One person was airlifted from the scene of a crash on the Walnut Hill/Baseline Road east of Route 37 late Friday night.

May 23, 2015 Comments off

One person was airlifted from the scene of a crash on the Walnut Hill/Baseline Road east of Route 37 late Friday night.  

Initial information from the Marion County Sheriff’s Department indicates a car driven by 32-year-old Jonathan Sherlock of Keenes was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed when it turned over on its top in the middle of the roadway.  

A 32-year-old Kell man, Kirk Hayes of Kell Road, stopped to help and report the wreck.  He reportedly helped Sherlock out of his vehicle.  Sherlock then ran from the scene.  

Another car driven by 18-year-old Mallory McMahan of McCauley Lane in Mt. Vernon didn’t see Sherlock’s car in time to stop and crashed into the wreckage.  The impact pushed both vehicles into Hayes’ truck.  

The Marion County canine was called to try and locate Sherlock.  He was found a short distance away on the side of a creek bed where he had apparently collapsed from the serious injuries he sustained.  

Hayes and McMahan escaped injury.  

The initial wreck occurred on the Jefferson County side of the road, but the second crash resulted in all three vehicles coming to a stop on the Marion County side of the road.  Accident reports are not yet available from either department.

The crash occurred at 10:40 Friday night. 

Breese Man Killed in Washington County Motorcycle Crash

May 23, 2015 Comments off

A 28-year-old Breese man was killed early Saturday morning when his motorcycle left a Washington County Road west of Okawville at a high rate of speed and crashed.  

Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger identifies the victim as Chad Wright.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

Styninger says Wright was driving southbound on County Highway 12 approaching the intersection with Nightingale Road when he ran off the west side of the pavement at a curve.  The cycle struck a concrete culvert.  Wright was thrown from the motorcycle, landing in a field 73 yards west of the point of impact.  

Wright was traveling alone.  

Toxicology tests were performed by the coroner, but no autopsy was conducted.  

The accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Okawville Police and the Washington County Coroner’s office.   

Salem Aquatic Center Opens Saturday

May 23, 2015 Comments off

The Salem Family Aquatic Center will be opening for the 2015 season at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 23.  The Ticketing Window will open at 10:00 a.m. for the sale of season passes, registering for swimming lessons, or booking parties.
 
Salem Family Aquatic Center will be open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The pool may close at 5:30 p.m. on nights of swim meets or special programs/activities. The facility will be closed on Saturday, June 6, to host the Swim Team Invitational Meet.
 
Salem Family Aquatic Center will be open to the public until 7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings, beginning June 13 and continuing through August 10.  Admission for those arriving after 4:00 p.m. will be $2. 
 
Every Tuesday throughout the season (through August 11), and on weekends during the extended season (August 22, 23, 29, 30 and September 5, 6, 7) a FREE hot dog will be given to the first 200 paid admissions each day, compliments of the sponsor of the day.
 
General admission rates will be no charge for those who are 2 years of age and younger; $5 for those who are 3 through 64 years of age; and $2 for those who are 65 years or older.  A parent or grandparent, in street clothes, accompanying a child 8 years of age or younger, will be charged $2 to enter the facility for the purpose of overseeing their child/grandchild.  Individual season passes are priced at $70/person for the 92 day season.  Family season passes, for a family of up to four, is $184/pass.  For additional family members, the cost is $36/person.  A family is defined as a group of two or more people living together and related by birth, marriage or adoption.
 
Gift Cards are available at Salem Family Aquatic Center.  Each gift card is good for five visits to the pool and cost $25.
 
Salem Family Aquatic Center is available for private party rentals—either from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.—for $200 for parties with 300 or fewer attending.  If your party has more than 300 people, there will be a charge of $1 per person above 300.
 
Early Morning Swim is a specially designed program for those early risers wanting to start their day out right.  Early Morning Swim times are not crowded.  This early morning program is designed for people 16 years of age or older and swim team members (13 years & older) who are actively practicing.  This Monday through Friday program will meet Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. and will begin on Monday, June 8, continuing through Friday, August 14–$2.50 daily or pool pass.
 
Swimming lessons at Salem Family Aquatic Center will be held as follows:  Session I June 15 through 26, registration deadline June 11; Session II June 29 through July 10, registration deadline June 25.  Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, with Fridays being used for making up rained out classes, if needed.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Monday, May 25 and Saturday, July 4—Free admission for all Veterans and those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces; Saturday, June 13—10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.DOLLAR DAY.  Admission will be $1 for all patrons; Saturday, August 15—CARDBOARD BOAT RACES.
 
For questions or additional information, call Salem Family Aquatic Center at (618)548-7792.

Centralia Plans Full Day of Memorial Weekend Activities on Saturday

May 23, 2015 Comments off

The activities conclude at three Saturday afternoon with the showing of the film ‘Bill’s Thud’ at the Centralia Area Historical Museum.  The movie documents the journey of Lt. Colonel ‘Bill’ Pacura and the plane he flew on 128 millions during the Vietnam War and his reunion with the Centralia community and his plane many years later.  The F-105 Thunderchief aircraft now sits on display at Fairview Park. 

Neighborhood Watches Topic of Second Centralia Drug and Violence Symposium

May 22, 2015 Comments off

Child abuse and neglect and childhood trauma is directly related to crime later in life.  Intravenous drug use, alcoholism and crime.  Until we give these kids some hope and safety, we will continue to have problems. 

Sanders hopes a small mentoring program being used as part of the program to reduce truancy at Centralia Junior High may be able to be expanded to serve the entire community.  She reports research is currently being conducted that will be available for the July ninth meeting.  It will also be held at the Centralia Youth Center on East Rexford Street at seven pm. 

Fire Blamed on Paint Fumes Damages Kinmundy Home

May 22, 2015 Comments off

A space heater apparently ignited some paint fumes Thursday setting the living room of a vacant house at 319 North Church Street in Kinmundy on fire.  

Kinmundy-Alma Fire Chief Kevin Day says the owner of the home, John Smith of Farina, was painting when a space heater ignited some of the fumes and burned an area of the carpeting and linoleum.  

Only a small amount of water was used to knocked down the fire.  While fire damage was limited, there was moderate smoke damage throughout the home that firemen helped remove. Day says there was no furniture in the home, which helped to keep damage down.  

Smith was in the process of fixing up the home before renting it out.  He was not injured.  

A State Deputy Fire Marshall was asked to look at how the fire started, but there was no indication the fire was anything but an accident.  

The fire call came in at 8:45 Thursday night, with firemen on the scene for about an hour.  

Murray Energy Announces More Than 1,800 Coal Mine Layoffs

May 22, 2015 Comments off

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Coal giant Murray Energy expects to lay off more than 1,800 mine workers, most from West Virginia.
    
The St. Clairsville, Ohio-based company announced Friday it plans to lay off 1,417 West Virginia miners. Illinois would lose 162 jobs. Ohio would lose 249.
    
The Monongalia County mine would be hit hardest, with 588 layoffs. It was temporarily idled in March.
    
Murray attributed layoffs to natural gas competition and blasted the Obama administration, which is pushing climate change regulation targeting coal-fired power plants.
    
Media reports say CEO Robert Murray mentioned the layoffs Thursday at the North American Coalbed Methane Forum in Cecil, Pennsylvania.
    
Last month, Murray announced 214 layoffs, including 128 contractors, at three underground West Virginia mines.
    
Murray bought five underground northern West Virginia mines from CONSOL Energy in December 2013.

(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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