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Keep Salem Beautiful Recycling Bin to return on May 28th

The Keep Salem Beautiful Recycling Bin will return to the Marion County parking lot in the 200 block of North Broadway on Tuesday, May 28th.

The recycling center has been undergoing maintenance and repairs the past few weeks, but will be ready to return next Tuesday.

Police Beat for Friday, May 24th, 2019

A 39-year-old Centralia man was arrested on new charges within an hour of getting out of the Marion County Jail on Thursday. Centralia Police took Dominic Arnold of West 6th into custody for alleged disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after breaking up a fight on South Elm Street. He had been
released from the Marion County Jail on Thursday morning without being charged on a sex offender registration act violation.

A 45-year-old Carlyle man, Robert Wells, was arrested on a Marion County felony theft failure to appear warrant. Bond on the warrant is set at $10,000.

33-year-old Daniel Lane of West Rogers in Salem was arrested by Sandoval Police for alleged battery.

54-year-old Rachel Miller of Leafland Drive in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police for alleged domestic battery.

54-year-old Sharrod Logue of Laughlin Street in Alma posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies for disorderly conduct. He is accused of causing a disturbance for yelling at neighbors.

Centralia High School sees budget improvement

Centralia High School Superintendent Chuck Lane says this has been a good year financially. He outlined the district’s tentative year end budget at Thursday night’s school board meeting.

“We are actually going to finish pretty well, we are going to have about a $340,000 surplus we are projecting.  Which if you have been following our finances for the last few years, that’s fantastic.  And its solely due to the new evidence based funding model that has been put in place that finally allows us to receive money on time and money we can count on so we are very happy with it.”

The budget will be on display for public review until the June board meeting when final approval will be on the agenda. Lane indicated there is still a chance for additional money being placed into the new evidence based funding formula this legislative session.

Lane reported the state has approved the Health, Life, Safety project that will allow the district to complete $1-million in resurfacing of streets and parking lots in the high school campus over the next three years. Bids will now be sought to complete the resurfacing of the roads for this summer.

The board approved student handbook changes for next year. One change will toughen discipline for those caught vaping on campus, which has become a big discipline issue.

The board named Bobby Brenneisen an assistant principal for the coming school year. He will also continue to be head football coach.

The board accepted the resignations of special education teacher Laurie McClelland and family consumer science teacher Ashley Thompson effective at the end of the school year.

The board hired Kristen Houser as business teacher for the coming school year.

Kyla Beaver was hired as bookkeeper effective August 1st.

Unemployment drops in April

Unemployment has dropped to 4.6% in April in Marion County. That’s down 7-tenths of a percent from March, but still higher than in April a year ago when the rate was 4.3%.

The State Department of Employment Security says the higher unemployment from a year ago is the result of more people joining the work force. The actual number of employed in the Centralia-Mt. Vernon area has increased by 700.

200 of the new jobs are in Leisure and Hospitality. Another 100 jobs apiece have been created in five sectors. Manufacturing, retail trade, educational and health services, natural resources and mining and government. There were slight increases in transportation, warehousing and utilities.

Slight declines were reported in professional and business services, information, construction, wholesale trade and financial services.

Washington County has the lowest unemployment rate in the region at 2.8%. The rate in Clinton County is now 3.2%. Unemployment in Jefferson, Fayette, and Clay Counties is at 4.8%. All the numbers are down from March, but up from April a year ago.

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Outstanding students honored during Christ Our Rock Awards Night

(DISCIPLESHIP AWARDS – Discipleship awards were awarded to, above, FROM LEFT,
Jordynn Duensing, freshman; Mikayla Brammeier, sophomore; Esther Belli, Junior; Mollee
Eickmeyer, senior; Jennifer Johnson, senior and Jayden Howe, senior.)


CENTRALIA — Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School in Centralia held its Annual Awards Night for the 2018-2019 school year on May 3. The 15 th Annual Awards Night was held in the CORLHS gymnasium and the program was opened with prayer by senior Madylin Kroeger.

