Hardin Co. Cougars are Illinois S3DA State Archery Champions!

Hardin County High School Archery Team defends State Title

Armstrong, Ketten, Cullum, Hicks, and Conkle individually place at State level

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Hardin County Cougar Archery State Champions, left to right: Justin Hicks, Michael Phillips, Sean Lane, Wyatt Dutton, Isaiah Conkle, Kassi Ketten, Alex Wallace, Bailey Sneed, Adriana Armstrong, Malcom Dare, Colton Goines, Kylie Mosby, Hunter Cullum.

By J. D. Ketten
Assistant Archery Coach

Photography by Tara Wallace and Susan Armstrong

The Hardin County Cougars traveled three hours to Brownstown, IL (Buck Stop Archery) to compete in the Illinois S3DA Second Annual State Archery Tournament Saturday, June 16, 2018 where they successfully defended their State Champion title. Competitors endured five hours of triple-digit heat as they shot the most challenging course experienced all season. The kids were grouped by state rank (total of their five best regional scores) so they shot elbow to elbow with their closest competitor.

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Back row, left to right: Sean Lane, Malcom Dare. Middle row: Isaiah Conkle, Wyatt Dutton, Michael Phillips, Colton Goines, Bailey Sneed, J.D. Ketten, Hunter Cullum, Justin Hicks. Front row: Kylie Mosby, Kassi Ketten, Adriana Armstrong, Alex Wallace, Susan Armstrong. Lying in front: Darrick Armstrong.

Approximately 130 students were there from all over Illinois. The Cougars had several members make the podium, and several more that were close.
“Many team members recorded their personal best scores Saturday,” said Head Coach Susan Armstrong. “That’s what pushed the team to the top for their second straight state title. The whole team is shooting well and scores are peaking at the right time with S3DA Nationals being held next weekend at Metropolis.”

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S3DA IL State Coordinator Ricky Sauls presenting awards. Kassi Ketten 3rd Place in State Female Pins. Adriana Armstrong 1st Place in State Female Pins and female pins top archer of the year (Both awards 2 years in a row).

Adriana Armstrong lead the team to the S3DA State title. She also defended her 1st place title and won Top Archer of the Year (five regionals plus state total score) in the High School Female Pins Division for the second straight year.

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Hunter Cullum (left)  2nd place in State Traditional and Traditional Top Archer of the year. Justin Hicks (right) 3rd place in State Traditional.

Isaiah Conkle 3rd Place in State Male fixed Pins.   Malcom Dare shooting on the course.


Hunter Cullum received 2nd in the High School Male Traditional Class and also won Top Archer of the Year in his division.

Isaiah Conkle (High School Male Pins), Jay Hicks (High School Male Traditional Recurve), and Kassi Ketten (High School Female Fixed Pins) brought home 3rd place awards.

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Top Archers of the Year: Hunter Cullum and Adriana Armstrong

The team brought home a huge trophy for their championship win. The individual winners took home belt buckles, plaques, and college scholarships. Team members who competed that day were: Adriana Armstrong, Alex Wallace, Bailey Sneed, Colton Goines, Hunter Cullum, Isaiah Conkle, Jay Hicks, Kassi Ketten, Kylie Mosby, Malcom Dare, Michael Phillips, Sean Lane, and Wyatt Dutton.
The team will compete at S3DA’s National Tournament at Mermet Park in Metropolis, IL on June 23rd and 24th.

Dezerae Blair, also of Hardin County and shooting for the Southern Illinois S3DA Team, celebrated with her team by bringing home the Middle School State Championship trophy.

The team is coached by Susan and Darrick Armstrong and J.D. Ketten.

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Practicing before the shoot.

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Dorothy “Joyce” Clanton

Dorothy “Joyce” Clanton, 75, of Rosiclare, IL. died Friday June 15, 2018 at Harrisburg Medical Center. She attended Rosiclare First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her children, Marla D. (Charles) Winters of Elizabethtown, IL, Murray Dewayne (Jennie) Fulkerson of Nashville, TN, and Diane (David E.) Cornelius of Fayette, Alabama; sisters, Margaret L. Shelby of Eichorn, IL and Patricia Shelby of Florida; step-children, Chris (Teresa) Clanton and Carol Willingham, both of West Virginia; sister-in-law, Martha Williams of Rosiclare, IL; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Lloyd “Loy” and Ada (Cowgill) Shelby; first husband, Murray “Doc” Fulkerson, second husband, Thomas B. Clanton; two brothers, James “Jimmy” Shelby and Donald “Sonny” Shelby; and two sisters, Mary Louise “Dolly” Hamp Shaw and Shirley Ann Gaskins.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2018 at Cox Funeral Home in Rosiclare, IL. with interment in Gossage Cemetery. The family received visitors from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

