Recent News

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

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

May 5, 2018
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 County bottoms, parallel to Bluff Road and... Read More

Rural New Athens Farmer Dies Following Monday’s Field Accident

May 1, 2018
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

April 16, 2018
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, with the cause... Read More

Busy Day For Emergency Responders

April 12, 2018
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 Fourth... Read More

School Board Expels Student For Maximum Term

April 10, 2018
photo - Concerned parent Kelly Yochum, right, inquires about school safety procedures during an April 9 special meeting of the Columbia School Board. School Superintendent Gina Segobiano, left, are among the officials sitting around the meeting table. By Bethany Prange The Columbia School Board voted unanimously on April 9 to expel a student for two years... Read More

Columbia High School Excels At State Music Contest

April 4, 2018
Columbia High School band and chorus students had a strong showing at the IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest held recently at Alton High School. The musicians sang or played prepared instrumental solo and ensemble events for adjudication by area music professionals. Following the performances, the participants were awarded ratings based upon the quality of... Read More

Passing Motorist Pulls Man From Burning Car

March 30, 2018
Bob and Bernice Reinhold consider Brenda Chandler a hero. Brenda thinks she was just at the right place at the right time. But thanks to Brenda’s timely actions, Bob Reinhold is alive and well, after becoming stuck momentarily in his burning car. The incident took place at the Reinhold’s residence along LL Road in rural... Read More

CHS Student Suspended After Making ‘Threatening’ Posts

March 26, 2018
A Columbia High School student accused of making “threatening” social media posts and comments has been suspended as a police investigation is underway.  Parents and fellow students reported last week that the student, who has not been identified, made the ‘threatening’ remarks toward fellow students. CHS administrators were alerted to these concerns on Wednesday, March... Read More

Mother Is Killed And Her All Six Of Her Children Injured In Rt. 3 Accident

February 28, 2018
photo - The Webb family, Emily and Bryan, along with their six children ages 4 to 13.  The number of serious accidents continues to add up at one of the several busy Rt. 3 intersections in Columbia. One person has died and six children were injured in a horrific two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 27,... Read More