The Class of 2019 is the thirteenth graduating class in the school’s 15-year history. This class has collectively been offered a total of $4,292,324 in scholarships with $742,492 in scholarships being accepted and over $81,850 in scholarships still pending.

VALS AND SAL – Brooke Bowman, CENTER, and Mollee Eickmeyer, RIGHT are the Class of 2019 valedictorians; Madylin Kroeger, LEFT, is the Class of 2019 salutatorian.


Brooke Bowman and Mollee Eickmeyer, both of Hoyleton, were honored as the valedictorians of the 2019 graduating class, with Madylin Kroeger of Centralia holding the honor of salutatorian. Eickmeyer also received one of the evening’s highest honors, the Exemplum de Christi Award, bestowed upon the student who best exemplifies Christ throughout the year. Seniors Jennifer Johnson of Hoffman and Zane Simmons of Centralia shared the Spirit Award honors this year. This honor is given to a student who has demonstrated the highest level of school spirit throughout the year. Seniors Erin Carr of Woodlawn and Trecie Pennington of Centralia earned the Student of the Year award, given to the student or students demonstrating academic excellence, academic integrity, responsibility and critical thinking skills.

A student from each class was awarded discipleship honors, selected by their classmates for displaying a reverent attitude toward God, demonstrating concern for others and a positive spirit, and proving trustworthy and responsible. Recipients of this year’s Discipleship Awards, were Jordynn Duensing of Shattuc from the freshman class; Mikayla Brammeier of Walnut Hill from the sophomore class and Esther Belli of Hoffman from the junior class. The senior class selected three from among them to share the honors this year: Mollee Eickmeyer of Hoyleton, Jennifer Johnson of Hoffman and Jayden Howe of Irvington.

LOVE OF TEN AWARD – Zane Simmons, CENTER, was honored with the first Bo Arvin Memorial Foundation Love of Ten Award, honoring the late Arvin, a 2009 graduate of Christ Our Rock. Presenting the award were Bo’s mother JoAnn Sugg, LEFT, sister Grace Sugg, RIGHT, and foundation member Sharon Fauke, FAR RIGHT.


The first Love of Ten Award was presented to senior Zane Simmons. This award was created to honor the memory of 2009 CORLHS graduate Robert “Bo” Arvin, who passed away in October. The honor is presented by the Bo Arvin Memorial Foundation to a student who embodies the qualities of Arvin, including integrity, faith, a sense of humor, and the loyalty he showed to a group of fellow students with whom he forged a lifelong bond. A plaque bearing Simmons’ name and future Love of Ten recipients will be on display at the school.

SPIRIT AWARD – Jennifer Johnson and Zane Simmons were honored with this year’s Spirit Award


Various departmental awards were also announced during the evening, as well as recognition of student involvement in the various extra-curricular activities. Departmental award recipients included Erin Carr, math; Trecie Pennington, English; Mollee Eickmeyer, science and theology; Nathan Gardner of Salem, social studies; Sandra Taylor of Hoyleton, technological arts; Anthony Koen of Carlyle, physical education; Shia Bullard of Odin, art; Macie Martin of Woodlawn, foreign language; and Hunter Childress of Shattuc, agriculture.

STUDENTS OF THE YEAR – Erin Car, LEFT, and Trecie Pennington were designated as this year’s Students of the Year.


Academic Excellence awards were given to those students who earned a 4.0 grade point average throughout this school year. Recipients included freshmen Madeline Becker, Gideon Belli, Josiah Belli, Jensen Boatright, Jordynn Duensing, Eliza Engelhardt, Kylie Eversgerd, Kara Guetersloh, Logan Johnston, Emeline Rincker and Joshua Winters; sophomores Madison Boehne, Drew Edwards, Ethan Hanke, Shana Lueking, Alyssa Lurkins, Zachary McKowen, Jianna Palm, Macie Peltes, Sandy Taylor, Amanda Travis and Emma Winkeler; juniors Esther Belli, Emily Crompton, Ian Gazdik, Jamie Gogolek and Lydia Kangas; and seniors Brooke Bowman, Mollee Eickmeyer, Nathan Ellis, Erin Harrell, Madylin Kroeger, Bella Ng and Trecie Pennington.

