The Week in Photos: May 16, 2013

The visual report from the week of May 16, 2013.

Angela Thomas, right, shares a tearful hug with her son Eric Dent after he his graduation ceremony May 10 at Egyptian High School. Dent said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College and hopes to play basketball. Dent graduated with 30 of his fellow seniors. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Angela Thomas, right, shares a tearful hug with her son Eric Dent after he his graduation ceremony May 10 at Egyptian High School. Dent said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College and hopes to play basketball. Dent graduated with 30 of his fellow seniors. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Lacey Hacker, left, waits for her friend Jade Yates to put on her gown just before graduation May 10 at Century High School. Hacker and Yates were among the first of Century’s 20 graduates to arrive for the ceremony. Yates said she has plans to attend Shawnee Community College to get her associate degree. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Lacey Hacker, left, waits for her friend Jade Yates to put on her gown just before graduation May 10 at Century High School. Hacker and Yates were among the first of Century’s 20 graduates to arrive for the ceremony. Yates said she has plans to attend Shawnee Community College to get her associate degree. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Danny Kohn, left, insists the held of Century High School teacher’s aid Michelle Nale to fasten his tassel to his cap May 10 before Century’s graduation ceremony. Kohn said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College before transferring to SIU where he hopes to get a degree in international studies. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Danny Kohn, left, insists the held of Century High School teacher’s aid Michelle Nale to fasten his tassel to his cap May 10 before Century’s graduation ceremony. Kohn said he plans to attend Shawnee Community College before transferring to SIU where he hopes to get a degree in international studies. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson just misses tagging out an opponent May 13 during the Pilot’s regional loss against the Dongola Demons. The Pilots lost 25-3. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson just misses tagging out an opponent May 13 during the Pilot’s regional loss against the Dongola Demons. The Pilots lost 25-3. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Kylee Wright, of Charleson, looks out the window of the Airbrush Dreamz trailer May 9 in Cairo. Derik Davis, Wright’s mother’s boyfriend, sells airbrushed clothing and accessories out of the trailer. Davis said he primarily sets up shop at carnivals and festivals but said he does come to sell his wares in towns like Cairo from time to time. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Kylee Wright, of Charleson, looks out the window of the Airbrush Dreamz trailer May 9 in Cairo. Derik Davis, Wright’s mother’s boyfriend, sells airbrushed clothing and accessories out of the trailer. Davis said he primarily sets up shop at carnivals and festivals but said he does come to sell his wares in towns like Cairo from time to time. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Pilots fall in regional quarterfinal

Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson just misses tagging out an opponent May 13 during the Pilot’s regional loss against the Dongola Demons. The Pilots lost 25-3. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson just misses tagging out an opponent May 13 during the Pilot’s regional loss against the Dongola Demons. The Pilots lost 25-3. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

The Cairo Pilots lost to the Dongola Demons 23-5 in the opening game of the Shawnee High School regional.

Cairo fell early and gave up 2 runs in the top of the 1st.

Speedy Johnson did his best to spark a rally with a lead-off home run to left field in the bottom of the 1st that put the Pilot faithful into a frenzy.

The Demon batters then came on in full force scoring in bunches.

Bryce Gardner and Johnson each scored 2 runs for the Pilots. Gardner also had a key defensive play in the early innings.

With 1 out in the top of the 1st, a Dongola runner tried to take up after a sacrifice fly but Gardner threw the runner out at home from center field.

It was an up and down season for the Pilots and they tried to end it on a high note but fell short.

Cairo has only a few seniors graduating and next year could be bright for this team as they have some key players coming up from the junior high ranks, such as D’Erick Menz.

–Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

The Week in Photos: May 9, 2013

The visual report from the week of May 9, 2013.

