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A large crowd was in attendance last week for a public hearing regarding a  proposed property tax increase for Union County government. The public hearing was conducted Thursday morning, Dec. 21, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The hearing was held prior to a regular meeting of the...
State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, standing, third from left, voiced appreciation to the veterans who attended last week's special waterfowl hunt.
For the last nine years, the Grassy Lake Hunting Club at Ware has hosted wounded veteran soldiers for a one-day waterfowl hunt on Wednesday, Dec. 20. “It’s the biggest honor I’ve ever had in my life,” said Collin Cain, who owns the Grassy Lake Hunting Club about hosting the special event.  “It...
The Anna City Council last week revisited discussion about a sales tax and the establishment of home rule in Union County’s largest community. The topics were discussed at the council’s regular meeting, which was held Tuesday evening, Dec. 19. Both topics had been discussed at a recent council...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council’s Anna Arts Center plans to have auditions for its spring production, “Scenes From Pooh.” Auditions are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 28-29, at the arts center in Anna. The production is scheduled April 26-29. The reason for the early...
Candy Eastwood, the director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Shawnee Community College near Ullin, has retired after 30 years of service. Eastwood, of Pulaski, is a graduate of Shawnee Community College and Southern Illinois University. She graduated from SIU with magna cum...
An upcoming job and resource fair is planned as a way to assist those who are being displaced from a federal housing project in Cairo.  The fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Mighty Rivers Worship Center at 1000 Poplar St. in Cairo.  Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the event as he...
The holiday season traditionally is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift-giving, reflection and thanks.  To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau shares holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics. The following facts are made...
Heading into the holiday season, State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, attended a Christmas breakfast for young entrepreneurs, visited with members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and had a discussion with the Southern Illinois University’s chancellor about upcoming economic development in the...
With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, IEMA, and local emergency management agencies are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into 2018. IEMA offered several ideas for preparedness and safety gifts, including the following: A National Oceanic and...
Dan Wilson, left, was presented with a plaque by the Rev. Carl Mesiti. Photo provided.
A Union County man has been honored for his commitment to church, community and other public services. Dan Wilson of Wolf Lake was honored on Nov. 5 by the Wolf Lake United Methodist Church. Wilson has remained in Wolf Lake since his birth, except for the years when he served in the military, from...

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