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On Illinois Speed Awareness Day, July 26, the Illinois State Police is taking a proactive approach to promote safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists through both education and enforcement.  In Illinois during 2015, speed was the reason for 34.2 percent of all fatal crashes. That’s 369...
The picture was taken at the start of a back stroke event.
The Anna Blue Dolphins swim team hosted a meet Tuesday evening, July 18. Anna and Herrin competed at the meet, which was held at the Anna City Pool. The picture was taken at the start of a back stroke event.
Participants are being sought for the 23rd annual Cache River Days Pageant in Ullin. Cache River Days organizers also are seeking participants for a baby contest, as well as slow-pitch softball teams. Pageant The pageant is scheduled Friday evening, Sept. 8, at the Leona Brust Civic Center in Ullin...
The start of a new semester is approaching for Shawnee Community College. Registration for fall classes is underway at the college. Fall classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 16. The schedule of classes is available at the main campus and at each of the college’s extension centers. One of the...
The first activities have been planned for the commemoration of Illinois’ bicentennial in 2018. Events are scheduled to include a craft beer competition and a video contest with students in Illinois. “The Illinois bicentennial is an opportunity for us to come together and celebrate our great state...
The Jonesboro Bi-Centennial Committee is already planning to celebrate next year’s 200th anniversary of the founding of Jonesboro in 1818.   The committee is looking for old pictures of  individuals, groups, organizations, buildings, businesses, advertisements – anything 50 years or older.  ...
The new owners of The Davie School Inn in Anna, Tammy and Lyle Woodrum, right, only charged $1 to their first customers, Jim and Debra May, left, of Plano, Texas. The Woodrums took over the business on June 29. Photo provided.
The Davie School Inn in Anna is under new management. Lyle and Tammy Woodrum bought The Davie School Inn from Gary and Andrea Dahmer on June 29. The Woodrums are not from the area. They have spent much of their lives moving around to different areas, including Georgia, Texas and India. They worked...
The Union County Board of Commissioners had nearly wrapped up discussion about items on the agenda for last week’s regular meeting when the focus turned to a check-writing process. The commissioners met Friday morning, July 14, at the Union County Courthouse. Early discussion focused on the issuing...
Union County Hospital District Auxiliary member Sandra Boaz presented Union County Hospital CEO Jim Farris with a $2,000 donation to help with landscaping costs.
The Union County Hospital District Auxiliary held a meeting at United Methodist Church in Anna on Thursday, July 13. The theme was “Mad Hatters Tea Party.” Several members wore hats for the occasion. Tea and tea party snacks were served. Photos by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
From left are Pamela Turner, Susan Ramsey, Angie Bowen and Dr. Keith Reinhardt. Photo provided.
The Jonesboro Elementary School PTO has made a donation for a playground project at the school. PTO representatives Susan Ramsey and Pamela Turner presented Jonesboro School representatives with a $10,000 donation. The donation was presented at a June 26 meeting of the Jonesboro School District No...

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