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St. Augustine, Fla.

Cindy “CiCi” Callahan and her granddaughter Layla Gramatges check out the colorful Santa pictures in a recent edition of The Independent. The two were enjoying the sand and sun of St. Augustine, Fla. Layla is the daughter of Ed and Ashley (nee Callahan) Gramatges. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County…

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ashley, Ellie and Chris Zweigart enjoyed a seven-day Caribbean cruise over the holidays. They caught up with the news from back home during a stop at the San Juan Historic Site in Puerto Rico. Other ports of call included Haiti and the Netherlands Antilles. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County…

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Loudon and Embangweni, Malawi

Courtney Hunter shows Dr. Kondwani Zgambo the news taking place in Monroe County. Dr. Zgambo is the medical director of Embangweni Mission Hospital in Loudon, Malawi. Hunter, the president of the Columbia Rotary, was on a mission trip to Malawi. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are…

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NFL Placekicker Visits His Grade School

Millstadt Consolidated School alum Austin Seibert is the placekicker for the Cleveland Browns football team. During a mid-season visit home, Seibert stopped by his former school to visit with the second graders. His message was for each child to work and strive to accomplish your goals. After graduating from MCS, Seibert starred on the Belleville……

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Comprehending Animal Tracks Enriches Your Understanding Of Nature

submitted by Clifftop The snow we experienced in mid-December brought with it the opportunity to discover an abundance of animal tracks, turning a simple path into a deer superhighway. It’s fascinating to see where the critters go in their travels in the woods. Perhaps they feel the same way when they see our footprints or……

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A Trip Into The Past Brings A Mixture Of Sad And Happy Memories

How tickled I was to get a call from son John, knowing he was back in the States after a long visit to his old haunts on the islands of Palau. He spent two years there in the Peace Corps after college and wanted to see how things have changed. And change they did! The……

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Columbia Mom Hopes To Inspire Others When She Appears On The Biggest Loser

Teri (nee Bollinger) Aguiar of Columbia will appear in the upcoming season of The Biggest Loser. The first episode is scheduled to run on the USA Network at 8 p.m. on Jan. 28 Teri is a recently divorced mother who is a flight nurse, caring for critically ill patients while they are flown to hospitals…….

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Gene Esker Will Be Fishing Soon

Gene Esker has spent some time at Red Bud Regional. Hurry up and get back to the bottoms, Gene. Your fish are waiting for you to catch them. Get well soon! The old saying “All good things must come to an end” is so true for the Village of Fults. The ball diamond will no……

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Kids Can Lead The Way In Raising Money

Last weekend, my husband ran to the local farm supply store to grab an extension cord for the garage. He came home instead with two boxes of Lemon Ups and one box of Thin Mints. When I asked what happened, he grinned sheepishly and said, “the Girl Scouts ambushed me.” I giggled to myself, imagining……

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Bulldogs Speech Team Finishes Third

The Waterloo High School speech team put in a solid performance at the Normal Community West Meet and came home with a third place team finish. Varsity champions include:  Eden Stratton – Impromptu and Original Oratory; and Chuck Davidson – Original Comedy. Anna Kuhnert (Special Occasion Speaking) was tops at the J.V. level. To access…

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