March Madness Intramural Tournament Held at CHS

Competition was fierce among the players at the March Madness Intramural Tournament held at Cairo High School on Saturday.  The tournament gave children in third, fourth, and fifth grade the opportunity ro show off the skills the had learned over the course of an eight-week fundamentals of basketball camp.

The camp was put on through a joint effort between Danny Brown and several other volunteers, including members of the Cairo Varsity basketball squad.

“I really felt there was a need to do something for the younger kids,” Brown said.  “They don’t have anything to prepare them for when it’s their time to play in junior high.”

The cost of the camp was minimal for all involved, with the gym being open on weekends and snack being provided by parents and coaches.

Brown stressed the importance of sportsmanship over the course of the camp and during the tournament.

“I want all you to cheer for everyone,” Brown said in a huddle before the first game of the tournament.

The children cheered for eachother while not playing and enjoyed refreshments from the concession stand.  Members of the community were in heavy attendance, filling the East bleachers of the gym for much of the afternoon.

Team Thunder, made up of Trevel Davis, Omarion Barber, and Isaiah Brown were crowned champions of the event.

“We definitely want to make this an annual event,” Brown Said

Kameron English, Demarion Duncan, and William Wilterson watch an ongoing game between peers at Cairo High School on Saturday afternoon. The intramural tournament gave younger students the opportunity to play against eachother and show the community skills learned over the course of an eight-week camp. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Kameron English, Demarion Duncan, and William Wilterson watch an ongoing game between peers at Cairo High School on Saturday afternoon. The intramural tournament gave younger students the opportunity to play against eachother and show the community skills learned over the course of an eight-week camp. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

Denver Lang

Denver Mose Lang age 88 of Villa Ridge, Illinois formerly of Cairo, Illinois passed away at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Illinois.

Mr. Lang was born October 22, 1925 at Bardwell, Kentucky, son of the late Mose Lang and Lena May (McCoy) Lang.

Mr. Lang was a World War II Army Veteran; a retired carpenter; and a lifetime member of the Cairo VFW Post #2649.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Barbara Lang of Villa Ridge, Illinois; 2 sisters and brother-in-laws, Emma Jean and Tom Parham of Urbandale, Illinois and Annie and Tom Lane of Niles, Michigan; 2 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Mound City National Cemetery Mound City, Illinois with full military honors given by the Illinois National Guard Burial Team and area veterans.

Interment will follow in the Mound City National Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday after 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge, Illinois.

Jones Funeral Home Villa Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosemary Parmley

Rosemary L.  Parmley, 83, of Calumet City, Illinois, passed away March 4, 2014.  She was born to the late DeVere and Nellie Parmley in Mounds, Illinois on May 18, 1930.

Rosemary graduated from Moody Bidle Institute and Southern Illinois University and became a school teacher.  Upon retirement, Rosemaryhelped in church libraries and did petsitting.  Her compassion also extended to finding many homes for helpless animals.        She is survived by one sister, Frieda Christian, of Metopolis, Illinois and many nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death are five brothers and four sisters.  A merorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Lansing, Illinois, 3440 178th Street, on March 22, 2014 at 11:00 am.  Internment Homewood Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorials sent to Last Chance Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 398, Schererville, IN 46375, would be appreciated.

Mattie Hopkins Brazier

Mattie Mildred Hopkins Brazier age 101 years, 11 months, 363 days, passed away to eternal life on Friday March 7, 2014, at the home in Sandusky, Illinois. Mattie was born March 9, 1912, in Miller City, Illinois to Henry and Lula Presley Hopkins. She later moved to Henderson, KY. She relocated back to Miller City, Illinois where she and Archie Brazier were united on December 24, 1927.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four children, Kermit Brazier, James Brazier, Archie Brazier, Jr. and Mearl Herron. She was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

She confessed her hope in Christ at the early age of 12 and was baptized while living in Henderson, KY. Her faith was Missionary Baptist. After moving back to Illinois she joined Free Will Baptist under the leadership of Rev. O.H. Henderson working in the church. She later moved her membership to Lake Milligan Baptist Baptist Church. When Lake Milligan closed, her membership was moved to Pleasant Grove, Klondike, Illinois. She served on several committees including the Mothers Board, Willing Workers, Mission and Pastors Aid.

Mattie Brazier a long time resident of Southern Illinois worked as a nurse aid at Mary Brown Nursing Home in Cairo, Illinois and Gladys Grissom Nursing Home in Tamms, Illinois before retirement.

Mattie was a testimony of power and strength. She liked visiting the sick and shut-ins at Hodges Park, Illinois and the surrounding area, having prayer before leaving and talking about the goodness of God. Her number one goal was to lead others to Christ. “My favorite reading 57 Psalm is my prayer”, she would say. She wanted everyone to call her “grandma’’. She raised her granson Falvin and granddaughter Ulonda.