John Marion Winders


John Marion Winders died June 7, 2018 at home in Paducah, Kentucky. John was born June 27, 1940 at Cave-In Rock, IL to John Henry and Treva (McDowell) Winders. John retired with 40 years at the Illinois Department of Transportation.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara J. (Green) Winders; two children, Kenneth Winders of Columbus, OH and Deborah Conlin (Larry) of Bartlett, TN; his sister Shirley Minnie; sister-in-law Sheila Winders; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
John is preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Treva Winders; brother, Charles Winders; and sister, Ethel T. Winders.
Services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at the Hardin County Funeral Service. Visitation was held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with funeral services immediately following. Rev. Lowell Gowins officiatd. Burial was in Empire Cemetery in Elizabethtown, IL.

Kandice C. Highfill


A graveside service will be held for Kandince Christine Highfill at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Greenup Cemetery in Greenup, IL.
Kandice died Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville with family by her side. Kandice was born to Bob Adamson and Faye Warner on January 23, 1957.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Highfill; sons, Josh Hawes (Heather Barnerd) and Jason Hawes; daughter, Kristy Highfill Parkinson (Shawn Rorer); grandchildren, Tony Parkinson, Lea Parkinson, Trinity Grace Rorer, and Gage Hawes; brother, Bobby (Bridget) Adamson; step-father, Don (Faye) Warner; step-brother, John Warner; step-sisters, Stephanie and Nancy Warner; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Chip Adamson; father-in-law, Jim Highfill; and mother-in-law, Florence Highfill.

Obituary of Caryn Rae Zmuda

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UPDATE on arrangements:

Caryn Rae Zmuda, age 64 years, a resident of rural Vienna, died Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 9:55 a.m. at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday morning, June 8, 2018, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Vienna. Father Tom Barrett will officiate. Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Hardin County Illinois.
A prayer service will be conducted Thursday afternoon, June 7, 2018, at 5 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna. The visitation will immediately follow the prayer service and will continue until 8 p.m.
To share a memory of Caryn or to leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit http://www.baileyfh.com



Caryn Rae Zmuda, age 64 years, a resident of rural Vienna, passed away Sunday, May 27, 2018, at 9:55 a.m. at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky. Caryn was born December 14, 1953 in Gary, Indiana. She was the daughter of Henry and Nancy J. (Grabb) Chambers.
On August 23, 1979, Caryn was united in marriage to David A. Zmuda, Sr. at St. Joseph Catholic Church near Elizabethtown, Illinois.
In addition to her husband, Caryn is survived by her children, Rachel (Johnathan) BySura of Rabun Gap, Georgia and David A. (Amanda) Zmuda, Jr. of Cypress; seven grandchildren, Hayden, Ellie and Sadie BySura and Elizabeth, Nolan, Nathan, and Macie Zmuda; and her brothers and sisters, Nancy and Monie of Nebraska, Carol and Jane of Illinois, Alice of Nevada, Cathy of Florida, Kathy of Colorado, Truedy of California, Annette and Rusty of Colorado, Erik of Illinois, David of Florida and Gus of Maryland.
Caryn was preceded in death by her father, Henry Chambers; her mother, Nancy J. Truedson; and her stepfather, Russell Dale Truedson.
Caryn was a 1971 graduate of Batavia High School. She then attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry in 1975. Caryn was employed by the U.S. Forest Service and worked in the Elizabethtown ranger station as a forester for 3 years. She was then employed by the U.S. Postal Service at the Cypress Post Office and Anna Post Office prior to being appointed postmaster of the Buncombe Post Office, a position which she held until her retirement in 2013.
Caryn was a parishioner at St. Paul Catholic Church in Vienna. In her spare time, Caryn enjoyed knitting and, along with David, she enjoyed motorcycling.
Arrangements for the visitation and funeral mass are incomplete at this time.
Interment will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Hardin County Illinois.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5 Schiber Port, Suite C, Maryville, Illinois 62062 or to the Heather Harper Treat Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 98, Vienna, Illinois 62995.

