December 2011

Carmelita Yting

<p style="line-height: 150%;" class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 16pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: Cambria;">Mrs. Carmelita Yting, age 64 of Jersey City, NJ, died January 7, 2012 in Jersey City, NJ. She was born February 2, 1947 in Jolo, Sulu Philippines.</span></strong></p>

Cost of mailing letter going up a penny Jan. 22

The cost of mailing a letter is going up 1 cent Sunday, Jan. 22.

“It will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States,” Anna Postmaster Judy Hughes said in a press release.

“The increase, effective January 22, is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps (Forever stamps) in more than two and a half years,” she said.

Highlights of the new, single-piece First Class Mail pricing include:

•Letters, 1 ounce, 1-cent increase to 45 cents.

•Letters, additional ounces, unchanged at 20 cents.

Dorothy L. Martin

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Dorothy L. Martin, 82, of Anna, died at 11:20 AM Sunday, January 01, 2012 at her home.</span></strong></p>

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Grand jury indicts woman on meth charges

A Union County woman has been indicted on methamphetamine charges.

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds reported the indictment was handed down against Teresa J. Henson, 45, formerly of 506 N. John St. in Jonesboro.

A Union County grand jury indicted Henson on three counts of aggravated participation in methamphetamine production, all Class X felonies, and one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony.

Writing contest open to high school students

High school students throughout the Shawnee Community College district are invited to participate in a writing contest sponsored by the college.

Union County is in the college district.

Celebrating Young Writers will recognize the literary skills of area high school students in three categories: short fiction, poetry and non-fiction essay.

Original work will be judged by college faculty in two divisions: 9th/10th grade and 11th/12th grade.

The submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 17. There is no entry fee.

Lela McClure

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<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Lela McClure, 89, of Anna died at 6:45 PM January 9, 2012 at Union County Hospital.</span></strong></p>

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Dongola set to host SEC tournament

Dongola will host the South Egyptian Conference high school boys’ basketball tournament Jan. 17-21.

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

First-round games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuesday, Jan. 17, Dongola will play Shawnee at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18, Egyptian will play Joppa at 6 p.m. and Century will play Cobden at 7:30 p.m.

The top-seeded Meridian Bobcats have a first-round bye.

A new year begins

A new year got off to a sunny but cold and windy start in the Union County area. Hopefully, the weather during 2012 won't be quite as exciting as what we experienced in 2011. Only time will tell.

As last year came to an end, we took the opportunity to look back at what happened in Union County during 2011. Some may say that "nothing ever happens around here." Such was not the case in 2011. And we fully expect that 2012 will be just as busy.

James P. McLaughlin

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">James P. McLaughlin, 73, of Dongola, formerly of Chicago, died at 11:20AM Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at his residence.</span></strong></p>

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Locally made film to be shown Sunday on WSIU-TV

A locally made film is scheduled to have its television premiere Sunday afternoon, Jan. 8, on WSIU-TV Channel 8.

The film, “Under These Same Stars: The Celadon Affair,” is set to air at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The film was directed by Dan Johnson of Alto Pass. Johnson is a sculptor and filmmaker. He was the film’s director, camera man, special effects technician, prop maker and editor.

Robert Streit Jr. of Carbondale was the screenwriter and associate producer. Streit also played Cpl. Oliver, one of the lead roles in the film.

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