December 2011

Robert “Bob” Jones

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Robert “Bob” Jones, Jr. 59, of Anna, died on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 11:00AM at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.</span></strong></p>

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187 cited for illegal use of disability parking spaces

Illinois Secretary of State Police issued 187 citations during a holiday season statewide crackdown on people who illegally park in disability parking spaces at local malls. 

The enforcement kicked off on Black Friday, Nov. 25, and continued through the end of December.

Sixty-five people were issued tickets for improper use of a disability parking space or parking in a disability space without a placard or license plate during the holiday season. 

Church prays for city to make informed decision

To the editor,

The Anna City Council is in the process of considering changes to our current city ordinances with regard to alcohol sales. 

At Anna Heights Baptist Church we care for our community and feel as though we are a part of the collective effort to generate a better society, not only for today but for future generations. 

It is out of love for our community that we join in the conversation regarding these ordinances. 

Our laws and ordinances are a reflection of our collective moral conscience. 

Kacie Nicole Edmonds

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong style=""><span style="font-size: 14pt; line-height: 115%;">Kacie Nicole Edmonds, age 29 of Anna, died at 12:06 am, Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the Union County Hospital in Anna.<span style=""> </span> She was born on June 12, 1983 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the daughter of William Roderick and Julia (Aldridge) Edmonds.</span></strong></p>

Incidents investigated at Ware

Authorities continue to investigate a residential fire and reported incidents of rocks striking a mobile home in the Ware community. No injuries have been reported.

Union County Sheriff David Livesay said that authorities have not been able to determine if the incidents are connected, but they still have people in the community concerned.

A fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at a mobile home on Elm Drive in Ware. Livesay said the fire destroyed the Daniel Hancock residence. Three people in the mobile home escaped without injury.

Successful annual youth waterfowl hunt conducted

The annual youth waterfowl hunt in Southern Illinois had a good turnout this year.

“Last year, for the first year when I took over, we only had 45 kids,” said Gene Morgan of Murphysboro, the coordinator of the youth hunt. “It was about to die. We have 104 hunters this year.”

Prior to the hunt, the young people who were going to participate were treated to a banquet at the Great Boars of Fire Restaurant located between Cobden and Anna Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The youth hunt was held the following day, Wednesday, Dec. 28.

State Police District 22 reports holiday enforcement results

Illinois State Police District 22 interim commander Lt. Steven Shields has released preliminary enforcement results for the 2011 holiday time period.

The period included the time from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3.

Union County is in District 22, which has its headquarters at Ullin.

A total of 358 traffic stops were reported by District 22 personnel, with the following results reported:

Speed citations, 90. Speed written warnings, 112. Motorist assists, 59. Citations, all violations, 190. Driving under the influence arrests, three.

Shawnee girls improve to 11-4

Joppa was held scoreless in the first quarter and couldn’t recover in a 64-12 loss to host Shawnee in South Egyptian Conference high school girls’ basket ball Friday, Jan. 13.

The Lady Reds pulled ahead 19-0 after one quarter and 36-4 at the half.

Taylor Ellis had 27 points to lead Shawnee. Gwen Kuehne added 16 points, Jordan Johnson 9, Sanni Ahokas and Taylor Loveless 4 apiece and Haley Murphy and Bethany McMahan 2 apiece.

Shawnee improved to 11-4 overall.

Dongola finishes 1-2 at Chester tournament

Dongola finished 1-2 recently at the Chester tournament in high school boys’ basketball action.

Dongola 49, Elverado 39: Austin Hinkle scored 23 points to lead the Demons in the tournament win Saturday, Jan. 14.

Tyler Eddleman added 10 points, Brock Patterson 6, Jordan Eads and Darius Schauer 4 each and Uriah Holmes 2.

The Falcons led 10-9 after one quarter and 18-13 at halftime. The Demons made an 18-10 run in the third quarter to take a 31-28 lead heading into the final quarter.

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