The Week in Photos: March 6, 2014

The Visual Report for the week of March 6, 2014:

Deb Oldham, with Election Management Associates, conducts accuracy testing on Alexander County ballot tabulating systems. The public test was held at Alexander County  Clerk’s office on Thursday afternoon. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Deb Oldham, with Election Management Associates, conducts accuracy testing on Alexander County ballot tabulating systems. The public test was held at Alexander County Clerk’s office on Thursday afternoon. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alexander County Sheriff and Cairo resident Tim Brown debates the issue of animal control with Mayor Tyrone Coleman at a community breakfast held at Cairo High School in October 2013 -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alexander County Sheriff and Cairo resident Tim Brown debates the issue of animal control with Mayor Tyrone Coleman at a community breakfast held at Cairo High School in October 2013 — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Malik Hagler of the Century Centurions  motions to his teammates during game 4 of the regional tournament Thursday night.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Malik Hagler of the Century Centurions motions to his teammates during game 4 of the regional tournament Thursday night. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jarvis Woodson drives past Meridian defense at Century High School on Friday evening. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Jarvis Woodson drives past Meridian defense at Century High School on Friday evening. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Players fight for possession of the ball during game 4 of the Century Boys Regional Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Ullin.  Cairo lost to Century with a score of 55 - 47. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Players fight for possession of the ball during game 4 of the Century Boys Regional Basketball Tournament on Thursday in Ullin. Cairo lost to Century with a score of 55 – 47. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

Bryce Gardener makes a play at the 1A Regional Championship held at Century High School in Ullin on Friday. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

Bryce Gardener makes a play at the 1A Regional Championship held at Century High School in Ullin on Friday. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Center Bryce Gardner triumphantly holds the net from the 1A Boys Regional Championship game held at Century High School in Ullin on Friday.  The Pilots battled the Meridian Bobcats for the title  and were victorious with a score of 68 - 65. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Senior Center Bryce Gardner triumphantly holds the net from the 1A Boys Regional Championship game held at Century High School in Ullin on Friday. The Pilots battled the Meridian Bobcats for the title and were victorious with a score of 68 – 65. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

Amanda Cheek and Zachary Sauerbrunn were crowned Century High School’s 2014 Homecoming King and Queen on Saturday, February 22. -- Photo Provided | The Cairo Citizen
Amanda Cheek and Zachary Sauerbrunn were crowned Century High School’s 2014 Homecoming King and Queen on Saturday, February 22. — Photo Provided | 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: 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Week in Photos: November 21, 2013

The visual report for the week of November 21, 2013:

Debbie Short prepares a hamburger at Tom's Place in Tamms.  THe restaurant reopened Friday after being closed since late September due to a truck crashing through the kitchen wall of the establishment.  "We're so happy to have people coming back in," said Bonnie Riston, owner of Tom's Place.  The reopening featured drawings for prizes and a catfish dinner. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Debbie Short prepares a hamburger at Tom’s Place in Tamms. The restaurant reopened Friday after being closed since late September due to a truck crashing through the kitchen wall of the establishment. “We’re so happy to have people coming back in,” said Bonnie Riston, owner of Tom’s Place. The reopening featured drawings for prizes and a catfish dinner. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Debbie Short takes a to-go order at Tom's Place in Tamms on Friday, November 15.  While customers passed through during the grand reopening on Friday take-out orders also kept the staff busy. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Debbie Short takes an order at Tom’s Place in Tamms on Friday, November 15. While customers passed through during the grand reopening on Friday take-out orders also kept the staff busy. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Linda Mallert and Ellen Braggen order their lunch at Tom's Place in Tamms on Friday, November 15. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Linda Mallert and Ellen Braggen order their lunch at Tom’s Place in Tamms on Friday, November 15. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Dessert items offered for sale sit on the counter at Tom's Place in Tamms.  The restaurant held a grand reopening on November 21. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Dessert items offered for sale sit on the counter at Tom’s Place in Tamms. The restaurant held a grand reopening on November 21. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Volunteers in Brookport, Ill. sift through debris at the site where the H & H Feed Store stood for 27 years -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Volunteers in Brookport, Ill. sift through debris at the site where the H & H Feed Store stood for 27 years — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Mark Harris fills a garbage bag with small debris as part of the cleanup effort in Brookport, Ill. on Monday.  Volunteers came out in large numbers to help clear streets and yards of trees and debris. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Mark Harris fills a garbage bag with small debris as part of the cleanup effort in Brookport, Ill. on Monday. Volunteers came out in large numbers to help clear streets and yards of trees and debris. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Ron Henson repairs siding damaged by the tornado in Brookport, Ill.  The house, occupied by his mother, suffered only minor damage. "We had a few broken windows and some torn off siding," said Henson.  "I think we got pretty lucky" -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Ron Henson repairs siding damaged by the tornado in Brookport, Ill. The house, occupied by his mother, suffered only minor damage. “We had a few broken windows and some torn off siding,” said Henson. “I think we got pretty lucky” — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Utility workers service the overhead lines on 4th street in Brookport, Ill. on Monday. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Utility workers service the overhead lines on 4th street in Brookport, Ill. on Monday. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Dalton Wright and Bailey Durapau survey the damage to their grandmother's home in Brookport, Ill. on Monday.  A tornado passed through the town Sunday afternoon damaging several local businesses and homes.  Governor Quinn declared Massac county a disaster area along with six others throughout the state. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Dalton Wright and Bailey Durapau survey the damage to their grandmother’s home in Brookport, Ill. on Monday. A tornado passed through the town Sunday afternoon damaging several local businesses and homes. Governor Quinn declared Massac county a disaster area along with six others throughout the state. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
A child's Barbie doll lays in the roadway on 4th Street in Brookport, Ill. on Monday, November 18, 2013.  The town was hit by a tornado on November 17, leaving parts of the town in ruin.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
A child’s Barbie doll lays in the roadway on 4th Street in Brookport, Ill. on Monday, November 18, 2013. The town was hit by a tornado on November 17, leaving parts of the town in ruin. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The ruins of the H & H Feed Store in Boorkport, Ill. on Monday, November 18, 2013.  A tornado touched down in the area on the previous afternoon leaving a path of destruction through the town. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
The ruins of the H & H Feed Store in Boorkport, Ill. on Monday, November 18, 2013. A tornado touched down in the area on the previous afternoon leaving a path of destruction through the town. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the Varsity and Junior-Varsity Cairo Pilots met to play an exhibition game against each other on Friday, November 17 at Cairo High School. The Blue and White game brought out members of the community excited at the prospects of the coming season.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the Varsity and Junior-Varsity Cairo Pilots met to play an exhibition game against each other on Friday, November 17 at Cairo High School. The Blue and White game brought out members of the community excited at the prospects of the coming season. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the Varsity and Junior-Varsity Cairo Pilots play one another at the annual Blue and White Game at Cairo High School on Friday November 17.  -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the Varsity and Junior-Varsity Cairo Pilots play one another at the annual Blue and White Game at Cairo High School on Friday November 17. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citize
Ruby Smith passes out prizes to raffle winners at the Delta Activity Center in Cairo, Ill. on Thursday, November 14.  Members of the community met for a buffet lunch of chicken and to support the PATH program.  The Program for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness helps support those who are or are at risk for being homeless.  The program helps participants by aiding them in their search for jobs and providing services such as counseling and medical care. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Ruby Smith passes out prizes to raffle winners at the Delta Activity Center in Cairo, Ill. on Thursday, November 14. Members of the community met for a buffet lunch of chicken and to support the PATH program. The Program for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness helps support those who are or are at risk for being homeless. The program helps participants by aiding them in their search for jobs and providing services such as counseling and medical care. — 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 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

 

 

 

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Awarded Meth Grant

With the help of the federal government the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office is one step closer to eradicating the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the area.

The Sheriff’s office recently recieved a $256,000 grant to use towards equipment that helps deputies detect methamphetamine as well remain safe when dealing with the many chemicals associated with the drug.

“This will help us immensely,” said Sheriff Kern.

Cameras, protection suits, gunshot trauma kits, night-vision googles, and gas monitors are among the many pieces of equipment purchased by the Sheriff’s department.  The equipment is enough to equip ten officers.

Officers were also given new radios to help eliminate dead-zones throughout the county.

It’s a pretty impressive array of gear,” said Sheriff Randy Kern.

The grant also paid the yearly salary for two deputies.

