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Republican State Rep. Terri Bryant Of Murphysboro Will Run For Senate

115th District State Representative and Murphysboro native Terri Bryant has thrown her hat into the ring to seek the Republican nomination for the 58th district State Senate. This office is presently held by Senator Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) who recently announce he will not seek re-election. Bryant has been in her current office since her appointment……

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Major Train Derailment In Downtown Dupo

5 p.m. Update * The fire from today’s Dupo train derailment has been put out. The cleanup is underway. * There are no reports of injuries. * The evacuation order has been lifted for those in the affected areas of Dupo and East Carondelet. * Once the rails have been cleaned off, trains will again……

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Monroe Council Hits The Lanes For Bowling Day

Twenty-five Human Support Services clients headed to Columbia’s West Park Bowl for the annual Monroe Council Bowling Day.   A good time was had by all.  – photos by Ericha Johanning To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a subscriber you can purchase a…

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Valmeyer Lions Add New Pavilion To The Village

The Valmeyer Lions Club provided the funding for a new pavilion that was built on the north end of town – at the intersection of Woodland Ridge and Cedar Bluff just north of the school. Citizens are free to use the pavilion; reservations are not required. “Thanks to this organization for their generosity and continued support……

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Bud Light Brigade Marks 35 Years Of Entertaining

The Bud Light Brigade is still going strong after 35 years of performing. The musicians were recently the featured topic during a program at the Monroe County History Museum. Between songs, band leader Dennis Knobloch discussed the band’s colorful history as well as talking about performances throughout Monroe County, the Metro East and St. Louis. Originally……

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VFW Fish Popular At Waterloo Homecoming

The Waterloo VFW served its world famous fried cod plates at this year’s Waterloo Homecoming. This was one of the most popular food booths at the event as folks enjoyed the hand breaded cod. For those who missed out, VFW chef’s Jerry Stoeckel and Don Matzenbacher remind everyone that the VFW is open every Friday……

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Summer Has Flown By, And Fall Calendar Is Filling Up

by Judy Krebel Summer is winding down as Labor Day has come and gone. It is now time to get ready for the fall holidays. Where has the year gone? It is really flying by. While spending last Friday with my granddaughters, one of them asked me how long it was until Christmas. I thought……

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High School Soccer Standings

Waterloo         5-2-0 Columbia         3-1-2 Gibault             0-4-1 Valmeyer         0-6-0 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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Former Millstadt Man Among Those Who Died In Scuba Dive Boat Fire

Neal Baltz, formerly of Millstadt, and his girlfriend Patricia Beitzinger are among those who are presumed dead after a boat carrying scuba divers off the California coast burned. The incident took place in the early morning hours of Labor Day. Neal is the son of John Baltz of Millstadt. Neal and Patricia were among the……

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J.V.’s Now Listed As Local Historic Landmark

J.V.’s Downtown Bar and Grill has been officially recognized on the official list of Waterloo’s historic landmarks. The three-story brick structure, originally the Schorr Lake Brewing Co., dates back to the 1870s. Earlier this week, Mayor Tom Smith brought together some of the families of the past and current owners of the longtime popular hangout…….

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