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County Commissioner Ron Schultheis Has Died

Monroe County Commissioner Ron “Whitey” Schultheis, died March 30 after battling an extended illness. He was 68. The lifelong rural Monroe County resident and Valmeyer grade had retired from the Monroe County Electric Co-op in 2014 and ran in 2018 as a Republican candidate for county commissioner. Schultheis won the election in November of 2018……

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Stay At Home FAQ

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. The order prohibits things like visiting other people’s homes (except to provide care or supplies) and gatherings of more than 10 people and closes all nonessential establishments, including most retail,……

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Confirmed Case In Monroe County

The inevitable has happened… the viral infection quickly spreading across the globe has arrive in Monroe County. A Columbia woman in her 40s has tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Monroe County Health Department. The woman is believed to have contracted the illness while traveling out of state. She is under quarantine. Local Health Department……

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Federal Charges Filed In Hopkins Case

Christopher R. Grant of East St. Louis was been charged Wednesday with eight counts stemming from the Aug. 23, 2019, shooting death of Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins of Waterloo. The counts include federal crimes, including the murder of Hopkins. Hopkins was working with fellow SWAT officers attempting to serve a search warrant at a……

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Minor Chimney Fire At Hopskellers

There was a fire in a chimney flue today at Hopskellers Brewing along Third Street in downtown Waterloo. A 911 call was made at 3:15 p.m. after smoke started to filter into building from the chimney. A bit of extra black smoke was also coming out of the chimney.    The Waterloo Fire Dept. was……

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Downtown Waterloo Restaurants Can Use Their Fleet Of Vespas

Sunday afternoon humor… The governor’s mandated closure of restaurants and bars through at least March 30 has got local proprietors scrambling. How can they get their lunches and dinners to hungry folks demanding their menu items. Since they already have access to numerous scooters, the downtown Waterloo crew at Gallagher’s and Uncle John’s might consider……

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Harry Reichert Passes

Former County Commissioner Dedicated His Life To Community Service Harry R. Reichert Jr., 98, of Columbia, died March 14, 2020 at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Columbia, the son of the late Harry and Myrtle (nee Ramsey) Reichert Sr. Harry married Alma (nee Reed) Reichert in 1942 in St. Louis, Mo…….

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Two COVID Cases In St. Clair County

It was inevitable – the Corona virus is making its way into Southern Illinois. Two St. Clair County women have tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Illinois Department of Public Health. One of the women is in her 60s and the other is in her 70s. Health officials have confirmed that both of these women……

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Derrick DeWilde Has Passed

The family of Derrick DeWilde announce that has passed on Monday, March 9. For the past several years the Waterloo man had been dealing with severe injuries sustained in an accident while he was hunting in rural southwest Colorado. (A gust of wind fell a large tree limb that landed on him.) Derrick is survived……

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