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Jake Mosbacher Is On The Mend After Wrecking His Truck

My friend and neighbor Jake Mosbacher had a truck accident last this week just south of the Village of Fults. He got rushed to Mercy South where he just got released. His family is hoping for a full and speedy recovery. Parents Debbie and Dennis are so thankful to the firefighters, EMTs, E.R. doctors and……

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Finding Small Joys During These Trying Times

Last night should have been like any other night. My son and I ate dinner together, played and settled in to watch television before bed. But last night, in the middle of what should have been one of his favorite parts of the day – TV time – he looked up at me with a……

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Senator Schimpf Says It’s Time For A Pivot On COVID-19

Submitted by State Senator Paul Schimpf As we evaluate our citizens’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot reach any other conclusion than that Americans’ resolve and ability to come together remain strong. Executive leadership has successfully mobilized and educated the public on the steps to slow the spread of the virus. We are at……

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Columbia’s Father Carl Braves COVID-19 Scare

There are a few people in Monroe County who have been self-quarantined because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those was Father Carl Scherrer, beloved head of Columbia’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Carl underwent a two-week quarantine in March  after, as part of his pastoral ministry, coming into indirect contact with someone who received notice……

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Henerfauth Earns A 4-H Foundation Scholarship

Monroe County 4-H’s Logan Henerfauth is a recipient of an Illinois 4-H Foundation scholarship. The Valmeyer High School senior is member of the Backyard Bandits 4-H Club, 4-H Federation and is a 4-H Teen Teacher. Henerfauth’s project work concentrates on welding, sheep, poultry and rabbits. In addition to 4-H, he is active in Valmeyer FFA,……

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Monroe County Restaurants Coping With State Virus Compliance

By Joe Leicht Monroe County residents – like others across the bi-state area – are missing the ambiance of their favorite eateries and trying to get used to eating out of cardboard boxes and cartons, as the state is now well into its third week of mandated restaurant closure. Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an order……

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Hucke Settling In As Millstadt Police Chief

By Joe Leicht Taking over as the reins as chief law-enforcement officer of a Metro East community during a global health scare – with new protocols being handed down by the state almost daily and anxiety growing among the public – is a challenge. But being Millstadt born and raised and with 23 years on……

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Gilland Honored For Heroism

Millstadt Circle K manager Melody Gilland has earned a Certificate of Heroism Award. She accepted the honor at the March 9 village board meeting. In January, Gilland was at work when a distraught female came into the store and told her that a male individual had overdosed on drugs (possibly fentanyl) in the parking lot…….

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Columbia Deputy Chief Donjon Improves Skills At FBI National Academy

Columbia Deputy Police Chief Jason Donjon waited almost three years to get a chance to attend the FBI National Academy, but the wait was worth it. According to the FBI’s website, the National Academy is a 10-week course that “serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad……

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