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Columbia Council Rejects Hubbard’s Freimuth Farm Development

By Joe Leicht Columbia’s precautions against the Covid-19 epidemic may have held their meeting attendance numbers in check, but those residents of the Country Crossings neighborhood north of Gilmore Lake Road got the news they wanted to hear from the Columbia City Council on March 16. Following a few comments from the public and developer……

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Oak Hill Working To Reduce Risk Of Covid-19

Monroe County’s nursing home, Oak Hill, is taking all necessary precautions to lower the risk of the corona virus spreading to its Waterloo facility. “Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern,” said Oak Hill Director Kim Keckritz. She added that at this time, there are no any……

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County Approves Coronavirus Quarantine Regulations

The county has taken its first official action in direct response to the coronavirus crisis that has rattled the nation, empowering the Monroe County Health Department to impose isolation of individuals suspected of having contracted the virus. Some of the county’s top public safety officials – Health Department Administrator John Wagner, Environmental Health Officer Brian……

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Illinois’ Schools, Bars And Restaurants Closed Through End Of Month

Governor Working With Legislators To Reduce Economic Burden From Pandemic Over the weekend, the Illinois governor announced several measures in an attempt to minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as to ease the economic burden on citizens dealing with the pandemic. As of Monday, March 17, there have been 160 confirmed positive……

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JV’s Celebrates 35 Years In Downtown Waterloo

Jeff and Denise Vogt opened up their doors and their hearts March 8 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of JV’s, their downtown Waterloo eating and drinking establishment. The brick building at 117 North Main has been serving drinks in downtown Waterloo since the 1800s. For the past 35 years, Jeff and Denise Vogt have been……

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Federal Charges Filed In Hopkins Case

Christopher R. Grant of East St. Louis was been charged Wednesday with eight counts stemming from the Aug. 23, 2019, shooting death of Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins of Waterloo. The counts include federal crimes, including the murder of Hopkins. Hopkins was working with fellow SWAT officers attempting to serve a search warrant at a……

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Minor Chimney Fire At Hopskellers

There was a fire in a chimney flue today at Hopskellers Brewing along Third Street in downtown Waterloo. A 911 call was made at 3:15 p.m. after smoke started to filter into building from the chimney. A bit of extra black smoke was also coming out of the chimney.    The Waterloo Fire Dept. was……

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Downtown Waterloo Restaurants Can Use Their Fleet Of Vespas

Sunday afternoon humor… The governor’s mandated closure of restaurants and bars through at least March 30 has got local proprietors scrambling. How can they get their lunches and dinners to hungry folks demanding their menu items. Since they already have access to numerous scooters, the downtown Waterloo crew at Gallagher’s and Uncle John’s might consider……

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Harry Reichert Passes

Former County Commissioner Dedicated His Life To Community Service Harry R. Reichert Jr., 98, of Columbia, died March 14, 2020 at his residence. He was born Sept. 2, 1921, in Columbia, the son of the late Harry and Myrtle (nee Ramsey) Reichert Sr. Harry married Alma (nee Reed) Reichert in 1942 in St. Louis, Mo…….

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Two COVID Cases In St. Clair County

It was inevitable – the Corona virus is making its way into Southern Illinois. Two St. Clair County women have tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Illinois Department of Public Health. One of the women is in her 60s and the other is in her 70s. Health officials have confirmed that both of these women……

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