Cairo junior Jordan Holder, right, takes a look at Cairo Junior Jalecia Purdiman’s cell phone May 4 while taking a break from dancing during the Cairo High School senior prom. Later that evening, prom attendees voted seniors Jeleigha Johnson and Terion Taylor as prom queen and prom king. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo junior Jordan Holder, right, takes a look at Cairo Junior Jalecia Purdiman’s cell phone May 4 while taking a break from dancing during the Cairo High School senior prom. Later that evening, prom attendees voted seniors Jeleigha Johnson and Terion Taylor as prom queen and prom king. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Jeleigha Johnson, left, and senior Terion Taylor pose for a portrait May 4 after being named prom queen and king during Cairo High School’s senior prom. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Jeleigha Johnson, left, and senior Terion Taylor pose for a portrait May 4 after being named prom queen and king during Cairo High School’s senior prom. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, left, is comforted by her father, John Timmons, during her mother’s funeral May 1 at Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge. Farris’ mother, Sandra Farris, went missing March 28 after a walk near her home in Cairo. Her body was found April 24 in the Ohio River near Paducah, Kentucky. The cause of death was deemed undetermined.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Rita Flummer, middle, takes her oath of office as mayor of the City of Mounds May 6 with the help of former mayor, Waymon Butler, right and city clerk Robin Barksdale. After being sworn in, Flumer then lead her first city council meeting.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Rita Flummer, middle, takes her oath of office as mayor of the City of Mounds May 6 with the help of former mayor, Waymon Butler, right and city clerk Robin Barksdale. After being sworn in, Flumer then lead her first city council meeting.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Myron Jordan rounds third base April 30 during the Pilots’ double header home win over Agape Christian. The Pilots had a slow start, narrowly winning the first game 6-5. However, they picked up momentum in the second, defeating the Knights 12-8. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Myron Jordan rounds third base April 30 during the Pilots’ double header home win over Agape Christian. The Pilots had a slow start, narrowly winning the first game 6-5. However, they picked up momentum in the second, defeating the Knights 12-8. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson jumps for a line-drive April 30 during The Pilots' double home win against the Agape Christian Knights. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo Pilots third baseman Lorenzo Nelson jumps for a line-drive April 30 during The Pilots’ double home win against the Agape Christian Knights. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

SEC conference announced

The South Egyptian Conference has named their All-Conference teams for the 2013 spring baseball season.

Century, Shawnee, and Meridian controlled the 1st team, grabbing all nine selections between them.

The Centurions led the way with four first team selections. Brandon Jackson, Cordon Hight, Brad Wilson, and Aaron Jones represented Century on the list.

Adam Pennington, Aiden McMahon, and Gavyn Ellet made the 1st team for the Shawnee High School Redskins.

Meridian had two players to round out the 1st team with Jammerio Moore and Wyatt Isom taking their spots on the roster.

Six players made 2nd team SEC All-Conference.

Century’s Adam Jones, Dongola’s Tyler Eddleman, Egyptian’s Cameron Grueninger, Shawnee’s Austin Treece all made 2nd team.

The Meridian Bobcats had two players that made 2nd team, Connor Schaal and Blaine Crow.

Get next week’s paper to catch the All-Citizen Team and MVP. The team will be made up of players from Cairo, Century, Egyptian, and Meridian.

— Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Bobcats take revenge

The Meridian Bobcats finally got the revenge they wanted in a 4-3 win over Century April. 29.

Connor Schaal threw his second gem in 2 weeks allowing only 1 hit to the Centurions in the win and striking out 5 in the complete game win. Schaal also walked and scored once at the plate.

Meridian picked up their first run in the 3rd and added 2 in the 5th. They added on a much need insurance run in the 7th.

Century trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the 7th. After a fly out, the next 2 batters for Century reached base. After an error by the Bobcats fielders, both Centurion runners scored. Schaal struck out the last batter for the win.

The lone bright spot for the Centurions was Cordon Hight who had the only hit, a single in the 2nd. All the Centurions runs were unearned.

Brandon Jackson suffered the loss for the Centurions. It was an unusually off game for Jackson who couldn’t get his fastball over the plate. Jackson will return to his dominance for the regionals.

Jammerio Moore had his bat going for the Bobcats. Moore had 3 hits and 2 RBIs on the day. Blaine Crow threw in 2 hits and scored twice.

The Bobcats needed a big win going into the regionals and they got it with this one.

–Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

The Week in Photos: May 2, 2013

The visual report from the week of May 2, 2013.

Donna Pearman talks on the phone with a relative April 25 in her home in Cairo. Pearman said since her sister’s body was found April 24, she has had a hard time keeping up with all the phone calls she has received from both family and the media. --Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Donna Pearman talks on the phone with a relative April 25 in her home in Cairo. Pearman said since her sister’s body was found April 24, she has had a hard time keeping up with all the phone calls she has received from both family and the media. –Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Gabriel Harris, second from the left, officiates as president pro tempore as, left to right, Mary Coleman, Artie McBride, Brenda Gooden and Sheila Nelson simultaneously swear in April 25 during a special meeting of the Cairo School Board at Cairo High School. Coleman swore in as treasurer, Harris as Vice President, Gooden as secretary, Nelson as a board member and McBride as president. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Gabriel Harris, second from the left, officiates as president pro tempore as, left to right, Mary Coleman, Artie McBride, Brenda Gooden and Sheila Nelson simultaneously swear in April 25 during a special meeting of the Cairo School Board at Cairo High School. Coleman swore in as treasurer, Harris as Vice President, Gooden as secretary, Nelson as a board member and McBride as president. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Assistant Meridian baseball coach Greg Harris leads his team in cheering for their midnight-hour victory against the Century Centurions April 29 at Shawnee Community College. Meridian gave up a safe 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th, but prevented Century from taking the win. This victory came after the Centurions defeated the Bobcats April 18, 17-3 in a game at Rent-One Park in Marion. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Assistant Meridian baseball coach Greg Harris leads his team in cheering for their midnight-hour victory against the Century Centurions April 29 at Shawnee Community College. Meridian gave up a safe 3 run lead in the bottom of the 9th, but prevented Century from taking the win. This victory came after the Centurions defeated the Bobcats April 18, 17-3 in a game at Rent-One Park in Marion. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

The Week in Photos: April 18, 2013

The visual report from the week of April 18, 2013.

