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Visit us in person at:

109 W. Legion Ave. in downtown Columbia

Call us at:

618-281-NEWS (6397)

Send Us Snail Mail:

Monroe County Independent
P.O. Box 615
Columbia, IL 62236.

Subscribe To The Independent 

Subscribe To The Independent
The Monroe County Independent is published the first and third Friday of each month and delivered directly to your mailbox. A paid mail subscription includes E-Newsletters (emails) and also full access to the paper’s website content. The subscription price is $28 for 24 issues of The Independent for residents served by a Monroe County post office. All other subscribers pay $34 for 24 issues, including residents of Red Bud, New Athens, Millstadt, East Carondelet and Prairie du Rocher. A form is located on this website by clicking here - Or payments may be mailed to: P.O. Box 615, Columbia, IL 62236.

Submit a Photograph or News Story

The Independent welcomes photos and stories of local people and events. The preferred way to receive photos is via email with the picture attached as a JPEG or TIFF in the highest resolution possible (photos embedded in emails are usually of low resolution and do not print well). If you mail in a photo, we will scan it and return it in a timely manner. Email your information to: or mail it to PO Box 615, Columbia, IL. 62236.

Submit an Obituary

For out-of-town obituaries, please have the funeral home e-mail the listing to: 

File a Complaint

To complain about The Independent, E-newsletter or website, click on the following link: Complaint Department

Change Your Mailing Address:

Call the office (618-281-NEWS) or send an email with the updated information to: 

Sign up for the E-Newsletter

Subscribers get all the breaking news between papers by signing up for The Independent’s E-newsletter. To sign up, email your name, email address and the address to which your paper is delivered to

Submit Family News

The Independent prints family news for free (this does not include thank you, obituaries or memorials). Engagement, marriage, birth and anniversary announcement forms are located on the Announcement Forms. Mail the completed forms with a photo, or email the information requested with an attached photo.

Purchase a Color Print

To purchase a color photo that was printed in The Independent, contact the office or send us an email.

They may be emailed for $5 per photo. Send payment in advance. Include the date, type and location of event, a brief description of the photo and the issue in which it appeared. Additionally pictures taken by The Independent are view-able and available for purchase on this website Photo Gallery.