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Acorns Wins Kloepper World Championship

The popular rural Wartburg golf course and clubhouse, Acorns, is known for its first-class amenities, and now Bill Ebeler and his staff can add the world’s best kloepper players to its title. Acorns’ card playing crew won its very first World Series Of Kloepper this past Sunday with the 2020 final tournament being played at……

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Drastic Lifetime Changes Are Here – Settle Down And Find Something To Read

As I write this, with the whole world in turmoil, what better time to stop and take inventory of our busy lives? With the cancellation of almost everything near and dear to us, where do we go from here? I’ve already seen signs of panic at the grocery store, which looked like a war zone……

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Full Of Life, Maurice Schneider Celebrates His 100th Birthday

By John Layton When a person turns 100 years old, it’s not uncommon for the city they live in to recognize and honor that citizen, especially veterans. Columbia did just that for its most recent centenarian, but the proclamation in recognition of Maurice Schneider’s life and 100th birthday almost reached three pages after listing his……

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Wearing O’ The Golf Greens At Acorns’ Irish Open

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80 Tables Participate In Backstoppers Trivia Night

The Heckerdome was the place to be Saturday night, March 7, as the Monroe County chapter of Backstoppers held their annual trivia night. A capacity crowd filled the ‘Dome with 80 tables of players taking part this year.                                  ……

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Hawkins Discusses Corn With “Dr. McDreamy”

Valmeyer farmer Garrett Hawkins has been traveling all over the U.S. this winter as a board member with the Illinois Corn Growers Association ICGA. Hawkins heads up District 14, representing his home county of Monroe plus Bond, Clinton, Madison, St. Clair and Washington. During their most recent trip to Washington, D.C.,  ICGA directors advocated for……

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Farm Bureau Gathers At American Legion Hall For Annual Meeting

One-hundred and fifty members of the local agricultural community headed to Columbia last weekend to discuss current and future issues. The Monroe County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting March 15 at the Post 581 Hall. The Gibault High School jazz band provided the entertainment prior to the meal served by the Post’s auxiliary. Farm……

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Bulldogs Excel At FFA District Proficiency

The Waterloo FFA had a great showing at the District Proficiency Contest in Mt. Vernon. Students earning first place honors were Duncan VonYeast (Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance), Adam Doyle (Beef Entrepreneurship) and Madison Huebner (Diversified Horticulture). They advance to the state contest March 21 at the University of Illinois. Earning second place honors were……

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Columbia Music Students Shine At State Contest

Columbia High School music students demonstrated their talents at the IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest held March 7 at Alton High School. The musicians sang or played prepared solo and ensemble events for adjudication by area music professionals. Topping the list was CHS piano man Patrick Birner. The judges named his performance the Best……

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Six From Troop 357 Earn Eagle Scout

Six young men from Boy Scout Troop 357 celebrated their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on March 8. The boys, all Columbia High School seniors, are Adam Barnard, Curtis Crossley, Austin McCann, Ethan Sturm, Ben Valentine and Ryan Weatherford. As part earning the rank of Eagle Scout, each boy’s service project to better the community……

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