Recent News

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

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