Held bicentennial flag raising event

On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state. To celebrate the start of the Illinois Bicentennial year, communities across the state held flag raising events on Dec. 3 or 4. Pictured ready to raise the bicentennial flag on Monday at the Red Bud Fire Department are: Police Chief John Brittingham, city employee Julie Fleming, Code Administrator Jeff Mueller, city employee Barb Moeller, Superintendent Josh Eckert, administrative assistant Pam Poetker, Alderman Mike Reed and Mayor Tim Lowry.