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City of Centralia honors dispatchers

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Telecommunication, Purchase with a Purpose and new housing permits were among the topics addressed by Centralia’s aldermen during  their April 14 General Government and Public Safety Committee meeting. Those aldermen present honored members of the CPD’s dispatch division as part of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, with a proclamation composed and read by Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke,  “God Bless you and all that you do,” he said in conclusion. Under

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Sturgeon R-V a step closer to capital projects

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

The Sturgeon R-V School Board is a step closer to a new track and other proposed capital improvements for the district’s facilities. The evening of Thursday, April 3, board members Mike Guilford, Tim Parkinson, Debbie Crowley and Kevin Smith sat through three, 20-minute presentations by architectural firms interested in turning the board’s proposed vision for the future into brick and mortar-ready blueprints and architectural renderings. In the end they unanimously

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  • Power line skips Boone, Audrain

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    After roughly three years of discussion, surveys and public meetings, the principals of the proposed Grain Belt Express power line have decided which route across Missouri they will present to the Missouri Public Service Commission for approval. According to a Grain Belt news release the route, while passing 9.5 miles north of Centralia, eight miles north of Sturgeon and 13 miles north of Mexico,will not pass through Audrain or Boone

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  • Centralia’s hunt for city administrator winnowing candidates

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Boone County Fire Protection District fire fighter Doug Ritchie was one of an estimated 12 BCFD fire fighters who responded to a rural Boone County fire west of Centralia on Barnes Road. The fire destroyed a barn, a trailer and four-wheeler along with significantly damaging a truck. No loss of life, human or livestock was reported.

    The search for Centralia’s next city administrator is beginning to bear fruit. The 14-member search committee has narrowed its focus from the initial 19 applicants to less than 10 said Lynn Behrns, Centralia City administrator, who’s final clock out is scheduled to fall on July 31. Besides Centralia’s board of aldermen, Behrns and Centralia mayor Tim Grenke, members of the search committee include: Kathy Colvin, Janet Holdeman, Michael Rodgers, Denny

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Sturgeon’s Buescher switching Bulldogs

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Sturgeon High School principal and state champion head basketball coach Greg Buescher has confirmed for the Centralia Fireside Guard that he is leaving the Sturgeon School District at the end of this school year to take a position with the Mexico School Distrtict. “Mexico has one of the best basketball programs in the state,” Buescher said when asked what attracted him to Mexico. “The educational and social opportunities for my family

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  • Centralia Panthers getting on track

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    After making a showing at the Northern Boone County Invitational in Hallsville April 8, the CHS boys and girls track teams hosted six teams for an open meet the afternoon of April 10 in Centralia. The Panthers showcased their running and field event talents by coming out ahead of the visiting Mexico and Bowling Green teams along with some conference rivals. When the echoing crack of the last starting gun

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  • We’ve got it

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    The Centralia Panther infield has had its good moments so far this season as Devan Duncan, left, and Tyler Roberts demonstrate teamwork on an infield fly Tuesday against Palmyra. Following the Panthers’ March 24, home-field 5-2 loss to California, the Panthers’ April 3 game against Battle High School was postponed until April 21. After weekend games against Macon and Palmyra were cancelled the Panthers hosted Palmyra April 7 at the

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Sturgeon aldermen endorse fire levy

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 3:53 pm

It was a full house at Sturgeon City Hall the evening of March 24. Dave Griggs, chairman of the Boone County Fire Protection District was on hand for the March 23 meeting of the Sturgeon Board of Aldermen. He was there to explain why Sturgeon’s and other Boone County voters should vote to support the fire district’s proposed $14 million bond issue. If passed, the bond issue would increase the

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  • Centralia Library makes contingency budget

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    No magazines or other types of periodicals. A staff cut in half, all the way down to just three employees. A summer reading program funded only by donations and if there is one at all, staffed by volunteers. No money to replace the library computers, including those used by the few remaining employees. That is a broad and brief overview of the budget the Centralia Public Library’s trustees said they

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  • Centralia parks upgrading pool access

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    As a result of their March 12 meeting, the Centralia City Park pool is about to become more accessible.  At that meeting board members Mike Kinkead, Harold Ward, Dick Ward, Dale Davidson, Laurie Peavler, Richard Dickerson, Harold Beasley, JoDean Newsted and Bev Reynolds voted to spend up to $5,000 plus installation costs, for a new handicapped lift at the pool. “The current one does not work anymore” said Erle Bennett,

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Centralia Library makes contingency budget

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 5:36 pm

No magazines or other types of periodicals. A staff cut in half, all the way down to just three employees. A summer reading program funded only by donations and if there is one at all, staffed by volunteers. No money to replace the library computers, including those used by the few remaining employees. That is a broad and brief overview of the budget the Centralia Public Library’s trustees said they

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  • Blue smoke sighted south of town

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    By Gary Flick Did anyone see the blue smoke spiraling up in the sky south of town on Saturday.  You may have seen the strange sight before and if you have, you’ll notice that it only happens following a heavy rain or when the ground is very wet, like it was on Saturday. My wife wanted to plant some early peas in the garden Saturday since it was a nice

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  • Centralia Park Board approves BBQ, consider July 4 upgrade

    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Up, up, and away — Members of the Centralia High School physics class were at Bicentennial Park the mornings of March 6-7 trying out the fruits of their aerospace labors. Tim Mixon is shown here initiating a successful launch.

    Music, safe money and barbecue were on the minds of members of the Centralia Park Board during their 7 p.m. Feb. 26 and noon March 3 meetings at the Centralia Recreation Center. Among the evening’s votes the board approved a request from the Centralia Barbecue committee to reserve the City Square Park. They unanimously voted to reserve the park October 11-12 for the contest. In another set of votes during

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