closer to being on the 2012 primary election ballot.

The Illinois state superintendent of education last week issued a decision in favor of those in the community who support placing the proposal before voters.

A spokesperson for a local Committee of Ten which circulated petitions in support of placing the matter on the ballot said the state superintendent's decision was good news.

Cobden, Shawnee fall at Sesser-Valier tourney

Cobden and Shawnee lost in first-round action at the Sesser-Valier boys’ high school holiday basketball tournament Monday, Dec. 26.

S-V 59, Cobden 25: The Red Devils built an early lead on their way to the win.

S-V led 22-6 after one quarter and 39-8 at the half. The Red Devils held a 53-19 win headed into the final period.

Austin Flamm had 8 points to lead the Appleknockers. Tyler Lewey added 7 points, Josh Aspen 4 and Nathan Sweitzer, Joseph Eck and Parker Flamm 2 apiece.

Anna veterans home hosts public forum Maintenance fee for residents addressed

Union County on Sunday hosted the first in a series of public forums which are being held throughout the state as the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, IDVA, considers an increase in what are called maintenance fees at four veterans' homes operated by the agency.

The first public forum took place Sunday afternoon at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.

The forum was attended by an estimated 60 to 70 people and lasted about two hours.

Edmonds to seek second term in offic

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds announced this week that he will seek a second term in office.

 Edmonds stated: “It is an honor and privilege to serve as your Union County state’s attorney. We have accomplished a great deal over the past three years and I am seeking reelection to keep our communities safe and ensure that county government works for the hardworking people of Union County.”

Edmonds highlighted the following accomplishments during his term as Union County state’s attorney:

Dongola 52, Egyptian 29

Emily Terbrak scored 16 points to lead Dongola to a 52-29 win over host Egyptian in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball action Monday, Dec. 12.

Michaela Penrod added 14 points for the Lady Demons. Ashlyn Schultz and Victoria Shirkey had 6  points each, Brittney Hinkle and Stephanie Shepard 4 each and Brenna Newman 2.

The game was tied 7-7 at the end of one quarter. The Lady Demons took charge in the second quarter with a 15-4 run to build a 22-11 halftime advantage. Dongola led 40-13 heading into the final period.


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