Brienna Cole, 18, washes her car April 5 in front of her home on 17th St. in Cairo. Cole said this was the first nice day she could find to wash the car she got in Dec. After several ups and downs in the weather, with many parts of the country still seeing heavy snow, warm temperatures seem to have taken root in Southern Ill. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Brienna Cole, 18, washes her car April 5 in front of her home on 17th St. in Cairo. Cole said this was the first nice day she could find to wash the car she got in Dec. After several ups and downs in the weather, with many parts of the country still seeing heavy snow, warm temperatures seem to have taken root in Southern Ill. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Flowers bloom on a tree outside First National Bank April 12 in Cairo. Though Spring was supposed to come early this year, it has taken several weeks for Southern Illinois to see warm weather and spring flowers.  -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Flowers bloom on a tree outside First National Bank April 12 in Cairo. Though Spring was supposed to come early this year, it has taken several weeks for Southern Ill. to see warm weather and spring flowers. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Christi Rogan, director of nurses at Daystar Care Center, right, gives medicine to Peggy Kieth, 76,  April 15 at Daystar in Cairo. The facility was recently purchased by David Aryeh who  has taken it from being a not-for-profit to for-profit and said he looks to make several changes to make Daystar more viable as a business. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Christi Rogan, director of nurses at Daystar Care Center, right, gives medicine to Peggy Kieth, 76, April 15 at Daystar in Cairo. The facility was recently purchased by David Aryeh who has taken it from being a not-for-profit to for-profit and said he looks to make several changes to make Daystar more viable as a business. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

A demolition crew works to tear down what was The First Christian Church April 15 on 16th St. in Cairo. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
A demolition crew works to tear down what was The First Christian Church April 15 on 16th St. in Cairo. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Thomas Robertson, right, of Grand Tower and member of Masons Cobden Lodge 466, collects DNA April 8 from a Head Start student in Cairo. Robertson and his fellow Masons were enrolling Head Start students in the Masons-sponsored Illinois Child Identification Program. Each child is fingerprinted, has DNA taken and they record a video saying where they live as well as other key identifiers. Robertson said all of this information is put together in a packet and given to each family so they can provide information to police in case of emergencies. Floyd Koehler of Vienna Lodge 150 said it was the goal of the regional Masons to put together these packets for each Head Start in all of the seven southern counties in the state. Robertson said taking care of children is a high priority for Masons. “Children are one of our concerns and anything we can do to make them safer is part of being a Mason,” he said -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Thomas Robertson, right, of Grand Tower and member of Masons Cobden Lodge 466, collects DNA April 8 from a Head Start student in Cairo. Robertson and his fellow Masons were enrolling Head Start students in the Masons-sponsored Illinois Child Identification Program. Each child is fingerprinted, has DNA taken and they record a video saying where they live as well as other key identifiers. Robertson said all of this information is put together in a packet and given to each family so they can provide information to police in case of emergencies. Floyd Koehler of Vienna Lodge 150 said it was the goal of the regional Masons to put together these packets for each Head Start in all of the seven southern counties in the state. Robertson said taking care of children is a high priority for Masons. “Children are one of our concerns and anything we can do to make them safer is part of being a Mason,” he said — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Two 8th St. duplexes are left to cool April 13 in Cairo. Cairo Fire Chief John Meyer said his department received the call at 6:08 p.m. April 12. His crew spent four hours fighting the blaze and stayed several more hours to manage hot-spots. Meyer also said the fire displaced seven residents of the apartments who are now in the care of Red Cross. As of press time, the cause of the fire had not been released. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Two 8th St. duplexes are left to cool April 13 in Cairo. Cairo Fire Chief John Meyer said his department received the call at 6:08 p.m. April 12. His crew spent four hours fighting the blaze and stayed several more hours to manage hot-spots. Meyer also said the fire displaced seven residents of the apartments who are now in the care of Red Cross. As of press time, the cause of the fire had not been released. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Brad Wilson delivers a pitch April 15 during the Centurion home loss against Johnston City. Johnston City beat the Centurions 8-3. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Brad Wilson delivers a pitch April 15 during the Centurion home loss against Johnston City. Johnston City beat the Centurions 8-3. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

