Local business puts students to work

G&L Clothing in Cairo has employed two high school students at a time for the last five years and Gabriel Harris, owner of the store, said he is doing it just to help out.

The G&L Employment Program started when the business was located on 9th St. and has always been about helping students find employment after they leave school.

“Once they work here, they will have something to put on their resume,” Harris said. “We all know it is important to have some type of experience when you go out there into the workforce.”

Harris hires two students at a time for periods of six to eight months where they work 12-15 hours a week and make minimum wage.

Deveoney Maborn, a recent graduate from Meridian, is in her second term in the program. Maborn, who intends on studying business at Murray State next year, said the skills she has learned in the last year will help her in her career path. Harris said this is the point. He said the lessons learned working retail will serve them later in life.

“Those experiences are part of who you are, you can never change that,”

Currently, Harris’ program only involves his clothing store and works with Cairo, Meridian and Egyptian high schools. However, in time he hopes to expand it to incorporate G&L Shoe Emporium as well as Century High School.

– Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Youth Build enters sixth month

A federally funded program has been putting young people to work in Cairo.

Marlin Shaw, 21, of Cairo, sweeps up dust and debris May 23 from the house he and his Youth Build teammates are working to repair in Cairo.--Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Marlin Shaw, 21, of Cairo, sweeps up dust and debris May 23 from the house he and his Youth Build teammates are working to repair in Cairo.–Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

10 youths, ages 16-24 meet each morning at a house on 12th St. The house, which is speculated to have been built in 1910, is nothing to look at right now but in time students in the Youth Build program will have it shining once again.

In Jan. The Delta Center launched Youth Build, a program aimed at kids between 16-24 who either did not finish high school or who lack certain skills to make them employable. Lisa Tolbert, executive director of the Delta Center in Cairo, said Youth Build is aimed a demographic who may not have many options.

“These are kids that, pretty much, a big part of the community and sometimes even their family have said, ‘Enough is enough,’” Tolbert said.

Youth build is designed to get this group back on their feet in 6-24 months. However, they have to apply first. Once applications have been turned in, those who meet the participation criteria engage in what Tolbert calls the mental toughness program. For two weeks Youth Build candidates do a series of tests to ensure they are mentally prepared to go through the program. Of those who go through mental toughness testing, up to 20 are chosen to participate in Youth Build. Tolbert said of the 42 who applied, 31 went through mental toughness and 20 were selected to participate. She said of that original 20, they currently have 10 who are still participating.

These students can receive help getting GED’s and even driver’s licenses. However, the most important asset the kids get are the skills they learn on the job site. With part of a $750,000 grant from the Department of Labor, The Delta Center has purchased the 12th St. home in Cairo. Under the guidance of experienced foreman James Biggerstaff, the Youth Build students will learn how to renovate and repair the home.

Biggerstaff said it has not always been easy working with his pupils.

“In the beginning almost everything that you tried to do they were combative,” he said. However, he chalked it up to personal insecurities.

“It’s very difficult to get them to believe in themselves,” Biggerstaff said. Though, in the six months since he began working with them, he said he has seen big improvements.

“Through the months, every day, every week I see a change,” he said. Biggerstaff remembers one student who may have left early but certainly left on a high note.

“One young lady was in the program for about a month and she went from a fourth grade reading level to a twelfth grade reading level,” he said. While she may not have graduated from the program, Biggerstaff said he sees this as one of Youth Build’s great success stories.

Alfonzia Swift, 24, of Cairo is currently working towards his GED and said he has seen big changes in himself since starting with the Youth Build program in Jan.

Marlin Shaw, middle, hands Shannon McDonald, assistant professor of architecture at SIU, left, an artifact May 23 from the house Youth Build is repairing as James Biggerstaff looks on. McDonald is keeping and any old items found in the house during construction. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Marlin Shaw, middle, hands Shannon McDonald, assistant professor of architecture at SIU, left, an artifact May 23 from the house Youth Build is repairing as James Biggerstaff looks on. McDonald is keeping and any old items found in the house during construction. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

“The program has taught me how to work together in a group, how to be respectful [and] how to start something and finish it,” he said. Swift enjoys working on the house so much he said he hopes to continue with construction after he leaves Youth Build.

Sharonda Burris, 24 of Cairo, said it is not always easy to be motivated everyday to go to work with the Youth Build team.

“There are times when I … don’t want to get up but I have to encourage myself to get up, like, ‘This is to better yourself,’” she said.

