Fluorspar Pageant sign ups Tuesday, August 22 from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Sign ups will begin Tuesday, August 22 from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. in the Hardin County High School commons area for the Fluorspar Pageant that will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Hardin County School. Young ladies ages 15-18 and girls ages 6-8 are eligible to sign up. This pageant is for Hardin County residents only. The very last day to sign up is Tuesday, August 29, 2017.
For more information contact Aleshia Vaughn at 618-285-6892 or send her a message on Facebook.

Frontier Days Pageant sign ups extended to Thursday, August 24; Vendors Wanted!

For those interested in entering the 2017 Frontier Days Pageant, the very last day to sign up will be held on Thursday, August 24, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Hardin County High School commons area. If you are unable to attend, please call pageant directors. All fees are due at sign ups.
The pageant is open to girls from ages birth to 99 and boys from ages birth to 12. Placement will be awarded in various age categories as follows:
• Baby Princess and Baby Hero – Ages Birth to 18 Months
• Toddler Princess and Toddler Hero -Ages 19 Months to 3 Years
• Little Princess and Little Hero – Ages 4 Years to 8 Years
• Jr. Princess and Jr. Hero – Ages 9 Years to 12 Years
• Queen – Ages 13 Years to 18 Years
• Ms. Frontier (Married or Single) – Ages 19 to 99
See more information about the pageant and Frontier Days on its facebook page. You may also contact pageant directors Rhonda Winters at 618-579-3601 or Melinda Foster at 618-289-3369.

Vendors wanted at Frontier Days

The Frontier Days planning committee is looking for vendors to set up during Frontier Days, Saturday, September 16. If interested, email cavefirerescue@yahoo.com for more information or call Melinda Foster at 289-3238 and leave your name, number, and a brief message and she will return your call as soon as possible.


James Earl Harrison

James Earl Harrison, 86, of Vienna, IL, formerly of Herod. IL died on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Heartland Regional Medical Center. James was born on October 3, 1930 to William and Ida (Carter) Harrison.
Mr. Harrison is survived by his daughter, Joyce (Daniel) Garcia of Port Byron, IL; son, Shane William (Channa) Harrison of Tunnel Hill, IL; brother, Billy Gene (Garnetta) Harrison of Herod, IL; half-sister, Nancy Swisher of Pennsylvania; half-brother, George Swisher of Pennsylvania; grandchildren: Joe Garcia, Shawna (Todd) Swift, Nathan (Stephanie) Harrison, Travis (Tiffany) Harrison, Latasha (Travis) Eggers, Aaris (Chase) Wiggs, Dillan (Hannah) Harrison; great-grandchildren, Lakota, Gracie, Caden, Ayden, Ethan, Michael, Thomas, Ethan H., Breanna, Aiden, Cameron.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Faye Harrison; son, Nathan Harrison; grandson, Joshua Mathew Harrison; brother, Charles Grant Harrison.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home will oversee the arrangements. Services will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare, IL. Family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. Rev. Les Buie will officiate. Burial will follow at Lavender Cemetery.

Obituary of Leilana Lynn Warren

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Leilana Lynn Warren, age 16 passed away August 11, 2017. She was born on February 2, 2001 in Brandon, Florida to Luther Brian Warren and Ashley Renee Vaughn. Lana’s love and gift was her ear and heart for music. She was an active member of the Ashdown High School Panthers Marching Band, where she played the flute. Lana taught herself to play the trombone, piano, flute and percussion. She shared her love to the world and her community through her music.
She accepted Christ and at the age of seven and was baptized at Haney Creek Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a faithful, active member and youth leader. Lana was a leader in several ministries of the church. She was the Youth Sunday School secretary, leader in the Youth In Action 4 Christ ministry, Adult and Youth choir song leader, greeter and any tasks that needed her service in the church. Lana’s love and passion for music gave her affectionate spirit the power to teach herself to play numerous songs on piano for the adult and youth choirs.
Lana was very active in the community. She had a passion to serve others and gave her time freely to civic and non-profit organizations. She volunteered in the Ashdown Public Library summer reading programs assisting youth in their reading skills. She was an active member/volunteer of the Community Alternative Prevention Program (C.A.P.P. ) which services and enhances the developmental skills of youth in the Little River County area. Lana also assisted with feeding and serving the homeless in the Ashdown/Texarkana community. Lana planned to attend Henderson State University and become an E.R. Doctor AND Music Director.
Leilana Lynn Warren is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Luther Warren, Jr.
She leaves to cherish her memories: parents, Luther Brian Warren and Ashley Renee Vaughn; paternal grandmother Betty Warren, Ashdown, AR; brother, Luther Alexander “Alex” Warren, Ashdown, AR; paternal great-grandmother, Arvella Campbell of Ashdown, AR; maternal grandfather, John Vaughn of Jacksonville, IL; maternal great-grandmother, Carlene Shockley of Rosiclare, IL; maternal grandmother Becky Hutton of Springfield, IL; special Auntie Angie Owings of Ashdown, AR; special Uncle Ron Barber of Jacksonville, IL; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.
A visitation will be held Thursday, August 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Lyles Funeral, 3809 East Broad, Texarkana, AR 71854. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Haney Creek Baptist Church, 397 CR 23, Ashdown, AR 71822. Burial will be at Rhodes Cemetery, County Road 17 in Richmond, Arkansas.
Memorials may be made to the Ashdown Community Library Heifer International Project, 160 E. Commerce Street, Ashdown, Arkansas 71822. 870-898-3233.

