Gas Leak In Downtown Columbia

(1:40 p.m.) There is a gas leak in downtown Columbia. Workers installing new water pipes hit a gas line at 207 N. Main (Main at Locust - Schlemmer Building). Utility crews from Ameren / IP and the Columbia Fire Department have been dispatched. Main Street is closed for several blocks in the vicinity. Citizens are … Read More

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This is only a test…. Train Derailment Exercise Conducted In Fults

Several area fire, police and EMS units are in downtown Fults Saturday morning taking part in an exercise involving mock train derailment. The scenario is that the cars were transporting some time of extremely hazardous material when an accident occurred.  A railroad line runs north / south through the Monroe … Read More

Rural New Athens Farmer Dies Following Monday’s Field Accident

Rural New Athens farmer Burt “Charlie” Kreher Jr. died Monday night, April 30, at a St. Louis hospital from injuries sustained in a farming accident on his property along Klein School Road, off Rt. 156 between Hecker and New Athens. Earlier that day, Kreher, 53, had been using a tractor to pull a field cultivator … Read More

Big Hearted Guitarist Dies Following A Fall At His Home

Lifelong Monroe County resident and popular St. Louis area rock guitarist Stephen Jaycox, 32, passed away at his rural Fults home on Friday, April 13. He died after falling down a flight of stairs leading to his basement, reports the Monroe County coroner’s office. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, April 15, … Read More

Busy Day For Emergency Responders

photo - Waterloo firefighter Blake Novack carries a pup to safety from inside a Waterloo home filled with natural gas.  Thursday morning was a busy time for emergency responders throughout the county.  9:30 a.m.: There was a report of the smell of anhydrous ammonia from a nurse tank setting in a farm field off … Read More

Family News

Andrew Phegley and Rabecca Woodhurst were married Oct. 1, 2016, at the Las Vegas Mini Castles in Las Vegas, Nev., They were joined in the poolside ceremony by family and friends.  Melyssa Devine was … Read More

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