The Week in Photos: April 11, 2013

The visual report for the week of April 11, 2013

 Rev. Dennis Clark leads prayer for church member Sandra Ferris April 6 during a vigil at her sister’s home in Cairo. Clark said he has known Farris for two years and was even the one who baptized her. -- Jessica Tezak | The Cairo Citizen
Rev. Dennis Clark leads prayer for church member Sandra Ferris April 6 during a vigil at her sister’s home in Cairo. Clark said he has known Farris for two years and was even the one who baptized her. — Jessica Tezak | The Cairo Citizen
Mae Morris, of Mounds City, middle, Dorris Sims, left, of Elco, and Melissa Clark, right, of Cairo, pray during a candlelight vigil April 6 in Cairo. -- Steve Matzker | The Cairo Citizen
Mae Morris, of Mounds City, middle, Dorris Sims, left, of Elco, and Melissa Clark, right, of Cairo, pray during a candlelight vigil April 6 in Cairo. — Steve Matzker | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, Sandra’s daughter, and her cousin, Shelly Pearman, bow their heads in prayer April 6 at the close of a candlelight vigil held for Sandra Farris in Cairo. Shanna said it meant a lot to her that people came out in support of her and her family, but she said the pain of her mother’s disappearance  is still very real. “I worry myself to death about it but I just have to keep going,” she said. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Shanna Farris, Sandra’s daughter, and her cousin, Shelly Pearman, bow their heads in prayer April 6 at the close of a candlelight vigil held for Sandra Farris in Cairo. Shanna said it meant a lot to her that people came out in support of her and her family, but she said the pain of her mother’s disappearance is still very real. “I worry myself to death about it but I just have to keep going,” she said. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Barbara B. Johnson, left, Tyrus Davis, middle, and Vernon Stubblefield finish packing up the third ward polling location April 9 at the Alexander County Courthouse in Cairo. Many of the polling places throughout the county had a slow day, one not even seeing its first voter until after noon. Stubblefield said in 13 hours of being open, Ward 3 had 30 voters. In all 660 people in Alexander County went out to vote. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Barbara B. Johnson, left, Tyrus Davis, middle, and Vernon Stubblefield finish packing up the third ward polling location April 9 at the Alexander County Courthouse in Cairo. Many of the polling places throughout the county had a slow day, one not even seeing its first voter until after noon. Stubblefield said in 13 hours of being open, Ward 3 had 30 voters. In all 660 people in Alexander County went out to vote. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

Senior Blaine Crow\ attempts to tag out a runner at second base April 4 during the Meridian Bobcats’  away loss to the Cobden Appleknockers. The Bobcats fell 9-1.
Senior Blaine Crow\ attempts to tag out a runner at second base April 4 during the Meridian Bobcats’ away loss to the Cobden Appleknockers. The Bobcats fell 9-1.

 

Junior Brad Wilson waits for a good pitch April 3 during the Centurions’ home loss against the Pope County Pirates. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Junior Brad Wilson waits for a good pitch April 3 during the Centurions’ home loss against the Pope County Pirates. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Century falls to Pope County

Junior Brad Wilson waits for a good pitch April 3 during the Centurions’ home loss against the Pope County Pirates. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Junior Brad Wilson waits for a good pitch April 3 during the Centurions’ home loss against the Pope County Pirates. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Despite scoring 5 runs in the last 2 innings, the Centurions lost a close game against the Pope County Pirates 10-8 April. 3.

This was a redemption game for the Pirates. Century beat them 16-1 March. 20 at Pope County.

It took Century a few innings to get things started. They only scored 3 runs in the first 5 innings.

Pope County scored early and often. All ten of the Pirate’s runs were scored in the first four innings.

Century was down 10-8 in the bottom of the 7th with 2 runners on and 2 out when lead-off man Bradley Wilson flied out to deep left to end the game.

Centurion’s Senior Brandon Jackson had 2 doubles on the day and scored 3 times. Jeffrey Wright also had 2 hits and added 2 RBIs.

It was a stressful game for the Centurions when it seemed they could do nothing right in the early innings; had 6 errors in the game. Century’s next home game is April. 10 against Hardin County.

Box Scores

Century

-Crane 1-4

-Ad. Jones 1-4 1 RBI
-Co. Hight 1-4

-Ar. Jones 1-4 1 RBI, -Jackson 2-4 3 Runs
-Co. Jones 1-1 3 BB -Wright 2-3 2 RBIs.

— Tyler Dixon can be reached at (618)-734-4242

 

Bobcats blasted by Appleknockers

On April 4, the Meridian Bobcats suffered a loss against the Cobden Appleknockers.

Senior Blaine Crow\ attempts to tag out a runner at second base April 4 during the Meridian Bobcats’  away loss to the Cobden Appleknockers. The Bobcats fell 9-1.
Senior Blaine Crow\ attempts to tag out a runner at second base April 4 during the Meridian Bobcats’ away loss to the Cobden Appleknockers. The Bobcats fell 9-1.