Cairo Junior High Claims Regional Championship

The Juninor High Cairo Pilots beat Meridian High School to claim the Class M Regional Championship on Saturday.

The Cairo Junior High basketball team is shown after being crowned Class M Regional champions on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Meridian High School in Mounds. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The Cairo Junior High basketball team is shown after being crowned Class M Regional champions on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Meridian High School in Mounds. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo's Tyler Lewis Drives past Meridian defense on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  The Junior High Cairo Pilots went on to win the Class M Regional Championship. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Cairo’s Tyler Lewis Drives past Meridian defense on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The Junior High Cairo Pilots went on to win the Class M Regional Championship. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

Fire Claims Mounds Home

On the evening of January 23 Mounds Police Officer Edwards observed smoke coming from the residence of 130 South Mckinley Street in Mounds during his routine patrol.  Edwards found the resident of the home on the front port.  The resident then reentered the home and was helped to safety by Officer Edwards. The resident was then transported to a family members home by Mounds Police.  Fire crews remained on the scene throughout the night fighting the fire.  The residence was deemed a total loss.

The Mounds home that was destroyed by a fire on January 23 is shown.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The Mounds home that was destroyed by a fire on January 23 is shown. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered by NAACP

Members of the community gathered for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Monday morning in Mounds.  The gathering, held at St. Raphael’s Hall, featured music, keynote speaker Rev. Kevin Anthony, and breakfast catered by Barbara Snow.

Master of Ceremony Bishop Derek Eurales opened the memorial with a prayer and the singing of the Negro National Anthem.  All in attendance joined in, starting the ceremony on a positive note.

The annual ceremony was sponsored by the Pulaski and Alexander County branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.   The NAACP was formed in 1909 as a civil rights organization aiming to improve the educational, social, and economic status of minority groups.

“We come to honor the dream because the struggle continues,” said Eurales.

The life and achievemnets of Martin Luther King Jr. were honored and remembered on the 85th anniversary of his birthday.

Many in the community saw the breakfast as a place to not only remember but educate.  Younger attendees were treated to a healthy dose of history and culture with their meal of eggs, bacon, and sausage. Local attendee Lenora Clark remarked on the importance of instilling the values Dr. King purveyed.

“We need more youth to take an interest in those who came before them and made the lives they live possible,” said Clark. “King was a rare and timeless example of someone worth molding your own life from.”  Keynote speaker Kevin Anthony spoke of the many struggles that dictated the lives of those who fought for the right to be treated equally.

“Many forget exactly what people went through to attain freedom for the present,” said Anthony.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on through his wisdom and teachings, inspiring people across the world.  His message of unity and equal rights has carried far beyond his own life.

King is most widely known for his famous advancement of the civil rights movement and the “I Have a Dream” speech he delivered at a peaceful protest on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. on March 29, 1968.  In 1983 President Regan signed a bill designating King’s birthday a federal holiday.

(Left to Right) Rev. Kevin Anthony, Minister Stephanie Fisher, and Richard Grigsby share a laugh at St. Raphael’s Hall Monday morning.  The annual rememberance breakfast held by the NAACP highlighted the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  King was a influencial figure in the civil rights movement, fighting for equality and justice.   The crowd celebrated what would be King’s 85th birthday, keeping the spirit of his beliefs and struggles alive. “We come to honor the dream because the struggle continues,” said Master of Ceremony  Bishop Derek Eurales during his welcome address. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
(Left to Right) Rev. Kevin Anthony, Minister Stephanie Fisher, and Richard Grigsby share a laugh at St. Raphael’s Hall Monday morning. The annual rememberance breakfast held by the NAACP highlighted the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King was a influencial figure in the civil rights movement, fighting for equality and justice.
The crowd celebrated what would be King’s 85th birthday, keeping the spirit of his beliefs and struggles alive.
“We come to honor the dream because the struggle continues,” said Master of Ceremony Bishop Derek Eurales during his welcome address. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Rev. Kevin Anthony recieves his breakfast during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance breakfast in Mounds.  Anthony was the keynote speaker and brought a message of unity and positivity. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Rev. Kevin Anthony recieves his breakfast during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance breakfast in Mounds. Anthony was the keynote speaker and brought a message of unity and positivity. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Workers for Barbara Boo’s Catering sing along to the Negro National Anthem Monday morning at St. Raphael’s Hall in Mounds.  The Alexander and Pulaski County chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted their annual Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Breakfast celebrating King’s 85th birthday.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Workers for Barbara Boo’s Catering sing along to the Negro National Anthem Monday morning at St. Raphael’s Hall in Mounds. The Alexander and Pulaski County chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hosted their annual Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Breakfast celebrating King’s 85th birthday. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Aaron Oomeal performs a praise dance at St. Raphael’s Hall in Mounds Monday.  The annual rememberance breakfast highlighted the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Aaron Oomeal performs a praise dance at St. Raphael’s Hall in Mounds Monday. The annual rememberance breakfast highlighted the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

