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Saxtown Home Destroyed In Fire

The home at 3845 Lower Saxtown Road was destroyed in a frigid Tuesday night fire. Nearly all of its contents went up in the flames. The family was able to safely exit. The home is located in Saxtown in the middle Waterloo, Smithton, Millstadt and Floraville. (The original European settlers originated from the Saxtown regional……

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Standoff At Big Al’s Dirty Laundry Peacefully Ends

A four-hour standoff with police ended peacefully just after 7:30 p.m. With his hands in the air, a 30-year-old man walked out of Big Al’s Dirty Laundry and turned himself over to authorities. Without further incident, the Matthew Lane of Columbia was handcuffed at 7:33 p.m., read his rights and placed into the back seat……

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Quickest way to get from Columbia To Waterloo…

Old Man Matzensheimer was dead-on this morning when he put put a Sclick-Ice On Da’ Hard Roads Advisory. Snow, sleet, rain and freezing temperatures resulting in a hard freeze – resulting in black ice on all road, including the much-traveled Rt. 3. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If…

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Roads Slick But Manageable – Boat Anchors On Rt. 3

The snow appears to be tapering off as the temperature falls into the 20s. The wet roads will remain icy through Tuesday. Road crews are applying de-icer to roadways, but the freezing temps will continue to play havoc on driving conditions.    One interesting site today was a boat which fell off a trailer along Rt. 3……

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Identity Of Whistleblower Revealed

Volleyball ref Jeff Toenjes has been outed as the mysterious whistleblower being sought by local Republican leaders. Toenjes is accused of filing a report to the school board asking to eject the county chairman from a recent game. Fans report the chairman was heckling the opposing team’s coaching staff. During the match Jeff blew the……

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Columbia Cops Caught Carrying Kegs

Motorists driving down Main Street in Columbia this week did a double take when they saw two police officers carrying beer kegs in front of Tiny’s. It was out of the ordinary since Columbia is a town known far and wide for its strict enforcement of DUI laws. Were the officers clearing out all the……

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Three Teens Avoid Injury In Rural Waterloo Accident

Three Waterloo teen boys luckily avoided serious injured after being involved in a Wednesday night accident along JJ Road south of Waterloo. The initial report is that earlier in the evening the boys attended a WHS volleyball game. On their way home their car slid off the roadway and went down a steep embankment. The……

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New Hospital Names Take A While To Get Used To

Corporations buying out formerly Catholic-owned hospitals have got me scratching my head. The former St. John’s at I-44 and I-255 was bought out and is now Mercy Medical. The same company bought out St. Anthony’s in South County and we are now supposed to remember to refer to it as Mercy South. And ol’ St…….

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One Injured After Car Slams Into Deer

One person was injured Thursday afternoon when a Toyota Scion slammed into a deer at Rt. 3 (Admirals Parkway) and Carl Street in Columbia. Just before 1 p.m., a Toyota Scion driven by Walter Huff of St. Louis, Mo., was driving through Columbia southbound on Rt. 3. At the Carl Street intersection a deer crossed……

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Bulldogs Fall To Annies For Sectional Title

Waterloo’s volleyball barreled through the regular season and began post season by winning the Civic Memorial Regional. This is the volleyball team’s first regional title in 10 years. The Bulldogs then hosted the Class 3A Sectional at the WHS gym. In the opening match, WHS outlasted a tough Charleston team. Wednesday’s title game pitted the Bulldogs……

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