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A Southern Illinois legislator is highlighting a new measure that will take effect at the beginning of 2018, which will require the  state Department of Agriculture to locate and track food deserts. The department also will be required to provide a report about the issue to the Illinois General...
Dongola School hosted its annual Christmas concert and art show on Friday, Dec. 8.  This year’s theme was “Sounds of the Season.” The school’s bands and chorus performed, under the direction of Rebecca Washington.  The 4th grade band performed “Hot Cross Buns” and “Little Robin Red Breast.”  The...
Santa Claus plans to take time out of his busy schedule to visit Ullin on Saturday, Dec. 23. The special visit is being sponsored by the Ullin Fire Department. Santa is scheduled to arrive in time to participate in Ullin’s annual holiday parade on Saturday. Line up for the parade begins at 4:30 p.m...
The time of year has arrived when cold temperatures and snow can be part of the weather forecast.  The state’s frontline weather responders remind motorists that preparation can help take the bite out of winter this season.  The Illinois Department of Transportation, IDOT, and the Illinois State...
Illinois State Scholars have been announced for 2018-2019. Students from three Union County schools are among those named as State Scholars. The State Scholars were announced by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, ISAC. State Scholars are recognized for the outstanding academic achievement...
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds on Dec. 5 reported that four persons had been sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections. Gina D. Summers, also known as Gina D. Cox, 48, of Marion, Ky., has been sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to one count of continuing...
The Anna City Council last week took a bit of a glimpse into the future. The discussion was held during a regular meeting of the city council, which was held Tuesday evening, Dec. 5. The council also took time to voice appreciation to a long-time city employee who is retiring. City public works...
Area firefighters had an opportunity for hands-on training last weekend in Vienna when the Gambit Inn building was burned. Photo and story by Lonnie Hinton/The Vienna Times.
Firefighters from throughout Southern Illinois area were in Vienna to get hands-on training in real-life conditions at the Gambit Inn this past weekend before letting the vacant hotel burn to the ground.  The training was conducted by the Illinois Fire Service Institute, IFSI, at University of...
Plans are underway to reestablish the Shawnee Community College Foundation. Shawnee Community College near Ullin hosted an inaugural meeting on Dec. 1 to begin the process for the re-establishment of the foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation which was established for...
Weldon Davis, left, and Mark Haddick prepare to raise an Illinois bicentennial flag during a ceremony which was held last Friday morning at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Davis and Haddick are members of an honor guard from the VFW post in Anna.
Union County formally joined the Illinois bicentennial celebration during a ceremony which was held last Friday morning. The State of Illinois, Union County and the City of Jonesboro all will be celebrating their bicentennials during 2018. On Dec. 3, state officials and leaders of the Illinois...

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