January 2012

Union County clerk submits resignation

Union County Clerk Bobby Toler Jr. is planning to resign at the end of the year.

Toler announced his resignation following a meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners which was held last Friday morning in Jonesboro.

Toler submitted a letter to the commissioners which stated that he plans to resign as Union County clerk and recorder effective on Dec. 31, 2012.

"This notice will give you an opportunity to  find a suitable replacement," Toler stated in his letter.

A-J football players earn All-South honors

Two members of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team have been selected to the 2012 Southern Illinois Coaches Association All-South football team.

A-J junior Damian Reed and senior Logan Tripp earned All-South recognition.

Reed was a first-team Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division Conference selection as both a running back and linebacker.

He rushed for 835 yards, scored nine touchdowns and recorded five, 2-point conversion runs.

Dorothy Mae Treece

Dorothy Mae Treece, 74, of Ware, died at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Jonesboro Rehab and Healthcare in Jonesboro.

She was born on Aug. 23, 1938, in Anna, the daughter of Clyde Treece and Bertha Ayers Treece.

She was owner and operator of Von Dot Restaurant for over 20 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Vonda (Steve) Benefield of Anna; two grandchildren, Skylar and Brayden Benefield; two sisters, Doris Rumfelt of Jonesboro and Opal Glasco of Marion; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Grand jury indicts Anna man on charge of drug induced homicide

Union County State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds reported on Wednesday that  a Union County grand jury has returned indictments again David M. Olshon, 54, of 324 S. Main St. in Anna in connection with the death of Jami Restivo in January of this year.

Edmonds reported that Olshon is charged with one count of drug induced homicide, a Class X felony; one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony; and one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 3 felony.

Moving forward

Union County officeholders took their oaths of office Monday morning. The oaths were administered during a ceremony at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro.

Monday's ceremony was significant in several ways. The event was the last one of its kind which will take place in the current courthouse. A new courthouse is under construction. The project is nearing completion. County offices are expected to be moved into the new facility early in 2013.

Dorothy M. Brust

Dorothy M. Brust, 83, of Ullin, died at 8:32 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at her home in Ullin.

She was born on May 9, 1929, in Alto Pass, the daughter of Clifford and Lula Meadows Bryant.

She married Bernard F. Brust Jr. on June 26, 1948, in Cobden.

Dedication ceremony for new courthouse tentatively scheduled

A dedication ceremony for Union County's new courthouse tentatively is planned for Saturday, May 11, 2013.

The tentative plans were announced in the latest update on the construction of the county's new courthouse in Jonesboro.

The update was presented at a meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners held last Friday morning. The meeting was at the community center in Jonesboro.

The update was presented to the board by construction manager Mike Smith.

Karl Steffens

Karl Steffens, 69, of Tamms, died at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

He was born on July 10, 1943, in Bederkesa, Germany, the son of Johann Klaus Christian and Julianna Marie (Bobe) Steffens.

He married Barbara McClain on April 1, 1967, in Park Forest.

Jonesboro School students welcome unique visitors

Why does a snake have a forked tongue?

How can a person tell a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake?

Those mysteries and many others were answered Wednesday, Nov. 28, when snakes "invaded" Jonesboro Elementary School.

The school welcomed a variety of live specimens inside their classrooms, where students got an up-close and personal look at the snakes of Illinois.

The program was sponsored by Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Cache River Watershed.  


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