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If you’re interested in staying up-to-date with various events, news, and other cool stuff going on around town, book mark this page! We’ll be posting here as often as we can to keep you informed about what’s going on in and around our community.

 

If you have a community event that you would like to be posted please contact Caron at csullens@cityofanna.org.

The City of Anna is now on Facebook

October 18, 2019

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Leaf Removal

October 15, 2019

The City of Anna will be offering leaf pick-up the week of December 2, 2019.  Leaves must be raked to the curb, but not in the street, and free from all debris including limbs, bags, trash, etc. In order to have leaves picked up, contact Anna City Hall at 833-8528 by November 27, 2019 to be placed on the pick-up schedule.

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Pancake Breakfast

October 21, 2019

The Annual Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Anna Fire & Rescue Department, will be held on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the fire station.  Donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefiting Shop with a Cop/Firefighter Program.

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Anna Holiday Parade

October 24, 2019

The City of Anna would like to invite you to their first Anna Holiday Parade to be held on November 30, 2019 starting at 5:30 p.m.  The parade will start at East Jefferson St. and South Main St. and proceed North on Main St.   The parade will conclude in the West Davie parking lot with the lighting of the Christmas tree. The theme of the parade is giving.  Benefiting the local charity Pay it Forward (Linda Jackson).  Local businesses will have “angel trees” with tags with suggested presents.  Take a tag, buy and wrap the present, label with what is inside and bring it to the parade.  Local volunteers walking in the parade will collect the presents. There will be caroling by the Christian Motorcyclist Association of Anna, City of Anna fire trucks and Santa along with his elf. We invite everyone to come, enjoy the parade, embrace the spirit of giving, join in the caroling and follow the parade down to the lighting of the Christmas Tree. You can pick up your angel from any of the following businesses:

  • Annabelle Market
  • Brick House
  • Casey's - Jonesboro
  • City of Anna
  • Corzine Insurance
  • Fitness Forum
  • Jordo's Pizza
  • Jus10's Frozen Yogurt
  • Hepp Chiropractic
  • Pizza Villa
  • Postal Pal
  • Rusty's Home Center
  • SI Builder Supply
  • Strike Zone
  • Whiffle Boys Pizza
  • Wild Sisters
  • Wolf Lake Community Center
Visit our Facebook page click here. THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ALLOWED ON SOUTH MAIN ST. UNTIL AFTER THE PARADE.

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Anna City Cemetery

October 16, 2019

Ground arrangements may be placed out starting November 1, 2019 and must be taken back down by March 1, 2020.  Please remember no shepherd hooks or glass and do not block the aisles. If you have any questions, please contact Anna City Hall at 833-8528.

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Reindeer 5K Run/Walk

October 16, 2019

Wear your most festive Christmas running gear to the 6th Annual Reindeer 5K Run/Walk on November 30, 2019, registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 8 a.m.  Runners and walkers will begin the race at the Anna Arts Center, 125 West Davie St and head into the "fruit bowl" section of town. The race is a down and back with the start and finish lines at the Anna Arts Center. There will also be a "Kids Fun Run" that morning starting at 9 a.m. So bring the kids along too! Kids will participate in a short race, approximately 1/4 mile, to catch Rudolf and Santa Claus, then they will have the opportunity to make two crafts to take home. The Fun Run and crafts are free for kids of all ages. This event will kick off "Christmas in Downtown Anna." For more information click here.

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Honor Wreaths for Veterans

September 5, 2019

The not-for-profit group, Honor Wreaths for Veterans and Wreaths Across America is asking for help to ensure fallen veterans are remembered and honored this Christmas. Each December, on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out locally through a wreath-laying ceremony at Mounds National Cemetery.  The City of Anna Cemetery is proud to take part in this years ceremony on December 14, 2019 at 11 a.m. The wreath-laying ceremony is not purely for the decoration of graves but is done in the remembrance of the lives of the brave soldiers at rest.  The organization believes that a person dies twice:  once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.  Therefore, volunteers are asked to say the name of the veteran and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country as they place the wreath on the grave.  This small act is meant to keep the memory of the veterans alive. Honor Wreaths for Veterans and Wreaths Across America are  501c3 charities.   A donation of $15 pays for one wreath.  100% of your donation goes to the purchase of wreaths. For more information or to make a donation online click here for Honor Wreaths for Veterans or click here for Wreaths Across America.  The City of Anna's location name is Anna IL Cemetery and our location ID is ILAILA. If you would like to mail a donation, send to 1212 Garfield St., Marion, IL  62959, payable to Honor Wreaths For Veterans.  For questions please contact Martha Ann Webb, Location Coordinator, at 833-5717.  The deadline to submit a donation is December 2, 2019.

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Call before you dig!

July 26, 2019

Thinking of doing a project?  Did you know that a building permit is required to build any structure in the city limits of Anna?  Stop by City Hall to pick up a zoning application or click here. If you have further questions, contact Code Enforcement Officer Gary Rider at 833-2231 ext 3. Remember you must call Julie before you dig!  You may reach them at 1-800-892-0123, 811 or click here.

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Did you know?

June 7, 2019

The City of Anna would like to remind you that there are specific permits and licenses that need to be obtained prior to any project or event. For more information click here for Applications, Permits and Licenses.

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Union County Emergency Notification System “Hyper-Reach”

April 15, 2019

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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