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Centralia crossing update

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

The railroad crossing in Centralia at the intersection of Railroad and Allen Streets is now open for business. Centralia City Administrator Matt Harline said Norfolk and Southern Railroad will be rebuilding the crossing at the intersection of Jefferson and Railroad Streets “sometime in the near future.” When it is underway, asphalt application is involved, which, Harline said, make the construction timelines weather-dependent. “They are making sure the base of the

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En Garde! — Lukas Riley, left of Maryville, and Mike Plummer of Bennet close in to trade cuts in the calvary battle that was part of one of the reenactments put on by Civil War reenactors during the Sept. 13-14 reenactment staged at the Centralia Battlefield to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Centralia. For more event photos please see page 10 of this week's issue of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

Centralia votes to begin equipping police with cameras

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Working before an audience of 15, including a visit by April Wilson, who has been Centralia’s prosecutor for eight years, Centralia’s aldermen voted to begin equipping the police department with body cameras to record officers’ interactions with the public during investigative situations. From there they readdressed the issue of body cameras for the police department. Harline said there were no grants available. He said the city had $5,600 in a

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  • Civil war reenactors setting up camp at Centralia’s battlefield

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Come early, avoid the rush, it has been raining parking is doable, but it could be slow. That is some of the advice given by Jim Lee and other members of the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield on this weekend’s 150th reenactment of the battle of Centrlaia, held at the Centralia Battlefield,  3 mile southeast of Centralia on Rangeline Road. “Please be  patient with the parking volunteers,” Lee said,  “and

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  • Centralia crossing update

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    The railroad crossing in Centralia at the intersection of Railroad and Allen Streets is now open for business. Centralia City Administrator Matt Harline said Norfolk and Southern Railroad will be rebuilding the crossing at the intersection of Jefferson and Railroad Streets “sometime in the near future.” When it is underway, asphalt application is involved, which, Harline said, make the construction timelines weather-dependent. “They are making sure the base of the

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Sports

Panther football loses 40-7 to Brookfield Bulldogs

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 1:54 am

Centralia took its first loss of the season, 40-7, Sept. 12 in Brookfield. Nile Thudium, head coach of the Brookfield Bulldogs was quick to say afterward the gap in the score was not indicative of the true gulf between the teams. Centralia started with a nice plan to eat up a lot of the clock and it worked for them in the first half,” Thudium told the Fireside Guard afterward.

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  • Major Upset as Hallsville Defeats Blair Oaks

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    In a major statement game The Hallsville Indians drove south on route 63 into hostile territory and defeated one of the top teams in the state of Missouri. In a game few outside of the purple locker room thought they had a chance the Indians, as coach Ty Harrison said “proved to the team they could play with anyone in the state”.  Few would disagree with him on that point.

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  • Lady Panthers volleyball hosts New Franklin Shamrocks.

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Here are the scores of the Centralia Lady Panthers September 11 home-court volleyball games against the New Haven Shamrocks. Freshman loss: 14-25, 7-25 JV loss: 23-25, 17-25; Varsity loss: 18-25, 20-25 The Lady Panthers’ next home game is Sept. 15 against California.

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Civil war reenactors setting up camp at Centralia’s battlefield

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Come early, avoid the rush, it has been raining parking is doable, but it could be slow. That is some of the advice given by Jim Lee and other members of the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield on this weekend’s 150th reenactment of the battle of Centrlaia, held at the Centralia Battlefield,  3 mile southeast of Centralia on Rangeline Road. “Please be  patient with the parking volunteers,” Lee said,  “and

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  • Centralia teacher helping spread the music

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Not everyone has a family heirloom clarinet like the one Brenda Kehl, right, is examining for new CIS band student Stacetin White as Donald Williams watches.

    Brenda Kehl has been teaching vocal and instrumental music for the Centralia R-VI School District for a long time. And one of the thoughts that have been on her mind during her almost 15 years with the district is how to bring the joy, the gift of making music. “Instruments are expensive, not every parent or parents can afford them,” Kehl said. “With all the other demands on modern families,

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  • Centralia church provides a free cafe to feed body and soul

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Steve Hahn horses around with his niece Mallory Hahn as they enjoy a moment of after-dinner fellowship at the Centralia United Methodist Churches’ Free Cafe.

    A Centralia Church is reaching out to minister the physical Centralia as well as the spiritual. It is 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and five women are hustling back and forth within the cozy confines of the Centralia United Methodist Church’s kitchen. “It’s service to others,” said Kathy Grace, pausing from cooking a five-gallon kettle of broccoli and carrots. “ She said she and the other volunteers that Wednesday afternoon in

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Entertainment

Battle of Centralia reenactment’s final day schedule

Posted on September 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Sunday, September 14 Rangline Road, three miles southeast of Centralia.   8:00 AM Period Church Service Church Bttlefield Reverend Mark White Centralia Church of Christ 9:00 AM Period Folk Music Stage Dave Para and Cathy Barton Paul Fotsch 9:30 AM Speaker: Rolf Crocket, Reenactor Stage Sons of Confederate Veterans Topic: Life of a Young Confederate Soldier 10:00 AM Speaker: Deb Goodrich, Author Stage Topic: Civil War on the Prairie 10:30

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  • Civil war reenactors setting up camp at Centralia’s battlefield

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Come early, avoid the rush, it has been raining parking is doable, but it could be slow. That is some of the advice given by Jim Lee and other members of the Friends of the Centralia Battlefield on this weekend’s 150th reenactment of the battle of Centrlaia, held at the Centralia Battlefield,  3 mile southeast of Centralia on Rangeline Road. “Please be  patient with the parking volunteers,” Lee said,  “and

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  • Centralia teacher helping spread the music

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Not everyone has a family heirloom clarinet like the one Brenda Kehl, right, is examining for new CIS band student Stacetin White as Donald Williams watches.

    Brenda Kehl has been teaching vocal and instrumental music for the Centralia R-VI School District for a long time. And one of the thoughts that have been on her mind during her almost 15 years with the district is how to bring the joy, the gift of making music. “Instruments are expensive, not every parent or parents can afford them,” Kehl said. “With all the other demands on modern families,

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