December 2012

Reba June Walker

Reba June Walker, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of Cobden, Illinois, passed away at her home on Saturday, January 12, following an extended illness.

She was born June 3, 1938 in Eldorado, Illinois in Saline County to the parents of Ray and Romayne Barker. While enlisted in the United States Air Force, she married Roger Lee Walker of Collinsville, Texas on March 15, 1958.  She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings, her husband, and youngest daughter, Tracy Denise.

Roy L. Bauer

<strong>Mr. Roy L. Bauer, age 82 of Jonesboro, died at 7:14 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2012 at the Union County Hospital in Anna. He was born May 20, 1930 in Jonesboro, the son of Roy R. and Stella Tomlinson Bauer. He married Pauline Helen Boyd on June 20, 1952 in Jonesboro. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1984. Later he married Shirley Smith Doughty on June 21, 1986 in Jonesboro.</strong>

Wildcats defeat Vienna Saturday in tournament play

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team defeated Vienna Saturday, Jan. 19, to claim seventh place at the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic.

A-J  56, Vienna 49: Tyler Vaughn scored 13 points and had 7 rebounds to lead the Wildcats to the win.

Jay Kemp added 10 points and 4 rebounds. Colton James had 9 points and a rebound, Zach Parr 8 points and 3 rebounds and Noah Fuller 7 points.

Ben McFarland had 5 points and 4 rebounds, Noah Prater 4 points and Damian Reed had 5 rebounds.

Union County Farm Bureau invites students to apply for scholarship

The Union County Farm Bureau offers a monetary scholarship for students who are pursuing an agricultural field of study.

Preference will be given to graduating seniors.

The scholarship will be paid prior to the start of the fall 2013 semester.

The Union County Farm Bureau will have a minimum of $800 available, which may be divided into four scholarships.

If fewer than four applications are received, the funds will be divided at the discretion of the Farm Bureau board.  

Applicants must submit the following items:

Cobden partner in scholarship program

The Village of Cobden, in partnership with the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association, IMUA, again  is offering a scholarship competition program for  eligible high school seniors.

Each eligible applicant is asked to submit an application and an essay of 500 words or less addressing their choice of one of three utility-related questions.

Applicants must be high school seniors whose parents or legal guardians are residential customers of the Village of Cobden municipal utility system.

Jeanette Waggoner

<strong>Ms. Jeanette Waggoner, age 72 of Anna, died at 6:05 a.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born April 19, 1940.</strong>

<strong>         Funeral services and burial for Mrs. Jeanette Waggoner will be held privately.        </strong>


Two significant events

Two significant, and seemingly unrelated, events unfolded in Union County during the closing days of 2012. Both events actually happened on Saturday, December 22.

That afternoon in Jonesboro, the PAST organization hosted an open house at its new "home." PAST has acquired the former Harvel residence just south of the Jonesboro Square.

Newpaper: hot topic

The inevitable appears to have happened. The Gazette-Democrat became the topic of postings on Topix Anna IL Forum.

Topix is a social media Internet outlet that provides a forum for just about any community of any size throughout the nation. Frequently its postings appear in an "attack" mode, targeting people, businesses or government leaders and agencies. So it came as no surprise to the newspaper staff that an increase in the cost of the paper drew the ire of one reader.

Successful youth duck hunt, banquet held in area

The third annual youth waterfowl hunt banquet in Southern Illinois was dedicted to a special hunter this year, Bryce Reed.

“Bryce’s dad, Rex, and myself grew up hunting in Karnak,” said Gene Morgan of Murphysboro, the coordinator of the youth hunt and memorial banquet for Bryce. “Bryce learned to love the outdoors like I did.”

This year’s event, which was held at the Shawnee High School at Wolf Lake on Thursday, Dec. 27, was renamed the Bryce Reed Memorial Banquet.

Reed passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on April 16, 2012.


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