January 2012

A-J’s Miller plans to golf at Logan

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Abby Miller has signed a letter of intent to play golf at John A. Logan Community College  in Carterville next season.

“She has a lot of potential,” A-J golf coach Cory Miller said. “A lot depends on how hard she’s willing to work to do what it takes to become a collegiate golfer.”

Miller had a stroke average of 57.4 during her freshman season and finished her senior season at A-J with a 44.6 average. “She’s come a long way in four years,” Cory Miller said.

Alumni games set in Cobden

Cobden alumni basketball games are scheduled Saturday, Feb. 18. Games will be played in the Cobden School gym.

Three games are scheduled, starting at 2 p.m. with a young alumni men’s game.

At 3 p.m., the women will play. An old timers men’s game is set for 4 p.m.

The old timers will play against a Southern Illinois alumni team made up of players from several schools.

A book sale and signing featuring members of the 1964 Cobden High School boys’ basketball team is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the gym lobby.

Homecoming Saturday at Shawnee College

Homecoming activities are planned Saturday, Feb. 25, at Shawnee Community College near Ullin.

All of the activities are open to the public.

The SCC basketball teams will face St. Louis Community College.

Admission to the games are free. The women’s game begins at 2 p.m. and the men take the floor at 4 p.m. Concessions will be available.

A homecoming dance will begin at 6 p.m.

Homecoming festivities will wrap up with the crowning of the SCC homecoming 2012 king and queen near the conclusion of the homecoming dance.

J.D. Johnson

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">J.D. Johnson, 87, of Olive Branch, died at 2:15PM on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the VA Hospital in Marion.</span></strong></p>

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Cobden, Shawnee fall in regional play

Cobden and Shawnee each from the Class 1A high school girls’ basketball regional tournament in Goreville Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Following are game summaries:

Goreville 61, Cobden 34: The Lady Blackcats built an insurmountable first quarter lead on their way to the win.

Goreville led 19-7 after one quarter and 34-12 at halftime. The Appleknockers trailed 51-27 after three periods.

Bekah Russell scored 20 points to lead Cobden. Devyn Inman added 4 points, Laurelin Pitts and Katie Mowell 3 each and Haley Tomazzoli and Audrey Millis 2 each.

A-J wrestlers compete at state

Anna-Jonesboro Community High School’s Mike Dillman and Andrew Adams were each eliminated in first-round action of the Class 1A State Wrestling Tournment at Champaign Thursday, Feb. 16.

Dillman, who finished his prep career with a 33-7 overall record, was pinned in the 285-pound class by Gibson City’s Melvin Sibley in 3:42.

Adams, who advanced from the Robinson Sectional in the 113-pound class as an alternate, was pinned by Warsaw’s Jack Lucie in 1:41.

Curriculum Alignment can help students succeed

To the editor,

What is Curriculum Alignment and why do we need it?

One benefit or positive result of reorganization into a single district is curriculum. 

An aligned curriculum means that all students in the same grade, in the same subject, would have the same textbooks, the same supplemental materials and the same learning experiences and expectations.

It would not matter if they were in three different buildings, the efforts of those teachers in that grade and that subject area would be coordinated. 

Alice Wakonyo Mbugua

<p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 16pt;">Alice Wakonyo Mbugua, 40, of Carbondale and formerly of Kenya, died on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at her residence.</span></strong></p>

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SIUC announces fall semester honor students

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has named 3,307 students to its fall semester deans’ lists.

Deans’ list recognition goes to students who compile grade-point averages that meet or exceed performance standards set by SIUC’s schools and colleges. 

The minimum standards vary by college and range from 3.25 to 3.75 on a scale of 4.0 (perfect). 

Students from the Union County area who were named to the deans’ lists are named below by their hometowns.

An asterisk (*) denotes a student who earned straight A grades.


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