James Edward Bates

James Edward Bates, 39, Cave-In-Rock, IL died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was born October 19, 1978 in Fort Knox, Kentucky to Kenneth and Terry Bates. He attended Hardin County School. He was baptized in 1993. He married Debi Williamson.
He is survived by his wife, Debi Bates of Forrest City, AR; mother, Terry Bates of Cave-In-Rock, IL; sister, Brandy Bates of Eldorado, IL; niece, Breanna Long; and great-niece, Emma Curry, both of Eldorado, IL; aunt Karen Fields of Cave-In-Rock, IL; and several cousins and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Kenneth and Hazel Clanton of Cave-In-Rock, IL and Mr. and Mrs. Gale Bates of Rosiclare, IL.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m., Monday May 28, 2018 at Hardin County Funeral Service, Cox Chapel, in Rosiclare, IL with interment in Adams Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. until funeral time Monday at the funeral home.

Obituary of William “Bill” Thomas Conn

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William Thomas Conn, 84 years, passed away on May 19, 2018 at Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare with his family and pastor by his side.
Bill was born February 22, 1934 in Elizabethtown, IL to Myrell and Iolene (Keeling) Conn. Bill was a graduate of Bowling Green Business University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
He began his career at Williams Brothers Engineering in Tulsa, OK as a Purchasing Agent and advanced to executive level of several large gas pipeline companies over his lifetime. He worked all over the United States, Canada, Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, London, Brazil, and Libya.
Bill and his first wife, LaDonna were married for twenty-six years and raised four daughters.
On September 2, 1982 Bill and Faye (Fluss) Griffin were united in marriage in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bill and Faye operated their own air freight delivery company in Billings, Montana for eight years before moving to Ava, MO. After moving to Ava, Bill returned to working in the pipeline construction industry.
He was a member of the Ava United Methodist Church and also Gideon’s International. Bill enjoyed working in the outdoors, golf, and most of all being a devoted loving husband, father, and grandpa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Alison Beller; brothers, Jack, Eddie, and Donald Conn; sisters, Margie Birch and Carol Prior; his granddaughter, Lauren DeZorzi; and first wife, LaDonna Douglas Conn.
Bill is survived by his wife, Faye; three daughters, Sarah Johnson and Julie Conn – both of Ava, MO, and Karla DeZorzi, Prescott, AZ; a step-daughter, Kristi Fehringer, Twin Falls, ID; grandchildren, Joshua Johnson, Kari Beller, Amber Beller, Christopher Beller, and Kristina Beller; one brother, Glenn Conn and wife, Ruth, Marysville, TN; and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International.
Memorial services for Bill will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ava United Methodist Church with a visitation Friday prior to service at 10:00 a.m. to service time.
Officiating will be Pastor Jessica Foster. Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Online condolences may be made to http://www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome.com.

Betty Griffith

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Betty Griffith, 84, Elizabethtown, IL, died Wednesday May 23, 2018. She was a cook at Hardin County School for 32-plus years, Charter Member of the First General Baptist Church of Elizabethtown, IL, and a member of the Ohio Valley General Baptist Association.
Survivors include her children, Paula (Glenn) Samford of Cadiz, KY, Rita (John) McKinley of Eddyville, IL, Jane Griffith of Eddyville, IL, Jean Davis of Panama City, FL, Gary Griffith of Elizabethtown, IL;
grandchildren, Eva-Rae (Damon) Hall, Julie (Gary) Roper, Dax (Michelle) Samford, Rachel (Justin) Kizziah, Walter (Traci) Griffith and Calvin Griffith; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Midge (Bernard) Volkert of Elgin, IL; and sister-in-law, Wanda Shadowens of Howell, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mabel Shadowens; and brother, Leonard Shadowens.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018 at the First General Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, IL with interment in Empire Cemetery. The family will receive visitors from 11a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Hardin County officers go on 8 county high speed chase Monday


Sharmin L. Partridge and Michael R. Kennedy.  — Photos courtesy of Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department

