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Catherine “Sue” Jennings talked about the Golconda Madstone with her grandson, Christopher Argiro. Photo provided.
History comes alive through the play “The Golconda Madstone,” which is about a stone that is said to have cured people of mad dog and poison snake bites.  The play was written by Eva Baker Watson. Watson captured the history of Christie Boos Bushman, the last person to administer treatment using...
Each winter, hundreds of children throughout Southern Illinois go without warm coats, causing a staggering effect on academic learning, self-esteem and general health.   Since 2011, WIBH Radio in Anna has made it an annual mission to provide new coats to children through the New Coats, New Hope...
Teacher Rebecca Yates sits with some of the worn and weathered instruments that have been found in Century School’s storage. A donation fund has been set up to raise money for new instruments that can be loaned out for student use. Photo by Amber Skelton.
The economy may make funding for educational programs difficult, but one school is choosing to ensure it has money for the arts.  Children in kindergarten through 8th grade in Century Unit District No. 100 at Ullin will be given the opportunity to join a new band program starting Nov. 1. Century...
Photo by Amber Skelton.
The rain couldn't keep the crowds away at the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Homecoming parade Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. Many colorful floats and groups made the trek from the Anna City Park to the high school. The theme for the parade was "Red Carpet." Click through the slideshow to see...
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources plans to remove trees at the Trail of Tears State Forest Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. to save Southern Illinois forests. The IDNR invites the public to learn how selectively removing trees can let more light into forests for oaks, the dominant tree in...
The Anna Police Department recorded 281 calls which required a response during August. The statistics were shared in a monthly activity report for August which was released by Anna Police Chief Mike Hunter. Monthly Activity During August, the Anna Police Department also recorded: 124 walk-in...
The Anna City Council last week took action that will allow for consumption of alcoholic beverages outdoors at eligible, licensed establishments in the Union County city. A vote to amend the city’s liquor control ordinance was approved by the city council at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening,...
Union County Treasurer Darren Bailey said last week that his office had uncovered what he said was “gross mismanagement of a county insurance program.” The treasurer reported the matter in a news release which was issued on Sept. 21. The matter was addressed at a regular meeting of the Union County...
The Anna Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with identifying a subject who is suspected in committing a theft at the Anna Walmart.  On Sept. 25, video surveillance showed a male subject running from an emergency exit from the rear of the store, carrying merchandise which was...
The Jackson County Courthouse will be open today, Sept. 29 for voters to take advantage of the first day of early voting.  Early voting locations in Jackson County include: Weekdays from Sept. 29 to Nov. 7, starting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse in Murphysboro. Saturday,...

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