Marion High School will have its fourth principal in five years when the new school year starts this fall.
Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, shared her story with Rend Lake College students to convince them to stop driving distracted. Photo provided.
Students at Rend Lake College in Ina packed the college's theatre Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn all about distracted driving from Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, and Illinois State Police, ISP, Trooper Christopher Watson.
Shawnee Community College educational technology specialist Rob Lucas listened as two high school students shared their business ideas during an event held recently in Anna. Shawnee Community College photo.
Shawnee Community College representatives Brett Whitnel and Rob Lucas participated in a recent Union County CEO mentorship program. The program was presented Jan. 29 at the college's extension center in Anna. 
Photo by Kassi Needling Photography.
Kyle Cox of Dongola High School scored his 2,000th career point during an away game against Egyptian in Tamms on Friday, Jan. 29.
Superheroes and princesses were on hand.
The High School Beta Club hosted a princess/superhero brunch Saturday, Feb. 6.
Superheroes and princesses were on hand.
The High School Beta Club hosted a princess/superhero brunch Saturday, Feb. 6.
Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, shared her story with Rend Lake College students to convince them to stop driving distracted. Photo provided.
Shawnee Community College educational technology specialist Rob Lucas listened as two high school students shared their business ideas during an event held recently in Anna. Shawnee Community College photo.
Photo by Kassi Needling Photography.
Superheroes and princesses were on hand.
Superheroes and princesses were on hand.
Marion High School will have its fourth principal in five years when the new school year starts this fall. Jason Varner, who has been the head principal since July 2014, will step down from his position and return to the classroom at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. In a letter to MHS faculty...
Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, shared her story with Rend Lake College students to convince them to stop driving distracted. Photo provided.
Students at Rend Lake College in Ina packed the college's theatre Thursday, Feb. 18, to learn all about distracted driving from Miss Illinois, Crystal Davis of Anna, and Illinois State Police, ISP, Trooper Christopher Watson. Approximately 175 students attended the presentation to hear from the...
Shawnee Community College educational technology specialist Rob Lucas listened as two high school students shared their business ideas during an event held recently in Anna. Shawnee Community College photo.
Shawnee Community College representatives Brett Whitnel and Rob Lucas participated in a recent Union County CEO mentorship program. The program was presented Jan. 29 at the college's extension center in Anna.  Whitnel and Lucas met with local high school students to hear their “first pitches” about...
Photo by Kassi Needling Photography.
Kyle Cox of Dongola High School scored his 2,000th career point during an away game against Egyptian in Tamms on Friday, Jan. 29. Dongola honored him for his achievement during a home game on Friday, Feb. 5. From left are Kyle Cox and Dongola basketball coach Kevin Cox.
Superheroes and princesses were on hand.
The High School Beta Club hosted a princess/superhero brunch Saturday, Feb. 6. Beta club sponsor Peggy Dent said that the event was "very successful." "Many favorite princesses and superheroes shared a delicious brunch with a large crowd of very excited area children. There were fun activities and...
Motorists found themselves driving through snow showers Monday night. The picture was taken in Anna.
Union County was under a winter weather advisory Tuesday. The website for the National Weather Service office in Paducah issued the advisory early Tuesday morning. The advisory was in effect until noon. Light snow continued to fall in the area early Tuesday afternoon. Snow began to fall Monday...
Landmark structures throughout Southern Illinois have been recognized as architectural wonders. Baysinger Architects in December announced its 2015 Top 10 Architectural Wonders of Southern Illinois. Baysinger is located in Marion.   In a news release announcing the list, Baysinger Architects...
Four FFA members from Egyptian High School in Tamms attended a 212 Leadership Conference in Collinsville on Jan. 29-30. From left are Conner Carmody, the Illinois State FFA vice president, Hannah Robinson, Madelyn Smith, Rileigh Petermichel and Kelsey McCrite.
Students from FFA chapters throughout Illinois attended a recent 212 Leadership Conference.  The conference is an activity of the National FFA Organization made possible by the title sponsor Syngenta as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.  Kelsey McCrite, Rileigh Petermichel, Hannah...

Obituaries

Orville Dale Hunt, 93, of Bunker Hill, died at 6:50 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2016, at Alton Memorial Hospital in Alton. During the 1950s he was pastor of Big Creek Baptist Church near Anna. He was born on March 30, 1922, in Girard, the son of Verner and Lola Molen Hunt. He was preceded in death by his wife...
Leslie W. "Bill" Wright
Leslie W. "Bill" Wright, 91, of Dongola, died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Union County Hospital in Anna.  He was born on Dec. 15, 1924, in Ava, the son of Waldo and Frieda Wright. He married Margie Peeler on June 8, 1946. He was retired from the Jonesboro Quarry. He loved to fish and...
Ada Ann Clemens
Ada Ann Clemens, nee Dillow, 81, of Collinville, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Dale Clemens of Collinsville, and her parents, Hal and Lorene Dillow of Mill Creek. Mrs. Clemens is survived by her sister, Louise (Dale) Pitts of Wylie,...
Betty Mae Rhymer
Betty Mae Rhymer, 79, of Dongola, died at 7:26 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at her home. She was born on Nov. 25, 1936, in Union County, the daughter of William and Melissa Tucker Hutchison. She married Kenneth LaWesley "Wesley" Rhymer on April 15, 1953. She worked at Union County Hospital in the ER...

Sports

The Anna-Jonesboro Community High School boys’ basketball team split in recent action. A-J 49, Fairfield 44: The Wildcats held on for the win over Fairfield at the Benton Shootout Saturday,...

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