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Egyptian defeated Goreville 66-49 to win the tournament. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
Local junior high boys baskeball teams participated in the 18th annual Egyptian Early Bird Tournament at Egyptian School in Tamms on Thursday, Oct. 27. The tournament featured teams from Anna, Century, Egyptian, Goreville, Lovejoy, Meridian, Nell Holcomb and Shawnee schools.  The Egyptian Junior...
 Photo by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat.
At the close of Saturday’s thrilling win by the Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats over the Fairfield Mules in the first round of the playoffs, this scene brought tears to many eyes in the grandstands. Keaton Busby carried Jackson Boyd (number 3) across the field as the two teams met for handshakes after the...
The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team is scheduled to play host to North Mac at The Pit this Saturday in an IHSA 3A second-round playoff game. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. For fans who can’t make it to the game, the contest will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna. North Mac is a...
The A-JCHS Wildcats football team opened postseason action last Saturday with a 9-6 road win over host Fairfield. The accompanying photos are from Saturday’s game. Photos by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat. A-J’s Dylan Fox looks for some running room.
With 1.8 seconds remaining in a tie ball game, Sheldon McGrath kicked a 24-yard field goal to lift the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team to a 9-6 win over host Fairfield in first-round action of the Class 3A playoffs Saturday, Oct. 29. “It’s something I felt confident in,” A-J...
Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The annual Tour de Shawnee took place on Saturday, Oct. 22. The bike ride began at the Horseshoe Lake Community Center in Olive Branch and had rest stops throughout Southern Illinois.
Recent promotions at Coffman’s Martial Arts Academy in Anna have been recognized.
Dave Fombelle of Anna has been inducted into the Argenta Oreana High School Athletic Hall of Fame. “It’s quite an honor,” said Fombelle, co-owner of the Blue Boar Restaurant near Anna with his son, Bob. Fombelle is the school’s third leading all-time scorer. He also posted one of the highest, if...
Volunteers from the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church were, from left, Bo Utley, Mark Laster, Ron Hubbs, John Hughey, Robert Lence, Gary Meyer and Larry Goldsmith. Photo by Lindsey Rae Vaughn.
The First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna cooked and served breakfast for the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team and cheerleading squad on Friday, Oct. 21. 
After a year’s absence from the postseason, the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team returns in the Class 3A playoffs to take on host Fairfield Saturday. Game time is set for 1 p.m. The game will be aired on WIBH radio in Anna. Fairfield enters the contest at 8-1 overall and A-J is 7-...
The Anna-Jonesboro Wildcats scored a big win over host Benton last Friday night to close out 2016 regular season play. Photos by Tiffiny Dillow for The Gazette-Democrat. A-J players Austin Dillow and Dylan Fox showed the Wildcats’ 2016 record of 7-2 following last Friday night’s victory. Also in the picture is Kris Potter.
Ahead by one touchdown at the half, the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team exploded for four TDs in the third quarter on its way to a 63-33 win over host Benton Friday night, Oct. 21. “We  didn’t play as well as I would have liked in the first half,” A-J coach Brett Detering said. “...

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