The Week in Photos: October 17, 2013

The visual report for the week of October 17, 2013

Circuit Clerk Paul Jones helps unload furniture for the Alexander County Circuit Clerk's office in Cairo on Wednesday October 9.  The office is back in working order after suffering storm damage on May 21, 2013. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Circuit Clerk Paul Jones helps unload furniture for the Alexander County Circuit Clerk’s office in Cairo on Wednesday October 9. The office is back in working order after suffering storm damage on May 21, 2013. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Former NFL player Tim Lester addresses students in Cairo about the importance of making smart decisions.  Lester played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers over the course of his career.  "You're not born a winner; you're not born a loser; you're born a chooser," said Lester. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Former NFL player Tim Lester addresses students in Cairo about the importance of making smart decisions. Lester played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers over the course of his career. “You’re not born a winner; you’re not born a loser; you’re born a chooser,” said Lester. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Workers install new mats in the gymnasium of Cairo High School on Friday afternoon.  The work continued through the weekend, giving a new look to the walls. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Workers install new mats in the gymnasium of Cairo High School on Friday afternoon. The work continued through the weekend, giving a new look to the walls. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Helena Tolbert, Allijah Frazier, and Airyn Frazier enjoy the sunshine and relax on the steps of the historic First Presbetarian Church in Cairo on October 11. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Helena Tolbert, Allijah Frazier, and Airyn Frazier enjoy the sunshine and relax on the steps of the historic First Presbetarian Church in Cairo on October 11. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Markayla Barnett, 5, of Sandusky, waves at a passing vehicle during the annual Mound's Fall Festival parade.  Heavy rain fell for the duration of the parade however, children and parents alike braved the conditions to observe the passing floats and vehicles. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Markayla Barnett, 5, of Sandusky, waves at a passing vehicle during the annual Mound’s Fall Festival parade. Heavy rain fell for the duration of the parade however, children and parents alike braved the conditions to observe the passing floats and vehicles. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
MarTriana Barnett, 8, of Sandusky screams in excitement after catching a stuffed bunny thrown from a passing vehicle during the Mound's Fall Festival parade. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
MarTriana Barnett, 8, of Sandusky screams in excitement after catching a stuffed bunny thrown from a passing vehicle during the Mound’s Fall Festival parade. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Horses and they're riders endure the rain while filing past onlookers during the parade in Mounds on Saturday, October 12. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Horses and their riders endure the rain while filing past onlookers during the parade in Mounds on Saturday, October 12. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Shayna Minuth passes onlookers on the breast cancer awareness float in the Mound's Fall Festival parade on Saturday. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Shayna Minuth passes onlookers on the breast cancer awareness float in the Mound’s Fall Festival parade on Saturday. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preliminary trials begin in Feb.’s Meridian brawl cases

Court proceedings have begun for many arrested in the Feb. 20 brawl during the regional tournament at Meridian High School.

Preliminary hearings began July 10 at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Mound City. Pulaski County state’s attorney Grayson Gile said for the last 4 months his office has been reviewing video footage of the incident provided by Meridian High School and going over eyewitness testimonies. Gile said after reviewing the tape, he has been able to get several strong visual identifications.

“I’ve got several of what might be referred to as ‘Sports Illustrated’ shots,”  Gile said referring to the clarity of some of the images he has been able to pull from video footage.

Not all the identifications have been this clear, though. Gile said he has had to postpone approximately one third of the cases so his office can gather more evidence. Gile said he wants to err on the side of caution and have more evidence than he needs before going to court.

“I do not want to go out there and make allegations to try to put forward a case if there is not sufficient evidence,” he said.

In May, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office released a list of the twelve individuals arrested. They were: Bruce Woodson, of Cairo, Cameron Robinson of Cairo, Cordell Johnson, of Cairo, Darian Engram of Mound City, Darmez Nelson of Ullin, Darryl Jackson, of Cairo, Dejhanane Washington of Cairo, Jemond Pilgram, of Mounds, Kathryn Nesby, of Mounds, Richard Steele, of Mounds and Wilmont Gibson Jr. of Cairo. A juvenile was also arrested.

All 12 suspects were charged with reckless conduct. In the state of Illinois, reckless conduct can either be a class 1 misdemeanor or a class 4 felony.

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

Bobcats bounce back

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

After falling to the Century Centurions 17-3 April 18 and to the  Shawnee Redskins 8-2  April. 24, the Meridian Bobcats came back and beat the Agape Knights 11-1 April 25 and got revenge on the Centurions, beating the team 4-3 April 29 at Shawnee Community College.

