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Monroe Countians Brace For Winter Storm Stumpf

This is Sunday Afternoon Humor – this is just a joke. Serious news stories with actual weather information will be provided as needed.) Near panic is breaking loose as local yokels, outschlanders and little whipperschnappers are all in winter storm mode. This storm has been designated as Winter Storm Stumpf as local weather watchers track……

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Truck Overturns In Columbia Accident On Rt. 3

(5:30 p.m.) Two people were rescued by firefighters after their truck rolled on its side in a Saturday night collision on the north end of Columbia. A silver pickup rolled after being struck by another vehicle at the intersection of Rt. 3 and North Main. The driver and a passenger in the truck were trapped,……

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Community Torchbearer Passes… Jan Crawford Has Died

One of Columbia’s most civic-minded citizens passed away Friday night at her home. Jan Crawford died at her home from natural causes. Jan was a retired teacher. Pillars of the community, she and her husband, Gary, had dedicated their lives to many worthy causes in Columbia. Jan and Gary were two of the shining lights for……

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Folks Rolling Into The Waterloo VFW

It is now easier than ever to dine on fish and attend meetings at the lower level of the Waterloo VFW. The basement dining area is now accessible by an ADA compliant ramp. The ramp is graded to easily allow wheelchair bound folks to easily get down to the basement then to exit and get……

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Inmate Dies While In Custody At Monroe County Jail

A New Athens man behind bars at the Monroe County Jail died in his cell early Friday morning. Joshua Glaus, 32, was found unresponsive by corrections officers at 1:01 a.m. The officers  dialed 911 and began lifesaving efforts. Monroe County EMTs were soon on the scene. The lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and a call went out to……

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Columbia Pep Band Kicks Off Playing Season

The Columbia boys basketball team had their season opening on Dec. 10. The boys in blue and white defeated the Shells from Roxana. And in the corner of the grandstands was one again the always entertaining CHS Pep Band. The musicians had the fans tapping their toes and clapping at the timeouts, between quarters and an……

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Ball Of Flame In Millstadt… Firefighters Battling Burning Propane Tank And Shed

Firefighters battled a large fire in the Saxtown area of rural Millstadt on Wednesday evening. A propane tank exploded at 6:40 p.m., near a home in the 5000 block of Algonquin Forrest Rd (off Bohleysville Road.) The ball of fire soon spread to a pole barn and the flames could be seen for miles around…….

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Columbia Working To Make Sure Everyone Is Counted In 2020 Census

The 2020 United States Census will be conducted in 2020 and Columbia city officials want to be sure everyone is counted. Mayor Kevin Hutchinson has put together the Columbia Complete Count Committee to help devise a strategy to assure an accurate and complete count. The committee consists of 13 representatives from local businesses, churches, schools……

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Waterloo Optimist Recognizes Local Students Of Good Character

The Waterloo Optimist recognized local grade school and high school students during their 61st annual Youth Appreciation Banquet held Nov. 14 at the VFW Hall. The students from WJHS, WHS, SPPS and Gibault are nominated by teachers and principals for their character and community service.                    ……

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Optimist Christmas Tree Sales Benefits Local Youth

The Waterloo Optimist Christmas tree lot is buzzing with shoppers picking up a ‘real’ Christmas tree for their holiday decorations. The balsam, Scotch pine, white pine and Fraser firms range in height from 6 to 10 feet. The lot is open seven days per week through Dec. 23 or until all trees find a home…….

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