From The Ed-itor’s Desk…

Off Road Enthusiasts Racing To Columbia

July 13, 2018
With the streets of downtown Columbia lined with with loose rock, hazard cones and potholes the size of Friz Nickle, local off road clubs are coming to town. The drivers are testing their skills by maneuvering their 4x4's through this rugged terrain.  ESPN recently aired this past week's time trials to get from City Hall... Read More

Inappropriate Jackets To Wear In Monroe County

June 22, 2018

Well, At Least Their Popcorn Gets An A+

June 20, 2018
While the Better Business Bureau has given Rural King an 'F' rating, local shoppers to the Waterloo store are in agreement that the free popcorn they hand out deserves a grade of A+.  When folks are shopping for horse feed, fence posts, gun ammunition, bird feeders and all the wide range of merchandise, they make... Read More

Happy Easter – April Fools’ Day From The Independent

April 1, 2018

Whitewater Rafting Comes To Monroe County

March 27, 2018
​With the deluge of rain falling this week, area creeks are overflowing their banks. That means it is prime time to white water raft. Why spend the money traveling far away when you can enjoy a day of adventure right in our own back yard. The Maeystown Polar Bears invite folks to put on their... Read More

Monroe County’s New Year’s Baby

January 1, 2018
The first birth of the New Year in Monroe County is credited to the bull son of Foxie Roxie and Catapult Allscheid. The family has not yet named the New Year’s baby. The calf was born at 2:30 a.m., Jan. 1, 2018 at the Allscheid Farm off Andy’s Run in rural Waterloo. The bull weighed in... Read More

Discussion topics at Monroe County’s very first Thanksgiving….

November 23, 2017
Who will win the big Thanksgiving Day football game between Bellefontaine and Peterstown? Turkey and dressing is fine for this holiday, but I suggest we stick to fried chicken and mostaccioli as the main dish for all other formal gatherings.  Columbia is such a fancy town that city officials are requiring all log homes be... Read More

Following Heavy Rain, Ark Spotted Floating Through Bottoms

April 29, 2017
With several inches of rain falling this weekend, local folks are doing their part to handle the deluge and safely live through the predicted flash flooding. Rural Harrisonville resident Noah Matzenscheimer is doing all he can to save his livestock at his family farm. Noah has built a large wooden boat, loaded up his family... Read More

What happens to your body after digesting a Starbucks’ unicorn frappuccino…

April 25, 2017
Despite all the warnings, folks continue to order the trendy Unicorn Frappucino from popular coffee chain Starbucks. The colorful high sugar beverage is already having dire repercussions to the health of those who consume the drink.  And why aren't the makers of My Little Pony suing Starbucks for copyright infringement?

Mushroom Hunting Underway In County

April 2, 2017
On this warm, sunny spring Sunday day, Monroe Countians have made their way into the woodlands to hunt for the fungal delicacy known as the morel mushroom. Reports are streaming in and pictures are being posted to Facebook of this year's early harvest. Folks are admitting to collecting morels, but few are providing details of... Read More