Those left to cherish her memories are four sons, Kenneth(Isabella) of San Bernardino, CA, Carl of Oakley, IL, Harland of Paducah, KY, Terry of Sandusky, IL; four daughters, Joyce Carter of Youngstown, OH, Melva Davis of Wichita Falls, TX, Gloria Brazier of Sandusky, IL, and Dorothy(Lonnie) Williford of Cape Girardeau, MO; 31 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss her dearly.

Services for Mattie Mildred Brazier were held on Saturday March 15, 2014 at 12:00 noon in the St. John Praise and Worship Center in Pulaski, IL with Min Tyrone Coleman officiating, Rev. Marland Brazier Eulogist and Apostle Larry T. Barnett, Sr. Pastor. Interment was in the Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds, IL. Friends called on Saturday March 15, 2014 at the church from 11:00 am until the funeral hour 12:00 noon. Massie Funeral Home in Mounds, IL was in charge of the arrangements.

Mattie Hopkins Brazier
Mattie Hopkins Brazier

 

Illinois Winter Fourth Coldest on Record

The average statewide temperature for the three core winter months of December, January, and February was 20.8 degrees.

It was 8.2 degrees below average and the fourth coldest December through February period on record, according to Illinois state climatologist Jim Angel at the Illinois State Water Survey at University of Illinois in Champaign.

This winter was in a three-way tie with 1917-1918 and 1976-1977.

The coldest winter was 1977-1978, with a statewide average temperature of 19.6 degrees. The winter of 1978-1979 was in second place at 19.9 degrees.

The Illinois statewide temperature for February was 18.7 degrees, or 12.1 degrees below the long-term average.  It was the seventh coldest February on record.

The snowfall for February was above average across the state.

The total snowfall ranged from 4 inches in far Southern Illinois to 15 to 20 inches in north-central Illinois.

Snowfall departures from the average ranged from 1 to 5 inches south of Interstate 70 and between 10 and 18 inches between Interstates 70 and 80.

The statewide precipitation for February was 2.28 inches, which is 0.17 inches above average.

Precipitation includes both rain events along with the water content of any snowfall.

The result in February was that the above-average snowfall did not translate to above-average precipitation because several of those snowfall events occurred in colder conditions when the snow density was lower, since the snow was fluffier.

Snowfall this winter so far has been above average across the state.

Snowfall totals ranged from 10 inches in the southernmost counties of the state to over 60 inches in the northeast.

Some of the largest snowfall totals this entire winter were in the Chicago area and included Lincolnwood with 79.8 inches and Oak Park with 78.6 inches.

“This winter was comparable to the winters in the late 1970s in terms of the cold weather and snow,” Angel said.

Votes Trickle in for 2014 Illinois Primary Election

Primary elections were held across the state of Illinois on Tuesday, March 18.  The election gave voters the chance to influence who will represent them at the state and local levels.

Early  and absentee voting began in late-February and March for Alexander and Pulaski Counties and was wrapped up over the weekend. Alexander  County Clerk and Election Authority Frances Lee opened her office on Saturday to accomodate the last of early voting in the county.

Af 11:00 a.m. on Saturday only five voters had come through the office.  The low numbers correlated with state-wide predictions of a low voter turnout.

“It’s been very quiet so far this election,” said Lee. “I think a lot of people have stopped caring.  John Q. Public is sick of the back-and-forth fighting between the different sides.”

Lee also cited the small amount of campaign advertising in the area as a factor in the low turnout.

“Usually there are signs and advertisements everywhere,” said Lee.  “That’s how people know that there’s an election approaching.  There isn’t much of that around this year.”

Monday afternoon saw the distribution of election equipment.  Election judges for the county picked up their precinct’s ballots and M100 voting systems.  The judges are responsible for the delivery as well as the return of the equipment after the election.

As the voting machines began leaving the County Clerk’s office late Monday afternoon, workers and election judges milled about and conversed with eachother.

“I’m starting to get all nerved up,” said Ellen Henderson-Bigham, a candidate for Alexander County Clerk.

The most closely watched race in this year’s primary election is that for representation in the election for Governor of Illinois.

With five candidates on the ballot in Alexander County, three being Republican, the possibility for change throughout the state is a possibility.

Election judge Vernon Stubblefield had only nine voters come through his precinct at the Alexander County Courthouse by 2 p.m. The slow trickle of voters left judges time to converse and offer ther opinions on the primary election.

“You would think that because of the number of Republican candidates on the ballot there would be more people from the party out voting,” said Vernon.

The Cairo Airport had only 14 voters come through the precinct by 2:30 in the afternoon.

