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Jacobs Retires From U Of I Extension After Nearly 43 Years

by Joe Leicht Pam Jacobs has wrapped up a 43-year career heading the Monroe County office of the University of Illinois Extension. Family, friends and colleagues celebrated the occasion Jan. 12 at the County Fairgrounds in Waterloo. Pam Jacobs’ name is so synonymous with Monroe County and its agriculturally inclined youth, it might come as……

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Columbia Council Is Likely To Eliminate Regular Committee-of-the-Whole Meetings

by Joe Leicht A tradition that began in April 2007 when a sharply divided Columbia City Council regularly battled on issue after issue – the Committee of the Whole meeting – may be about to sunset. At what may prove to the council’s regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting – Jan. 13 – City Administrator Doug……

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Electric Co-Op Members Donate To Food Pantry

Rural electric customers stepped up over the holidays to provide meals to those in need. Monroe County Electric Co-Op members donated more than 400 cans of food to the Western Egyptian Food Pantry in Waterloo. The MCEC organized the event as part of their annual Lite For A Bite program. Beginning Dec. 1, Co-op members……

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Davis Sets Gibault Basketball Record

Gibault junior Maddie Davis set the new Gibault girls’ basketball record for assists in a game. She reached 12 assists during Gibault’s loss at Father McGivney on Jan. 7. Davis has 122 assists this season to go along with 197 points, sank 71 percent of her free throws, and pulled down 115 rebounds. Following the……

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Pickett And Moehrs To Be Inducted In Hall Of Fame

High school basketball promoter Keith Pickett and acclaimed Waterloo baseball manager Vern Moehrs are among the 2020 class of inductees of the St. Louis Sports Hall Of Fame. Pickett, a former Columbia resident, ran the highly successful high school basketball shootout in St. Louis for many years. For 26 years, the event showcased the region’s……

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Reitz-Back’s New Law To Protect First Responders On Roadways

Distracted drivers will face harsher penalties for not abiding by Scott’s Law under a new law supported by state Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville. “Previous state law already required motorists to move over and slow down for emergency vehicles stopped with their lights activated, but it was clear that more needed to be done as distracted……

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County’s Three School Districts Levy To Capture Growth

As the county’s three public school districts wait for reforms in Springfield to make the state’s funding formula fairer for districts south of Chicagoland, they are using their levying power to gain as much local property-tax revenue as they can to keep their schools competitive. During December school board meetings, Columbia Community Unit School District 4,……

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Welder Sparks Gasoline Can Fire

A Friday morning gasoline can fire sparked by welding damaged a truck in Columbia. Nate Spihlmann, son of Mike and Stacy Spihlmann, was working on a demolition derby car in his garage in the 900 block of North Main Street. A welding spark got too close to a gas can in the car’s back seat……

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