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Miss Cache River winner: Katelynn Williams was crowned Miss Cache River 2016.
The Cache River Days beauty pageant took place at the Leona Brust Civic Center in Ullin on Friday, Sept. 9. The pageant featured a Little Miss, a Junior Miss and a Miss category. Photos by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
High school and 8th grade band students from throughout Southern Illinois and the surrounding area will have a unique opportunity this school year.  Jim Childers, the director of bands at Marion Junior High School, plans to organize and host a regional honor band called The Honor Band of Southern...
Union County chief information officer Rollie Hawk presented an annual report last week. Hawk presented the report at a regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning at the Union County Board of Commissioners. The report highlighted what Hawk described...
In the late summer and fall of this year, the Anna-Jonesboro Water Commission will be constructing the first major upgrades to its water treatment facility since the mid-1990s.   The water treatment facility supplies water to customers of the City of Anna, the City of Jonesboro, the Shawnee Valley...
Plans are moving forward on the establishment of a joint 911 communications system which will serve Union and Alexander counties. The move, however, is not being made without some concerns. The establishment of the joint system was addressed at a special meeting of the Union County Board of...
The Anna Police Department is asking for the public's assistance with identifying a subject in reference to an alleged theft at Anna Walmart. Walmart reported a female entered the store on Friday, Sept. 2, and while inside the store, she allegedly concealed three bottles of liquor inside her purse...
An image that shows how the proposed PAWS facility would look.
Pets Are Worth Saving Inc., PAWS, reports that since kicking off the “Build a Better Dog (and Cat) House” capital campaign in December 2015, they have collected over $120,000.  PAWS recently received a $50,000 donation from Bill, and the late Mary Ann, Eblen, to push the total to this amount.   The...
Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel is pictured visiting Kiri Lomax's 1st grade class. Photo provided by Shawnee School District 84.
Shawnee School District 84 teacher Kiri Lomax’s 1st grade class wrote a thank you letter to the Union County Sheriff’s Office for keeping them and the school safe during last week’s manhunt. The students were going to send the letter to Sheriff Scott Harvel, but he surprised the students on Monday...
Anna Fire Department personnel salute during Sunday morning’s ceremony which commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the nation.
Last Sunday morning, the sky over Anna and Union County was a bright blue. The sun was shining brightly, too. Fifteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the sky over Union County was a bright blue, also – and the sun was shining brightly on that day, too. On that day in 2001, terrorists attacked the...
Record-setting precipitation was recorded in the region during August. The summer of 2016 also has been a record-setter when it comes to rainfall. The National Weather Service office in Paducah reported on its website that “numerous locations” in Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri and Western...

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