On Monday, May 14, 2018 at approximately 5:40 p.m. Deputy Donnie Vaughn, with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, attempted to stop a silver Chevrolet pick-up for speeding on Illinois Highway 34 near Gaskin Mine Road; the driver of that vehicle, refused to pull over and accelerated northbound into Pope County. As the pursuit continued onto Gape Hollow Road, Deputy Vaughn continued his efforts to stop the Chevrolet with lights and siren activated. The driver of the Chevrolet struck the passenger front of Deputy Vaughn’s patrol vehicle, disabling it. The Chevrolet turned west onto Mountain Road and continued into Saline County.
Sheriff Fricker located Deputy Vaughn and they followed the trail of parts which were falling off of the Chevrolet. An off-duty Illinois State Police Trooper who had been monitoring radio traffic located the Chevrolet on Rocky Branch Road outside of Harrisburg at which time, Saline County Deputies and Harrisburg police engaged in a pursuit as the Chevrolet turned onto Illinois Highway 13. Harrisburg & Saline County officers were then joined by Hardin County and Carrier Mills officers as the pursuit continued into Gallatin County.
Gallatin County Deputies and Shawneetown police took lead and continued pursuing the Chevrolet through their county and across the Ohio River into Union County, Kentucky. Deputies from that agency then joined in the pursuit which went through Morganfield and Henderson, Kentucky, reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles-per-hour.
Kentucky State Police Troopers attempted to terminate the pursuit with spike-strips, but the driver of the Chevrolet made it around those devices. As the pursuit continued across the Indiana state line, it came into a construction zone where the lanes narrowed at the intersection of Highway 41 and Interstate 69 at the edge of Evansville, IN.
As the Chevrolet attempted to enter the on-ramp to I-69 East, the driver lost control, went airborne, then down an embankment and came to rest just north of the interstate. Tactical officers with the Evansville Police Department and their K-9 unit assisted Hardin County deputies in taking the driver, Michael R. Kennedy and Sharmin L. Partridge into custody.
Hardin County State’s Attorney Daniel Cockrum has filed formal charges against Kennedy: Driving While License Revoked, Aggravated Fleeing to Elude a Peace Officer, and Criminal Damage to Government Supported Property. He faces additional charges in multiple jurisdictions and is lodged in the Vanderburgh County Jail in Evansville, IN.
Mrs. Partridge, who was Kennedy’s passenger, was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana (K-2) in Vanderburgh County, but has not been charged in Hardin County.
“I’m pleased with the rapid response and assistance from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Harrisburg Police Department, Carrier Mills Police Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, and Shawneetown Police Department, as well as authorities in Kentucky and Indiana,” said Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker. “Their assistance in the apprehension of someone who posed a threat to motorists and officers of this county and others was greatly valued. Also, deputies Joe Jenkins and Garison Mott willingly covered Hardin County calls on their off time during this incident.”


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Obituary of Aaron Eugene Riggs


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Aaron Eugene Riggs was born March 17, 1944 in Rosiclare, IL to Noah F. and Veldine V. McDowell Riggs. He departed this life on May 3, 2018, at Hardin County General Hospital, whereupon he went to be with his Lord, being at the time of his death 74 years.
He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sharon Sue Porter on June 6, 1964. To this union two children were born: LeAndra (Mark) Austin of Buffalo, TX and Dana (Michael) Ledford of Princeton, IN.
Eugene acquired his family farm in 1967 where he and Sharon raised their family and hosted many family events. He loved raising cattle and spending time on his farm. Eugene earned his degree from ICS as a Master Electrician on June 30, 1977. He worked as an electrician most of his life retiring from Martin Marietta in 2007.
Eugene was saved at the age of 10 and has been a faithful member of Peters Creek Missionary Baptist Church where he was ordained as a Deacon on October 8, 10\972. He served as Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School Superintendent, and in various other rolls.
Left to mourn his passing include not only his wife, daughters and mother, but also two of his greatest blessings — his grandsons, Aaron and Zachary Ledford, both of Princeton, IN; his sister, Sharon Pennell; and an uncle, Gathel McDowell, both of Marion, IL, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding him in death were his father, Noah F. Riggs; his grandparents, Manford and Mildred McDowell, and Henry and Sarah Edith Riggs.
He will be sadly missed and wonderfully remembered. “For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord” Acts 11:24.

Words cannot express the gratitude felt by our family during our time of sorrow. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Sunga and the entire staff at Hardin County General Hospital, Bro. Dean West, Bro. John Warren, Jan Goolsby and Billy Paul Ewell for the beautiful music, Valerie Holbrook and the Peters Creek Ladies for their inspiring songs, the pallbearers, Hardin County Funeral Services and to our Peters Creek Baptist Church Family for the delicious dinner prepared the day of the funeral.
We are truly overwhelmed by the flowers, cards of sympathy, visits, phone calls, food, donations to the Peters Creek Cemetery and the many prayers we have received.
We want you to know we appreciate you and all the love you have shown to our family during our time of loss.
May God bless you all.
The Family of Aaron Eugene Riggs