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Home Extension Ladies Donate 93 Bras To Violence Prevention Center

The ladies of Home and Community Education (HCE) found new uses for old bras lying around their homes. During their Women Supporting Women potluck, participants submitted their creative entries in a “Best Use Of An Old Bra” contest. The winners were Carol Hoffmann, lunch box; Lucille Ohms, wine bottle carrier; Marlene Kolbe, winter scene; and……

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Pieper, Vogel, Tallis And “Mubba” Honored At Mon-Clair Banquet

The boys of summer gathered Sunday at Columbia’s Turner Hall for the annual Mon-Clair Baseball League Banquet. The adult summer baseball program has been a fixture in southern Illinois sports more than 60 years. The day’s top honor went to Dennis “Boog” Pieper, the perennial leader of the Valmeyer Lakers. Pieper received the league’s Lifetime……

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Fresh Burn Plays At Honor-Que

Local rock band Fresh Burn performs at the Columbia American Legion Honor-Que. The band is Patrick Schoellhorn, Don Bantz, Robert Sonnenfelt and Bill Wason. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a subscriber you can purchase a subscription here.

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Jackson Gregson Busby

Megan and Josh Busby of Waterloo announce the birth of a son. Jackson Gregson Busby was born Oct. 3, 2019 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Gary and Terri Gregson of Waterloo. Maternal great-grandmother is Viola Frank of Waterloo…….

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Job’s Daughters Raise Funds For Hearing Improvement Fund

Lucky raffle winners were chosen at the Nov. 4 meeting of Bethel 54 Job’s Daughters at the Columbia Masonic Temple. Bethels from Columbia and O’Fallon raised $339 for HIKE (Hearing Improved Kids Endowment) by selling opportunity tickets for prizes. Honored Queen Hailey Dell has raised over $8,000.00 for HIKE over the past six years. To…

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Every Mom Is Crazy About A Sharp Dressed Young Man

It’s Tuesday, October-something and I blew it. We’re not even halfway through the school year and I already threw in the towel. Did I forget to pack his lunch when the tray offering was something “gross”? No, that happened on week three. Did I accidentally forget to completely empty the homework folder? Once! One time and I got……

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Having Fun Keeping Warm

Well, the cold weather, snow and icy roads arrived early this year. Old man winter blew through on Nov. 11 – Veterans Day. At least the kiddos were not in school. Last weekend, on the warm recent Sunday, local firefighters and ambulance EMTs had to scale to the top of the Fults Nature Preserve hill……

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Choosing The Right Time To Visit Phoenix, Where It’s Sunny All Day Long

Recently I turned into a bona fide snowbird and went, along with daughter Susie, to visit son Jim in sunny Phoenix. I learned they now have 59,000 snowbirds who visit Arizona every winter. Snowbirds are people who travel south when the weather turns cold where they live. Most stay the whole winter in the desert,……

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