Facebook Contest Results in $3,361 In Winnings For Centralia Youth Initiative

July 28, 2015 Comments off

During the month of June a donation of 30 cents for each drink purchased at The Outfield was split evenly between Angels’ Arms and the CYI-FPF of Centralia. 

Justin Knolhoff of the CYI-FPF says that the Initiative has a very simple set of goals they attempt to achieve in the community.

“The Centralia Youth Initiative is kind of the over arching group. We have basically three things that we do; one is education, one is sports, and one is community. The sports one is actually named after Fred Pearson. Anything we do sports related, you’ll probably see Fred Pearson Foundation and Centralia Youth Initiative together.”

This Initiative has grown in it’s short time of existance to now include all area public schools in Centralia. 

“We run an after school math and reading program. We’ve been around for seven years. The first two years were only sports related. Then we started with the Centralia Junior High for a few years. Last year we did Lincoln School for the first time, and this year we added Jordan Schools. So we’ve only had what you see here, for one year. If you want to keep it simple, we basically cover all the area public schools in Centralia, 1st grade through 8th grade.”

Knolhoff says that the Fred Pearson Foundation holds a special place in the heart of many kids growing up in the Centralia area.

“This guy was basically a mentor to a lot of us when we were younger. Basically, he was the one who kind of taught us how to play baseball, basketball and stuff. A lot of us that went on to play in college and what not, we built this sports piece seven years ago in honor of him, he passed away back in 1993.”

This check will be donated 100% back into the Youth Programs of the City of Centralia.

For more information you can email the CYI at contactctownyouth.org

Mitsubishi Motors Working Together to Find Buyer for Central Illinois Plant

July 27, 2015 Comments off

The decision comes four years after plant employees agreed to pay cuts and the company committed to making Outlander SUVs in Normal.

66-Year-Old Injured in A Friday Wreck on U.S. 51

July 27, 2015 Comments off

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Dale Hickey of Van Buren Street was slowing to make a turn onto Brink Road when he hit loose gravel and lost control of his cycle.      

Hickey was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment of injuries.  

The crash occurred at 1:05 Friday afternoon.

Radia Abrasives Receives Many New Improvements

July 27, 2015 Comments off

“Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer, and what they do is they take in all of the pollutants and off-gases from our burning and they re-burn it until it’s pure air at that point.”

Baylis says the improvements come on top of upgrading of their old pollution control system that had largely gotten rid of the smell Radiac had become well known over the years.   He reports the new equipment and other work being completed now is part of on-going improvements since the Austrian Company Tyrolit purchased Radiac in 2010.  Baylis said the work began with an expansion to the west end of the plant with other inside work following.

“Over the last several years like in our vacuum systems that we had here to help control all of the dust and stuff, we’ve spent probably over $300,000 right there to help improve that. We’ve also upgraded different areas, we’ve got new equipment in. We’ve put all brand new lights, all the way through the facility, to make it a little more brighter and easier to work in. We’re putting security systems in. We’re trying to redo roadways, we’ve re-done our parking lot already, we’ve got a couple more that we need to do.”

Baylis reports their business follows the economy and right now it is pretty solid, although he’d like to see more work.  He says the improvements poise the company to be able to grow product production from the current $4.5-million to 5-million dollars a month to $6-million dollars.  

Baylis says from the order to the finished product normally is a six to eight week manufacturing process.  Some customers have a standard order each month.  

The Salem plant currently has 204 employees, up ten from last month.   They ship grinding wheels to customers around the world.  Baylis says the wheels leave the Salem plant by truck, before eventually being shipped overseas. 

The Salem plant is the largest Tyrolit plant in the U.S., but the company is considerably smaller than Norton which is the largest grinding wheel manufacturer in the U.S.  

Baylis gave a tour of some of the plant improvements to members of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Carlyle Lake Just Misses Targeted Summer Pool Levels

July 27, 2015 Comments off

Carlyle Lake is currently working as designed to lessen flooding on downstream sections of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers.

Although Carlyle Lake is experiencing elevated water conditions, recreational opportunities are still available. Some campsites in the Dam West, Coles Creek and Boulder Campgrounds are impacted due to high water conditions. All campsites in the McNair, Dam East Spillway and Eldon Hazlet State Park Campgrounds remain open.  Keyesport, Horseshoe Island, and Apache boat ramps and high water boat ramps at Dam West, Coles Creek, Boulder, and Dam East are currently available for launching.

Dam West and Coles Creek beaches are open, the beaches at Keyesport and McNair remain closed at this time. Other areas impacted by high water conditions include the Lakeview, Keyesport and Dam East fishing piers, and some township roads around the lake. Motorists should use caution when driving in low lying areas around the lake.

Due to the water level, some breakwaters and facilities may have been overtopped by water and caution should be used when boating near these and other submerged structures. Boaters are also reminded to use caution and watch for floating logs and other debris that may be present.

Three Jefferson County Wrecks See Four Injured

July 27, 2015 Comments off

Jefferson Rural Firemen say Shawn Miller of Hoffman was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Dix-Irvington Road east of Copple Road in rural Centralia. Miller reportedly ran off the pavement into the roadside ditch. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment. The wreck occurred at 1:30 Sunday afternoon.

Two 17-year-old Mt. Vernon juveniles were injured in a single car wreck on the Richview Road east of the Woodlawn Road around 6:15 Saturday night. Jefferson Rural Firemen say their vehicle had run off the road down an embankment. One was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment, while the other was transported by medical helicopter to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.  

The third wreck occurred early Sunday morning when a Fort Madison, Iowa resident ran off northbound Interstate 57 south of Ina.  Jefferson Rural Firefighters say Jerri Hines initially ran into the median, overcorrected, and had her van roll once on the shoulder before coming to rest on its wheels.  She was alone in the van at the time of the crash. Hines was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon for treatment of injuries.

Full accident reports are not yet available on any of the wrecks. 

Three Jefferson County Accidents Send Four to Hospital

July 27, 2015 Comments off

Four people were injured in three wrecks in Jefferson County over the weekend.  

Jefferson Rural Firemen say Shawn Miller of Hoffman was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle on the Dix-Irvington Road east of Copple Road in rural Centralia.  Miller reportedly ran off the pavement into the roadside ditch.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia for treatment.  The wreck occurred at 1:30 Sunday afternoon.

Two 17-year-old Mt. Vernon juveniles were injured in a single car wreck on the Richview Road east of the Woodlawn Road around 6:15 Saturday night.  Jefferson Rural Firemen say their vehicle had run off the road down an embankment.  One was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment, while the other was transported by medical helicopter to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.  

The third wreck occurred early Sunday morning when a Fort Madison, Iowa resident ran off northbound Interstate 57 south of Ina. Jefferson Rural Firefighters say Jerri Hines initially ran into the median, over corrected, and had her van roll once on the shoulder before coming to rest on its wheels.   She was alone in the van at the time of the crash.  Hines was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon for treatment of injuries.

Full accident reports are not yet available on any of the wrecks.    

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