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Wyatt (on trike) and Darren haul a broken bicycle off for repairs.

By Jeff Smyth

Another fire, another cry from those who believe a town “landmark” was lost and another reminder that the old buildings that remain on what is left of the Pinckneyville square either need to be razed or refurbished.

It is fortunate that the fire that gutted what was called “The Cunningham Building” in the wee hours of June 16 didn’t injure or kill anyone. It has been reported that at least six people were in the building at the time it started.  We are also thankful that the brave firemen who fought the blaze were unscathed unlike the time when the Opera House burned down and we lost one.

The Friends of Pyramid State Park unveiled its new logo and committed to working on several projects to help promote and improve the park including raising money for the  construction of an all-purpose building, providing water to north campground and creating a website.

Chrissy Hagene, a Pinckneyville Community High School graduate and current graphic design student at Rend Lake College, created the artwork for the non-profit organization. It features three trees configured in the form of a pyramid.

A 40-foot by 40-foot all-purpose building will be located in the Denmark section of the park and available for groups representing the many organization that utilize the park, as well as the general public, to use for outings.

(Editor’s Note: The Post is profiling the two candidates running for mayor. The order in which they appear was selected randomly.)

By Jeff Smyth

Pinckneyville Post

Fran Thomas rattles off four reasons why voters should elect her mayor of Pinckneyville. The first three – she doesn’t have an ax to grind, doesn’t have a chip on her shoulder and doesn’t have any family to hire – are not so subtle references to the practices of past administrations and even some current candidates. That should play well with voters who long ago became fed up with the insider’s game of running the city. It is the fourth, however, that seems most compelling.

“I probably know more about the city than anyone else in Pinckneyville,” Thomas said. “I know what the people sitting at the table can do and what they can’t do.”

Thomas’s credentials back her up. At 32 years, she is the longest serving city clerk in the history of the town. She worked under seven mayors.

(The Post is profiling the city’s mayoral candidates. The order in which they appear was done randomly.)

By Jeff Smyth

Pinckneyville Post

Robert Spencer doesn’t refer to himself as a consensus builder, but the way he describes approaching his career, and his reason for running for mayor of Pinckneyville, it is easy to see that he is.

“I believe in serving the people,” he said. “We need to work as a group to make Pinckneyville the best it can be.”

By Jeff Smyth

I was going to describe the city of Pinckneyville’s beautification initiative as “putting lipstick on a pig”, but why drag the swine community into it other than to say that, at some levels, the project stinks to hog heaven.

The city council appropriated $350,000 from its Business District Fund to erect decorative street lamps around the Square and along Walnut Street south from Water Street. The lights will cost about $320,000. There will also be a Victorian-style pedestal clock, chiming in at $24,000, placed at the southeast corner of the Square on a portion of the Murphy-Wall State Bank parking lot.

By Jeff Smyth

Pinckneyville Post

PINCKNEYVILLE – Gorgi Naumovski was restless when we met at the St. Nicholas Brew Pub in Du Quoin Jan. 9, but gracious enough to take the time to do so anyway. The clock was winding down on Gov. Pat Quinn’s days in office and he had yet to sign off on approving licenses for 22 medical marijuana cultivation centers throughout the state. Naumovski and his partners in SI Farmacy were among the 369 applicants vying for either the growing centers or local dispensaries. In his company’s case, it had applied for both.

Quinn’s self-imposed Dec. 31, 2014 deadline to issue the licenses had long passed with no explanation for why a decision was delayed. Naumovski was certain that if the governor was to take any action, it would be by the end of the day. It was now close to 1 p.m. and with each text message or email alert, Naumovski scanned his smartphone in hopes of good news. None came.


PCHS students are holding bake sales and passing the hat to raise money for Sailor Gutzler, the seven-year-old survivor of the Jan. 2 plane crash that took the lives of her father, mother, sister and cousin. The effort begins this evening during the Panthers game against Waterloo at Thomas Gym. The team hosts Nashville Friday night at which time the money they raised will be donated to a trust fund set up in Sailor's name. Anyone wanting to give should contact the school.

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