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American Legion’s Traveling Caravan Heading To Columbia

Columbia’s Post 581 is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the Illinois American Legion Membership Traveling Caravan. It will arrive in town on Saturday, Jan. 25. The caravan will make 19 stops through the state during the Legion’s annual membership drive. Columbia’s American Legion Post 581 has been selected as the location……

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Fults Softball Classic Heading East

The annual summer Fults Softball Tournament is moving east. This year’s event will take place July 10-12 at the Hecker Community Center’s softball field. The Redmen softball team will continue sponsoring the tourney. The tournament will be one of the events highlighting Hecker’s 2020 celebration of the 125th anniversary of the village’s founding. After decades……

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Fountain Inn Changes Hands Again… New-New Owners Working On Renovations

While being closed since the spring of 2019, there is a lot of work taking place at Fountain Inn, the venerable hotspot along Bluff Road between Valmeyer and Columbia. The new owners are hoping to get the popular watering hole open by this spring. The property’s title has switched hands a couple times over the……

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Kiwanis Club Honors Parkview’s Terrific Kids

Parkview Elementary’s Terrific Kids for December are, left to right, first row, second graders Wynn Linnemann, Ella Hitzemann, Michael Lehrmann, Nolan Thomas, Barrett Peterson and Brock Kleinschmidt; second row, fourth grader Mia Schaefter and third graders Brody Green, Ava Mittrucker, Mikey Altnether, Luke Anderson and Libby Owen; third row, fourth graders Gabe Gartzke, Kaden Ross, Ian……

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Santa Delivers Golden Ticket Presents

Santa Claus came through on his promise to return to Waterloo to deliver special gifts to the children who found lucky golden tickets hidden inside the candy bar wrappers handed out during this year’s Waterloo Santa Float. The holders of the lucky tickets were invited to City Hall to receive a special gift from Mr…….

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New Owners For Fountain Inn – Bar Reopen Soon

Lana (nee Valentine) and Steve Reichert are the new owners of Fountain Inn, the popular bar located off Bluff Road between Columbia and Valmeyer. After signing the paperwork this week, the Reicherts are now working to make a few renovations before opening the doors. Lana and Steve will let folks now when the grand opening……

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First Monroe County Baby Of The ‘20s

It’s a big Happy New Year for Kristen and Jake Vogt of Waterloo. Their son Tyler Jacob Vogt is believed to be the first of many Monroe County babies born in 2020. Tyler Vogt came into this world on Jan. 2, 2020, at 2:19 a.m., at Mercy Hospital South (St. Anthony’s). He weighed in at……

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St. Louis Woman Charged With Driving To Waterloo In Stolen Car And Burglarizing Home

A St. Louis woman is behind bars after being arrested in the act of burglarizing a rural Waterloo home. In addition, the vehicle she was using was stolen. On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, just after 8 p.m., a homeowner arrived home and noticed a car with Missouri plates parked in their driveway. Feeling suspicious,……

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Hecker Rings In The New Year

Throughout 2020, Hecker will celebrate the 125th year of the village’s founding in 1895. The commemorative cake was ceremonial lit at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Ryann Happel, daughter of Sarah (nee Curran) and Trustee Rich Happel, had the honor of lighting the candles. She was assisted by her pop and Mayor……

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Waterloo Defeats Eagles As Hoop Action Returns

High school basketball is back into swing after the Christmas and New Years break. The local action kicked off with the Columbia girls’ team traveling to Waterloo. The Bulldogs from Waterloo (7-8) were seeking revenge against the Eagles from CHS (8-9) who had won the season’s earlier matchup on the north end of the county…….

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