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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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After A Dedicated Career, Jim Lansing Retires From Sheriff’s Department

After 22 years wearing the badge, Major Jim Lansing has retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. “I’m just so proud that I had a long, successful career,” Lansing said. “It’s because Monroe County is very supportive.” The support the county has for its officers is obvious, Lansing said, after witnessing the outpouring of support……

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News From The Monroe County Electric Co-Op

Because of the COVID-19 situation, the Monroe County Electric Co-Op has closed its doors to foot traffic for the time being. The company is complying with President Trump’s extension of the isolation protocol through the end of April. Their employees will be available to serve you by telephone at 939-7171 or 1-800-757-7433. The company asks……

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Red Bud Chamber Meets At Opera House

The Red Bud Chamber of Commerce held their March meeting on the seventh at Opera House Bistro. Highlights include: Chamber President Twyla Schulte thanked Mary Koenitz of Creative Concepts for providing the table centerpieces. Chamber Director Brad Mayberry mentioned 64 new members joined the organization in 2019. Directors wrapping up their three-year terms are Matt……

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Virus Fears, Lack Of Local Races Produced Record Low Primary Turnout In The March Primary Election

Only 5,205 Monroe County voters – about 19.5 percent of all registered – cast their ballots in the March 17 Democratic and Republican Primaries. With few contested races in the balance and a global virus weighing on voters’ minds, perhaps the record-low turnout shouldn’t surprise anyone. Monroe County Clerk Jonathan McLean opined that the Covid-19……

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GOP Wants Martin To Withdraw From County State’s Attorney Race

If the votes garnered by the two respective candidates in Monroe County’s March 17 Democratic and Republican primaries had been cast in a general election for state’s attorney, Republican Ryan Martin would have edged out Democrat Celeste Korando 2,325 to 2,129. The dynamics of a general election, however, differ from a primary – in which……

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