January 2012

 A-J ends successful season with loss to top-seeded Greenville

The 2012 Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team advanced to state playoffs for the 13th consecutive season.

The Wildcats finished the regular season with a 6-3 record after losing to an explosive Greenville team last Saturday in the first round of the IHSA Class 3A playoffs

Here's a look back at A-J's season:

Greenville 55, A-J 27: Despite jumping out to an early  lead, the Wildcats couldn't hang on in the loss to the host Comets Saturday, Oct. 27.

Idell Tolson

Idell Tolson, 84, of Cobden, died at 6:56 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at Union County Hospital in Anna.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1928, in Cairo, the daughter of Opal and Edna Brown Wilson.

She married Billy Joe Tolson on Dec. 28, 1951, in Cairo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1999.

State police planning roadside safety checks

Illinois State Police District 22 personnel plan to conduct a roadside safety check in Union County during December.

Plans for the program were announced by Capt. Thomas Stehley, the commander of District 22, which has its headquarters at Ullin.

“Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages or driving under the influence,” Stehley said in a news release.

Thomas G. Lilley

Thomas G. Lilley, 85, of Carbondale, and formerly of Alto Pass, died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

He was born July 28, 1927, in Alto Pass, the son of Hubert Jesse Hode and Mary Ann Milton Lilley.

He married Mildred Catherine Hickam on April 2, 1949, in Osceola, Ark. She survives in Carbondale.

They had five children: Pam (Gary) Ratley of Galatia, Debbie Fears of Anna, Terry (Cathy) Lilley of Murphysboro, Tom Lilley deceased and Beth (Gary) Hart of Murphysboro.

Shawnee looks to replace big scorer from last year

The Shawnee High School boys’ basketball team will be looking for a replacement for Andrew Livesay, who graduated last year.

“We have to have somebody to replace him,” Shawnee coach LaDonna Bachmann said. “We need someone to fill his shoes.”

Livesay averaged 22.3 points a game last year for the Redskins, who finished 7-17 overall.

Three returning starters on this year’s squad are 5-11 senior forward Gavyn Ellet, 5-10 junior forward Aiden McMahan and 6-3 junior center Austin Treece.

Gino N. Dal Ponte

Gino N. Dal Ponte, 77, of Highland Park, died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in rural Pulaski County.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1935, in Highland Park, the son of Albino and Mary Lazzaretto Dal Ponte.

He married Kay Smith on Nov. 10, 1956.

He was owner of Dal Ponte Interiors for over 50 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 446 with a Pilgrim Degree and held the office of administrator.

River levee awareness effort growing

Shawnee, Cairo, Egyptian high school students joining together

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, a new representative will be elected from the 12th Congressional District in Southern Illinois.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, or maybe Thursday, Nov. 8, whoever is elected as the new representative could just get a call from Shawnee High School at Wolf Lake.

The new Congressman (or Congresswoman) will be invited to come to the high school in Wolf Lake, which is in the 12th District.

Majel S. Lence

Majel S. Lence, of Easton, Md., was born on Dec. 20, 1921, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, the eldest child of L. Ray and Lottie Black Stephens, and died on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in Easton.

She grew up in the Mount Ayr area. After graduation, she refused to succumb to the devastation the Great Depression had taken on the family finances, and proceeded to work her way through college. She earned teaching certifications for elementary school, often teaching in rural one-room school houses.

William Ballard resigns as county public defender

William Ballard, attorney at law, has resigned his position as public defender of Union County after 12 years of service in that position.

Ballard said in a news release that he has appreciated the opportunity to serve the courts and the people of Union County, “but that the pressure of a growing private business requires him to step down from the public defender’s position.”

“I’ve enjoyed my twelve years of public service and wish the court and the personnel the very best,” he said.

Musician with local roots performing worldwide

A musician with Union County roots is taking his music worldwide.

Robert Davis, the son of Don Wayne and Donna Davis, has seen some interesting times since moving to Los Angeles at the age of 17.

His band, called Revis, signed a record deal with Epic Records that seemed like a dream to the young musicians in the band, which was formed in Southern Illinois.

But they penned the record deal just weeks before Sept. 11, 2001.

That day’s tragedies shook up the music business world and Epic restructured, dropping most of its new artists.

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