The Sentinel has been a regular visitor to homes in and around Centralia and Mount Vernon since 1863. Along the way it has served to chronicle the lives of residents in many communities in South Central Illinois. The newspaper continues to be the area's largest news gathering organization.
The newspaper's motto is proudly displayed at entrance to the Centralia office, proclaiming faithful and unbiased news coverage:
Here shall the press
The people’s right maintain
Unawed by influence
Unbribed by gain
Today, the Sentinel has expanded regional coverage with the operation of community newspapers in Salem, Carlyle and Greenville, and with delivery into Marion, Jefferson, Bond, Clinton, Fayette and Washington counties.
The Sentinel's family owners have been strong proponents of community development and have remained important partners for the betterment of our local communities and civic organizations. The newspaper has continued to operate under the oversight of the same family since 1887.