Over the past decade the use and manufacture of methamphetamine has become a major problem for the area.  Kern stated that his office fields calls on the subject at least once a month. The last actual lab that authorities have seized was within recent months.

“It’s something we’re consistantly on the lookout for,” said Kern.

One of the main issues concerning the manufacture of the drug is how small the labs used to produce the drug can be.  Often, the equipment can be very portable and even fit into the trunk of a car.

Although the Sheriff’s office has been helped by this grant there are still money issues within the department.

“What can you do,” said Kern. “Yoou just have to play the hand that you’re dealt and keep working at the problems on a day to day basis.”

Pulaski County Sheriff Randy Kern looks over the new equipment used to detect methamphetamine and remain safe while in the presence of the drug at the Pulaski County courthouse on Friday.  The Sheriff’s office recieved the equipment through a $265,000 dollar grant. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Pulaski County Sheriff Randy Kern looks over the new equipment used to detect methamphetamine and remain safe while in the presence of the drug at the Pulaski County courthouse on Friday. The Sheriff’s office recieved the equipment through a $265,000 dollar grant. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
 George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

The Week in Photos: September 5, 2013

The Visual Report from the week of September 5, 2013

 

Pulaski County Sheriff Randy Kern looks over the new equipment used to detect methamphetamine and remain safe while in the presence of the drug at the Pulaski County courthouse on Friday.  The Sheriff’s office recieved the equipment through a $265,000 dollar grant. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Pulaski County Sheriff Randy Kern looks over the new equipment used to detect methamphetamine and remain safe while in the presence of the drug at the Pulaski County courthouse on Friday. The Sheriff’s office recieved the equipment through a $265,000 dollar grant. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alexander County engineer Jeff Denny addresses the many concerns the public has voiced about the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway project Thursday, August 27.  The fllodway project will effect many  facets of the economy and ecosystem in Alexander County and the surrounding areas.   Much of the discussion pertained to a 1,500 foot breech in the levee near Birds Point, MO.   “Closing the gap in the levee would wipe parts of Alexander County off the map,” said Denny. Many citizens spoke in opposition of the St. John’s Bayou project but were in support of the New Madrid aspect of the project. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Alexander County engineer Jeff Denny addresses the many concerns the public has voiced about the St. Johns Bayou and New Madrid Floodway project Thursday, August 27. The fllodway project will effect many facets of the economy and ecosystem in Alexander County and the surrounding areas. Much of the discussion pertained to a 1,500 foot breech in the levee near Birds Point, MO. “Closing the gap in the levee would wipe parts of Alexander County off the map,” said Denny. Many citizens spoke in opposition of the St. John’s Bayou project but were in support of the New Madrid aspect of the project. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the community and surrounding areas met at Cairo Junior Senior High School to obtain information from the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday, August 27.  Many in attendance voiced their opinions on the proposed projects.  “The goal right now is to simply listen,” said project manager Danny Ward.  The meeting gave attendess the opportunity to learn about the project, voice concerns, and ask questions. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Members of the community and surrounding areas met at Cairo Junior Senior High School to obtain information from the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday, August 27. Many in attendance voiced their opinions on the proposed projects. “The goal right now is to simply listen,” said project manager Danny Ward. The meeting gave attendess the opportunity to learn about the project, voice concerns, and ask questions. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Betty Davis, of Cairo, enjoys a cigarette on Wednesday while walking down Washington Ave.  “There is absolutely nothing going on around here,” said Davis. -- George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
Betty Davis, of Cairo, enjoys a cigarette on Wednesday while walking down Washington Ave. “There is absolutely nothing going on around here,” said Davis. — George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen

 

 

 

A Letter from the Editor

30a_isaacsmith3_web_ASTo my readers,

It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you this will be my last week as the editor of The Cairo Citizen. My wife has been accepted to graduate school in Indiana, so we will be moving there so she can pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. I told her when she applied, if she got in we would go with no questions asked. I guess she called my bluff.

Rest assured, though, there will be a replacement who will start work in the coming weeks and he will be just as vigilant and active in reporting the news as I have tried to be. I will let him make his own introduction, however.

It has been a tremendous honor being the eyes and ears of this community over the last year. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and am sad I will not get to know many more. Thank you for accepting me and ushering me into your lives and for helping me tell the story of Cairo and southern-most Illinois. I will never forget my time here and will look back on it fondly.

Best,
Isaac