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Centralia Anchorfest coming soon

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Centralia’s annual come-one, come-all social event is less than three weeks away. The 29th annual Centralia Anchor Festival kicks off May 29 on and around Centralia’s City Square Park. “You can feel the excitement,” said Ginny Zoellers, director of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual party for 10,000. “There is already interest in the carnival. Almost every business in town has carnival tickets ready to sell.” The

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Centralia Library Board meets new director

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 11:52 am

The Centralia Public Library’s new director is on board and learning the ropes. Becky Wilson, who will be taking over the reigns from outgoing library director Patt Olsen, began working at the library May 15 and transitioning into Olsen’s responsibilities. Wilson’s resume includes six years as Chester Boren Middle School librarian. Other action at the library board’s May 12 meeting included listening to bond consultant Todd Goffoy regarding the library’s

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  • Centralia aldermen debate business closing

    Posted on May 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    An audience of seven spent a few evening hours at the May 18 meeting of the Centralia Board of Aldermen. The aldermen discussed the city prosecutor’s report, business revocation and a handful of ordinances. April Wilson, who has served as city prosecutor for nine years, mentioned that Centralia’s court would be staying in Centralia, not moved to Columbia as had been suggested last year. She addressed the U.S. Justice Department’s

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  • R-V sees test scores jump

    Posted on May 19, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    A quintet of people came to listen to the Sturgeon R-V School Board go through the motions that made up the district’s May 14 school board meeting. The meeting started with the board recognizing Sturgeon High School student Jacob  Vaughan for winning the Hugh O’Brian Youth leadership award. During the principals’ reports, SHS Becky Schaefer principal said attendance was up to 95 percent “we have four kids with perfect attendance.”

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Sports

Sturgeon climbing district ladder

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 11:50 am

The Sturgeon Bulldogs baseball team jacked its record up to 17-4 with a convincing win over the Salisbury Panthers Tuesday night in  Harrisburg. The Bulldogs, who lost an early-season game to the Panthers took a season-ending 6-1 win from the Panthers. That earned Sturgeon a district title shot against number 1 seed Westran later in the week. Sturgeon Head Coach Kevin Hicks said the Bulldogs are finally coming together as

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  • Hallsville Track and Field makes a showing at Centralia open meet

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    The Hallsville Indians Track Team competed in there final tune-up at an eight-team invitational May 11in Centralia, before districts on Saturday, also in Centralia. Hallsville first place performances for the boys team included: Ronnie Surface, 23.56 in the 200 meter dash; Luke Owen, 5:00.69 in the 1600 and 11:14.10 in the 3200; Jadon Kilpack, 12-06 in the pole vault. Lady Indians who grabbed the gold included: Leah Hicks, 5:46.72 in

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  • Centralia’s Dollens state-bound

    Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Centralia High School senior Daymond Dollens shot an 81 at the Class 3 Sectional Golf Tournament May 11 at the Kirksville Country Club. That was good enough to land in a four-way tie for fourth-place and win him a trip to the state championships, Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19, at the Rivercut course in Springfield. Teammates Will Mustain placed 19th, with a 90; Nathan Pace, 24th, with a 93; Danny

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Centralia Intermediate School students go to war

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

The 104-member fifth grade class of Centralia Intermediate School has been studying war, old school. Friday, May 8, in a rainy, but broader context, they put those lessons on display. For the students the day started in the CIS cafeteria, where they enlisted. Social studies, language arts and of course, history were all pulled together during a 2.5-week unit to support the CIS annual Civil War reenactment. “They draw a

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  • Centralia’s Champion Academy finishes 10th year

    Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    The Centralia R-VI School District’s alternate school, the Champion Academy, marked its 10th year in operation by graduating five more students Saturday, May 9, bringing the number of students its staff has successfully helped navigate life and educational challenges to earn their diplomas to 75. Outgoing CHS principal David Meyers, long a supporter of the institution, had some thoughts to share with Champion’s five graduates – the academy’s 18th class

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  • Centralia Anchorfest coming soon

    Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Centralia’s annual come-one, come-all social event is less than three weeks away. The 29th annual Centralia Anchor Festival kicks off May 29 on and around Centralia’s City Square Park. “You can feel the excitement,” said Ginny Zoellers, director of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual party for 10,000. “There is already interest in the carnival. Almost every business in town has carnival tickets ready to sell.” The

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Centralia Anchorfest coming soon

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

Centralia’s annual come-one, come-all social event is less than three weeks away. The 29th annual Centralia Anchor Festival kicks off May 29 on and around Centralia’s City Square Park. “You can feel the excitement,” said Ginny Zoellers, director of the Centralia Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual party for 10,000. “There is already interest in the carnival. Almost every business in town has carnival tickets ready to sell.” The

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  • Grow your best tomato yet

    Posted on May 12, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    By Melinda Myers Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care. Reduce pest problems and increase the harvest by growing your tomatoes in a sunny location with well-drained soil or in a quality potting mix for container gardens. Improve your garden soil by adding several inches of organic matter to the top eight to twelve inches of

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  • ‘Flower Power’ on Centralia’s town square

    Posted on May 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    As the sunlight filtered through the leaves of the tall, towering trees sheltering Centralia’s City Square Park, one group of long-term volunteers gathered beneath them was concerned with smaller, and in their eyes, prettier plants. While some of the women comprising Centralia’s Flower and Garden Club have been working at keeping Centralia blooming and beautiful for more than 30 years, none of the 12 volunteers there that balmy late spring

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