January 2013

New video gaming businesses open

A series of new video gaming establishments will create dozens of new jobs in Southern Illinois, including a location at 517 E. Vienna St. in Anna which opened last Friday.

“The excitement of video gaming will soon be just around the corner in 13 Southern Illinois communities,” said Ranessa Cunningham, a spokesperson for the Carmi-based company WAAB Enterprises of Illinois LLC.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

 Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

Jean Ayers

Mrs. Luberdia Jean Ayers, age 78 of Anna, died at 5:55 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013 in the Union County Hospital in Anna. She was born August 8, 1935 in Alto Pass, the daughter of Louie and Ida May Rhodes Turner. She married Mathis Hoyle “Hat” Ayers on April 1, 1956 in Corinth, Mississippi.

Kenneth L. Rowley

Kenneth L. Rowley, 68, of Jackson, Mo., died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1945, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Roy Wilbur and Winnifred Opal Edwards.

He and Dorothy Muster Crites were married on Jan. 3, 1987, in Jackson.

He was a graduate of Shawnee High School in Wolf Lake. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 9, 1963, and served in Germany during the Vietnam War, being honorably discharged on July 25, 1966.

Susanne M. Stell

Mrs. Susanne M. Stell, age 60 of Anna, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2013 at her home in Anna. She was born October 9, 1953 in Chicago, the daughter of Kinneth and Elizabeth Butt Stell.

Nearly 20 applicants for Anna police chief

Nearly 20 people have applied to become the next chief of the Anna Police Department.

Anna city administrator Steve Guined said that initial interviews of applicants are scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 25. Interviews will be conducted at Anna City Hall.

The new chief will succeed Kerry Ray in the post. Ray plans to serve as chief until May 2014.

Guined said he planned to share an update on the hiring process at a regular meeting of the Anna City Council which was planned Tuesday evening, Nov. 19.

Eloise Bean

Eloise Bean of Anna died on her 91st birthday at 11:33 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Prairie Living in Carbondale.

She was born on Nov. 7, 1922, in Cobden, daughter of Herman and Myrtle Caraker Yates.

She married Oel L. Bean on July 5, 1942. He preceded her death on Nov. 26, 2002.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Anna, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, the Sewing Club and the ONO Bridge Club. She and her husband owned and operated Bean Jewelers in Anna from 1965-1986.

Saluki Sports Update: Two of the best at SIU

Fortunately the “good” outweighed the “bad” as far as SIU sports were concerned last weekend although the “bad” hurt as the finest player ever to wear a Saluki basketball uniform, Charlie Vaughn, was buried Saturday.

The “good” was just that.  The football Salukis stayed in the hunt for a playoff berth by outlasting Western Illinois. 

SIU’s fine men and women cross country teams both won Missouri Valley Conference championships. 

Edith Foster

Mrs. Edith Foster, age 101 of Anna, died at 8:20 a.m. Monday, November 25, 2013 in the Jonesboro Rehab and Health Care Center.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

<p align="center"><strong>RENDLEMAN & HILEMAN FUNERAL HOME IN JONESBORO</strong>

<p align="center"><strong>IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS</strong>

New Union County CEO programs receives support

Union County Technology Solutions, a local IT services and consulting company in Jonesboro, has joined dozens of local businesses and community leaders to fund the  Union County CEO program.  

The new program, which organizers said follows a model that has shown remarkable success around the state, is designed both to develop and to retain local business talent and innovators.


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