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Rural Columbia Home Explodes… Destroyed By Fire

By Monroe County Independent | October 18, 2019

Homeowner Able To Safely Escape The rural Columbia home of Eddy Hayes was destroyed by fire following an explosion in the residence located in the Hilltop area on Friday morning, Oct. 18. There were no serious injuries. The initial report is the fire was caused by gas leaking from a recently lit furnace. Just after …

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Millstadt Consolidated Wins State Baseball Title

By Monroe County Independent | October 17, 2019

In dramatic fashion, the Millstadt Consolidated Grade School baseball team won the Class M State Baseball Tournament in Pinckneyville. In the bottom of the eighth of the title game, John Hilpert delivered a clutch two-out single driving in Jake Stedman to propel the Panthers to a 3-2 win over Nashville. Stedman had reached base after …

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Waterloo Officer Wiegand Recognized For His Work Handling Domestic Violence

By Monroe County Independent | October 17, 2019

A time to heal, reflect and recognize domestic violence was highlighted at a vigil held Oct. 8 at the Courthouse Bandstand. This year the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois held their annual Peace Walk in downtown Waterloo. Abuse victims gathered with those who work on their behalf joined in a solemn, but forward-looking gathering. …

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