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Central City Village Board gets grant for new tornado siren; raises trash rates; agrees to hold Trick or Treat   

Central City Village Board gets grant for new tornado siren; raises trash rates; agrees to hold Trick or Treat   

The Central City Village Board has received an $18,000 USDA Rural Development Grant that will pay for a large part of a new tornado siren. Mayor Ken Buchannan says the village will pay the rest of the $24,340 cost.   He says the equipment has been ordered, but he expects it will take several months to…Read More »

Dominos Pizza building new restaurant in Centralia   

Dominos Pizza building new restaurant in Centralia   

The City of Centralia has signed off on plans for a new $700,000 Dominos restaurant to be constructed in the 300 block of South Elm.   That’s the location of the car wash torn down a number of years ago behind the Kaskaskia College building in the downtown area. Community Development Director Gayla Harting says the…Read More »

Centralia to have Trick or Treat on Friday, October 30th 

Centralia to have Trick or Treat on Friday, October 30th 

Add Centralia to the list of cities that will have Trick or Treating this year. Mayor Herb Williams has set Trick-or-Treat in Centralia for Friday, October 30th, from six to eight pm, for children 12 years of age and under. Williams is encouraging all children to wear face masks even if not part of their…Read More »

Arrest made in August home invasion        

Arrest made in August home invasion        

A 36-year-old Sandoval man being sought in connection with an August 31st home invasion on the Bell Club Road in rural Centralia has been arrested. Michael Smith of South Maple turned himself into Sandoval Police Chief Joe Lyons on Tuesday.   Bond on the warrant is set at $75,000.   Smith was transported to the Marion County…Read More »

Centralia man faces new drug charges and outstanding warrants 

Centralia man faces new drug charges and outstanding warrants 

A 38-year-old Centralia man has been arrested on drug charges and outstanding warrants after being stopped by Centralia Police Tuesday while he was walking in the 500 block of North Hickory. Kevin Draper of North Hickory Street was wanted on a warrant to revoke his probation in Marion County Court on a weapons conviction and…Read More »

Local Sports

Franklin Park Hosts Cross County Meet

Franklin Park Hosts Cross County Meet

The Franklin Park Cross Country team hosted Field and Selmaville to Salem yesterday.  The Varsity Boys won the event with 20 points, Field finished 2nd with 65.  Cole Casburn was 2nd overall in 10:46 and Caidien Beer 3rd in 10:52.  They were followed by Eli Baker 4th, Steven McIntosh 5th and Robbie Shober 6th. The…

Junior High Baseball Wrap

Junior High Baseball Wrap

The Franklin Park Bobcats will be the top seed in next week’s SIJHSAA Regional and they will host both games if they continue to win.  Salem is 11-0 and will host 4th seed Fairfield on  Tuesday with the winner moving on to the title game on Thursday.  Carmi, who is also undefeated at 9-0 is…

SC Baseball Notches Another Win

SC Baseball Notches Another Win

The SC Cougars improved to 12-3 with a 16-1 win over Altamont.  Beau Jolliff drove in 7 runs including a long grand slam to help fuel the offense.  Chase Dodson also homered and drove in 2.  Spencer Johannes added 2 RBI with runs driven in by Sam Rubin, Aiden Dodson and Ethan Watwood.  Aidan Dodson…