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Columbia High School Named 2020 Illinois All-State Pep Band

For the 11th time, the Columbia High School Band has been named the 2020 Illinois All-State Pep Band. The honor means the Eagles will fly to Bloomington on Feb. 29 to provide musical entertainment at the Class 1A and 2A State Girls Basketball Finals at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena. The CHS pep band will play……

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Parkview Elementary Announces January Terrific Kids

Parkview Elementary’s January Terrific Kids are, left to right, first row, second graders Leilani Ohlau, Abigail Kelley, Lucas Sitze, Sophia Salger, Nic Sievers and Nila Albers; second row, third graders Jacob Becherer, Griffen Laskowski, James Faulkner, Stella Zobrist and Braden Huntman; third row, fourth graders Evan Matsantonis, Ella Denny, Madi Ross, Noah Clark, Maxwell James……

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William Wirth Wins Gardner Elementary’s Spelling Bee

William Wirth took home the first place trophy at the 2020 Gardner Elementary Spelling Bee. Connor Kleinschmidt was the runner-up. Wirth advances to the Regional Spelling Bee in April. William is the son of Bill and Angie Wirth. To access more content, login or subscribe to the Monroe County Independent.  If you are are not…

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Rose Earns Best Of Fair

An experiment on luminosity garnered the Emily Rose ‘Best Of Fair’ award at the Immaculate Conception Science Fair. Her project, “Let There Be Light”, concluded that the longer the length of a 24-gauge wire, the higher the resistance becomes which causes as voltage drop across the lighting circuit. “The end result will be a dimmer……

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ICS Builders Club Fights World Hunger

What started as an idea from a member of the Columbia Kiwanis Club 11 years ago has turned into 151,848 meals for kids across Central American countries. The ICS Builders Club with the support of the Columbia Kiwanis Club, Columbia Key Club, Marcia and Jerry Albrecht, and ICS parents and teachers have supported Overseas Missions…….

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St. Louis Man Arrested On A Drug Possession Charge

Christopher Becker of St. Louis has been arrested and charged with a drugs possession charge. Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over a vehicle Feb. 10 after observing an equipment violation. During the stop, probable cause was developed to search the vehicle. The driver, Becker, 28, was taken into custody after the search of the vehicle……

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Burksville Station Man Is Charged With Sexual Assault

Curtis Ryan of Burksville Station has been charged with criminal sexual assault stemming from an Oct. 23, 2019 incident in rural Monroe County. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department met that day with a female who stated she had been sexually assaulted at a residence in Monroe County. An investigation then got underway. Ryan, 20, was……

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Sheriff Offering Reward For Help With Drug Arrests

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is offering a reward of up to $500 for any citizen who provides information that leads to the arrest of any drug dealer in Monroe County. Sheriff Neal Rohlfing asks those with information to call the Sheriff’s Tip Line at 618-939-TIPS (8477) or discuss the matter with an officer. To…

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Auto Theft Task Force Making Local Impact

By John Layton The Metro East Auto Theft Task Force (MEATTF) started off the new decade by making some New Year’s prosecutions in January. The law enforcement agency focuses on investigating car thefts in Monroe and St. Clair counties. Out of 12 juveniles and 19 adults who were taken into custody for vehicle theft or……

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Tom Andres Retires After 23 Years Of Service To Valmeyer; Marty Seitz Promoted To Police Chief

By Joe Leicht Valmeyer has a new police chief, and the man who previously held the job for most of the past 28 years is about to settle into the pleasure of not being on call 24/7. On Feb. 4, Tom Andres passed the baton to Marty Seitz, as he for the second and final……

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