Biggerstaff and his students are not the only ones working on the house. In fact, there are several groups involved in Youth Build including the Southern Illinois University School of Architecture, Shawnee Development Council, Shawnee Community College and the first judicial circuit probation office. SIU sends students to help with architectural planning and some of the labor.

Tolbert said once the house is completely renovated, The Delta Center intends to sell the property and start a new construction project for the next wave of students. The Delta Center’s grant is intended to last for three years and Tolbert said  the center has plans to reapply at then end of this term. In fact, she said they hope to expand the program to eventually offer not only construction training, but nursing and technology courses as well. By keeping Youth Build around for the long-term, Tolbert and Biggerstaff both hope to help as many kids see their potential as they can.

“The biggest thing is for everyone to understand that you can be anything that you want to be,” Biggerstaff said.

–Isaac Smith can be reached at (618)-734-4242

Senior bobcats’ last ride

Meridian senior catcher Jammerio Moore, right, attempts to make an out May 18 during the regional championship against the Shawnee Redskins at Shawnee High School. The Bobcats lost  the game in the 5th inning with a score of 10-0. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Meridian senior catcher Jammerio Moore, right, attempts to make an out May 18 during the regional championship against the Shawnee Redskins at Shawnee High School. The Bobcats lost the game in the 5th inning with a score of 10-0. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

It was an emotional roller coaster for the senior Meridian Bobcats May 18. The players went from the excitement of graduation at 10 that morning,  to having their season ended by the mercy rule at the hand of perennial power Shawnee High School by four.

The Shawnee Redskins beat the Bobcats in 5 innings by a score of 10-0.

Redskins senior Adam Pennington threw a 1 hit shutout with the assistance of junior Aiden McMahon.

DJ Weldon had the lone Bobcat hit, a 2 out double down the 3rd base line in the second inning.

Connor Schaal picked up the loss for the Bobcats.

The defensive player of the game was Meridian senior center fielder Wyatt Isom. Isom threw out runners attempting to score on 2 different occasions in the 3rd inning. Senior catcher Jammerio Moore was able to catch the ball and have to presence of mind to know where he was in relation to the runner to make the tag.

Next season will be a rebuilding year for the Bobcats with many key starters graduating. Only 5 underclassmen had significant playing time this season.

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

Century, Egyptian graduation photos

Century and Egyptian High Schools graduated their senior class May 10.

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

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

 

Cairo High School Senior Prom, 2013

Cairo High School hosted its senior prom May 4.

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

 

2012: The Year In Photos

This week we are taking a look at photographs that made the news in 2012.

Feature and Human Interest

Keyonte Anderson, 14, left, puts up a shot against Chris Anderson, 13, right, July 9 on 17th Street in Cairo. Keyonte said he and his friend were happy about the cooler temperatures because it means they will get to play more basketball. He said they were only able to get out and play 3 times while the temperatures were so hot. .– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Mayor Tyrone Coleman, left, and Bishop Derek Eurales, right, listen to the eulogy delivered by Pastor Eddie Pierce for Ollie Lee during her funeral Aug. 11 at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. The church was packed with family and friends, all there to celebrate the life of Lee. With selected hymns sung by Larry Baldwin and the Oliver family as well as the general upbeat nature of the service, the event resembled more of a celebration than a somber funeral. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Emily Travis, right, of Belknap, and Clare Bunyan, cut up with fellow pageant girls Aug. 9 before taking the stage to compete in the second round of the Miss Southern Illinois Electric Co-op annual beauty pageant at Shawnee Community College. After both swimsuit and evening-wear competitions, the judges awarded Travis the crown.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Elijah Whitaker, 14 months, gets his first haircut Dec. 7 at Trinity Cutz in Mounds. Whitaker howled and cried as barber Macus Davis buzzed off his long hair.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Joe Woodson, middle, movies books through a crowded hallway just after the bell rings Aug. 15 at the Cairo Junior/Senior High School. Woodson said he has worked for the school for the last 17 years. He said he enjoys it because he likes working around people. Woodson has a good relationship with the students. He passes through the halls with a smile and a kind word to the kids. “I respect them, they respect me,” Woodson said.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Rodney Bell prepares to prime a 1976 Monte Carlo Nov. 21 in his garage in Ullin. Bell, who has been painting cars for the last 35 years, said he particularly enjoys working on mid century, American made cars for their originality and quality. “They had muscle and the cars lasted,” he said.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo citizen

Left to right, Tysi Posey- Howard, Victor Posey and Duane Posey perform gospel songs Oct. 6 during the Toll House Jam fundraiser at Fort Defiance Park in Cairo. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

