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Union County Emergency Notification System “Hyper-Reach”

Union County is proud to announce the Hyper-Reach Mass Notification service to the citizens of Union County.  This service was a joint purchase between Union County Emergency Services, A-J, Anna, Cobden, Dongola, Jonesboro, Lick Creek, Shawnee and Tri County School Districts, City of Anna, Village of Cobden, Village of Dongola and the City of Jonesboro.

Telephone-based mass notifications systems are used by thousands of public safety agencies across the US to warn citizens about local emergencies, hazards and other threats.  Now Union County announces that they have selected Hyper-Reach to help bring this same lifesaving capability to the area.  Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass emergency notification system designed specifically for public safety.

This emergency alert system will provide rapid notification of hazardous and urgent situations using a mix of telephone calls, text and email messages, and even TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired.

For for more information contact Crystal Gurley, 9-1-1 Director, at 833-5442.  To enroll for this service click here.

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“Ruck to Remember” 5K Ruck March

Carroll P Foster VFW Post 3455 has been a part of our community for over 40 years. Over the years we have sponsored youth programs, helped families in need, and provided Honor Guard services for our departed comrades. Last year, we established a “Ruck to Remember” 5k event to remember our fallen comrades. The event was started to help everyday people realize the burden that our men and women in the service have to carry, and the burden that families carry when they lose a loved one in the line of battle. Participants may carry a 35-pound backpack, just like our service men and women, 5 kilometers to feel a fraction of the weight of that burden. Some used this opportunity as a moment of reflection.

Memorial Day, May 27th 2019 participants will have two options; participants can choose to walk and reflect on their own for the 5 kilometers or participants can choose to walk in a formation and call out some of the military’s most popular cadences. Immediately following the Ruck March, the event will continue at Carroll P Foster Post 3455 where Memorial Day services will be conducted, installation of new officers, entertainment by local talent, and a raffle. This year, Ruck to Remember has partnered with Black Diamond Harley Davidson and Black Diamond RV Superstore to raffle off TWO awesome prizes with a total prize package of over twenty-five thousand dollars!

Funds from this event, and the many events Post 3455 hosts, go towards continuing our mission of helping our fellow comrades, supporting families in need, and allowing us the funding to provide Honor Guard services for our fallen comrades.

Click here to register.

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Back to School Safety

The Anna Police Department asks that you make Back to School Safety a priority by reminding motorists and pedestrians of safe transportation practices and to observe applicable laws near school zones. Please be courteous and cautious when approaching cross walks and stop for loading and unloading school buses. And as always, reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.

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Friendly Reminder

In 2016 the City of Anna passed Ordinance 2016-10 permitting the use of certain non-highway vehicles on certain streets and roads within it’s corporate limits. With this ordinance there are regulations in effect to help keep our community safe, some of them include having current liability insurance for the vehicle, the operator must be 21 years of age with a valid Driver’s License, and  all persons who operate a non-highway vehicle must comply with all traffic laws of the State of Illinois and the City of Anna.  To obtain the Ordinance you can find it on our Forms page or click here. To obtain a one year permit, applications can be found at the Anna Police Department, please stop by and pick one up!


Thank you for your cooperation,

City Hall

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6th Annual Annabelle Fest

Come join us for the 6th Annual Annabelle Festival hosted in Downtown Anna, Friday June 7th from 6 – 9 p.m. & Saturday June 8th from 8 a.m.  – 9 p.m. Children’s activities, food, art, vendors, live music, a classic car show and much more!

For more information click here, or visit the Union County Chamber of Commerce page here!

The Annabelle Hydrangea has deep roots in Anna.  Harriet Kirkpatrick of the famous Anna Potter Family is credited with the discovery of the Annabelle Hydrangea.  It is said in 1910 she and her sister Amy were horseback riding in some woods in Anna when they came upon the hydrangea.  Some fifty years after the discovery, Bon Hartline of Anna, best known for his work with hybrid holly shrubs and trees, became interested in the hydrangea.  He invited Dr. J.C. McDaniel, his former University of Illinois professor, to study the plant.  In 1960 Dr. McDaniel classified and registered the plant under the scientific name Hydrangea Arborescence in 1960.  It is generally believed that the common name “Annabelle” was chosen to commemorate the two “belles” from Anna who discovered the beautiful plant 100 years ago!

Annabelle Hydrangea’s will be for sale at the festival, along with local vendor products. Please come support our community and enjoy what we have to offer.

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Say “hello” to the all new!

Welcome citizens, visitors, tourists, businesses and passers-by to the all new! We’re proud of the new website and hope you’ll find it useful and informative, and see it as the great resource it is for our community. We’ve worked hard to improve the overall user experience by making the information you need most easier to find, creating an avenue through which we can keep you better informed, and giving the site itself a colorful, modern face lift.

The site is still very new, so if you happen upon an issue or a bit of missing information, please let us know so we can address the situation! With any big project, there’s going to be some time required in getting to know the new system and working out all the little kinks that may pop up here and there. We hope you’ll extend us the courtesy of your patience and understanding as we work to provide the best possible resource for communication and information that we can!

We hope you’ll visit the site frequently to stay in touch with news and events in our community, as well as take advantage of things like our new alert system (will show at the top of every page when there’s time-critical information to share), events calendar, frequently requested forms & documents, and more!

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New Alert System

City of Anna website alert system

Depending on when you visited our new website lately, you might’ve noticed an orange bar across the top of the pages! This orange bar is our all new community alert system. When the need arises, we’ll use this system to bring your attention to information of all kinds, such as boil water orders, road closures and other things of that nature. This message system is not intended to replace emergency alert systems such as storm sirens or 911 and you should not rely solely on this system for your emergency info! Customers can also sign up for our newsletter and receive these important messages via email.  We implemented this simply to act as another avenue through which we can make our community aware of important things going on in the area!