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Two Charged Following Monday’s Police Chase

Waterloo Man And Belleville Woman Behind Bars   Dustin Schlemmer of Waterloo and Maudarie Forbes of Belleville are behind bars after being charged following the June 29 police chase from Columbia to rural Missouri. The two were in a Cadillac that refused yield to a County Deputy pulling them over along Rt. 3 south of……

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USA… USA… USA…. We Flattened The Curve!!

The United States has proved to be up to the challenge of flattening the curve. After reaching the first wave peak of the covid-19 pandemic, the numbers started going down. This is believed to have been the result of social distancing, hand washing and face mask wearing. Well, to make sure the U.S. didn’t fall……

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First Refusal!!!

For those keeping score, Gabe Schneidensheimer was turned down by a woman at Main Street Saloon at 11:48 a.m. He is is credited with being the first local dude to be turned down by a woman since the local bars allowed patrons inside. Gabe had gone three months without being turned down by a female -……

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Look Out Ladies!!!

Indoor dining and bar service has returned to Monroe County establishments. That means hordes of young males will once again be flirting with available females out on the town.   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…

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Restore Illinois Phase 4 Begins Friday

Illinois is slowly returning to normal as covid-19 numbers edge down and hospitals have sufficient capacity. Phase 4 of Restore Illinois takes effect this Friday, June 26, further relaxing the rules guiding the state as it deals with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Illinois’ positive cases have been trending down in recent weeks with the hospitalization rate……

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No Bull!!! Big Beef Closes I-255 Over J.B. Bridge

A bull is happy to be back inside its pen tonight; the black beauty had taken an unexpected journey a few miles away from home – a farm in rural East Carondelet. He had got around the fenceposts last Sunday and had spent this week strolling in the bottoms north of I-255. Just after 2……

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Niemann And Stiening Brothers Receive Quilts Of Valor

Three local Army veterans are the newest Monroe Countians to be bestowed Quilts of Valor. Les Niemann along with brothers Jeff and Travis Stiening received the quilts this past week in recognition to their service to the country as well as to comfort them for the ongoing that many service men and women face after……

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Pipher Leaving RBHS To Be Rocher Super

Rob Pipher has been named the new superintendent of the Prairie du Rocher Elementary School. Current superintendent Larry Beattie will step down July 1 to take a teaching position in Lawrenceville (just west of Vincennes, Ind.). Pipher, a Mt. Vernon native, is currently employed at Red Bud High School as the principal and wrestling coach….

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Legal Proceedings Continue For Man Charged With Death Of Nick Hopkins

The man charged with killing Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins of Waterloo appeared this week at the Federal Courthouse in East St. Louis. As expected in this part of the legal proceedings Christopher Grant, 46, entered not guilty pleas to the eight federal charges, including use of a firearm to commit murder in furtherance of……

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Used Cell Phones Benefit Military Personnel

Instead of throwing your old cell phone or tablet away, you can donate the item to a cause that benefits deployed military personnel. The Cell Phones For Soldiers programs accepts used/broken cell phones, smart phones, MP3 players, tablets and chargers. The donated items are then sold for their parts. Proceeds are used to purchase calling……

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