From left to right, Harley Showalter, Sr., Harley Showalter Jr. and Frankie Temke, rush to get Showater Jr.’s car ready for the final heat during the Aug. 17 Pulaski County Fair demolition derby in Pulaski. Showalter Jr. is a third generation derbier. Despite his efforts, Showalter’s vehicle did not make it to the end of either heat he competed in. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Eddie Barfield, right, and his son Jayce Barfield, 12, both of Collinsville, leave the woods Nov. 17 near Unity. The two left the hunt because Jayce Barfield, who was on his first deer hunting trip, had gotten his fill of the cold. Eddie Barfield said he has been hunting those same woods for decades and enjoyed being out with his youngest son, pointing out different wildlife sounds. He said hunting is a good history lesson. “It gives better perspective on how men used to live,” Eddie Barfield said. November 16 marked the opening of shotgun season for deer in Ill. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Nathan Kaufman, 7, right, and his brother Caleb, 11, both of Buncombe sell a dead raccoon Dec. 12 at McClellan Fur Company in Pulaski. This trapping season is the second Nathan and Caleb have participated in. Their father, Jay Kaufman, said whatever money the family gets from selling pelts, the boys split down the middle. For two days of trapping, the brothers each were paid $43. Stanley McClellan, owner of the Fur Company, said hunting and trapping is traditionally a family activity. He often has families come in to sell furs. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Nathan Kaufman, 7, right, and his brother Caleb, 11, both of Buncombe sell a dead raccoon Dec. 12 at McClellan Fur Company in Pulaski. This trapping season is the second Nathan and Caleb have participated in. Their father, Jay Kaufman, said whatever money the family gets from selling pelts, the boys split down the middle. For two days of trapping, the brothers each were paid $43. Stanley McClellan, owner of the Fur Company, said hunting and trapping is traditionally a family activity. He often has families come in to sell furs. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Gus Colbroth, of mounds, takes a cigarette break Dec. 12 while working for Spring Valley Farms in Pulaski. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Nina Ellis, right, is congratulated by friends and family Nov. 24 after winning the Unheard Gospel Voices competition held in Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. “I haven’t ever won anything before in my life,” Ellis said after she was awarded the $1,000 cash prize. Ellis, 34, said she grew up singing and was unsure about her abilities going into the contest. Normally not an outgoing person, Ellis said she was drawn out by her friend, and competition organizer Yolanda Wilkins The event, lasted for nearly 60 days and drew talent from around the local area. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Nina Ellis, right, is congratulated by friends and family Nov. 24 after winning the Unheard Gospel Voices competition held in Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Cairo. “I haven’t ever won anything before in my life,” Ellis said after she was awarded the $1,000 cash prize. Ellis, 34, said she grew up singing and was unsure about her abilities going into the contest. Normally not an outgoing person, Ellis said she was drawn out by her friend, and competition organizer Yolanda Wilkins The event, lasted for nearly 60 days and drew talent from around the local area. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

