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A 35-year-old Salem woman was being held in the Marion County Jail Thursday for obstructing justice and disorderly conduct. Salem Police arrested Shana Green of Vincent Street after responding to a report of a fight between two women fighting in front of the apartment building in the 200 block of North Jefferson.  Green allegedly refused to identify herself for police.

40-year-old Lavonda Goins of West McCord in Centralia was arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding Hamilton County warrant.

20-year-old Chalon Taytor of South 22nd in Mt. Vernon posted $300 bond and was released after being arrested by Marion County Sheriff's Deputies on an outstanding Jefferson County misdemeanor warrant.

42-year-old Wesley Hepler of Conservation Road n Patoka posted $150 bond and was released after being arrested by State Police for aggravated speeding and driving on a revoked license.  

Kaskaskia College will be holding an informational session on Saturday, August 9 for those interested in learning more about the ROTC program partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at KC.
Army Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) provides the tools, training and experiences designed to help you succeed in any competitive environment. Army ROTC is one of the Nation's top leadership programs, with many benefits to joining.
College representative, Carrie Hancock, will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August ninth to answer questions about the partnership, provide clarity on what the program involves and promote the opportunities available to participants after completion.
For more information, you may contact Hancock at 545-3075.

Several Hundred packed the stands on Wednesday night for the C-Bar Rodeo at the Marion County fair where cowboys and cowgirls alike competed in barrel racing, bareback broncos and bull riding.  

Among the youngest Bull Riders was 12 year old Hunter Richardson of Salem, who mounted the bull for the third time in his life at the Wednesday night rodeo. While he was thrown off quickly, he says he still had fun.

"I lost about four seconds. I lost my inside foot when they opened the gate, and I was really nervous...nerves got into me" said Richardson.

Richardson says that he was inspired to ride bulls after watching the movie "8 Seconds" with one of his friends. Last year, he took up the sport, much to the dismay of his parents.

"At first they thought I was out of my mind. They said 'Oh no, you aren't doing this'. But, I talked them into it eventually and paid for all the gear myself, and I've gotten all the way up here, and I'm gonna do what it takes" said Richardson.

Taking first place in the bull riding event was Ben Williams, with a score of 83 points.

Also at the rodeo was Marion County's own Dusty Crain, a St. Peter native and 2005 South Central High School Graduate who spends most of her time performing as a "trick rider" for the Dixie Stampede at Dollywood Tennessee. She said it was a real treat to be back home.

"It's so awesome. I worked my whole life to work at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and Rodeo, and there are so many people sitting in that crowd that watched me learn, watched me struggle, watched me grow as a performer. To come back and show them what I do for a living...the feeling is indescribable and humbling. I'm so glad to be here" Crain told WJBD.

Crain performed dozens of death-and-gravity-defying stunts including so called "Roman Riding" which involves standing on two horses at once and performing maneuvers, including jumping through a ring of fire.

The rodeo was the climax of fair events on Wednesday, which also included the 4-H Livestock Auction.

Fair events continue this week with Drew Baldridge Performing Thursday night (tonight), the Demolition Derby on Friday, and the big NTPA Tractor Pull on Saturday.

A meeting has been called of the regional coalition formed to support Murray Developmental Center.  Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby have asked for the members to meet at ten next Tuesday morning at Centralia City Hall.  

The meeting follows the decision of Federal Court Judge Marvin Aspen to deny an injunction to the Murray Parents Association barring the state from moving out the residents until a decision is made on the overall court case.  

Representative Charlie Meier and Murray Parents Association President Rita Winkler will be updating the coalition on recent developments as well as discussing needs and next steps to move forward in the fight against the closure of Murray Center. 

A former rural Centralia man who still has family in the area has died as the result of an apparent self-inflicted hanging in the St. Louis City Jail.  

The St. Louis Medical Examiners Office Chief Investigator Rose Psara reports 48-year-old Justin Wells appears to have hung himself with a phone cord in a single man cell at the St. Louis City Jail on Tuesday.  Psara says Wells had been picked up on outstanding warrants.  She says Wells was found right away and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.   

The St. Louis Corrections Division is also investigating the incident.  

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