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Easter egg action — Coulten Baker slides in to try and scoop up some of the Easter eggs Tilly Fox had her eyes on during the annual Centralia FFA Easter egg hunt the afternoon of April 17 at the Centralia City Square Park. Organizers estimate more than 200 children visited the park to hunt the 4,000 eggs Centralia High School FFA members had packed with candy and prize certificates

Centralia seats new aldermen

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm

There were a lot of unanimous votes in Centralia City Hall’s council chambers the evening of April 21. That was when Centralia’s Board of Aldermen bid adieu to outgoing aldermen Catherine Simmons and Jon Angell and welcomed in new aldermen Andrea Vollrath and Dick Ward, along with freshly re-elected Ward III alderman Landon Magley. They had an audience for it including at least one constituent who wanted them to hear

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Centralia Library moving forward, new fees not on the menu

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm

There are no new fees yet on the menu of the Centralia Public Library. That was one result of the short monthly meeting of the library’s board of trustees. One example, discussed among board members from time to time, involves charging patrons who live outside the Centralia Library District a fee for library card. That would complicate relationships with other library districts, said Patt Olsen, director of the Centralia Public

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  • Centralia Rec Center hosting CHS prom

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Centralia’s Parks Department is once again hosting the Centralia High School Prom. According to the draft minutes of the board’s April 18 meeting, the prom will be held at the Centralia Recreation Center the evening of Saturday,  May 3. The Rec. Center gym will be closed at 5:30 p.m., May 2 in order for the students and friends to begin decorating. At that time, the fitness center will still be

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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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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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Centralia Library moving forward, new fees not on the menu

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm

There are no new fees yet on the menu of the Centralia Public Library. That was one result of the short monthly meeting of the library’s board of trustees. One example, discussed among board members from time to time, involves charging patrons who live outside the Centralia Library District a fee for library card. That would complicate relationships with other library districts, said Patt Olsen, director of the Centralia Public

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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 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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