News

Kenneth Taake inspects an ear of corn from one of his farm fields July 13 near his home in Ullin. Taake said he thought only 25-30% of his corn crop would yield and that he would have to file a claim with his crop insurance. Taake said because of the triple digit temperatures, the corn was stressed during pollination and were only 10-20% developed. Taake said he was still hopeful for his soybean crop, however. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Kenneth Taake inspects an ear of corn from one of his farm fields July 13 near his home in Ullin. Taake said he thought only 25-30% of his corn crop would yield and that he would have to file a claim with his crop insurance. Taake said because of the triple digit temperatures, the corn was stressed during pollination and were only 10-20% developed. Taake said he was still hopeful for his soybean crop, however. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Marty Nicholson, left, gives instructions to a line of Cairo residents waiting to get water behind city hall Oct. 14 after the city lost water service. The evening of Oct. 13 Illinois American Water noticed a drop in water pressure in Cairo and asked residents to conserve water and by the 14th, the city had lost water pressure almost entirely. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Marty Nicholson, left, gives instructions to a line of Cairo residents waiting to get water behind city hall Oct. 14 after the city lost water service. The evening of Oct. 13 Illinois American Water noticed a drop in water pressure in Cairo and asked residents to conserve water and by the 14th, the city had lost water pressure almost entirely. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Allen Cruthird, right, follows Cairo fire chief John Meyer into a burned building Oct. 29 on the corner of Poplar and 32 St. in Cairo. Meyer said the fire, which started the night before, continued to smolder because the roof collapsed, leaving several layers of shingles between the fire itself and the water being used to put it out. After an investigation by the state fire marshal’s office, the cause of the fire was determined to be arson. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Allen Cruthird, right, follows Cairo fire chief John Meyer into a burned building Oct. 29 on the corner of Poplar and 32 St. in Cairo. Meyer said the fire, which started the night before, continued to smolder because the roof collapsed, leaving several layers of shingles between the fire itself and the water being used to put it out. After an investigation by the state fire marshal’s office, the cause of the fire was determined to be arson. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Jabarrie Rice, son of Tim Rice, who was murdered Nov. 10, plays with a balloon Nov. 12 from his father’s memorial service in McBride Place. Rice’s mother, Jeannifer Giden, said her son is too young to fully grasp what happened to his father. As of press time, the case was still under investigation -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Jabarrie Rice, son of Tim Rice, who was murdered Nov. 10, plays with a balloon Nov. 12 from his father’s memorial service in McBride Place. Rice’s mother, Jeannifer Giden, said her son is too young to fully grasp what happened to his father. As of press time, the case was still under investigation — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Jesse Russell, left, of America, Leonard Johnson, center, of Mounds City, and Artie Dickerson of Mounds City, wait for election results Nov. 6 at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Mounds City. Russell wandered around the courthouse for hours waiting to see if his dad, Monte Russell, would be reelected as County Commissioner. When the votes were tallied, Monte Russell won with 1,668 votes cast in his favor. – Lynnette Oostmeyer | The Cairo Citizen
Jesse Russell, left, of America, Leonard Johnson, center, of Mounds City, and Artie Dickerson of Mounds City, wait for election results Nov. 6 at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Mounds City. Russell wandered around the courthouse for hours waiting to see if his dad, Monte Russell, would be reelected as County Commissioner. When the votes were tallied, Monte Russell won with 1,668 votes cast in his favor. – Lynnette Oostmeyer | The Cairo Citizen

William "Buchie" Bingham waits to be sworn in for the second time as Alexander County Coroner Dec. 3 at the Alexander County Courthouse in Cairo.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
William “Buchie” Bingham waits to be sworn in for the second time as Alexander County Coroner Dec. 3 at the Alexander County Courthouse in Cairo.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Lawanda Harris, right, owner of G &L Shoe Emporium, rings up her first customer, Mayor Tyrone Coleman, Aug. 31 during the store’s grand opening in Cairo. Coleman said he spotted a tie, which came in a color he had been searching for, for months. Coleman said it is great that the citizens of Cairo will not have to always travel out of town to buy clothes or shoes. “It’s a good day,” Coleman said. “We don’t have businesses opening too often.” – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Lawanda Harris, right, owner of G &L Shoe Emporium, rings up her first customer, Mayor Tyrone Coleman, Aug. 31 during the store’s grand opening in Cairo. Coleman said he spotted a tie, which came in a color he had been searching for, for months. Coleman said it is great that the citizens of Cairo will not have to always travel out of town to buy clothes or shoes. “It’s a good day,” Coleman said. “We don’t have businesses opening too often.” – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Jackie Jones, right, gets help shampooing her first customer from Kylie Graham, left Oct. 31 on after Jones’ grand opening for her beauty salon, Razor Sharp. Jones said she has wanted to cut hair since she was young when she remembers going to her mother’s beauty shop. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Jackie Jones, right, gets help shampooing her first customer from Kylie Graham, left Oct. 31 on after Jones’ grand opening for her beauty salon, Razor Sharp. Jones said she has wanted to cut hair since she was young when she remembers going to her mother’s beauty shop. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Davis Flood, left and Darren Nauce work to put up doors Dec. 3 outside the old Piggly Wiggly in Cairo. The shopping center will soon be transformed into a Subway, Chester’s Chicken and Blue Fish General Store which could bring as many as 25 jobs to the city. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Davis Flood, left and Darren Nauce work to put up doors Dec. 3 outside the old Piggly Wiggly in Cairo. The shopping center will soon be transformed into a Subway, Chester’s Chicken and Blue Fish General Store which could bring as many as 25 jobs to the city. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Sherry Windings, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for the American Legion in Villa Ridge, places a holiday wreath on her husbands grave Dec. 15 at the Mound City National Cemetery after the annual Wreaths Across America service. Windings also brought a wreath for her brother, who died nearly a year after her husband in 2011. She said she feels the ceremony is important for honoring those who have served in the military. “I think they need to be honored in this kind of way,” Windings said. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Sherry Windings, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for the American Legion in Villa Ridge, places a holiday wreath on her husbands grave Dec. 15 at the Mound City National Cemetery after the annual Wreaths Across America service. Windings also brought a wreath for her brother, who died nearly a year after her husband in 2011. She said she feels the ceremony is important for honoring those who have served in the military. “I think they need to be honored in this kind of way,” Windings said. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Sports

