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Standoff At Big Al’s Dirty Laundry Peacefully Ends

By Monroe County Independent | November 12, 2019

A four-hour standoff with police ended peacefully just after 7:30 p.m. With his hands in the air, a 30-year-old man walked out of Big Al’s Dirty Laundry and turned himself over to authorities. Without further incident, the Matthew Lane of Columbia was handcuffed at 7:33 p.m., read his rights and placed into the back seat …

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Roads Slick But Manageable – Boat Anchors On Rt. 3

By Monroe County Independent | November 11, 2019

The snow appears to be tapering off as the temperature falls into the 20s. The wet roads will remain icy through Tuesday. Road crews are applying de-icer to roadways, but the freezing temps will continue to play havoc on driving conditions.    One interesting site today was a boat which fell off a trailer along Rt. 3 …

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Columbia Cops Caught Carrying Kegs

By Monroe County Independent | November 7, 2019

Motorists driving down Main Street in Columbia this week did a double take when they saw two police officers carrying beer kegs in front of Tiny’s. It was out of the ordinary since Columbia is a town known far and wide for its strict enforcement of DUI laws. Were the officers clearing out all the …

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The Lower Saxtown home fire as seen from across a field.  - photo by Randy Eckert

Saxtown Home Destroyed In Fire

The home at 3845 Lower Saxtown Road was destroyed in a frigid Tuesday night fire....
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Standoff At Big Al’s Dirty Laundry Peacefully Ends

An Illinois State Police marksman at Tuesday's standoff outside of Big...

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Vicki Miller Earns Spirit Of Hope Award For Her Service To Country

Former Valmeyer resident Vicki (nee Glotfelty) Miller received the Spirit of Hope award Sept. 27, at the U.S. Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C. Presenting the awards for each branch of service was Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist. Vicki received the award representing the U.S. Navy. Miller has worked for 40 years in civilian service with the……

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