Incredibly Improved Student Awards were presented to Nathan Gardner, Jayden Howe and Bryson Stanart.

EXEMPLUM DE CHRISTI – Mollee Eickmeyer was recognized with the Exemplum de Christi award. The award is bestowed upon the student who best exemplifies Christ throughout the year.


Other awards presented included two $500 Clinton County Electric Scholarship, Hunter Childress and Jennifer Johnson; Carlyle Rotary Club Scholarship, Mollee Eickmeyer and Macie Martin; two $500 People’s National Bank Scholarships, Haydn Johnston and Bella Ng; $750 American Red Cross Scholarship, Mollee Eickmeyer; KC Board of Trustees Full-Tuition Scholarship, Erin Harrell; and Valparaiso Leadership Awards, Emily Crompton, Madison Reynolds and Jill Zvonar; and Rotary Sunrise Award for Literacy, Brooke Bowman.

Ten students earned perfect attendance honors. Those honored were freshmen Logan Brink, Kylie Eversgerd, Bryanna French, Kara Guetersloh and Elijah Simmons; sophomores Jianna Palm and Amanda Travis; juniors Ian Gazdik and Seth Wielt; and senior Zane Simmons.

Athletic and Activity Integrity Awards were presented for Nathan Ellis and Jianna Palm, golf; Haydn Johnston, boys basketball; Macie Martin, girls basketball; Colin Ramsour, baseball; Amanda Travis, softball; Yaheed Kaniyah-McCurry, soccer; Mollee Eickmeyer, volleyball; Zachary McKowen and Emeline Rincker, track and field; Drew Edwards and Jillian Zvonar, swimming; Ty Reynolds, cross country; Trecie Pennington, scholar bowl; Nolan Heard, bass fishing; and HSM ensemble, Kara Guetersloh.

Four-year activity awards were presented to seniors Erin Carr, volleyball; Hunter Childress, softball and baseball; Mollee Eickmeyer, volleyball; Nathan Ellis, basketball and golf; Erin Harrell, scholastic bowl; Jennifer Johnson, basketball; Haydn Johnston, basketball; Tara Kellermann, soccer; Anthony Koen, basketball and soccer; Macie Martin, basketball; Kyla Palazzolo, volleyball; Trecie Pennington, scholastic bowl; and Braden Price, soccer.


Cynthia Bailey Scholarship

Peoples National Bank awards $38,500 in local community scholarships to graduating high school seniors 77 students throughout Southern Illinois receive scholarship 

Peoples National Bank presented to 77 high school graduating seniors $38,500 to continue their secondary education. “Our commitment to the communities we serve is part of who we are, what we do and why we have been in business since 1909,” commented Hunt Bonan of Peoples National Bank.

In keeping with the tradition of community service and commitment to the education of future civic and business leaders, Peoples National Bank established an educational scholarship that assists high school graduates in continuing their education at a university, college, trade or vocational school. Each recipient of the Peoples National Bank scholarship receives a $500 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students exhibiting positive leadership and character in academic, community and extra-curricular activities.

Allison Ritter
Dylan Friend
Karli Rose


Bo Baer, Community Bank President of the Salem branch, awarded four scholarships to Odin High School student Dylan Friend; Salem Community High School students Karli Rose, Cynthia Bailey and Allison Ritter. “At Peoples National Bank, we believe investing in the future of our youth makes strong communities. This commitment will provide the sense of hope, encouragement, and support that will empower today’s students to be the civic leaders of tomorrow,” said Bo Baer, Community Bank President.

Peoples National Bank serves 17 communities throughout Southern Illinois and Missouri. With assets over $1.2 billion, Peoples National Bank is a locally owned and operated community bank with 23 locations in Southern Illinois and St. Louis Metro. For more information about Peoples National Bank, please visit our website at www.peoplesnationalbank.com

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