Recent News

Storm Blows Through County

July 14, 2018
photo - During Saturday evening's storm, lightning struck a tree at D Road and Schrader Lane in rural Hanover at 7:15 p.m. The county road district is working to remove the limb and re-open D Road. - photo by Christine Bira A swift-moving storm has brought strong winds, lightning and a deluge of much-needed rain... Read More

Counterfeit Bills Passed In Columbia

July 10, 2018
The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance is identifying a person suspected of passing counterfeit money at a local businesses. According to the police report, on Sunday evening July 8, a person used counterfeit $20 bills to pay for merchandise at Marie’s Ice Cream Shoppe and McDonald’s. The person drove away in... Read More

Three Injured In Route 3 Head-On Collision North Of Red Bud

July 6, 2018
A Waterloo man along with a woman and her daughter from Red Bud were hospitalized following a three-vehicle accident on the Fourth of July. The wreck took place at 10:45 p.m., at the intersection of Rt. 3 and J Road, a couple miles northwest of Red Bud (inside Monroe County). Matt Notter, 22, of Waterloo... Read More

Valmeyer Mid-Summer Baseball Classic Underway

June 30, 2018
photo - Waterloo centerfielder Ethan Ruff steals second in the Millers opening-game loss to Belleville. - photo by Bob Haentzler  The boys of summer are in full swing in the heart of old town Valmeyer. For 47 years local Mon-Clair Baseball League teams have squared off at Borsch Park for the Mid-Summer Classic. Teams taking... Read More

Head-On Collision Sends Six To Hospital

June 19, 2018
Six young adults were rushed to area hospitals following a head-on collision Tuesday evening along LL Road Road in rural St. Joe. The injuries to the four to six persons involved are not believed to be life-threatening.  At 6:15 p.m., a 911 call was made to report a gold Silverado truck and a white Nissan... Read More

Two Hospitalized Following Accident On North End Of Columbia

June 15, 2018
​photo - Good Samaritan Pat Brogan, right, talks to a police officer following a two-vehicle accident at Rt. 3 and North Main on the north end of Columbia.    Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries sustained in a pickup truck vs. car collision at Route 3 and North Main on the north end... Read More

Columbia Clean-up Begins In Wake Of Thunderstorm

June 9, 2018
photo - Smokes billows out of a South Rapp Street home after lightning struck the roof during Saturday morning's thunderstorm.  - photo by Chrissy (nee Hoffmann) Ekerty  This morning's thunderstorm wrecked havoc with lightning strikes in Columbia as well as flooding sections of Bluff Road. Firefighters from Columbia, Waterloo, Dupo and Millstadt were dispatched to... Read More

Serious Injury Following Four-Wheeler Accident In Maeystown

June 6, 2018
A 9-year boy was seriously injured this morning in a four-wheeler accident in the Maeystown Civic Association Park. The young man and his father were riding in the park when one of the vehicles slammed into a tree. A Monroe County ambulance, along with sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Maeystown and Waterloo rushed to the... Read More

Two Columbia Residential Break-ins Over Past Week

May 29, 2018
Columbia police are asking residents to report any suspicious activity after they received reports of two residential break-ins in one week.  On the morning of May 22, the Columbia Police Department received a called to report a possible break-in at a home in the 300 block of West Park Drive. A neighbor spotted jewelry and other... Read More

Gas Leak In Downtown Columbia

May 11, 2018
(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