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George Buss of Freeport portrays Abraham Lincoln. Picture by Pat Lynch from George Buss’s website, Sharing Lincoln’s Legacy.
The City of Jonesboro is planning to host a bicentennial celebration in October.  The Union County community was founded in 1818. Jonesboro is the county seat. The city also is the home of the Union County Courthouse. Union County itself, as well as the State of Illinois, also are commemorating...
Giant City State Park near Makanda is partnering with Wright Way Animal Rescue to get some four-legged and two-legged friends out for a hike together.  The special hikes are planned from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 22. Participants will have an opportunity to walk...
A harvest emergency has been declared in Illinois. Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sept. 7 declared a harvest emergency to help level the playing field between Illinois farmers and crop haulers and those in neighboring states.  The action bridges the gap between the 2018 harvest season and a new law the...
The Small Business Veteran’s Roadshow is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Sept. 25 to provide veterans with all of the information they need to decide if it makes sense to start a business, or find out how to help their operation grow and become more successful. “We are excited...
A wide range of activities are on the calendar through November at the Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center. The arts center is located at 125 W. Davie St. in Anna. Information about the upcoming events is available by contacting Lee Hackney at 904-625-1109 or vabchlee@gmail.com. Here’s a...
From left are judicial candidate and Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds, Congressional candidate Brendan Kelly and former Union County Sheriff Jim Nash.
The Democratic Party’s candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives 12th Congressional District seat made a campaign stop in Union County Friday afternoon, Aug. 31. Brendan Kelly of Swansea paid a visit to the Dixie Bar-B-Q in Jonesboro. He was accompanied by judicial candidate and Union County...
The Anna City Pool recently closed at the end of its 2018 summer season. The pool is located at the Anna City Park.
The future of Anna’s swimming pool has been a focus of concern for city officials in recent years. The pool’s future again was discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Tuesday evening, Sept. 4, at Anna City Hall. The pool, which is located at the Anna City...
To commemorate the bicentennial of the state of Illinois, a recent reproduction of a celebrated Abraham Lincoln portrait is scheduled to be presented to the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The portrait is scheduled to be unveiled during a ceremony set for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, today, at the...
A local bipartisan committee is planning to host a Southern Illinois Candidates Showcase event on Saturday, Sept. 15. The event will be at Shawnee Community College’s main campus near Ullin. Organizers said the event is open to every candidate in the 13 Illinois counties which comprise the 59th...
Good news is being shared for schools that want to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield but lack the money.  Thanks to the Winnick Family Foundation, schools can apply for grants to help them cover the expense of a visit. The grants are for grades 4 through 12 in...

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