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Millstadt Sister Cities Earns Top State Award

The Millstadt Sister Cities has been named tops in the state for 2019. The organization earned the Sister City Of The Year award from the Illinois Sister Cities Association Annual Conference. The award was presented this past weekend during the Illinois Municipal League Conference in Chicago. Millstadt’s sister city is Gross-Bieberau, Germany, due south of……

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Outdoor Service Restored At Sunset Overlook Pending Appellate Ruling

by Joe Leicht The clientele and Facebook friends of Sunset Overlook on Bluff Road are taking a victory lap in wake of 20th District Judge Julie Gomric’s decision to temporarily set aside her recent orders that for a while barred the serving of drinks and food and the provision of entertainment on the outer premises of……

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Bob Kettler Passes Away… Longtime Waterloo Businessman, Alderman And Firefighter

Civic-minded former Waterloo alderman and longtime downtown business owner Bob Kettler died Sept. 23. He was 85. Bob and his wife Joanne (nee Dalkert) operated the Waterloo Times newspaper and its printing business, Waterloo Printers (across from JV’s). He also was served the community many years as a dedicated Waterloo firefighter. Bob also served on……

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Shared Workspace Opens In Downtown Waterloo

A workspace concept that has proven popular in St. Louis and throughout booming urban business centers throughout the U.S., has made its way to downtown Waterloo. The Vaults Workplace is the first co-working center to open in Monroe County. It offers private office space to rent at the intersection of Main and Mill streets (the former……

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Hawks Win Early-Season Tournament

Gibault’s volleyball team defeated Red Bud in the title game to win first place in the New Athens / Marissa Tournament. In the tourney, the Hawks (12-3) posted wins over Wesclin, Red Bud (2) and Pinckneyville. Ashlyn Wightman and Ande Grohmann were named to the All-Tourney Team. Celebrating their tournament win are, left to right,……

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Eagles Win Mascoutah Tournament

Last weekend the Columbia High School volleyball team (10-6) won the Mascoutah Tournament. Celebrating their tournament win are, left to right, first row, Sophie Gill-Kemper, Kate VonBokel, Kelly Long, Maci Browne and Kenzie Murphy; second row, Head Coach Elysia Sepich, Allison Fredenberg, Natalie Huy, Kayleigh Wilhelm, Paige Becker and Coach Tess Amsden; and third row,……

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Bulldogs Still Have Outside Hope To Make Football Playoffs

Waterloo’s football team once again played tough, but came up short on the scoreboard. Conference rival Triad (4-0) was in town this past Friday and outscored the Bulldogs 41-14. Waterloo fell to 1-3 and for another year is in danger of not qualifying for the playoffs. Winning six of nine regular season games punches a team’s……

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Hawks Soar To Victory In Monroe County Golf Tourney

Gibault High School took home the trophy in the 2019 Monroe County Boys Golf Tournament. The nine-hole match was played Sept. 5 at Annbriar. The scores were: Gibault – 162, Columbia – 165, Waterloo – 167, Valmeyer – 242. Columbia High School’s Spencer Tate turned in the low individual score – a two-under 34. Gibault’s……

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Gibault Gearing Up For Homecoming Dance

Gibault High School Homecoming Dance is Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Father Hustedde Gym. The court is, left to right, freshmen Abby Grohmann and Brian Stark, sophomores Autumn Ramey and Grant Higgerson, juniors Brook Biffar and Ryan Bollinger, and seniors Ally Thompson, Max Kostelac, Mady Thompson, Eric Schreder, Kelly Papenberg and Mattia Bignamini. To access…

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Nikki And Neil Eschmann Are Married In Colorado

Neil Eschmann of Waterloo married Nikki Schonenbach of Ashland, Mont., on Aug.16, 2019 in Lakewood, Colo. (at the Rocky Mountain foothills west of Denver). The couple resides in St. Charles, Mo. Neil is the son go Gary and Paula Eschmann of rural Waterloo. Numerous friends and family made the trip from Waterloo to join in……

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