January 2012

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.

No Sunday alcohol sales in Jonesboro

A ban on the sale of alcohol on Sunday in the City of Jonesboro will continue.

The issue was on the agenda at Monday night's regular meeting of the Jonesboro City Council.

Representatives of two of the four businesses in Jonesboro which sell alcohol attended the meetings.

The business representatives asked the city council to consider lifting a ban on the sale of alcohol on Sundays which has existed for many years in Jonesboro.

After discussing the issue, the council voted 4-1 to continue to prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

Cobden’s Wiggs signs with Shawnee

Cobden High School’s Blake Wiggs signed a national letter of intent last week to play baseball at Shawnee  Community College near Ullin next season.

“I think he will help us with his speed and hitting from the left side of the plate,” Shawnee College baseball coach Greg Sheppard said. “We’re real happy to have him.”

Wiggs, a senior for the Appleknockers, had a .418 batting average last season. He hit 2 home runs, had 20 RBIs and had a .575 on base percentage.

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.

Committee of Ten representatives attend District 37 Board meeting

Representatives of a local Committee of Ten attended the most recent monthly meeting of the Anna School District 37 Board of Education.

The Committee of Ten is backing a proposed school reorganization effort that involves District 37. The issue will be on the March primary election ballot in Union County.

Committee members Joyce Crews and Marcia Abell attended the board’s meeting on Jan. 16. Abell read a statement asking the board to not spend further funds on legal services in fighting the reorganization referendum.

Keeping history alive

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War was commemorated with a series of special programs and activities last weekend in Union County.

The Civil War Weekend at the Anna Arts Center brought together a wide range of guest speakers, as well as special exhibits, displays – and even a musical about the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.

Attention was particularly focused on the impact of the Civil War on the lives of the people of Union County.

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