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Columbia Garden Place Reassures Families After Two Residents Test Positive For COVID-19

Two residents of Garden Place in Columbia (DD Road facility) have tested positive for COVID-19. The residents were transported to area hospitals for treatment and provide a safer environment for the other residents and the staff. Staff and administration from the senior center are diligently working with local and state officials, including Monroe County and……

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Monroe County HCE Earns First Runner-Up Honor

The Monroe County Home and Community Education took home the second-place award in the County of the Year competition held during the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education’s state conference March 10-12 in Effingham. Monroe County HCE President Rose Anne Bense accepted the first runner-up award from the state president at the gathering inside……

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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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Oak Hill Working To Reduce Risk Of Covid-19

Monroe County’s nursing home, Oak Hill, is taking all necessary precautions to lower the risk of the corona virus spreading to its Waterloo facility. “Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern,” said Oak Hill Director Kim Keckritz. She added that at this time, there are no any……

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Oak Hill Working To Reduce Risk Of Corona Virus

Monroe County’s nursing home, Oak Hill, is taking all necessary precautions to lower the risk of the corona virus spreading to its Waterloo facility. “Ensuring residents are cared for in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern,” said Oak Hill Director Kim Keckritz. She added that at this time, there are no any……

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Keeping Active Is Key To Longevity For Centenarian Klein

Don’t bother asking Marcella Klein the secret to reaching 100 years old. It turns out, for her it runs in the family. Klein’s father also made it to 100, eventually living to 102 years old. But if you do ask Klein her secret, you might get a bit of an odd response. Marcella says the secret……

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Alberta Riechmann Passes

Valmeyer lost a dedicated member of the community this week. Alberta Riechmann, 85, passed away Feb. 19.  Alberta and her late husband Roy (who died in 2013) were very active in any and all community events as well as their church, St. Mary’s Catholic. Upon her passing, the Valmeyer Community Heritage Society expressed its sincere……

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Keckritz Leaving Oak Hill… But Not Yet

By Joe Leicht Kim Keckritz, who served as the last administrator for the Monroe County Care and Rehabilitation Center and as the first for Oak Hill, was making ready to take a well-deserved retirement. But fate, circumstances and the county board last week said, “Not so fast.” The administrator of the county’s only publicly supported……

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Former Coroner Deanna Stumpf Passes

“Dee” Was A Community Minded Citizen Who Helped Found Local Ambulance Services Former Monroe County Coroner Deanna “Dee” Stumpf of Columbia died Jan. 23 at Bethesda Southgate Nursing Center in St. Louis. She was 81. Throughout her life Dee gave back to Columbia as well as Monroe County. Mrs. Stumpf, a Republican, was elected as……

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American Legion’s Traveling Caravan Heading To Columbia

Columbia’s Post 581 is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for the Illinois American Legion Membership Traveling Caravan. It will arrive in town on Saturday, Jan. 25. The caravan will make 19 stops through the state during the Legion’s annual membership drive. Columbia’s American Legion Post 581 has been selected as the location……

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