“Some people would sure help the time go by quicker,” said Curtis Jones, and election judge at the Cache precinct.

As polling wound down, workers in the Alexander County Clerk’s office began counting and processing absentee ballots.  The process involves comparing records and signatures on previously submitted documents to weed out anyone attempting to vote more than once. Approximately 165 absentee and early ballots were processed and then added to the final tally by the County Clerk’s staff.

By 8:30 p.m. ten of the eleven precincts had reported back with a total eligible turnout of 14.5 percent.  Thebes, which struggled with tabulation issues,  reported at 9:05 p.m.

A closely watched aspect of the election was the race for Illinois Senate representation. Senator Durbin was opposed by Republicans Jim Oberweis and Doug Traux.  Strong opposition to Democrats has been major local news in recent months.

Senator Durbin ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket for position of senator and  garnered a majority of votes in Alexander  and Pulaski Counties.

Oberweis was victorious on the Republican side of the Senate race with 64 percent of the vote in Alexander County.

Tio Hardiman upset Pat Quinn for nomination to represent the Democratic Party for Illinois Governor in both Alexander and Pulaski Counties.

The complete tabulation revealed that 19.36 percent of eligible voters in Alexander County voted, just shy of the predicted 20 percent. In Pulaski County 18.64 percent of eligible voters took a trip to the polls.

1,082 total votes were cast in Alexander County and 864 in Pulaski County.

(See below for a full breakdown of votes)
Alexander County Treasurer Jerry Smith posts election results outside County Clerk's office in the Alexander County Courthouse Tuesday evening. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alexander County Treasurer Jerry Smith posts election results outside County Clerk’s office in the Alexander County Courthouse Tuesday evening. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Cuirtis Jones, an election judge at Alexander County’s Cache precinct, housed at the Cairo Airport, laments to a friend about the low number of voters he has seen. Jones’ precinct had only 14 voters by early Monday afternoon. “The clock just isn’t moving,” Jones said. Low turnout was expected throughout the region with some speculating only 20 percent of eligible voters taking advantage of the opportunity to influence change in the forthcoming state elections. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Cuirtis Jones, an election judge at Alexander County’s Cache precinct, housed at the Cairo Airport, laments to a friend about the low number of voters he has seen. Jones’ precinct had only 14 voters by early Monday afternoon.
“The clock just isn’t moving,” Jones said.
Low turnout was expected throughout the region with some speculating only 20 percent of eligible voters taking advantage of the opportunity to influence change in the forthcoming state elections. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Among the stacks of ballots and voting equipment, Alexander County Clerk Frances Lee works in the back of her office with Wytiona Orr on Monday to prepare the precincts throughout Alexander County for the March 18 primary election.  “I’m going to miss doing this,” said Lee. “It can be fun if you enjoy working with people.” Low voter turnout was experienced throughout Illinois.  Alexander and Pulaski Counties were no exception with many speculating that only around twenty percent of all eligible voters would participate. “People don’t really seem to care until it’s the main election,” said Lee. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Among the stacks of ballots and voting equipment, Alexander County Clerk Frances Lee works in the back of her office with Wytiona Orr on Monday to prepare the precincts throughout Alexander County for the March 18 primary election.
“I’m going to miss doing this,” said Lee. “It can be fun if you enjoy working with people.”
Low voter turnout was experienced throughout Illinois. Alexander and Pulaski Counties were no exception with many speculating that only around twenty percent of all eligible voters would participate.
“People don’t really seem to care until it’s the main election,” said Lee. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Pulaski County Unofficial Results
Pulaski County Unofficial Results
Alexander County Unofficial Results
Alexander County Unofficial Results

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

Naomi Severs

Naomi Jean Severs passed away on February 25, 2014 while residing at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh, IN.  She was born April 20, 1927 in Ullin IL to Holdie and Emma Brewer Gaskill.

She is survived by a daughter Judy Penny of Australia, sons Terry (Nancy) of Sullivan IN and Gary (Sue) Severs of Crossville TN, brother Von Gaskill of Molalla OR, sisters Ruby Brust of Manteno IL and Patsy Britt of Kokomo IN.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Harvey (whom she married October 16, 1943), sisters Mary Van Riper, Jewell Price and Sylvia Kee, brothers Roy, Amos, Doris, Harland, Morton, James, Denos, Enos and Don Gaskill.

A private service will be held at a later date.   Arrangements being handled by Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan, IN.

Violet Randolph

Violet Randolph age 92 of Marion, Indiana passed away Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She was born July 13, 1921. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond in 2008. Violet was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church

in Marion, Indiana.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Scott of Mulberry, Indiana and Carolyn Simpson of Cairo, Illinois; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Raven-Coats Funeral Home in Marion, Indiana. This announcement is courtesy of the Jones Funeral Homes.