Brian Brandtner watches the junior high school basketball team run sprints during practice Sept. 24 in the Cairo Junior / Senior High School gymnasium. Brandtner was hired as the new Cairo High School basketball Coach during the Cairo School Board meeting Sept. 20. Though he stepped down as the junior high coach, he stayed on until the board hired Bernard Brown to replace him as coach for the team. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Brian Brandtner watches the junior high school basketball team run sprints during practice Sept. 24 in the Cairo Junior / Senior High School gymnasium. Brandtner was hired as the new Cairo High School basketball Coach during the Cairo School Board meeting Sept. 20. Though he stepped down as the junior high coach, he stayed on until the board hired Bernard Brown to replace him as coach for the team. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Daneesha Carthell drives past Meridian’s defense Dec. 17 during the Egyptian home loss against the Meridian Lady Bobkits. The varsity  Lady Falcons  fell to the Bobkits with a final score of 39-10. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Daneesha Carthell drives past Meridian’s defense Dec. 17 during the Egyptian home loss against the Meridian Lady Bobkits. The varsity Lady Falcons fell to the Bobkits with a final score of 39-10. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Allen Cruthird, left, and assistant coach Brian Brantner, right help Jahmei Salley gear up to take the plate Aug. 22 during the Junior Pilots' game against the Jonesboro Bulldogs.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Allen Cruthird, left, and assistant coach Brian Brantner, right help Jahmei Salley gear up to take the plate Aug. 22 during the Junior Pilots’ game against the Jonesboro Bulldogs.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Meridian Bobkits head coach Robert Andrews, left, give a pep talk at halftime Nov. 9 during the 8th grade away game against the Anna Indians. The team secured a win over the Indians with a final score of 40-38. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Meridian Bobkits head coach Robert Andrews, left, give a pep talk at halftime Nov. 9 during the 8th grade away game against the Anna Indians. The team secured a win over the Indians with a final score of 40-38. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Sophomore Koree Simelton prepares to serve during the Pilot’s Sept. 17 away game against the Trinity Falcons at the old Carbondale High School. Simelton said she is very excited about volleyball now being offered at the high school level. She said she has always wanted to play.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Sophomore Koree Simelton prepares to serve during the Pilot’s Sept. 17 away game against the Trinity Falcons at the old Carbondale High School. Simelton said she is very excited about volleyball now being offered at the high school level. She said she has always wanted to play.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 Kim Harris, left, talks with her husband Todd Harris, after his team lost the first finals round during the Cache River Days softball tournament Sept. 9 in Ullin.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Kim Harris, left, talks with her husband Todd Harris, after his team lost the first finals round during the Cache River Days softball tournament Sept. 9 in Ullin.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Chris Nelson, 7th grade, left, protects the ball during the Junior Pilots’ Nov. 1 win against the Jonesboro Bulldogs. The final score of the game was 47-19. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Chris Nelson, 7th grade, left, protects the ball during the Junior Pilots’ Nov. 1 win against the Jonesboro Bulldogs. The final score of the game was 47-19. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Meridian junior baseball assistant coach Curtland Sawyer, left, and Seth Sharp, wait in the dugout before their game against the Dongola Demons Aug. 31.-- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Meridian junior baseball assistant coach Curtland Sawyer, left, and Seth Sharp, wait in the dugout before their game against the Dongola Demons Aug. 31.– Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

 

Pilots outperform Demons

The Lady Cairo Pilots defeated the Dongola Demons, making their record 4-1.

Varsity center Makayla Hicks puts up a shot against Dongola Dec. 6 during the Pilots’ 54-23 win against the Dongola Demons at Dongola High School. Head coach Kelly Shepherd said she has seen her young team grow this season. “I feel like we are improving every game and by the end of the year we will be where we need to be,” she said.- – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Fall Fun for Cairo Junior / Senior High

Georgiante Purdiman, right, dances Oct. 4 outside of the Cairo Junior / Senior High School during the school’s fall festival. The festival, held before a long holiday weekend, took the students out of class early for the day and gave them the chance to dance, play games and eat snacks before heading home. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen