The Week in Photos: December 19, 2013

The visual report for the week of December 19, 2013:

Billy Colman, of Cairo, sorts wood on his front porch Monday.  Colman uses a wood-burning stove as a way to keep heating costs down over the winter.  Choice cuts of the wood were saved for a future woodworking project.  Colman estimated having about two cords of wood; two stacks four feet deep by four feet high by eight feet long.  The ppile of wood is not nearly enough to heat his home through the winter.  "It goes quick once you start it burning," said Colman.  "It's a lot of work but there's definitely a few benefits." -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Billy Colman, of Cairo, sorts wood on his front porch Monday. Colman uses a wood-burning stove as a way to keep heating costs down over the winter. Choice cuts of the wood were saved for a future woodworking project. Colman estimated having about two cords of wood; two stacks four feet deep by four feet high by eight feet long. The ppile of wood is not nearly enough to heat his home through the winter. “It goes quick once you start it burning,” said Colman. “It’s a lot of work but there’s definitely a few benefits.” — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Billy Colman looks over a choice piece of wood in Cairo on Monday.  Colman selected the piece as a component of a planned woodworking project. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Billy Colman looks over a choice piece of wood in Cairo on Monday. Colman selected the piece as a component of a planned woodworking project. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alishia Watkins takes video of the Cairo Head Start Christmas program on her tablet device Thursday.  Parents were on hand to observe the children performing musical selections.  The classes sang the songs "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Up on the Housetop," and "Jingle Bells" among others.  Both of the morning and afternoon sessions performed to captive audiences. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alishia Watkins takes video of the Cairo Head Start Christmas program on her tablet device Thursday. Parents were on hand to observe the children performing musical selections. The classes sang the songs “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Up on the Housetop,” and “Jingle Bells” among others. Both of the morning and afternoon sessions performed to captive audiences. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
An accident involving a tractor trailer left debris littering Illinois Highway 57 on Wednesday.  Britton Trucking in Mounds spent much of the morning assisting in clearing the debris from the roadway.  Traffic conditions quickly returned to normal after the road was cleared. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
An accident involving a tractor trailer left debris littering Illinois Highway 57 on Wednesday. Britton Trucking in Mounds spent much of the morning assisting in clearing the debris from the roadway. Traffic conditions quickly returned to normal after the road was cleared. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jordan Wyatt drives past Charleston defense on Tuesday at Meridian High School.  The Bobcats played an aggressive game, leading by at least ten points for a majority of the game.  Meridian was victorious over Charleston with a final score of 80 - 62. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jordan Wyatt drives past Charleston defense on Tuesday at Meridian High School. The Bobcats played an aggressive game, leading by at least ten points for a majority of the game. Meridian was victorious over Charleston with a final score of 80 – 62. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Sophomore Daniel Valentine moves the ball down the court against Charleston at Meridian High School on Tuesday evening. The Bobcats forced numerous turnovers to remain in possession of the ball for most of the game.  Meridian was victorious over Charleston with a final score of 80 -62. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Sophomore Daniel Valentine moves the ball down the court against Charleston at Meridian High School on Tuesday evening. The Bobcats forced numerous turnovers to remain in possession of the ball for most of the game. Meridian was victorious over Charleston with a final score of 80 -62. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The Egyptian School Lady Pharoahs played Dongola High School Monday night at Egyptian School.  Egyptian got off to a quick lead, keeping the Lady Demons from scoring until the second period.  The Lady Pharoahs beat Dongola with a final score of 57 - 50. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The Egyptian School Lady Pharoahs played Dongola High School Monday night at Egyptian School. Egyptian got off to a quick lead, keeping the Lady Demons from scoring until the second period. The Lady Pharoahs beat Dongola with a final score of 57 – 50. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cairo Library a Historical Gem

The Cairo Public Library is one of the city’s most prominent and interesting buildings, drawing in those traveling through the area and passing by.

The library has stood since 1884, allowing those interested the opportunity to behold architecture and historical artifacts housed inside.  The A.B. Safford Memorial Building was presented to the citizens of Cairo seven years after Mrs. Safford’s husband died in 1877.

As part of the dedication of the building Mrs. Safford stated, “As soon as I could get beyond the thought of self, came the determination to erect a memorial building to the memory of the good and true man, one that, while perpetuating his memory, would also do the greatest good for the greatest number.”

The first librarian, Mrs. L. L. Powell, served from the library’s inception until her passing in 1922.  She is commemorated by a bronze plaque in the children’s reading room.  Although the library has been open for over a century only seven librarians have served.

Over the years, few changes have been made to the red brick, Queen Anne structure.  The first floor houses the Adult Reading Room, the reference room, the Powell Children’s Reading Room, and the stack room, a 1962 addition to the building that houses more than fifty thousand volumes of information.

The Adult Reading Room houses artifacts including original chairs from The Cairo Custom House as well as an Italian marble mantle which dates back to the 1800s.

The second floor is home to the library’s auditorium which has a capacity of two hundred.  The auditorium is still used for recitals, receptions, plays, another events of community interest.  On display is a chandelier that once illuminated the now defunct Cairo Opera House as well as a desk kept at the Bank of the United States in Philadelphia by former president Andrew Jackson.

The library is still a fully functioning, lending books to members of the community on a daily basis.

“We’re always up to something,” said Monica Smith, the current librarian.  “We get a lot of tourists stopping in because of the amazing architecture.”

Recently the library was the recipient of a Libra Foundation grant which provided over 60 new children’s books.

“Our funding is limited so we can’t just go out and get new books all the time,” said Smith.

The Libra Foundation requires matching funds from the community which was provided by The Southern Foundation.

Cairo Headstart was the first group to enjoy some of the new titles on November 20. Librarian Marcha Davis was on hand to read some of the books to the captive audience of children.

The library is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tonya Diel, of Cairo, looks through a book during her shelving duties at Cairo’s historic public library located at 1609 Washington Avenue. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Tonya Diel, of Cairo, looks through a book during her shelving duties at Cairo’s historic public library located at 1609 Washington Avenue. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

The Week in Photos: November 7, 2013

The visual report for the week of November 7, 2013:

Jimmy Dowdy paints door trim at Tom's Place in Tamms, Ill.  The popular restaurant is set to reopen on November 15. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jimmy Dowdy paints door trim at Tom’s Place in Tamms, Ill. The popular restaurant is set to reopen on November 15. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Ronald " Bubba" Davis is embraced by members of his family during the candle light vigil held for his daughter Heather N. Davis.  Heather Davis was found by authorities with a gunshot wound on Friday evening.  She was later pronounced dead at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardaeu.  Family members and friends gathered Sunday in the parking lot of Mack's Restaurant in Cairo to remember her and pay their respects.  After a warrant was issued for the arrest of Chauncy Hughes, Davis' husband, the suspect turned himself in to State Police at District 22 Headquarters in Ullin on Saturday. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Ronald ” Bubba” Davis is embraced by members of his family during the candle light vigil held for his daughter Heather N. Davis. Heather Davis was found by authorities, wounded from a gunshot, Friday evening. She was later pronounced dead at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardaeu. Family members and friends gathered Sunday in the parking lot of Mack’s Restaurant in Cairo to remember her and pay their respects. After a warrant was issued for the arrest of Chauncy Hughes, Davis’ husband, the suspect turned himself in to State Police at District 22 Headquarters in Ullin on Saturday. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Family, Friends, and area residents filled the parking lot of Mack’s Restaurant Sunday evening in rememberance of Heather Davis.  Many in attendance laid flowers and small momentos at the base of a poster featuring photos of Davis, constructing a small shrine to the late mother, sister, and daughter. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Family, Friends, and area residents filled the parking lot of Mack’s Restaurant Sunday evening in rememberance of Heather Davis. Many in attendance laid flowers and small momentos at the base of a poster featuring photos of Davis, constructing a small shrine to the late mother, sister, and daughter. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jordan Holder lights a candle during the vigil held for Heather Davis at Mack’s Restaurant on Sunday evening.  The gathering filled the parking lot and recited prayers as well as sang songs in rememberance.  “She was loved by all,” said Paul Williams, Davis’ uncle. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jordan Holder lights a candle during the vigil held for Heather Davis at Mack’s Restaurant on Sunday evening. The gathering filled the parking lot and recited prayers as well as sang songs in rememberance. “She was loved by all,” said Paul Williams, Davis’ uncle. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
A cameraman for WSIU packs up his gear after gathering footage of the home where Heather Davis was found with a gunshot wound Friday.  Davis was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and was pronounced dead.  Davis’ husband Chauncey Hughes was sought in connection with the death and turned himself in to Illinois State Police Saturday. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
A cameraman for WSIU packs up his gear after gathering footage of the home where Heather Davis was found with a gunshot wound Friday. Davis was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau and was pronounced dead. Davis’ husband Chauncey Hughes was sought in connection with the death and turned himself in to Illinois State Police Saturday. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
David Crim, of Brookport, paints a section of the levee wall in Cairo on Monday.  Crim has been painting since he was a child and currently exhibits his work at Right Angle Gallery in Paducah.  Crim plans to include an intricate border around the painting and estimated it’s completion in the coming month. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
David Crim, of Brookport, paints a section of the levee wall in Cairo on Monday. Crim has been painting since he was a child and currently exhibits his work at Right Angle Gallery in Paducah. Crim plans to include an intricate border around the painting and estimated it’s completion in the coming month. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

The Week in Photos: October 31, 2013

The visual report for the week of October 31, 2013:

Thomas Scott, 29, waits for a break in the rain under the I-57 overpass on Tuesday afternoon.  Scott, originally from Washington, has been riding his bicycle across America for the last three months.  "For me it's hard to stop and just do nothing," said Scott.  The rider plans to travel to Florida and look for work.  "Some people never get the opportunity to travel the country like this," said Scott. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Thomas Scott, 29, waits for a break in the rain under the I-57 overpass on Tuesday afternoon. Scott, originally from Washington, has been riding his bicycle across America for the last three months. “For me it’s hard to stop and just do nothing,” said Scott. The rider plans to travel to Florida and look for work. “Some people never get the opportunity to travel the country like this,” said Scott. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Joel Barr, 23, of Cairo has his hair braided by Destiny Smith on Friday.  Barr has been growing his hair for almost three years and has found that keeping it in braids is more convenient for him.  "I think it's about the coolest way to keep the hair out of my face," said Barr.  The process takes Barr close to an hour and involves multiple, brightly-colored, hair extensions. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Joel Barr, 23, of Cairo has his hair braided by Destiny Smith on Friday. Barr has been growing his hair for almost three years and has found that keeping it in braids is more convenient for him. “I think it’s about the coolest way to keep the hair out of my face,” said Barr. The process takes Barr close to an hour and involves multiple, brightly-colored, hair extensions. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Louise Ogg displays old Cardinals' logos at The Custom House Museum in Cairo. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Louise Ogg displays old Cardinals’ logos at The Custom House Museum in Cairo. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
John Nugent presents at the joint replacement seminar held at Smiles Senior Center in Mounds.  The seminar focused on the many options that patients have when it comes to joint replacement. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
John Nugent presents at the joint replacement seminar held at Smiles Senior Center in Mounds. The seminar focused on the many options that patients have when it comes to joint replacement. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Speakers from the joint replacement seminar held at Smiles Senior Center in Mounds pose for a photo after presenting their information to the those in attendance.  Speakers from the the presentation included John Nugent of The Orthopedic Institue of Southern Illinois,  Jane Junkerman, branch manager of VNA Cairo and Metropolis, Bradi Havens, head of marketing for VNA TIP, Roslyn Smith, and Elly Nelson. -- Photo Provided | The Cairo Citizen
Speakers from the joint replacement seminar held at Smiles Senior Center in Mounds pose for a photo after presenting their information to the those in attendance. Speakers from the the presentation included John Nugent of The Orthopedic Institue of Southern Illinois, Jane Junkerman, branch manager of VNA Cairo and Metropolis, Bradi Havens, head of marketing for VNA TIP, Roslyn Smith, and Elly Nelson. — Photo Provided | The Cairo Citizen
Workers for Illinois-American Water Company perform routine maintenance and flushing on a hydrant in Cairo.  The Company has been flushing hydrants throughout Cairo during the month of October. The act of flushing the hydrants has little effect on water pressure throughout town-- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Workers for Illinois-American Water Company perform routine maintenance and flushing on a hydrant in Cairo. The Company has been flushing hydrants throughout Cairo during the month of October. The act of flushing the hydrants has little effect on water pressure throughout town– George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

The Week in Photos: October 24, 2013

The visual report for the week of October 24, 2013:

