Lucky 4-H Quilt Comes Full Circle

After 34 years, a 4-H quilt has found a new life at the home of Debbie Eckart. Earlier this year Janet Schneider was downsizing and moving out of her home. She and daughter Carolyn Sabo came across a white quilt adorned with green clovers. Janet had won the quilt as part of 4-H raffle in……

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Jacobs Retires From U of I Extension After Nearly 43 Years; Celebration Set For Jan. 12 At County Fairgrounds

By Joe Leicht Pam Jacobs’ name is so synonymous with Monroe County and its agriculturally inclined youth, it might come as a surprise that she isn’t “from home.” But the incidental fact that the long-time leader of the University of Illinois Extension’s local office actually was born and raised in Washington County likely won’t deter generations……

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Columbia Man Dies In Home Fire

A fire claimed the life man inside his Columbia home. John “Jaw” Walsh, 55, was pronounced deceased Dec. 19 after being found by CVFD firefighters inside his home in the back of the property behind Linnemann Oil Co. on North Main (across from the Columbia Emergency Services Complex). At 8:45 p.m., passing motorists noticed heavy……

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Warning Lites Garners IDOT Top Contractor Honor

Warning Lites of Southern Illinois (WLSI) has earned a top award with the Illinois Department of Transportation. WLSI, owned by Matt Fricke of Columbia, has been named the Contractor of the Year in the Work Zone Traffic Control category. The award was given in recognition of a project to complete bridge painting along I-74 and……

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Planning Commission Recommends “Wedding Barn” Compromise

By Joe Leicht A new wedding reception in rural Columbia is one step closer to getting approval.   At their last meeting for the year, county officials appeared ready to allow the business through a special use permit, rather than rezoning the property. The Monroe County Regional Planning Commission gave a unanimous, positive recommendation to a……

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Eagles Win Holiday Tourney

‘Defense wins championships’ is an adage that has been around since the dawn of sports. It rang true for Columbia’s basketball team as the boys in blue won this year’s Columbia-Freeburg Holiday Tournament (played at CHS). In the title game, the Eagles outscored Marquette (Alton) 39-35, routing the Explorers who had won the previous titles…….

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