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Spencer Biske Earns Perfect ACT Score

by Joe LeichtSpencer Biske, a senior at Gibault Catholic High School, got a memorable gift on his birthday – news that he had scored a perfect 36 on the ACT test. Spencer took the test on June 8 at Mehlville High School in St. Louis County, the second time he’d taken it, and received his score……

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Local Cadets Graduate From Police Academy

Cadets from Monroe County municipalities graduating from the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy include Mason T. Ingram (Waterloo Police Department) and Andrew R. Krump, third row, fourth from left, of the Columbia Police Department. Ingram, third row, far left, was the class recipient of the Jeremy Chambers Top Gun Firearms Award. – photo by Dena……

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Missouri Man Dies In Head-On Collision On Rt. 3 In Columbia

Timothy H. Kroeger, 49, of St. Charles, Mo., is the latest person to die along Rt. 3 in Columbia. He was killed in a July 9 accident at the North Main Street intersection.Two people were killed in two separate wrecks in 2018 along the Rt. 3 corridor through the town. Through the years there have……

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Snodgrass-Smith Home Destroyed In A Late Night Fire

The rural Waterloo home of Madeline Snodgrass-Smith was destroyed in a fire just before midnight on Saturday, July 6. At the time of the fire there were seven individuals inside the home at 896 Country Club Lane. The sound of a smoke detector woke one of the adults  who then made their way through the……

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Local Officials To Mull Policies On Recreational Cannabis

by Joe LeichtOfficials in Monroe County and its primary municipalities have roughly six months before they’ll need to have policies in place to accommodate the recreational use of cannabis that will be legal beginning in 2020 thanks to a recently passed state law. But they are beginning to bring the issue into focus.On Jan. 1,……

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Time To Relive The Ice Bucket Challenge

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Friendly Neighborhood “Spider-Man” Swings Through Monroe, Randolph County

by Joe LeichtWith the current number one Hollywood blockbuster in the land, Spider-Man has been keeping himself busy. But while Far From Home is playing at movie theaters, Spidey is back from Europe enjoying a slower pace in his native Southern Illinois. (And who now still thinks that Peter Parker was from New York City……

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School House Rock’em

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Missouri Man Faces Life Sentence After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting A Minor

A jury last month found Glenn Patrick Ward, 55, guilty of 15 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a female who was under the age of 13 at the time of the incidents.The trial took place over three days at the Monroe County Courthouse.Each count reflects the 15 occurrences that the jury……

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Jury Finds Columbia Man Guilty Of Sexual Abuse Involving Minor

Joshua Graves of Columbia is facing time in prison after being convicted last week with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor.The jury deliberated for seven hours at the Monroe County Courthouse before finding Graves, 37, guilty on the first of two counts he stood accused. Graves still faces a charge of witness harassment, which……

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