The Juninor High Cairo Pilots beat Meridian High School to claim the Class M Regional Championship on Saturday.
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.
George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
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.
George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The visual report for the week of October 17, 2013
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
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.
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 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
On Jan. 15, Vera Calhoun-Russell celebrated her 104 birthday.