December 2012

Youth wrestlers compete at events held in Springfield, Mount Carmel

One of the largest annual wrestling events in Illinois took place Sunday, Jan. 20, in Springfield: the 29th Jon Davis IKWF Kids Open.  

The tournament featured over 1,000 wrestlers who competed in 244 brackets, including, for the first time, a 13-bracket girls’ division.

The trip to Springfield for the Jon Davis tournament isn’t one that the A-J Junior Wildcats take their entire roster to attend.  

Cobden Junior/Senior High School names honor students

Cobden Junior/Senior High School announces honor roll students for the second quarter:

Seniors, high honors: Bailey Flamm, Joshua Aspen, Hailee Clark, Kristin Pender, Hannah Spalt, Alexis Peterman, Leticia Amezquita, Devyn Inman, Nathan Sweitzer, Jennifer Amezquita.

Seniors, honors: Elijah Wakefield, Taylor Ellis, Garrett Marks, Maria Roman, Sergio Rafael, Jesse Vicente, John Chapman.

Juniors, high honors: Savannah Eck, Zachary Moore, Madison Housman, Haley Tomazzoli, Bradley Windings, Austin Flamm, Wendy Flamm.

Young shooting competitor hopes for spot on U.S. Olympic squad

To say Chris Haire of Union County has made progress in one year in the world of trap shooting would be a huge understatement.

“He does a lot of shooting,” said Chris’ father, Charles Haire, a Union County veterinarian. “He shot 36,000 shells last year. He usually practices after school and  on Sunday mornings.”

Charles said that when his son practices, he averages shooting 300 to 500 shells at a setting.

Mayes Thompson King

<strong>Mr. Mayes Thompson King, age 57 of Cobden died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012 at his home in Cobden. He was born August 24, 1955 in New Albany, MS, the son of Everett R. “Diz” and Helen Thompson King.</strong>

Prayer vigil planned at Bald Knob

A prayer vigil is planned Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Cross of Peace on Bald Knob Mountain near Alto Pass. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

During the vigil, prayers will be said as a show of support for those in the region who are impacted by the recent closing of state-run facilities in Southern Illinois, including the Tamms Correctional Center at Tamms.

The Jan. 26 event will be similar to a vigil which was held in July 2012 in Jonesboro.

'Cats fall to Nashville

Tyler Vaughn had 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead Anna-Jonesboro in a 53-37 loss to host Nashville in Southern Illinois River-to-River Mississippi Division high school boys’ basketball action Friday, Jan. 4.

Noah Fuller added 7 points and 5 rebounds for the Wildcats. Ben McFarland had 4 points and 3 rebounds, Zach Parr 2 points and 5 rebounds, Damian Reed 2 points and 2 rebounds and Jay Kemp added 3 rebounds.

Shawnee North names honor roll students

Shawnee Elementary North school at Grand Tower announces second quarter honor roll students:

1st grade: Luke Choate, Jaci Harris, Marissa Harris, Ryan Libbert, Allie Myers, Kaitlyn Rupcke, C.J. Schaefer, Jace Williams.

2nd grade: Colton Harris, Alyssa Qualls, Jack Taylor, April Tilley.

3rd grade: Connor Benbrook, Autumn Derossett, Braden Freeman, Wyatt Lyerla, Alek Mayberry, Joely McHarry, Ruby Morse, Norman Parham, Brock Reynolds, Gabriella Smith, Katie Turner.

4th grade: Rachel Fox, Kyliegh Harris, Alexis Miller, Caleb Nicholson.

Junior Wildcat heavyweights dominate Carbondale tourney

On Sunday, Jan. 6, the A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling Club sent 20 wrestlers to its first team tournament for 2013.

The squad wrestled at the “Dog Fight” Tournament in Carbondale.  

In a tournament featuring over 400 wrestlers from the tri-state area, the Junior  Wildcats squad brought home three first-place trophies and went 25-29 as a team.

What made this tournament particularly special was that it was the first tournament of the year with a full heavyweight bracket.  

Wright resigns from college board

Anna resident Wesley Wright on Jan. 4 announced that he is resigning as a member of the Shawnee Community College Board of Trustees.

Wright has served on the college board since 1989. He said his resignation was effective immediately.

Wright issued the following statement about his plans:

It has truly been an honor to be elected to serve the district four times, beginning in 1989.  

Marian Fay Michel

Marian Fay Michel, 82, of Dallas, Texas, and formerly of Anna, died peacefully in her home at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, with the help of Grace Hospice of Dallas.

Marian was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease)  on Dec. 21, 2012, after being treated over the previous several months for atrial fibrillation.

She elected not to go through possible surgical interventions, taking a more natural course and was able to carry on normal activities, including playing her piano, until a few days before her death.

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