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Centralia’s Interim City Manager sees qualified labor force city’s top need

Centralia’s Interim City Manager sees qualified labor force city’s top need

Centralia Interim City Manager Forrest Langenfeld (at the head of the table) answers questions during an afternoon coffee get-together at the Centralia Chamber of Commerce office.  Photo by Tyler Perkins.   Centralia Interim City Manager Forrest Langenfeld told a Thursday afternoon Coffee at the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce developing a qualified workforce is at the…Read more »

Franklin Park School to have “parade style” graduation; Salem Grade school calendar set for next year

Franklin Park School to have “parade style” graduation; Salem Grade school calendar set for next year

Franklin Park eighth-graders will receive their diplomas in a “parade-style” graduation similar to the one held last year. The promotional ceremony has been set for Thursday night, May 27th. Principal Tyler Lux said last year’s event that had each student presented their diploma as their parents or guardians drove in front of the school was…Read more »

Food distribution to be held in Salem on Saturday

Food distribution to be held in Salem on Saturday

There will be a free food distribution in Salem on Saturday. Saved with Amazing Grace and the Salem Church of Christ will have the drive-through distribution from ten to noon in the parking lot of the church off East Main Street near the Union Pacific overpass. There will be 15 boxes and 100 bags of…Read more »

Salem man charged with Class X drug offense

Salem man charged with Class X drug offense

A 25-year-old Salem man had bond set at $100,000 after being charged in Marion County Court with a Class X felony drug offense. John Phillips of Lynnwood Drive is charged with unlawful possession with intent to deliver 15 to 100 grams of cocaine. In addition to the Class X charge, Phillips was also charged with…Read more »

Police Beat for Friday, April 16th, 2021

Police Beat for Friday, April 16th, 2021

A 51-year-old Salem woman was sent to the Marion County Jail from court on Thursday for a bond violation. Court records indicate Tammy Williams was taken into custody after she was tested positive for drugs. Bond was set at $5,000. Williams was in court on pending possession of a controlled substance charges. 33-year-old Michael Lux…Read more »

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity

CHICAGO (AP) — President Joe Biden’s proposal to get rid of every lead water pipe in the country could have huge ramifications. That’s especially true in communities where a large number of Black, Latino, and low-income residents have been left effectively drinking from a lead straw. The problem persists decades after scientists established that lead…Read more »

EXPLAINER: Can officers stop drivers for air fresheners?

EXPLAINER: Can officers stop drivers for air fresheners?

The mother of a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Minnesota police this week says it all started when police pulled her son over for having air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror. Some people might ask how an air freshener can be the basis for a traffic stop. Minnesota is one of…Read more »