Recent News

Large Field Fire In Rural Millstadt

November 23, 2017
(7:20 p.m.) Several fire departments are battling a fast-spreading field fire along Wagner Road (off Imbs Station Road) between Millstadt and Columbia. Firefighters from Millstadt, Columbia, Prairie du Pont, Waterloo and Camp Jackson are at the scene doing their best to knock down the flames. The first alarm was sounded at 7:20 p.m., on Thanksgiving... Read More

No Injuries In Columbia Rollover Accident

November 21, 2017
An SUV rolled and landed upside down in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on the north end of Columbia. Luckily, there were no serious injuries.  Just after 1:45 p.m., a Toyota Rav 4 and a Ford Fusion ran into each other at the intersection of North Main and Rt. 3. The impact caused the Rav 4... Read More

Deer Hunter Suffers Fatal Heart Attack While Hunting In Maeystown

November 19, 2017
A 76-year-old Belleville man died of heart attack Sunday morning after 8 a.m., while sitting in a deer stand in rural Maeystown (along Brandt Road just up from the Maeystown Road intersection). Darrell "Bud" Rippelmeyer was pronounced deceased at 10:05 a.m. by Monroe County Coroner Bob Hill.  The incident began soon after 8 a.m., when... Read More

Thanksgiving Holiday Safety Campaign

November 17, 2017
Columbia police officers will be making extra traffic patrols Nov. 17 through Nov. 27 to enforce seat belt usage and driving sober. The CPD is taking part in both the "Click It Or Ticket" and the "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" traffic safety campaigns. “We will conduct both daytime and nighttime seat belt enforcement zones... Read More

Construction Underway On Columbia’s Admiral Weinel Intersection

November 17, 2017
Columbia Traffic Alert: A stretch of Rt. 3 (Admiral Parkway) through Columbia will be tied up from Nov. 15 to Dec. 30. The Illinois Department of Transportation will be working on the southbound lanes at the Admiral Weinel Boulevard intersection (by Sonic). Drivers may want to come the back way past Hampton Inn to get... Read More

Columbia Woman Seriously Injured In Head-On Collision

October 24, 2017
One woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision Saturday evening on the north end of Columbia. Columbia resident Kimberly Rhodes, 28, is at St. Louis University Hospital being treated for leg trauma, amongst other wounds. According to the Columbia Police Department, just after 9 p.m., Allison Ramsey, 28, of Columbia, was driving a 2013... Read More

Gall Road / Route 3 Detour Coming This Summer

October 24, 2017
by Joe Leicht The project to improve Route 3 at Gall Road likely will happen in the summer of 2018, Columbia City Engineer Christopher Smith told the council's Committee of the Whole on Oct. 9. Smith said the preliminary studies required by the Illinois Department of Transportation have been completed and the work should be... Read More

Longtime Waterloo Business Owner Passes Away… Jack Toal Was Longtime Owner Of Toal Ford

October 18, 2017
Jack B. Toal, 93, of Waterloo, died Oct. 17, 2017, in Waterloo. He was born Oct. 1, 1924, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of the late Leo R. and Hildegarde (nee Brown) Toal. Mr. Toal is survived by his children, Patricia (Rick) Tangeman, John (Cindy) Toal, James (Karla) Toal and David (Libby) Toal; grandchildren... Read More

Two Teens In Custody After Fleeing Police In Stolen Car

October 1, 2017
Two Missouri teenagers are in custody after leading local police in a high-speed pursuit Sunday morning throughout the county. The two were handcuffed in Maeys Station after blowing a tire on the railroad crossing at Bluff Road and Outlet Road (between Maeystown and Valmeyer). A teenage boy was driving the Pontiac Sunfire, while a teenage... Read More

Dan Krebel Burned In House Explosion

September 29, 2017
A Burksville home was completely destroyed in a gas explosion just after 10:30 a.m., on Sept. 29. Ken and Katrina Kloepper lost their home, clothing and inside possessions. The residence is located along Lemen Road near the intersection of Kaskaskia Road (on the Waterloo side of Burksville). Local plumber Dan Krebel was severely burned in... Read More