Charles Johnson of Cairo enjoys the sun and warmth on Sunday afternoon. Southern Illinois experienced pleasant weather with highs in the upper 60s and abundant sunshine.   Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 50s during the upcoming week. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Charles Johnson of Cairo enjoys the sun and warmth on Sunday afternoon. Southern Illinois experienced pleasant weather with highs in the upper 60s and abundant sunshine. Temperatures are expected to drop into the low 50s during the upcoming week. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Isaraell Whitfield and Chris Lewis play a friendly game of one-on-one basketball in Cairo on Saturday.  The boys practiced in the early afternoon, taking pointers from Whitfield's father.  Gary Whitfield watched from the sidelines and occasionally stepped in to offer advice on the game.  "I'm just trying to instill the right values in the kids and show them that they don't have to sell drugs or cause trouble, said Whitfield.  I didn't have a positive male influence growing up and I want different for these kids." -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Isaraell Whitfield and Chris Lewis play a friendly game of one-on-one basketball in Cairo on Saturday. The boys practiced in the early afternoon, taking pointers from Whitfield’s father. Gary Whitfield watched from the sidelines and occasionally stepped in to offer advice on the game. “I’m just trying to instill the right values in the kids and show them that they don’t have to sell drugs or cause trouble, said Whitfield. I didn’t have a positive male influence growing up and I want different for these kids.” — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Marcy Brown-Cummings removes laundry from her clothesline on Sunday.   "I'm not sure how many more nice days we'll get like this," said Brown-Cummings. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Marcy Brown-Cummings removes laundry from her clothesline on Sunday. “I’m not sure how many more nice days we’ll get like this,” said Brown-Cummings. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Sharon Williams, 66, of Cairo, picks weeds from the flower bed surrounding her home.  "I'm out here working almost every weekend," said Williams.  Williams estimates she spreads between approximately 60 bags of mulch yearly. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Sharon Williams, 66, of Cairo, picks weeds from the flower bed surrounding her home. “I’m out here working almost every weekend,” said Williams. Williams estimates she spreads between approximately 60 bags of mulch yearly. — 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week in Photos: October 10, 2013

The visual report for the week of October 10, 2013:

Vernell Drake and Dorothy Simelten enjoy the sunshine  on October 4 at Daystar Community Care Center in Cairo.  Daystar held a cook out for residents and members of the community offering food, music, and the presence of Flash the horse. -- George L:amboley | The Cairo Citizen
Vernell Drake and Dorothy Simelten enjoy the sunshine on October 4 at Daystar Community Care Center in Cairo. Daystar held a cook out for residents and members of the community offering food, music, and the presence of Flash the horse. — George L:amboley | The Cairo Citizen
Carol Williams cares for her horse Flash on October 4 at Daystar Community Care Center in Cairo. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Carol Williams cares for her horse Flash on October 4 at Daystar Community Care Center in Cairo. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Bruce Harrell, president of the Cairo Shriners Club displays his hat before taking part in the annual parade through Cairo.  According to Harrell the hat is called a "fez" and is a part of the formal uniform for Shriners.  The club spent much of the morning and afternoon preparing barbecue and socializing with fellow members and families before taking part in the parade. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Bruce Harrell, president of the Cairo Shriners Club displays his hat before taking part in the annual parade through Cairo. According to Harrell the hat is called a “fez” and is a part of the formal uniform for Shriners. The club spent much of the morning and afternoon preparing barbecue and socializing with fellow members and families before taking part in the parade. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

Residents of Cairo line the streets for the town's annual parade.  The Parade included antique automobiles, many of the town's emergency response vehicles, and the high school's marching band.  Many gathered candy thrown from the passing vehicles and enjoyed a break in the stormy weather that was present throughout Saturday.  Although the parade was short many chose to remain along the streets which were used for the parade route. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Residents of Cairo line the streets for the town’s annual parade. The Parade included antique automobiles, many of the town’s emergency response vehicles, and the high school’s marching band. Many gathered candy thrown from the passing vehicles and enjoyed a break in the stormy weather that was present throughout Saturday. Although the parade was short many chose to remain along the streets which were used for the parade route. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the Cairo High School Marching Band play in the parade Saturday October 5. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the Cairo High School Marching Band play in the parade Saturday October 5. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Kaycee Nichols, 11, of Mounds, washes the the windshield on an ATV in preparation for Cairo's annual parade on Saturday, October 5. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Kaycee Nichols, 11, of Mounds, washes the the windshield on an ATV in preparation for Cairo’s annual parade on Saturday, October 5. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom’s Place Takes a Hit

Tom Riston didn’t plan on opening a drive -through at his Tamms restaurant Tom’s Place.  However, after a recent incident involving a truck that drove through the wall of his building he is jokingly reconsidering.

“If you can’t cook you can’t have a business,” said Riston.  “It was a complete mess.”

Tom and his wife  Bonnie were asleep in their adjacent home at 3 in the morning on Saturday when they heard a large crash come from outdoors.

“I had to ask him if it was thunder that I had heard,” said Bonnie Riston.

When the Ristons investigated they found that a car had crashed completely through the wall of their restaurant.  The accident left a gaping hole nearly 10 feet wide.

The vehicle was traveling on Illinois Highway 127 when it left the road crashing through the Riston’s yard and fence, ultimately ending up in the wall of the restaurant.

“We keep our animals out in that yard most of the time,” said Riston.  “We’re really just glad nobody got hurt.”

After cooperation with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department suspects were apprehended only a few  hours later.

Riston stated that he is unsure exactly how long the restaurant will stay closed.  The family hopes to be back in operation within 30 days.

Riston is planning on doing many of the repairs himself.  He originally erected the building himself.

The family is remaining positive in light of the recent events, expecting a timely return from their insurance  coverage and  a quick return to business as usual.

“We’re incredibly thankful for all the help we’ve recieved,” said Bonnie Riston.

George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

Tom Riston, owner of Tom's place, a popular restaurant in Tamms, clears wreckage from his business.  Tom's Place was the victim of a hit-and-run on September 21.  The Accident has forced his business to close indefinitely.  "If you can't cook you can't have a business," said Riston. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Tom Riston, owner of Tom’s place, a popular restaurant in Tamms, clears wreckage from his business. Tom’s Place was the victim of a hit-and-run on September 21. The Accident has forced his business to close indefinitely. “If you can’t cook you can’t have a business,” said Riston. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Bonnie Riston displays a photo of the fence which was damaged during the September 21 accident.  "We're really just glad nobody got hurt," said Riston. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Bonnie Riston displays a photo of the fence which was damaged during the September 21 accident. “We’re really just glad nobody got hurt,” said Riston. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

The Week in Photos: October 3, 2013

The visual report for the week of October 3, 2013:

Owna Butler, 94, of Grand Chain, recalls her past while enjoying the warm weather in Grand Chain on Saturday, September 28.  Butler has lived in Southern Illinois for her entire life, attending many of the area schools which are no longer in existence.  "Most of the people and places I know are gone," said Butler.  Butler enjoyed the festivities of Grand Chain Day, electing to tour the town on a horse-drawn carriage.  "I think some people have an understanding with the master upstair," said Butler, referring to her health and life's longevity. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Owna Butler, 94, of Grand Chain, recalls her past while enjoying the warm weather in Grand Chain on Saturday, September 28. Butler has lived in Southern Illinois for her entire life, attending many of the area schools which are no longer in existence. “Most of the people and places I know are gone,” said Butler. Butler enjoyed the festivities of Grand Chain Day, electing to tour the town on a horse-drawn carriage. “I think some people have an understanding with the master upstair,” said Butler, referring to her health and life’s longevity. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
A participant in the Grand Chain Day parade throws candy to children Saturday.  The parade features floats, antique farming equipment, and emergency response vehicles from the area.  Children and parents lined the streets for the chance to behold the many vehicles and collect sugary treats. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
A participant in the Grand Chain Day parade throws candy to children Saturday. The parade features floats, antique farming equipment, and emergency response vehicles from the area. Children and parents lined the streets for the chance to behold the many vehicles and collect sugary treats. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Children line up during the parade on Main Street in Grand Chain on Saturday, September 28. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Children line up during the parade on Main Street in Grand Chain on Saturday, September 28. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Kalyse Davis, 6, of Metropolis looks on in wonderment of a ball floating on a stream of air during Grand Chain Day. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Kalyse Davis, 6, of Metropolis looks on in wonderment of a ball floating on a stream of air during Grand Chain Day. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Children enjoy the bounce house Saturday during Grand Chain Day. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Children enjoy the bounce house Saturday during Grand Chain Day. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

