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There has been a tragic fire in a rowhous on Elgin Avenue last night in Centerville. The fire broke out about 11:15 last night in the bottom floor of the rowhouse at 1121 Elgin Avenue. It quickly spread to the second floor where three people were sleeping.

School Board Meeting

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On Tuesday December 5th, the Centerville High School held its monthly school board meeting.

Many teachers and parents attended the meeting, it was the largest meeting held in over a year at the school. The evening began with a presentation from the school's robot building program. The team had made it to the regional semi-finals in the competition where they fight robots that the teams had built.

Drunk Driving Trial

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Jack Johnson was in court yesterday on charges of DUI and assaulting a police oficer.

Jack was arested on June the 5th when he was puled over on State Street. Police Officer Fred Johnson testifid in court that Jack's Ford SUV was weaving and that he pulled him over at about 1 in the morning.

Crazed Attacker

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Branson Lexler 45, was arrested April 6th after police responed to a domestic violence call at 236 Elm Street in Centerville. The first officer an the scene was officer Janet Toll of the Centerville police Department. When the officer arrived she discovered victim Cindy Lexler, 19, running out of her house with visibly bleeding from her mouth and swollen redness around her eye.

City Council Meeting

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The Centerville City Council held a meeting last night. At the start of the meeting the council took attendance, then recited the pledge of alliegiance. Then the council discussed several issues. They discussed allocating $150 dollars to buy officie supplies for offices in the city hall. Council president Jay Radcliffe proposed apporving the money and coumncilwoman Jane barnes seconded it. the council passed that motion unanimusly.

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