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The crew of “Range Runners” gathered at the base of one of the bluffs in Big Rocky Hollow at Ferne Clyffe State Park as actress Celeste M. Cooper prepared for her scene from her perch above them during filming in early June. Photo provided.
“Range Runners,” a female-led survival thriller, began production in Southern Illinois’ scenic Shawnee Hills in early June. Filming was planned in Union, Johnson and Jackson counties. Produced by Fatal Funnel Films, directed by Philip S. Plowden and written by Devon Colwell, the film tells the...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in the state for 2018. A Chicago resident in her 60s became ill in mid-May. “Because the case occurred earlier in the season than we typically see human cases of West Nile virus in...
Plans have been approved for the purchase of a new vehicle for the Cobden Police Department. The Cobden Village Board of Trustees approved the purchase during a regular meeting on June 4. A motion was approved to purchase a 2018 Ford 150 police vehicle for an estimated cost of $36,647 using a...
The Union County area will join in commemorating the nation’s birthday on Wednesday, July 4. Independence Day celebrations and activities are planned throughout the area. Anna  A fireworks display is planned Wednesday night, July 4, at the Anna City Park.  The display will be at dusk and will be...
Kathy Cotton of Anna recently received awards in 11 national poetry competitions.  Winners from nearly 7,000 submissions were announced at the recent 2018 National Federation of State Poetry Societies, NFSPS, convention in Denver, Colo. Her area-themed poem, “Snake Road, LaRue Pine Hills,” took...
The third River to River yard sale is planned July 5-8 in the region. Organizers of the event noted that the idea for the River to River yard sale came after Julie Ames and her sister Sabra Smith visited the 100 mile yard sale, in a neighboring state.   After visiting that successful event,  they...
The third annual Women of Worth conference is planned Friday night, Aug. 10, in the auditorium at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School. The evening is scheduled to begin with a social hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The social hour will feature socializing, treats, coffee, Italian cream sodas, a silent...
An inspection of a water tower in Anna is being planned.
Upcoming projects were discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Anna City Council. The meeting was Tuesday evening, June 19, at Anna City Hall in Anna. City administrator Steve Guined shared an update on plans for a major Illinois Department of Transportation project which is planned at what...
Young women from Union County are invited to participate in this year’s Cobden Peach Festival queen pageant. Coronation of a new queen will be one of the highlights of this year’s Cobden Peach Festival. The festival is planned Aug. 3-4 at the Cobden Community Park.  The community celebration again...
The Hollerboys, a local country/rock band based out of Euby-Dam Holler near Jonesboro, recently competed against other local bands for a chance to open for multi-platinum country music star Sara Evans at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville. The Hollerboys were one of the two local acts to win the...

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