December 2012

Cobden alumni basketball games scheduled Feb. 2

Cobden Appleknocker alumni basketball games are planned Saturday, Feb. 2.

The ladies are scheduled to play at 2 p.m. The “young guys” play at 3 p.m. The “old timers” play at 4 p.m.

The day also will feature concessions, a chance to win prizes throughout the day and halftime entertainment for each game.

For more information, contact Chris Duckworth at 618-201-5712.


        New Illinois traffic laws began Jan. 1

        Three pieces of legislation supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, aimed at reducing cell phone use while driving and clearing lanes of traffic immediately following crashes went into effect Jan. 1.

        Senate Bill 2488 prohibits cell phone use in construction or maintenance speed zones regardless of the speed limit in those zones.

        Motorists can use cell phones in voice-operated mode, which includes the use of a headset or cell phones used with single button activation.

        Authors scheduled to talk at Civil War Weekend

        Two authors are scheduled to be guest speakers Sunday, Feb. 10, as part of a Civil War Weekend which is planned in Anna.

        The Civil War Weekend will be taking place at the Anna Arts Center at 117 W. Davie St. in Anna.

        The event is being hosted by the Anna Arts Center and by the PAST organization of Union County.

        The authors who are scheduled to speak on Feb. 10 are Bob Schmidt and Dr. Susan Sitter Whitemountain.

        Senator supports court's ruling on concealed weapons

        An area legislator says that action by the Illinois attorney general is an attempt to undermine a recent court decision regarding concealed weapons.

        Earlier this month, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan requested a review from the entire 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on a lawsuit challenging the Illinois ban on concealed weapons. 

        "Her goal in requesting the full-court review is to undermine the authority of a recent ruling which declared the ban unconstitutional," State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, said in a news release.

        Legislator: closing state facilities wrong

        A Southern Illinois legislator continues to voice his opposition, and his concerns, to the closing of state corrections facilities.

        State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, says that the closing of the facilities is a very bad move.

        "In the final weeks of 2012, the prison transfers from Tamms Correctional Center were completed and the prison is now being prepared for closure," Forby said in a Jan. 7 news release.

        Anna city officials reviewing information about home rule

        The most recent regular meeting of the Anna City Council was highlighted by discussion about financial resources – and looking into a way to bolster revenue.

        The meeting was Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at Anna City Hall in Anna.

        Last week's session was seen as an educational tool as council members work to learn more about the topic of home rule.

        Anna voters will decide in April whether home rule should be established in the Union County community.

        Dongola downs Hardin 64-47

        Tyler Eddleman scored 18 points to lead Dongola to a 64-47 win over visiting Hardin County in non-conference high school boys’ basketball action Thursday, Jan. 3.

        Four other players also scored in double digits for the Demons. Bradley Ralls scored 13 points, Darius Schaure 12, Brock Patterson 11 and Alex Zeschke 10.

        Dongola led 16-11 after the first quarter and 30-24 at halftime. The Demons led 45-38 heading into the fourth quarter.

        Dongola, 10-4, is scheduled to play Thursday, today, at home against Cairo.

        Bobby Toler Jr. reflects on service as county clerk

        The news came as a surprise to many.

        On Nov. 30, 2012, Union County Clerk Bobby Toler Jr. announced that he was planning to resign.

        Toler announced his resignation following a meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners which was held Friday, Nov. 30, in Jonesboro.

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

        "My decision to resign was finalized after long and careful consideration," Toler said.

        A-J Women's Club welcomes exchange student from Germany

        The General Federation of Women's Clubs, GFWC, Illinois Anna-Jonesboro Club met Monday, Jan. 7, at the United Methodist Church in Anna.

        The meeting featured an international theme with German exchange student Anna Offen as guest speaker.

        Offen is a student at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School for a year with the Rotary International Exchange program.

        Her local host families are Scott and Mary Nash-Swink and Jeff and Lisa Scherer. Jeff and Lisa's son Eli went to Germany last year.

        Marilyn J. Eiceman

        Marilyn J. Eiceman, age 54, of Marion, IL passed away with her family by her side at 11:15 a.m., on Friday, January 11, 2013, at her home.

        She was born on Thursday, June 26, 1958, in Anna, IL the daughter of Ray E.  and Lois V. (Smith) Brasel.

        Marilyn attended school in Anna, IL and was a graduate of Anna-Jonesboro High School in 1976. She went on to attend Southeast Missouri State University of Cape Girardeau, MO where she received her Bachelor Degree in Speech-Therapy.

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