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Developer Gets Approval For Solar Farm East Of Valmeyer

It appears an eight-acre solar energy farm will soon be cropping up just east of new town Valmeyer. Borrego Solar Systems is set to lease the farm ground (30 acres in total located due east of the Valmeyer School) from Bob and Betty McNiel. On a sunny day the two-megawatt system will generate enough power...

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State Bank’s Busby And Kueker Graduate From Community Bankers School

State Bank of Waterloo’s Megan Busby, left, and Kelly Kueker have graduated from the Community Bankers School in Springfield. The two-week course involves learning the importance of community banking, “Graduates are in a better position to advance their careers in banking and to contribute to the overall successful operations of their banks and community,” said...

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Brimm Chosen As The Future Columbia City Administrator

by Joe Leicht The Columbia City Council answered the question of who will be the next city administrator at its Aug. 5 meeting when it authorized the hiring of Douglas Brimm. The council had conducted a two-month search that generated as many as five candidates. He is expected to be begin his employment on Sept. 9....

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Electric Co-Op Elects New Slate Of Officers

Monroe County Electric Co-Op’s newly-elected board officers are, left to right. Joel Harres of Columbia, vice chairman; George Obernagel of Waterloo, chairman; and Gary Gregson of Hecker, secretary-treasurer. Amy Hoffmann-Rohlfing of Maeystown is the newest Co-op board member. She took the place of the Manlee Knobloch, who recently retired.

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Accolades Bestowed On Little Shop Of Horrors At Annual MASC Gala

The local production of Little Shop Of Horrors was the star of the night as the musical took home numerous awards at the 12th annual Monroe Actors Stage Company Patrons Choice Awards Gala. “Little Shop” Director Matt Dossett along with his cast and crew took home all but one of the awards handed out at...

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Randy’s RR Bar Fills Downtown During Annual Block Party

Main Street in downtown Waterloo was the place to be the evening of Aug. 10. Longtime Waterloo bar proprietor Randy Rehmber threw his annual Randy’s RR Bar Block Party. Patrons danced in the street all night to the rockin’ sounds of The Father Jack Band. This was the band’s last concert as the bandmates are...

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Southern Illinois Spider Man Spotted In Columbia

Southern Illinois’ “White Vans Spider Man” has been spinning his web from Columbia to Chester – popping up at various spots throughout the region. During a recent stop in Columbia, Spidey visits with Amanda Schreder, left, and Sarah Rodenberg at Obregon & Associates.

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Father Jack Band Bows Out After Randy’s RR Block Party

The Father Jack Band played their last performance Aug. 10 at the Randy’s RR Bar Block Party in downtown Waterloo. Gathering after their final song are, left to right, Randy Rehmer (bar owner), Chris Schweigert, Mike Caywood, Andy Kish, Sheila Hull, Niki Range (Randy’s bartender), David Schmidt, Jim Whelan and Paul Gregor.

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Schmidt Wins Gold Medal

Alex Schmidt of Waterloo took home another gold medal in the bench press during the Missouri Show Me Games. He has earned gold in four of the five years he has competed. Schmidt is a 2005 graduate of Waterloo High School. He is a brand ambassador for DAS Labs, a supplement company.

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Knoke Family Reunites For Bud’s 90th Birthday

Eugene “Bud” Knoke celebrated his 90th birthday June 23 with a gathering of family and friends at Konarcik Park. Bud and his wife Gloria were honored to have in attendance their children, Jane and Elise from Waterloo, Tom from Hawaii, Jim from Wyoming and Gina from Washington. Also numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren were able to...

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Brimm Chosen As The Future Columbia City Administrator

by Joe Leicht The Columbia City Council answered the question of who will be the next city administrator at its...
Monroe County Electric Co-Op’s newly-elected board officers include, left to right. Joel Harres of Columbia, vice chairman; George Obernagel of Waterloo, chairman; and Gary Gregson of Hecker, secretary-treasurer.

Electric Co-Op Elects New Slate Of Officers

Monroe County Electric Co-Op’s newly-elected board officers are, left to right. Joel Harres of Columbia, vice chairman; George Obernagel of...
Taking home their Patrons’ Choice Awards during the 2019 MASC Gala are, left to right, Seth Acock, Zona Ludlum, Hannah Lyndsay, Karen Lee, Matt Dossett, Doylene Daniels, George Doerr, John Jauss, Marcia Braswell, Jeff Clinebell and Dawn Williamson. Sarah Polizzi is not pictured.   – photos by Dave Phillips

Accolades Bestowed On Little Shop Of Horrors At Annual MASC Gala

The local production of Little Shop Of Horrors was the star of the night as the musical took home numerous...