Recent News

Rural Millstadt Home Destroyed In Early-Morning Blaze

July 5, 2017
A rural Millstadt home was destroyed in an early morning blaze. Just after 5 a.m., July 5, the fire alarm went off for a home on fire at 6101 Floraville Road (due south of the Millstadt four-way). Fire and heavy smoke were coming out of the windows as firefighters pulled up to the scene. A... Read More

Red Bud Man Arrested After Fleeing From Deputies

June 27, 2017
Rural Red Bud resident David McBride is behind bars after being charged with discharging a firearm during an altercation. He later fled on foot after deputies attempted to make the arrest. Early Saturday morning, June 24, McBride, 19, was pulled over at 1:21 a.m. by Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies near the intersection of Rt. 159... Read More

Man Revived From Apparent Drug Overdose Elbows Police Officer In The Face

June 27, 2017
A young man and a police officer were transported to the hospital following a Tuesday evening incident at Waterloo’s Lakeview Park. The man had been revived after an apparent drug overdose or medical issue, and the police officer was elbowed in the face during an ensuing discussion. 7:49 p.m., a 911 call was made to... Read More

Small Fire Damages Creason Funeral Home

June 25, 2017
Firefighters were dispatched early Sunday morning to Creason Funeral Home in downtown Millstadt. The fire alarm sounded at 5:55 a.m. for the report of smoke coming out of the windows at Creason's, located at 220 W. Washington Street (Rt. 158).  Millstadt and Columbia departments were dispatched and were soon pulling up to the scene. When... Read More

Valmeyer Man Charged In Carbondale Stabbing

May 27, 2017
Christopher Russell of Valmeyer has been charged in connection with a stabbing that occurred early Saturday morning, May 27, in Carbondale, according to The Southern Illinoisan newspaper. The victim was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Carbondale with non life-threatening injuries. A 911 call was placed at 1:37 a.m. for person stabbed at a... Read More

Local Attorney, Business Leader, Philanthropist Passes Away

May 18, 2017
Recent Obituary Floyd Edward Crowder, 84, of Columbia, died May 18, 2017 at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 30, 1933, in Warnock, the son of the late William C. and Lula I. (nee Smith) Crowder. He was married to Judith (nee Easton) Crowder in 1969, at the Graham Chapel... Read More

Cropdusting Helicopter Crashes – Pilot Not Injured

May 7, 2017
The pilot of a crop dusting helicopter avoided injury after crashing along DB Road in rural Foster Pond. The pilot was working for a company out of Iowa spraying chemicals on a field across from the DB Clubhouse. Neighbors Karl and Sarah Krebel saw the helicopter hit a power line next to one of their... Read More

Current High Water Update For Monroe County Bottoms

May 2, 2017
photo - Water creeps up toward Rt. 155 on the west end of Prairie du Rocher. The flood gates were closed May 1.  Monroe County officials are in monitoring mode as far as the recent rainfall and resulting local flooding. As of Tuesday, the National Weather Service was predicting rain to continue, and the Mississippi River was... Read More

Prairie du Rocher Levee Gate Is Closing

May 1, 2017
(8 a.m.) The Prairie du Rocher levee gate will be closing about 12 noon today, Monday, May 1. The gate is located on Rt. 155 on the west side of town. Folks living between the village’s levee gate and Ft. Chartres will need to make necessary arrangements.   In addition, precautionary sandbagging will take place... Read More

Waterloo Man Seriously Injured In Head-On Accident In Mascoutah

April 25, 2017
Lifelong Waterloo resident George Buchanan was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Tuesday, April 25. Just before 8 a.m., Buchanan, 47, was driving a Weir Auto Parts Center of Red Bud box truck in Mascoutah when it was hit head-on by a school bus. Buchanan’s left arm and left side were seriously injured. The... Read More