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Bulldogs Excel At FFA District Proficiency

By Independent | March 23, 2020

The Waterloo FFA had a great showing at the District Proficiency Contest in Mt. Vernon. Students earning first place honors were Duncan VonYeast (Ag Mechanics Repair and Maintenance), Adam Doyle (Beef Entrepreneurship) and Madison Huebner (Diversified Horticulture). They advance to the state contest March 21 at the University of Illinois. Earning second place honors were …

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Columbia Music Students Shine At State Contest

By Independent | March 23, 2020

Columbia High School music students demonstrated their talents at the IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest held March 7 at Alton High School. The musicians sang or played prepared solo and ensemble events for adjudication by area music professionals. Topping the list was CHS piano man Patrick Birner. The judges named his performance the Best …

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Six From Troop 357 Earn Eagle Scout

By Independent | March 23, 2020

Six young men from Boy Scout Troop 357 celebrated their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on March 8. The boys, all Columbia High School seniors, are Adam Barnard, Curtis Crossley, Austin McCann, Ethan Sturm, Ben Valentine and Ryan Weatherford. As part earning the rank of Eagle Scout, each boy’s service project to better the community …

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Sandra M. Foundation President James Bereitschaft, third from left, accepts the keys to a Dodge mini-van from, left to right, Debbie Mertz, Foundation board member and Mertz Motors owner; Mertz General Manager Mike Rich. Looking on are Jamie Bereitschaft, Patty Evansco, Jean Colbert, Marlou Eckert and Eileen Doerr.

Sandra M. Bereitschaft Foundation Purchases Van For Senior Center

As a direct result of the generous grant from the Sandra M. Bereitschaft Foundation, Millstadt...
The Waterloo Fire Department’s table won the Ed-itor’s Choice for Best Overall Snacks at the Monroe County Backstoppers Trivia Night. Besides summer sausage, they served nacho boats filled with a tasty combination of meat and cheese. Getting ready for the next round of questions are, left to right, Brittany Rongey, Ben Kalbfleisch, Sarah Blind, Matt Blind, Matt Tochtrop, Spencer Kostecki, Mike Ramsey and Ben Rongey.

80 Tables Participate In Backstoppers Trivia Night

Angela Ettling and Lauren Smith, right, sell raffle tickets at the...

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Full Of Life, Maurice Schneider Celebrates His 100th Birthday

By John Layton When a person turns 100 years old, it’s not uncommon for the city they live in to recognize and honor that citizen, especially veterans. Columbia did just that for its most recent centenarian, but the proclamation in recognition of Maurice Schneider’s life and 100th birthday almost reached three pages after listing his……

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