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The Cobden Junior American Legion baseball team lost a pair of games in recent action. Orient 13, Cobden 3: Cody Wieseman was 2-for-3 to lead visiting Cobden in the loss at West Frankfort Thursday, June 16. Zane Nance was 1-for-2 for Cobden. Austin Lewey, Trevor Middleton and Bayden Ditterline were...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council/Anna Arts Center in Anna has announced its fall season of shows. Tickets for each performance are $15 or $25 for a season pass. “Little Shop of Horrors” “Little Shop of Horrors” is the award winning musical by Alen Menken and Howard Ashman first opened off-Broadway in...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, IDNR, shares the following items of interest: Firearm Deer Permit Applications Resident and non-resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery drawing for 2016 Illinois firearm deer and muzzleloader-only deer permits.   The deadline to apply for...
Plans are moving forward on the third phase of a major street and sidewalk improvement project in the downtown Anna area. An update on the plans was shared at a regular meeting of the Anna City Council which was held on June 7. The meeting was at Anna City Hall. City administrator Steve Guined...
Union County Clerk Terry Bartruff reports that all election authorities were recently advised by the Illinois State Board of Elections of a mailing that has gone out from the Voter Participation Center, VPA, in Chicago to all non-registered voters in the State of Illinois.  The mailing contains a...
A worker helped to dismantle Cobden High School's gym floor.
A major gymnasium renovation project is underway at Cobden High School. The work in the school's "old" gym includes structural flooring upgrades, painting of walls, new gym flooring and graphics, and moisture barrier protection. The gym floor dates to 1950s. The legendary "Amazing Appleknockers"...
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds has been reappointed to the board of directors of the Southern Illinois Child Death Investigation Task Force.   Edmonds' reappointment to the board was announced on June 17. The task force is a collaborative effort of state and local law enforcement,...
The Anna Police Department reported 251 calls which required a response during May. The department's activities are highlighted in a monthly reported shared by Anna Police Chief Mike Hunter. In addition to the number of calls requiring a response, the report showed the following statistics: Monthly...
A "strawberry moon" was visible in the sky over Southern Illinois on Monday night, June 20.
A "strawberry moon" was visible in the sky over Southern Illinois on Monday night, June 20. "Strawberry moon" is a nickname for a full moon which appears in June. The unique display coincided with the summer solstice, which occurred at 5:34 p.m. Monday. The CBS News website noted that the last time...
Glenn Heisner/Heisner's Surrey Service offered surrey rides for those who attended the festival.
The third annual Annabelle Street Festival was Saturday, June 11, in downtown Anna. Hot and sunny weather prevailed for the festival, which was held to celebrate the Annabelle hydrangea plant, which was discovered in 1910 near Anna. For the festival East Davie Street in downtown Anna was closed to...

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