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Kenzie Miller, a student at Jonesboro Elementary School, was the winner from her school in an annual Christmas holiday essay contest sponsored by Rusty’s Home Center in Anna. The theme of the contest was “What Christmas Means to Me.” Winners from local schools each won a large Christmas stocking...
Spring 2017 registration is underway at Shawnee Community College. Spring semester classes are scheduled to begin Jan. 11. Classes are available at the college’s main campus near Ullin and at Shawnee Community College extension centers in Anna, Cairo and Metropolis.  The regular schedule of classes...
Snow in lights
As Christmas Day approaches, the outlook for snow on the ground for the holiday in Union County and the rest of the region looks pretty slim. The forecast posted early this week on the website for the National Weather Service office in Paducah was calling for a chance of showers, along with a high...
An unprecedented number of armed robberies occurred in Anna and Jonesboro during the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December. The situation was highlighted in a memorandum drafted by Anna Police Chief Michael Hunter. The memorandum was addressed to Anna Mayor Steve Hartline,...
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who leaves office at the end of the month, delivered his last public lecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Wednesday morning, Dec. 21. Ban spoke to an overflow audience during a presentation in the SIU Student Center ballrooms. More on...
Berean Christian Church in Murphysboro plans to host an annual candlelight service Saturday, Dec. 24. The service is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. Berean Christian Church is located at 1530 Illinois Ave. The candlelight service has been a yearly tradition at Berean since its founding. Pastor Troy...
Illinois State Police District 22 is conducting roadside safety checks during December in Alexander County. Lt. Michael Alvey, the interim commander of District 22, said in a news release that the use of roadside safety checks combines “a strong sense of public awareness and enforcement in order to...
Santa Claus participated in the Light Up Tamms parade after he visited with children. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The third annual Light Up Tamms parade took place on Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade started at the park in Tamms, went up Front Street and then proceeded along several streets so residents could see the displays. All proceeds generated by the holiday season event went towards the Tamms Depot...
Shawnee Community College recently announced the resignation of college board of trustees member Chris Boyd of Anna. The college said in a news release that Boyd will continue to serve as the board’s vice chairman until Dec. 31. The board is accepting applications from community members who may be...
The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, has begun testing drone technology. The goal of the testing is to potentially help improve the safety of workers and the public, reduce costs and introduce new strategies on everything from bridge inspections to determining the appropriate responses...

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