January 2012

Hunters harvest 99,324 deer during Illinois firearm season

Firearm deer hunters in Illinois took a preliminary total of 99,324 deer during the seven-day 2012 firearm deer season, which was Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, reported.  

This year’s preliminary firearm season harvest total compares with the 97,820 deer taken during the 2011 firearm season.   

The preliminary second-season (Nov. 29 through Dec. 2) harvest total was 27,213, compared with the 31,259 deer taken by hunters during the second segment of the 2011 season.

Lighting ceremony planned Dec. 22 at Cross of Peace on Bald Knob

The Bald Knob Cross of Peace will once again shine brightly in the night as an inspirational beacon visible for miles from the top of a mountain in rural Alto Pass.

A lighting ceremony is planned Saturday evening, Dec. 22.

The ceremony will be held outside, near the base of the cross – weather permitting. The ceremony will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Re-lighting of the cross is set for 5:30 p.m.

Anna-Jonesboro goes 0-4 in tournament play at Goreville

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team struggled in season-opening tournament action last week at Goreville.

The Wildcats finished 0-4 at the tournament.

Benton 43, A-J 32: Noah Fuller scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats in the tournament loss Friday, Nov. 30.

Ben McFarland scored 8 points and had 8 rebounds for A-J. Tyler Vaughn had the team’s lone 3-pointer. Jay Kemp added 2 points and 3 rebounds. Zach Parr, Damian Reed and Noah Prater had 2 points each.

Union County students share what Christmas means to them

Third grade students at Union County schools again this year were invited to participate in a special holiday season event sponsored by a local business.

"What Christmas Means to Me" was the theme of the event, which again was sponsored by Rusty's Home Center in Anna.

Students wrote about what Christmas means to them. Winners then were selected from each participating school.

Each winner received a giant Christmas stocking from Rusty's Home Center.

Following are the winning entries:

Cross of Peace relighting ceremony planned Saturday

The Bald Knob Cross of Peace will be the setting for a lighting ceremony which is planned Saturday evening, Dec. 22.

The event is scheduled to take place outdoors. The ceremony will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Re-lighting of the cross is set for 5:30 p.m.

The relighting will complete the total restoration of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, which began in 2009.

The newly restored cross will be lit with new LED lighting backed by an entirely new electrical infrastructure.

Charles Duane “Chuck” Foster

Charles Duane “Chuck” Foster, 69, formerly of Jonesboro, died on Nov. 18, 2012, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1961. He graduated from Railroad Communications in 1963, Kansas City Community College in 1965, and Sangamon State University in 1972, earning a business administration degree.

He worked at Bunny Bread for 26 years and then owned and operated Foster Cleaning Service, a multistate company that he ran for 12 years, before retiring in 2000.

Season underway for A-J bowling teams

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ and girls’ bowling teams have begun action this season.

A-J’s boys’ team had a 1-2 record in early competition.

Returning from last season’s bowling are seniors Chris Hill, Jacob Schaefer and Nick Ward and juniors Brock Goforth (who is the team captain), Jason Goodman, Derek Massey and Nathan Sadler.

Newcomers this season are seniors Michael Tripp, Braden Rider and Evan Hughey, junior Damian Reed and freshman Dale Prater.

The A-J’s girls bowling team had an 0-3 record this season.

Pauline Jackson

Pauline Jackson, 91, of Makanda, died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Helia Healthcare in Carbondale.

She was born on March 7, 1921, the daughter of Arthur and Margaret King Lindsey in Carbondale.

She married Ernest Lee Jackson on March 16, 1938. He preceded her in death on September 9, 2001.

She had been a cook at  Springmore Elementary School and the Lincoln Junior High School.

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