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Looking Forward To Warm Spring Days

Hi folks. I am pretty sure most of us are weary and bored of these long winter months. We tend to close our blinds and curtains early in the evening and put on our comfortable pajamas and watch TV. A lot of retired seniors move south, understandably so. We also tend to put on weight……

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Muertz Wins T-Shirt Design Contest

Valmeyer Grade School student Kaylee Muertz won the 2020 Regional Superintendent Art Festival’s t-shirt design contest. “Kaylee’s design was truly “magical” and such a great asset to our Art Festival,” said Kelton Davis, the Monroe – Randolph County Regional Superintendent of Schools. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If…

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Entertaining Kindergarteners Is No Job For Kids

by Bethany Prange A good friend and I were recently commiserating about the long-lost days of sleeping in on the weekends. My friend, a 40-something mom to an almost three-year-old, went on to bemoan the fact that on a recent Saturday, she awoke to a puzzle being shoved in her face by her all-too-chipper daughter…….

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MCEC Board Petitions Are Available For Pick-Up

If you have ever wanted to be on the Monroe County Electric Cooperative (MCEC) board, you now have your chance. Petition of Nomination can be picked up between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MCEC headquarters south of Waterloo (6132 State Route 3). Completed petitions are due back April 19 by 4 p.m. The……

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Hawks Take First At SWIC

The Gibault High School Academic Challenge team took home first place at the sectional tournament held at Southwestern Illinois College. This sends the Hawks flying to the upcoming state tournament. 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…

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Man Spotted Riding Horse In Downtown Waterloo

All this week, folks in downtown Waterloo are reporting seeing a man riding a horse. One interesting sight was the horse tied to a utility pole while the (yet unknown) rider stopped in the County Courthouse. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not yet a…

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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 Jordan……

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VHS Students Named To National Honor Society

Valmeyer High School students inducted into the National Honor Society are, left to right, first row, Emily Rogers, Ariana Gibbs, Isabelle McCarthy, Lillian Qualls and Lucas Schilling; and second row, Henry Weber, Cadence Shipes, Sophie Seidler, Jordan McSchooler, Benjiman Schmidt and Jonathan Wilson. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If…

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Downtown Columbia Renovations Enter New Phase

With the warm spring days fast approaching, work on Columbia’s downtown beautification project has resumed. This week Baxmeyer Construction crews have dug up sections of Main Street in order to upgrade the town’s pipes and infrastructure. Drivers should expect daytime road closures along Main Street at various times while the work proceeds. Detour signs will……

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La Bella Rosa Set Up Shop At Pop-up Shop

The Columbia Pop-up Shop continues to be a popular place for area merchants, established and soon-to-open, to sell their wares at a unique location. This week La Bella Rosa women’s boutique is highlighting several clothing lines. La Bella Rose is located along Main Street in downtown Columbia. To access more content, login or subscribe to…

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