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FNB’s Hemmer To Retire In June

First National Bank of Waterloo and President and CEO Gary Hemmer will retire June 30. His tenure began July 1, 1999. Board of Directors Chairman Robert Hoffmann said an executive committee is working to identify Hemmer’s replacement and that announcement will be made shortly. Hemmer will be named Chairman of the Board of Directors at……

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Plan Commission Does Not Grant Initial Approval For Proposed 150-lot Residential Development

By Joe Leicht About 100 residents of the Country Crossings subdivision and vicinity were packed like sardines into the Columbia City Council chambers on Jan. 20 to learn what would happen when city officials first glimpsed a plan to create a new residential subdivision. The overwhelming majority of them went home happy when the Columbia Plan Commission……

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Reliable Sanitation Advises Customers To Better Follow Three R’s Of Recycling

by John Layton Reduce, reuse and reconsider what you know about recycling: The advice of the three Rs hasn’t reflected the complicated reality of recycling, especially since 2018. On the surface, it appears to be a simple process. The local towns served by Reliable Sanitation have two bins: one with a black lid for trash and……

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Waterloo Commons Business District’s Tax Lives On

By John Layton They say only death and taxes are certain, but in Waterloo, it seems that death might not be the end for taxes. A one percent tax on certain items sold at the Waterloo Commons Schnucks, McDonald’s and Dairy Queen was dissolved late last year, but it will be revived in July 2020…….

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Fair Queen Lexi Ruemker Competed In State Pageant

Monroe County Fair Queen Lexi Ruemker traveled to Springfield this past weekend to take part in the Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant. While she did not place in the top 15, Lexi enjoyed the competition, especially meeting county fair queens from throughout the state. Since being crowned queen in July of 2019, Queen Lexi has……

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Columbia School District Considers Rebranding Eagles’ Logo

by John Layton By this time next year, Columbia High School could have a newly refinished gym floor, as well as a new, unique Eagles logo. At its first regular meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 16, the Columbia Board of Education approved the low bid  from Best Gym Floor Art, a Pinckneyville-based company. The……

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CMS Takes Third In Conference Tourney

The junior high Eagles finished their A-team basketball season on a high note. The boys from Columbia Middle School beat Waterloo in overtime Saturday to earn third place I the Cahokia Conference Tournament. The game marked the end to the illustrious coaching career of Jon Wehrenberg. After retiring last year as a teacher, he hung……

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WHS Rolls Into Sectional Play

For the first time in school history, the Waterloo High School boys’ bowing team had advanced to sectional play. While individuals have previously made the cut, this is the first time the Bulldogs team made it out of a regional. The WHS girls’ team advanced to the sectionals in 2018. The feat took place Saturday……

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Valmeyer Cheers Their Way Into Second Place Title

The Valmeyer cheerleaders took home the second-place award in the cheer competition held as part of the Chester Invitational Basketball Tournament. The boys’ basketball team earned the tournament’s consolation trophy. 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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Bulldogs Take Second In Chester Invitational

Waterloo’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker Saturday night in the championship game of the Chester Invitational Tournament. WHS and host team Chester battled back and forth through four quarters; the game remained knotted forcing overtime. The Yellow Jackets pulled ahead by three as time ran down in OT, but the Bulldogs had enough time to……

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