December 2011

Carol Lincoln

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Cambria;">Mrs. Carol Lincoln, age 65 of Cobden, died at 6:28 p.m. Monday, January 2, 2012 at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was born December 26, 1946 in Gipsy, Missouri the daughter of Bertha Burkman. She married Roger Lincoln on March 17, 1973 in Bollinger County, Missouri.</span></strong></p>

Shawnee 38,Egyptian 25

Jordan Johnson scored 14 points to power Shawnee to a 38-25 win over visiting Egyptian in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball Thursday, Jan. 19.

Sanni Ahokas added 9 points for the Lady Reds. Taylor Loveless chipped in 7 points and Haley Murphy, Lindsay Crane, April Kutak and Elena Houston each scored 2.

Shawnee led 11-4 after one quarter and 18-8 at halftime. The Lady Reds increased their lead to 29-15 after three periods.

School vote will be a positive move

To the editor,

Voters in Anna, Jonesboro and Lick Creek will have a chance on March 20th to have a real voice in bringing new opportunity to our school communities.

The voters will decide whether a new unit school district should be formed from the four separate districts (A-J High School, Lick Creek, Anna and Jonesboro).

All four of the school districts could be combined or any combination thereof.

Any vote that results in reorganizing/combining any of the four districts will be a positive move.

Meridian edges Dongola 39-36 at SEC tourney

Meridian defeated Dongola 39-36 in overtime in first-round action of the South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball tournament at Joppa Monday, Jan. 23.

The Lady Demons led 8-5 after one quarter and 18-9 at halftime.

The Lady Bobcats outscored Dongola 15-6 in the third quarter to tie the game 24-24 tie heading into the final quarter.

The score was tied 32-32 at the end of regulation. Meridian outscored the Lady Demons 7-4 in overtime.

Donna M. Mosby

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 16pt; line-height: 150%;">Ms.</span></strong> <strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Cambria;">Donna M. <span style=""> </span>Mosby, age 73 of Jonesboro died at 8:41pm Tuesday January 10, 2012 at her home. She was born September 17, 1938 in Alexander County, the daughter of Orris Sr. and Blanche Meisenheimer Mosby.</span></strong></p>

Joppa to host SEC girls’ tournament

Joppa is scheduled to host the South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basketball tournament Jan. 23-28.

Shawnee is the top seed in the tourney, followed  by Cobden, Century, Meridian, Dongola, Egyptian and Joppa.

First-round games will be played Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, Jan. 23, Meridian will play Dongola at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, Cobden will play Joppa at 6 p.m. and Century will play Egyptian at 7:30 p.m.

The top-seeded Shawnee Lady Reds have a first-round bye.

Ruby (Pankey) Warren

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Ruby (Pankey) Warren, 91, of Ullin, formerly of Tamms, died early Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at her home at Cache Valley Arpartments.</span></strong></p>

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Choate Center not on list of sites which could be closed

 SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn announced late Thursday, Jan. 19, his plan to close two state-run facilities, one that provides services for those with developmental disabilities and the other for mental health, to save the state nearly $20 million.

(The plan does not include the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna.)

Quinn’s plan targets the Jacksonville Developmental Center and  Tinley Park Mental Health Center, and says the state’s savings will come from transitioning the 229 patients at those facilities to community care.

Anna School District 37 names honor students for second quarter

Anna School District 37 announces second quarter high honor roll and low honor roll students:

8th grade, high honors: Shiloh Barger, Brayden Benefield, Amelia Blakely, Jared Collier, Jillian Cotton, Megan Dammerman, Jose Flores, Madison Jacobs, Laramie Lentz.

Maci Murray, David Prather, Erica Ralls, Jerald Reynolds, Taylor Ridenhour, Meagan Salmon, Sophie Shaffar, Zachariah Shaffar, Wyatt Smith, Ryan Stark, Madison Wellons.

Synthetic marijuana, bath salts banned from all Illinois stores

Potentially deadly drugs marketed as “synthetic marijuana” and “bath salts” were banned from all Illinois stores beginning on Jan. 1, due to legislation supported by State Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, which was approved in 2011.

“I can’t begin to tell you how many calls I have received throughout the year from local sheriffs and police officers who have came across individuals who are high on bath salts or K2,” Phelps said in a news release.

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