Nadia and Jennifer Bolinger, of Scott City, exit the Grand Chain Jail on Saturday, September 28 during the festivities of Grand Chain Day. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Nadia and Jennifer Bolinger, of Scott City, exit the Grand Chain Jail on Saturday, September 28 during the festivities of Grand Chain Day. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Cheryl Dunaway of the Glory Road Ramblers performs Saturday during Grand Chain Day. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Cheryl Dunaway of the Glory Road Ramblers performs Saturday during Grand Chain Day. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Tom Riston, owner of Tom's place, a popular restaurant in Tamms, clears wreckage from his business.  Tom's Place was the victim of a hit-and-run on September 21.  The Accident has forced his business to close indefinitely.  "If you can't cook you can't have a business," said Riston. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Tom Riston, owner of Tom’s place, a popular restaurant in Tamms, clears wreckage from his business. Tom’s Place was the victim of a hit-and-run on September 21. The Accident has forced his business to close indefinitely. “If you can’t cook you can’t have a business,” said Riston. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Bonnie Riston displays a photo of the fence which was damaged during the September 21 accident.  "We're really just glad nobody got hurt," said Riston. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Bonnie Riston displays a photo of the fence which was damaged during the September 21 accident. “We’re really just glad nobody got hurt,” said Riston. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week in Photos: September 19, 2013

The visual report for the week of September 19, 2013:

Jermar Mayer plays basketball in the fading sunlight Monday in front of his home in Cairo.  Children from the neighborhood took turns slam dunking the basketball on their miniature hoop while cheering each other on. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen.
Jermar Mayer plays basketball in the fading sunlight Monday in front of his home in Cairo. Children from the neighborhood took turns slam dunking the basketball on their miniature hoop while cheering each other on. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen.
Brandon Webster, 11, describes the sacrifice many soldiers made during their tours of duty in the United States Armed Forces.  "Let us forever remember and never forget their sacrifices," said Webster.   The Cairo V.F.W. hall held a gathering for National P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition Day.  The Gathering featured Mayor Tyrone Coleman as a guest speaker, the presentation of a flag to a veteran's granddaughter, and a potluck lunch.  The ceremony gave area veterans the chance to socialize with each other and honor their peers; remembering the deeds which have paved the way for America's enduring freedom. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Brandon Webster, 11, describes the sacrifice many soldiers made during their tours of duty in the United States Armed Forces. “Let us forever remember and never forget their sacrifices,” said Webster. The Cairo V.F.W. hall held a gathering for National P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition Day. The Gathering featured Mayor Tyrone Coleman as a guest speaker, the presentation of a flag to a veteran’s granddaughter, and a potluck lunch. The ceremony gave area veterans the chance to socialize with each other and honor their peers; remembering the deeds which have paved the way for America’s enduring freedom. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Veterans ceremoniously fire rifles outside the Cairo V.F.W. hall as part of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Veterans ceremoniously fire rifles outside the Cairo V.F.W. hall as part of Prisoners of War and Missing in Action Recognition Day. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Mayor Tyrone Coleman addresses the gathering at Cairo's V.F.W. hall.  "Let me remind you that freedom is not free," said Coleman.  Coleman expressed his gratitude and respect for those who have sacrificed to ensure or current standard of life. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Mayor Tyrone Coleman addresses the gathering at Cairo’s V.F.W. hall. “Let me remind you that freedom is not free,” said Coleman. Coleman expressed his gratitude and respect for those who have sacrificed to ensure or current standard of life. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition ceremony at the Cairo V.F.W. featured the tradition among veterans of setting an unaccompanied table for one.  The table symbolized the fact that many members of American families are missing due to their involvement in conflicts throughout history. A single slice of lemon is displayed to remind people of the bitter fate that awaits many POWs and those missing in action. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The P.O.W./M.I.A. Recognition ceremony at the Cairo V.F.W. featured the tradition among veterans of setting an unaccompanied table for one. The table symbolized the fact that many members of American families are missing due to their involvement in conflicts throughout history. A single slice of lemon is displayed to remind people of the bitter fate that awaits many POWs and those missing in action. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The sky above Cairo is shown on Friday, September 20, 2013.  Friday brought heavy rains with a high of 78 degrees. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The sky above Cairo is shown on Friday, September 20, 2013. Friday brought heavy rains with a high of 78 degrees. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen