Representatives of Southern Illinois Elks Lodges were on hand last Saturday to install new TVs and DVDs at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. From left are Mike Hunter of Jonesboro, Ted Clendenin of Marion, Don Furman of Vienna, James Thorn of Makanda, Carter Lacy of Jonesboro and Bob Rongey of Marion. Craig Smith of Carbondale and Kevin Tucker of Jonesboro could not be present for the picture.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna-Jonesboro Elks Lodge No. 1641 veterans chairperson Marylyn Crawford shared that dorm rooms at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna were equipped with 19-inch televisions.
The mention of a “molten sunset” in something I read recently came to mind when this image was captured while yours truly and his sweetheart went on a pandemic date last Saturday evening. The photograph was taken along the Clear Creek Levee Road.
Let’s start this week with a bit of a combination of an observation and a question: The Other Half says she has seen more fireflies this year...like lots and lots more...a similar observation was shared with this writer by a fellow traveler on The
Tom Henderson, as a member of the 1960 Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team. File photo from The Gazette-Democrat, September, 1960.
Friends and former teammates of early 1960s Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football standout Tom Henderson gathered last week to share special memories.
The moon was rising over a tree line in your writer’s hometown on the evening of June 22. As is often the case, a picture really does not do justice to the actual image which was unfolding.
A couple of stops last week on the Journey Through Life involved some bad timing on your writer’s part.
Take me out to the ballgame took on a whole new meaning for Cindy Rice, the assistant site supervisor/parent coordinator for Southern Seven Head Start in Mounds, when she was nominated as a Southern Illinois Miners Hometown Hero.  
My...what big teeth you have, Mr. Groundhog...wait...what...you say it’s Mr. Woodchuck...beg your pardon.
We’ll start this week with purple potatoes and purple cupcakes. Had ‘em both for dinner last Sunday.
Representatives of Southern Illinois Elks Lodges were on hand last Saturday to install new TVs and DVDs at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. From left are Mike Hunter of Jonesboro, Ted Clendenin of Marion, Don Furman of Vienna, James Thorn of Makanda, Carter Lacy of Jonesboro and Bob Rongey of Marion. Craig Smith of Carbondale and Kevin Tucker of Jonesboro could not be present for the picture.
The mention of a “molten sunset” in something I read recently came to mind when this image was captured while yours truly and his sweetheart went on a pandemic date last Saturday evening. The photograph was taken along the Clear Creek Levee Road.
Tom Henderson, as a member of the 1960 Anna-Jonesboro Community High School football team. File photo from The Gazette-Democrat, September, 1960.
The moon was rising over a tree line in your writer’s hometown on the evening of June 22. As is often the case, a picture really does not do justice to the actual image which was unfolding.
My...what big teeth you have, Mr. Groundhog...wait...what...you say it’s Mr. Woodchuck...beg your pardon.
Southern Seven Health Department this week resumed a daily update about COVID-19 cases in the area it serves. The health department serves Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac counties. In recent weeks, the health department had been issuing a weekly update about COVID-19...
Positive cases of COVID-19 were continuing to climb as of late last week in the area counties served by Southern Seven Health Department. The health department serves Union, Johnson, Pope, Hardin, Alexander, Pulaski and Massac counties in Southern Illinois. Massac County: Orange Warning Level The...
Cairo High School is planning to host a free kidney and diabetes screening presented by the National Kidney Foundation, NKF, of Illinois. Screenings are scheduled to be offered from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, July 26. Anyone 18 and older can attend. The screenings are being hosted by the school in...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The credit rating agency S&P Global Ratings upgraded Illinois’ bond rating on Thursday, July 8, citing the state’s improved financial condition.   It’s the second upgrade from a major credit rating agency to...
Contestants are being sought for the Union County Fair queen pageant, as well as for the Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants. Union County Fair Queen The Union County Fair queen pageant is in search of contestants for the 2021 pageant, which will be held Sunday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the fair...
Members of the 2020-2021 Union County CEO class included, in the first row, from left, Jaley Watkins, Lilli Mason, Olivia Capel, Julia Hall, Aubrey Fisher, Madilyn Gawrych-Turner and Darrian Quick. In the second row are Will Halter, Lexie Lingle, Maddox Thorpe, Nate Belcher, Nate Baggott and Emily White. The photo was taken during CEO program’s recent celebration.
Something new was added to the end of year CEO Celebration this year.   Thanks to the generosity and hard work of previous CEO classes who have “given back” by setting up a scholarship fund, six $250 awards were given. The awards were not only to help with college expenses, but also for those...
Representatives of Southern Illinois Elks Lodges were on hand last Saturday to install new TVs and DVDs at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna. From left are Mike Hunter of Jonesboro, Ted Clendenin of Marion, Don Furman of Vienna, James Thorn of Makanda, Carter Lacy of Jonesboro and Bob Rongey of Marion. Craig Smith of Carbondale and Kevin Tucker of Jonesboro could not be present for the picture.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anna-Jonesboro Elks Lodge No. 1641 veterans chairperson Marylyn Crawford shared that dorm rooms at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna were equipped with 19-inch televisions. Crawford asked if the Elks could purchase one or two new, 32-inch televisions at a time to...
The American Red Cross continues to report an extremely urgent need for blood donations. The Red Cross reported recently that a rise in the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries requiring blood products over recent months has depleted the nation’s blood inventory. Three...
Southern Seven Head Start has reported that it has temporarily closed its Mounds Head Start Early Learning Center following one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the building. The center closed for remote learning beginning on July 14. At this time, classes are scheduled to reopen on July 28. Families...
The creative works of Southern Illinois University Carbondale students and the local community will be on national display as part of the 2021 PBS Short Film Festival, which is scheduled July 12-23. “Forward Journey,” a film by SIU student filmmakers Mackenzie Rosario and JT Boehme, and “Mildred,”...

Obituaries

Joshua McFadden
Joshua McFadden, 42, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the Linda White Hospice House in Evansville, Ind.  He was born on Aug. 12, 1978, in Champaign, the son of Russell Lynn and Laura Easter McFadden.  He married Lane Gaffney on June 24, 2006, in Leroy. He is survived by his wife, Lane...
Donna Hubbs
Donna Hubbs, 62, of Anna, died Monday, July 12, 2021, at Integrity of Anna. She was born on May 10, 1959, in Blytheville, Ark., the daughter of Lester and Winnie Ray Betts. Mrs. Hubbs spent her years being a homemaker. She and her husband were both saved at the First Independent Church in Old...
Thomas L. Hedrick
Thomas L. Hedrick Jr., 64, of Thebes, died Thursday, July 15, 2021, at his home. He was born on Jan. 20, 1957, in St. Louis, the son of Thomas L. and Doris Parrish Hedrick Sr. He was a graduate of Shawnee High School in Wolf Lake. He worked at Farrow’s Saw Mill in McClure and most recently at Havco...
Joyce A. Hickam Stout
Joyce A. Hickam Stout, 68, of Anna, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.  She was born on Nov. 13, 1952, in Murphysboro, the daughter of Jesse Bernell and Sarah Cooper Hickam.  She married James Stout on July 15, 1977, at Ferne Clyffe State Park. He...
Jasmin ‘Jess’ L. Macy
Jasmin “Jess” L. Macy, 74, of Anna, and formerly of Blue Point, N.Y., died  Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau. She was born on Oct. 11, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Thomas J. and Joan Hill Longo.  She married Brian Macy on April 3, 2001, and he...

Sports

The Fowler Bonan Foundation has announced the schedule of their 19th annual Clothes for SI Kids Jr. Golf Day. The event is set for Thursday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. the Shawnee Hill Country Club in...

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