Beatrice Milligan


Beatrice Milligan, 96, of Elizabethtown, IL died on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Harrisburg Medical Center. She was born to William Hall and Nona Hooven Hall on May 10, 1921 in Hardin County Illinois. On September 16, 1946 she married her husband of 67 years, Jesse Milligan. She was a member of Potters Church in Cave In Rock.
She is survived by a daughters, Linda (Loy) Barger and Betty (Joseph) Flowers; son, William (Polly) Ledbetter; brothers, Howard Hall, Charles Hall, and Gary Hall; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Milligan; parents, Bill and Nona Hall; brothers, Red Hall, Hansel Hall, and John Hall; grandchildren, Leon Smith, Debbie Smith, and Ricky Smith.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Rose Gilbert Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until funeral time. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Rev. Larry Lewis will officiate the services.

Thelma “Wilma” Atkinson


Thelma “Wilma” Atkinson, 60, of Rosiclare, IL died on Thursday, August 10, at Hardin County General Hospital. She was born on October 30, 1956 in Rosiclare, IL, to William E Underdown and Juanita Mathew. On April 29, 1975, she married the love of her life, Keith.
Mrs. Atkinson is survived by her husband, Keith Atkinson; son, Brian Keith Atkinson (Kimberly Baldwin); granddaughters, Alaina and Michaela Atkinson; sister: Vicky (Kenny) Holloman; brothers, Shane Shoupe, John (Joy) Underdown, and Mike Underdown; sisters, Linda (Jimmy) Jackson, Kathy (Donnie) Vaughn; special friend, Susie (Steve) Moore; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael “Monke” Atkinson; father, William E. Underdown; mother and step-father, Jaunita and Bobby Shoupe; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Ludean and Wayne Atkinson.
Hardin County Funeral Services, Cox Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. As per her wishes, Mrs. Atkinson has been cremated. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

Obituary of Bobby L. “Tubby” Ramsey

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Bobby L. “Tubby” Ramsey, age 47 of Golconda, but longtime Hardin County resident, passed on this life, August 12, 2017 in the Hardin County General Hospital after an extended illness. Tubby, as most knew her, was born on July 14, 1970 in Eldorado, IL to Ronnie Martin and the late Bonita (Holbrook) Martin.
Tubby has worked as a waitress and bartender. She loved life and was always a free spirit with a wonderful soul. Her smile and caring ways will always be remembered.
She is survived by her three sons, Skyler Ramsey of New Jersey, Gunnar Ramsey of Golconda, and Michael Korba of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Chase, Skyler, Jagger, and Sophia; and her brother, Larry (Angie) Ashford of Shawneetown. She is also survived by her dear friend, Billy Moore; many uncles; aunts; and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonita Martin and a brother Chase Martin.
Services will be held privately for Tubby per her request. You may leave a note of comfort to the family at http://www.coxandson.com .

Elva O. Wilson

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Elva O. Wilson, 73, of Shawneetown, IL died on Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:07 a.m. at the Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado. She was born on October 1, 1943 in Rosiclare the daughter of the late Frank and Opal (Milligan) Cowsert. On October 10, 1966 she married Earl James Wilson.
Elva is survived by her daughters, Terri (Jeff) Guimond of Kankakee, Cheryl L. Wilson (James Schoeberl) of Shawneetown; two sisters, Fran Hickrod of East Dundee, Mary Cook of Shawneetown; two brothers, Frank Cowsert Jr of Powder Springs, GA, Larry Cowsert of Effingham; six grandchildren; three step-grandsons; adopted granddaughter, Stephanie Mustafa, and her three children; nine great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one brother, Harold Cowsert. Visitation for Elva was held on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 11 a.m. until service time at 2 p.m. at the Vickery Funeral Chapel in Shawneetown. Pastor Jack Hall conducted the service with burial at Westwood Cemetery near Shawneetown.
Memorial donations in Elva’s memory may be made to the Deaconess VNA Hospice.

Obituary of Wallace Long

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Wallace Long, age 79, of Rosiclare, IL, passed away on August 3, 2017 at Hardin County General Hospital in Rosiclare, IL. He was born March 25, 1938 in Pope County, IL to Archie and Edna (Hicks) Long. He married Billie Bragdon on November 22, 1979; she preceded him on January 10, 2014.
He served in the U.S. Army. He worked at Anderson Chevrolet in Golconda. He later worked in the lab at Ozark Mahoning, and then at Hastie Mining Company.
He leaves behind his, step-daughter, Cyndi (Kevin) Carman; step-son, Terry (Mindy) Angleton; grandsons, Nicholas Shockley, Nathan Shockley, and Jeff (Julie) Angleton, Cameron Angleton; and great-granddaughter, Amber Angleton.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville. Interment followed at IOOF Cemetery in Golconda. Rev. Roy Baker conducted the service. Military Rites were accorded by VFW Post 9227, American Legion Post 719, and the Army National Guard Military Honors Funeral Team. Visitation was held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Celtic Healthcare 150 Scharberry Lane Mars, PA 16046.

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Sean S. Vinyard

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Sean Scott Vinyard, 58, of Marion, died at 10:44 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at his home. He was formerly from Rosiclare. Sean was born Nov. 11, 1958, in Eldorado the son of Paul and Phyllis (Lawrence) Vinyard.
Survivors include his daughter, Rachel Vinyard of Marion; two grandchildren, Makhi House of Marion, Hyson House of Marion; father, Paul Vinyard of Paducah, Kentucky; three brothers, Byron Vinyard of Steelville, Kevin Vinyard of Marion, and Christian Vinyard and wife, Monica, of Paducah.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and brother, Waylin Vinyard.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Elizabethtown.
Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion assisted the family with arrangements.
For additional information or to sign the guest memorial register, visit http://www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.