Recent News

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

Fatal Accident In Columbia

February 27, 2018
Hope Christian Church is having a Prayer Vigil tonight, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. to pray for the family involved in today's very bad accident on Rt. 3 in Columbia. The mother passed away and all six of her children are hospitalized. Two are in critical condition. All prayers are appreciated. ***** One person has... Read More

CHS Students Raise Funds For Special Olympics

February 26, 2018
This weekend Columbia High School students raised $820 for Special Olympics by taking part in the Polar Plunge at Carlyle Lake. The students are, left to right, Luke Volmert, Jake Koenigstein, Nick Bahr, Kaylee Fisk, Drew Worley and Davey Fischer.

One Rolls Over As Two Utility Line Trucks Collide

February 7, 2018
Update: 11:15 a.m. Maeystown Road has  reopened to all lanes of traffic between Waterloo and Wartburg.  8:15 a.m. Maeystown Road was closed from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. today following a two vehicle accident in the 6000 block of Maeystown Road between Waterloo and Wartburg.  Two large utility line trucks owned by J.F. Electric collided. The collision... Read More

Accident Into Utility Pole Shuts Down Rt. 3 Overnight

January 28, 2018
Route 3 between Columbia and Waterloo was shut down for several hours early Sunday morning, Jan. 28, as a car accident caused electric lines to be strewn over the roadway. Just after 2:30 a.m., a northbound car lost control, went off the highway and hit a utility pole located just north of Hanover Road. The... Read More

Rural Waterloo Home Destroyed In Friday Night Fire

January 27, 2018
Kyle Zygmund lost his home and most of its contents in a Friday night blaze, Friday, Jan. 26, near the intersection of KK Road and Rt. 3 south of Waterloo. Zygmund was out of town in Indianapolis when the fire broke out. He has since returned home after hearing the sad news.  Rodney Cissell was... Read More