Centralia mayor delivers State of the City address

CENTRALIA — Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby has released his State-of-the-City presentation, which shows a more than $284,000 reduction in Centralia’s General Corporate Budget from four years ago. The city also has a substantial increase of cash on hand from nearly negative $22,000 in 2012, to more than $1.262 million projected for this year. According to

Closings and delays for Thursday, February 19, 2015

SCHOOLS: Alternative Learning Academy, Centralia — Closed Ashley Grade School — Closed BCMW Head Start — No classes except full-day/full-year — all staff to report Bethel Grade School — Closed Bluford Grade School — Closed Bond County C U School District 2 — Closed Carbondale Community High School District 165 — Closed Carbondale Grade School

William H. Holthaus

BREESE — William H. Holthaus, 86, of Breese, died Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, with Fr. Patrick Peter officiating. Interment will follow in St. Dominic/St.

Rosalie Marie Law

PATOKA — Rosalie Marie Law, 87, Patoka, died Friday, February 13, 2015 at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia. She was born on May 18, 1927 the daughter of Walter and Mary (Spinnie) Bumann in Sparta. She married Harold Law on January 9, 1942 in Chester. He preceded her in death in 1996. Survivors include daughter

Centralia police respond to fatal shooting

CENTRALIA — Just before 10 o’clock Monday night, Centralia police responded to the 300 block of North Maple, on a report of shots fired, and discovered a 30-year-old man had been shot dead. According to Centralia Police detective Captain Richard Densmore, Michael Keith Tolliver was pronounced dead at the scene last night of multiple gunshot

Linda Madison

CENTRALIA — Linda J. Madison, 68, of Centralia, passed away at 7:55 p.m. on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Centralia Manor in Centralia. She was born on October 26, 1946 in Alton, the daughter of Donald and Frances Hand. Linda married David R. Madison on July 1, 1967 in Alton. He preceded her in death

Dennis Wilkes

SANDOVAL — Dennis Leon Wilkes, 51, of Sandoval, and formerly of Odin, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015, in Sandoval. He was born on April 7, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Sterling W. and  Alice (Vaughn) Wilkes. He married Vickie White, and she preceded him in death on December 26, 2005. Mr.Wilkes