Centralia – The City of Centralia broke ground on the Gaetti Sports Academy yesterday morning, marking the first step toward the building of a sports facility that will serve all of southern Illinois. Many braved the heat yesterday morning as former Major League All-Star and Centralia Native Gary Gaetti spoke about the potential of the project. A youth tournament in honor of the groundbreaking is being held this weekend in Centralia. The city’s Economic Development Director, Rose Aldag-McVey says they are excited that the first phase of the Meadow Woods Development is beginning construction of the estimated $4.6 million dollar project.
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