A birthday bash benefit is planned for the family of Dennis Gambill this Saturday at Cornerstone Methodist Church in Centralia. The benefit includes a chili lunch, hot dogs, quarter auction, silent auction, vendor fair and much more. To donate to the cause or to send a message to the family, please visit our page.  

The theme for this year’s Halloween parade was chosen by Natalie Ann Poninski, who won a pizza party for her class at Willow Grove Grade School for her winning entry. “Animals Bring Happiness” is sure to spark several creative creature combinations for the 2017 event. The Centralia Halloween Parade is a tradition that is older than the…

Fall is fantastic with a number places to enjoy around the Loop. Many of these places opened for the season in September and more events are scheduled throughout the next couple of months. So whether it’s a corn maze, apple pickin’ or a hayride, check out the must-go places for autumn. Country Kids Pumpkin Patch,…

Sunday, Aug. 20 6 a.m.                                  Gates Open; limited concessions open 6:30 a.m.                             Balloon Race* 9 a.m.                  …

  Saturday, Aug. 19 6 a.m.                                   Gates Open; Limited Concessions are open 6:30 a.m.                              Balloon Race* 9 a.m.            …

Friday, Aug. 18 3 p.m.                        Gates Open 3:30 p.m.                   Opening Ceremony   Centralia High School Marching Showcase 4:30 to 7 p.m.             Class Clowns approx. 5 p.m.      …

Rising country star Drew Baldridge released a lyric video for his new single “Dirt On Us,” a boys-will-be-boys mid-tempo with scenes filmed in Patoka, Ill. The video was the latest to feature his southern Illinois hometown. In 2013, Baldridge invited a couple hundred of his friends for a pasture party in Patoka. One of his…

With summer around the corner, several local public pools are set to make another splash this season. Many pools have already announced their opening dates for 2017 and will continue to be open through Labor Day. Fairview Park Pool and the Rec Complex Pool, Centralia Hours: 1 to 6 p.m. daily. On days the outdoor pool…