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For the sixth time in his career, Centralia Intermediate School Principal Jason Lea, leads the CIS student body in the Pledge of Allegiance during the morning of the first day of school. This is CIS’ sixth school year since the district built the building. The district started the new school year with 1,417 students.

Centralia R-VI extends hours, considers communication

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm

The Centralia School District is looking at some new ideas. Some deal with teaching, others, potentially, with public relations. On the teaching side, the board agreed to lengthen the teaching day. Darin Ford, R-VI superintendent, said the board approved lengthening teachers’ workdays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Teachers have been having trouble finding enough time to get things done,” said Ford.  For the

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Both Centralia and Hallsville football games moved back 1 hour

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Citing heat concerns, both School Districts have moved the kickoff Friday night back one hour to 8 p.m. instead of the previously scheduled 7 p.m. A CHS news release states: “Due to expected high temperatures this Friday, the Varsity Football Home Opener vs. Highland on Friday, August 22,  kickoff will at 8 p.m.  All pregame activities will be adjusted accordingly, to start one hour later than originally scheduled.” By pregame

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  • Centralia Library snags grant, despite state funding cuts

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Faced with state cuts, amounting to two percent of the Centralia Library’s budget, $4,000, what does the Centralia Public Library do? It wins a grant. One of the meeting’s other parcels of good news was youth librarian Katie Butrum’s report on the conclusion of the summer reading program. Butrum reported to the library’s trustees 339 youth participated this summer. This may, she said, have been the largest summer reading class

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  • Centralia cat chats continue

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Working in front of a seven-member audience four of Centralia’s six aldermen revisited cat concerns courtesy of Carol Sharp. “Whether she owns them or not is not the issue, we are at a point now where they are causing some damage,” said Sharp regarding the predations of the cats upon her trees and back yard.  For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

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Centralia Panthers trade pummeling with Crusaders, Falcons

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Despite facing teams with size and speed, members of the Centralia Panthers football team got their licks in Friday night at Wardsville during the Blair Oaks Jamboree. “Those two teams were fast,” Bennett said afterward, “both very fast.” He called Blair Oaks and Helias quality opponents who played hard. “I thought our kids played hard and got out of there without any injuries or misfires.” Bennett complimented senior quarterback Logan

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  • Speed racers come to Centralia

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Centralia hosted a state-level event that had nothing to do with goal posts, bats or mats this weekend. At least 80 cyclists, professional and amateur raced west, than east, back and forth along Route CC as part of the Missouri State Championship time trials. Neon and matte colors cyclists’ togs contrasted with the shiny wet asphalt and the slate sky. As starter Dan Brungard called out “30 seconds . .

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  • Lady Panthers leave it all on the field for summer team camp

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    The phrase “summer camp” means different things to different people. To Jill Angell, coach of the Centralia High School Lady Panthers softball team it means 32 games against 31 teams, all played between June 17 and July 16, all at Centralia’s Nathan A. Toalson Bicentennial Park. “It went well,” she told the Fireside Guard the night before taking off for vacation. “We saw the younger players, some of them stepped

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Centralia Library snags grant, despite state funding cuts

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Faced with state cuts, amounting to two percent of the Centralia Library’s budget, $4,000, what does the Centralia Public Library do? It wins a grant. One of the meeting’s other parcels of good news was youth librarian Katie Butrum’s report on the conclusion of the summer reading program. Butrum reported to the library’s trustees 339 youth participated this summer. This may, she said, have been the largest summer reading class

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  • Homeless and hungry in Centralia

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Lauren Hoffman and her friends were going hungry; and they are likely to be feeling chilly before long. Gathered among a pile of donated cardboard boxes 13 local youth between the ages of 11 and 14 spent a moderately moist and chilly night in the parking lot of Centralia’s First Christian Church. But this is no ordinary urban camp out. Besides the boxes, repurposed by teenage ingenuity into impromptu shelters,

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  • Battle of Centralia reenactment moving forward

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    The armies are slowly gathering. Cannons are being committed and calvary counted. Jim Lee, one of the organizers of the September 13-14 reenactment of the Battle of Centralia, said almost 100 Civil War reenactors have so far committed to the event, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Centralia. “We don’t have quite 100 recruits yet,” Lee said. “People tell us that is normal and reenactors are a pretty

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Izaak Moss displays some of his artwork on the runway during the Centralia Park Department’s Art Camp the week of August 6 at the Centralia Recreation Center.

Centralia Recreation Center hosts art camp

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

At the Centralia Recreation Center a model’s job is a hard one. “Bob,” a six-inch tall mannequin was having some work done. After a few minutes of plastic surgery with Centralia High School Art teacher Rachel Renaud wielding a hot-glue gun instead of a scalpel, Bob was as good as new and back on the runway modeling his red cape at Izaak Moss’ coaching.  For the complete article, please see

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  • Centralia hosting hundreds of cyclists

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Life’s a cakewalk — David Power had his hands full during the Bethlehem Baptist Church’s back to school bash, July 26, north of Thompson. The church distributed 45 school supply backpacks at the event.

    For the second year in a row, hundreds of high-end cyclists and their two-wheeled precision instruments will be racing through the Centralia area. Saturday, Aug. 9, Centralia will host the 2014 Missouri State Championship time trial, one of the state’s most prestigious bicycle races. “It’s primarily about the course,” said Mike Weiss, one of the event’s organizers of the 25-mile race against the clock. “But we want it to be

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  • Centralia’s Forrest Chevrolet reprises taco night

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Forrest Chevrolet hosted their second annual customer appreciation event called “Taco Tuesday,” Tuesday, July 15, at Dos Arcos Mexican Restaurant in Centralia. Forrest Chevrolet customers who purchased in the past twelve months were treated to an evening of Mexican food, Chevy trivia, door prizes and festive music. Attracting over 150 guests, the event doubled its attendance from the previous year. Forrest Chevrolet showcased a full lineup of 2014 and 2015

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