Blaine Crow started the Shawnee game off with a bang pounding his 2nd home run of the year. That was the only bright spot for the Cats as Khouri Powel scored the only other run in the 5th inning.

Meridian trailed 3-2 going into the top of the 6th until Redskin 3rd baseman Austin Treece hit his first home run of the game, a solo shot.

The gates open for Shawnee as their first 4 runners in the 7th all scored. Treece hit his 2nd shot of the day, this time a 3 run home run.

The Bobcats fell behind 8-2 going into the bottom of the 7th and couldn’t come back. It was their 2nd loss of the season to conference foe Shawnee.

Redskin’s pitcher Aiden McMahan picked up his 3rd win of the season and added 13 strikeouts.

The Bobcats bounced back against the Agape Knights on April. 25 in an 11-1 win.

Meridian senior Blaine Crow continued his hot hitting with his 2nd home run in as many days and scored 3 runs.

The Bobcats have at least 5 games left and will try to gain momentum going in to the Regional Tournament, which starts May. 13 at Shawnee High School.

Bobcats get 1st win against Agape Christian

The Meridian Bobcats picked up their first win of the season against the Agape Christian Knights in a 12-0 victory at home April. 2.

Jammerio Moore and Tyler Hileman each had 3 hits for the Bobcats in the win and Hileman scored 3 times.

Meridian finally found their groove after playing few games and pounded 16 hits in the game. Wyatt Isom hit his first homerun of the year in the 2nd inning.

The Bobcats next home game is April. 11 against Trinity Christian.

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

Mounds welcomes new laundromat

James Johnson, left, and Angel Johnson, fold laundry Feb. 7 at Wonder Wash in Mounds. Feb. 7 was the grand opening for the business opened by Jim and Christel Prater -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
James Johnson, left, and Angel Johnson, fold laundry Feb. 7 at Wonder Wash in Mounds. Feb. 7 was the grand opening for the business opened by Jim and Christel Prater — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Mounds has a new way of staying clean.

Jim Prater opened his second Wonder Wash, a local chain of laundromats,  Feb. 8 on Blanche St.

Mayor Waymon Butler said residents had to drive to either Pulaski or Cairo to use a laundromat and he is thankful Prater brought Wonder Wash to Mounds.

“We needed this establishment in town,” Butler said.

Prater said he and his wife have often worked in Mounds with other businesses they own and they saw a need for a laundromat in town.

“That’s our goal, we want to meet the needs of people,” Christel Prater, Jim’s wife.

Residents are pleased with the new business. Katrina Jones, of Mounds, said she is glad to have a place close to home where she can do her laundry. She said prior to Wonder Wash opening, she had to drive twice a week to do her laundry in Pulaski. Jones also said she appreciates how clean and bright the laundromat is, which is something Christel Prater took into consideration when designing Wonder Wash. The Praters invested in brand new machines and round the clock security surveillance to make the facility family friendly. Christel said she wanted to open a place she would be comfortable using.

“I didn’t like using laundromats in the area,” she said.

Wonder Wash was buzzing opening day because the Praters were offering free loads of laundry. Christel Prater said this was a two fold decision: They wanted to drum up excitement about the business but they also wanted to give the new machines a thorough test to make sure everything works before they charged.

Christel Prater said in the coming weeks she and her husband hope to have the facility open 24 hours a day with free wifi internet and cable television.

Isaac Smith can be reached at 734-4242

Celebrating 104 years

On Jan. 15, Vera Calhoun-Russell celebrated her 104 birthday.

Allan Couch, left, spends time with his mother-in-law Vera Calhoun Russell at her birthday party Jan. 20 at St. Paul AME in Mounds. On Jan. 15 Russell celebrated her 104 birthday. The church was filled with Russell’s family and friends to celebrate her life. -- Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Allan Couch, left, spends time with his mother-in-law Vera Calhoun Russell at her birthday party Jan. 20 at St. Paul AME in Mounds. On Jan. 15 Russell celebrated her 104 birthday. The church was filled with Russell’s family and friends to celebrate her life. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen

Killing time collecting cans

Stanley Seger, of Mounds, greets a friend Sept. 28 at the carwash in Mounds. Seger was waiting for the owner of the carwash to discuss doing some cleaning around the business. Seger said until he retired, he workd for 30 years at a truck stop pumping gas. Seger said though he hates retirement, he felt he got too old for anything else. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Stanley Seger, of Mounds, picks up trash Sept. 28 outside of the carwash in Mounds. Seger said since retirement he spends a lot of time picking up litter across town. — Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen
Stanley Seger, of Mounds, drives his lawnmower home Sept. 28 in Mounds. Seger said though he owns a vehicle, his lawnmower is his primary means of transportation. “I don’t drive,” he exclaimed. Seger said he takes the lawnmower all over town collecting cans, which he cashes in once a year. – Isaac Smith | The Cairo Citizen