Moneada Karraker

Moneada E. Karraker 99, of Anna died at 8:30AM, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Anna Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

She was born Oct. 31, 1914 in Anna, daughter of Arna and Emma Dunn Parker. Moneada married James C. Karraker on Dec. 31, 1936, he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1969.

Moneada was a lifelong resident of Anna graduating from Anna-Jonesboro Community High School in 1934. She was member of the First Baptist Church of Anna. She had many jobs throughout Union County including Anna Loan and Improvement Company, Anna State Bank and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.  During World War II, she was employed by the government at the Illinois Ordinance Plant at Marion.  She then went to the CB&Q Railroad until the end of the war. Moneada decided to go to cosmetologist school and owned and operated the Anna Hotel and Beauty Salon. In January, 1957, she went to work 2 days before WRAJ radio station opened. Moneada was a bookkeeper, answered the phone and greeted all the visitors. She got her FCC 3rd class radio operator’s license and had her own program “Moneada Calling” as well as “It’s a Women’s World.” Moneada tried retirement for a while but then went back to work for her son James L. Karraker, Attorney, as a receptionist and bookkeeper for 20 years.

She enjoyed tutoring at Platte County Vocational School in Missouri and the Pinellas Education Technical Center in Clearwater, FL. She also volunteered at the First Baptist Church in Anna.  She was a precinct committee woman for The Union County Democrat Organization for many years. At the age of 67 Moneada took up art to go along with her other hobbies including crocheting, knitting, ceramics and writing.

Moneada is survived by 2 sons and daughters-in-law James Larry and Lori Karraker, Anna; Wesley E. and Sandy Karraker, Cobden and one daughter and son-in-law Sandra K. and Clide Cassity, Palmetto, FL; 8 grandchildren; Jason Karraker (Beverly), Destin, FL; Julie Hand, Marion, IL, Erin Karraker, Chicago, IL; Robert Karraker, Anna; Jimmie Karraker, Anna; Kathy Karraker, Cobden; J.R. Maxam (Lisa), Charlotte, NC and Ryan Maxam (Olivia), Land-O-Lakes, FL; 3 step-grandchildren, Michael (Sherry) Gee, Caddo Mills, TX and Shaun Gee, Carbondale, Sarah (Quentin) Coonce, Tunnel Hill; 5 great-grandchildren. Danton Hand, Marion; Alex and Gretchen Maxam, Charlotte, NC; and Brittani and Matthew Maxam, Land-O-Lakes, FL; 1 step-great-grandchild, Connor Gee, Caddo Mills, TX; 1 brother-in-law Walter Menees, Anna; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant son, William Clyde Karraker; 3 brothers, Arnold, Jewel and Gilman Parker, 4 sisters Arminta Johnson, Irene Lingle, Trula Evelyn (Dolly) Plott, and Velma Menees.

Visitation for Moneada E. Karraker will be from 5PM to 8PM on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro and after 10AM until the service on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Crain Funeral Home Anna-Jonesboro with Pastor Tony Foeller officiating. Interment to follow at the Anna City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

Genevieve Hendrick

Genevieve Hendrick 91, of Ullin, died at 9:40pm on Monday, March 10, 2014 at Southeast Hospital.

She was born July 15, 1922 in Alexander County, IL, daughter of John Logan and Dora Hardy Crider. Genevieve married Ray Hendrick on Dec. 24, 1945, he preceded her in death on April 4, 2010.

Genevieve was a member of Cross Road United Methodist Church. She was a lifetime member at the First Christian Church in Pulaski where she played the organ and piano for many years, and loved to share her music with others. She worked as a clerk in area grocery stores.

Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly (Lee) Reagan of Ullin; son, Larry (Janis) Hendrick of Rush City, MN; 2 grandchildren, Anthony (Deborah) Hendrick of Rush City, MN and Matthew Reagan of Ullin; 3 great-grandchildren, Alexander, Adam and Aaron Hendrick; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by parents John and Dora Crider, husband Ray Hendrick, son David Ray Hendrick, sisters, Nell Jean Lingle, Marie Brown, Lena McCoy-Trent and Connie Baldwin brothers, John Crider, Jesse Crider, Carlos Crider, Frank Crider, Paul Crider and Wesley Crider.

Visitation for Genevieve Hendrick will be on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 5pm to 8pm at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin

Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Cross Road United Methodist Church in Ullin with Rev. Wiley Godfrey and Rev. Cecil Atchison officiating.  Friends may call after 10am at the church. Interment to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Hill Cemetery in Pulaski and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To leave online condolences visit www.crainsonline.com

Genevieve Hendrick
Genevieve Hendrick