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A statue at the Anna Cemetery in Anna honors the memory of soldiers who gave their lives during World War I.
The area and the nation pause to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. A statue at the Anna Cemetery in Anna honors the memory of soldiers who gave their lives during World War I. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the war. 
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 22 plans to conduct roadside safety checks during June in Alexander County. Plans for the detail were announced by Lt. Michael Alvey, who is the interim commander of the district. Alvey said the use of roadside safety checks combines a strong sense of public...
Area residents who planned to be traveling for the Memorial Day holiday were reminded by Illinois State Police District 22 interim commander Lt. Michael Alvey to take necessary safety precautions.  Alvey noted that Illinois State Police troopers are responsible for the safety of more than 20,000...
Shawnee Hills Lavender near Cobden hosted u-pick events in 2016. The farm was established in 2014 and is owned by Charlotte and Doug Clover. File photo.
(Editor’s note: the following article is shared by Susan Odum, who is a University of Illinois Extension community economic development educator.) *** Early June is a great time to enjoy the excellence of Southern Illinois’ grape and wine industry at one of the many vineyards within the boundary of...
First row, from left, Alena Cowsert, Rachel Kindhart, Remington Fisher and MaKayla Holder. Second row, Josh Stafford, Rian Shaneyfelt, Hannah Loyd, Gabriele Farner and Dr. Vickie Artman. SCC photo.
Nine area high school students enrolled in dual credit courses completed their associate degrees at Shawnee Community College prior to graduating from high school.   The students completed the required course work to earn associate degrees through Shawnee Community College.   Many of the students...
Flood warnings continued this week for the Mississippi and Big Muddy rivers in Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Union County is bordered by both of the rivers. The National Weather Service office at Paducah reported early this week on its website that a flood warning for the Mississippi...
Memorial Day will be commemorated with a variety of special events which are planned in the area. Memorial Day is Monday, May 29. The schedule of special events planned in the area includes: Alto Pass Veterans Memorial The Alto Pass Area Veterans Memorial organization plans to have a ceremony...
The Cobden School Marching Appleknockers participated in the 2016 Veterans Day parade in Anna. File photo by Amber Skelton.
Fifty-eight junior high and high school band students are scheduled to leave Cobden Thursday evening, today, on a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform in the National Memorial Day Parade. The band from the Union County school will perform along with marching bands and veteran units from around the...
Dr. Susan Spellman, known in Anna and Jonesboro schools and among her squad of volunteers as the tutoring lady, is retiring. For the past 14 years, Spellman, a Jonesboro resident, has trained and directed a volunteer program to tutor at-risk students in 1st through 8th grades in Anna and Jonesboro...
The Anna City Pool opens May 29. A public swim is set from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission prices are $3, or buy a $25 pass for 10 entries to the pool.
The Anna City Council last week revisited concerns related to actions at the municipal cemetery on the Independence Day holiday. The council also formally said farewell to a long-time employee. The council met in regular session Tuesday evening, May 16, at Anna City Hall. Cemetery Concerns Actions...

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