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Hooten Graduates with Honors

Gibault High School grad Johanna Hooten took home numerous honors, including the National School Choral Award, Bishop Discipleship Award, Zimmer Family Scholarship, Odd Fellows Scholarship, Waterloo Optimist Club Academic Scholarship and the Randolph County Farm Bureau Scholarship. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet…

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Not Even The Skies The Limit For Biske

Spencer Biske just wrapped up four amazing years at Gibault High School. He came away with a diploma and plenty of awards, along with new friends and enough memories to last a lifetime. The Columbia native and ICS alum plans to begin his doctoral studies in astrophysics next year. Spencer is the son of Andrea……

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Elveria (nee Schwarze) Miller Celebrates Her 94th At Oak Hill

Elveria (nee Schwarze) Miller  celebrated her 94th birthday on June 9. She grew up on a farm in rural Chalfin Bridge. Elveria has countless friends from throughout the area and enjoys conversations on a wide-range of topics, especially local history. The retired teacher is a resident of Whispering Pines at Oak Hill. On her special……

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Bob and Karlene Scheibe Celebrate 62nd Anniversary

On their 62nd anniversary, Bob and Karlene Scheibe of Valmeyer renewed their wedding vows. Grandson Justin Scheibe, center, performed the outdoor ceremony. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a subscriber you can purchase a subscription here.

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Shirley And Homer Pilgrim Celebrate 65th Wedding Anniversary

Homer and Shirley (nee Vahle) Pilgram of Columbia recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple was married June 4, 1955 by Reverend Edward Maul at United Evangelical and Reformed Church. Homer grew up in Russellville., Ala., and came to the area while stationed at Scott Air Force Base. Shirley lived in East Saint Louis……

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Al And Mary Ann Toenjes Celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Al and Mary Ann Toenjes of Waterloo recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Al was a lucky man when he was granted Mary Ann Pajares’ hand in marriage on June 12, 1970 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Centerville. They have been blessed with three daughters, Laura (Bryan) Metzger of Waterloo, Kara (Jason) Metz of……

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The Stork Is Busy In Fults

By Judy Krebel Ashley was treated to a drive-by baby shower on June 6. (You know, I am starting to like, or at least get used to, the drive-by showers and birthdays. One thing I miss, though, is the great food served at the gatherings.) My granddaughter Klaire Wittenbrink was baptized June 14 during an……

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During These Lock-Down Days, Our Kids Keep Surprising Us With Original Ideas

By Lucy Enbring Maybe this virus thing the whole world has been dealing with isn’t all that bad. There has to be a little “good” in there somewhere, and I think I’ve found it. It’s been a real challenge for all the children who are left with whole days of nothing to do. It’s the……

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Life-sized Chutes And Ladder For Community Enjoyment

Waterloo Junior High School teacher Andy Mayer is known for his creative, educational and fun learning lessons. This week Andy and his children used chalk to create a life-sized Chutes and Ladders board on the parking lot of St. Paul UCC in Waterloo. They invite the community to come enjoy this weekend’s forecasted nice weather……

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Mueller Named State FFA President

Recent Valmeyer grad Lexi Mueller was today, June 11, named the 2020-2021 president of the Illinois FFA. Mueller will spend the next year traveling the state and the U.S. representing the Illinois FFA. After her term is completed, she will attend SIU Carbondale, majoring in agricultural education. Lexi’s career path is to be an FFA……

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