Recent News

IDOT Makes Traffic Signal Modifications In Columbia

October 19, 2018
The Illinois Department of Transportation is hoping that fine tuning the electric traffic signals along Rt. 3 will reduce the number of deadly accidents in Columbia. Two people have died this year in separate accidents at the intersection of Veterans Parkways and Rt. 3 (Admirals Parkway) in Columbia. Numerous other accidents resulting in serious injuries... Read More

Missing Columbia Farmer Found Deceased

September 11, 2018
After an all-day search, the missing rural Columbia farmer was found deceased underwater in a creek on his property. After last being seen at 7 a.m., Marvin Mueller, 71, was discovered by divers at 8:15 p.m. Searchers had located his cap along the waterway at about 8 p.m., and then focused on that area. He... Read More

Search Continues For Marvin Mueller

September 11, 2018
6:30 p.m. A search is underway for a missing rural Columbia farmer. Marvin Mueller, 71, was last seen early this morning at his farm in the 2100 block of Steppig Road (in the bottoms off Bluff Road) a few miles south of the city of Columbia. He was wearing blue jeans and a green or... Read More

Search Underway For Missing Columbia Bottoms Man

September 11, 2018
(3 p.m.) A search for a missing rural Columbia man continues. He was reported missing at about 11 a.m. today after the family became concerned about his welfare. He was last seen near his home in the Columbia bottoms along Steppig Road between Bluff Road and the Mississippi River levee. The man is described as... Read More

Developer, Citizens Weigh In On Proposed Wind Farm

August 29, 2018
photo - During an Aug. 20 county commissioners meeting, developer Joe Koppeis, right, lays out his vision of a wind farm he would build along the bluffs between Valmeyer and Fults. He is joined at the head table by Garth Klimchuk, a principal partner at the North Renew Energy group based in Massachusetts. Turbines Would Be... Read More

Waterloo Man Indicted For Child Pornography

August 25, 2018
Mark Brueggemann of Waterloo has been charged in federal court with knowingly receiving a video depicting child pornography. The one-count indictment alleges that the offense occurred in Waterloo on or about Feb. 15, 2017. Brueggemann, 60, made his initial appearance at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis today, Aug. 24. He pleaded not guilty... Read More

Fults Family Loses Everything In Overnight Fire

August 23, 2018
A rural Fults family lost their home and nearly all of their worldly possessions in an overnight home fire. Richard “Calvin” and Valerie Anderson live in the 2500 block of Sutterville Road, due east of downtown Fults. They were awoken just before 1 a.m. last night (Aug. 23) when their fire alarms sounded. Their home was... Read More

Letter To The Editor:

August 19, 2018
Lifelong Monroe City resident Mark Baum sends Commissioners his heartfelt view on wind turbine issue...  To the Honorable Commissioners of Monroe County: Hon. Robert Elmore, Hon. Delbert Wittenauer and Hon. Vicki Koerber.... Regarding the Proposed Wind Turbine Development Mega-Project: There has been much air expended on the subject of wind turbine development in Monroe County recently.... Read More

Commissioners To Meet Monday Morning With Hopeful Wind Turbine Developer

August 19, 2018
The Monroe County Courthouse is expected to a busy place on Monday morning. The three-member board of commissioners will meet with developer Joe Koppeis at 11 a.m. regarding his head-scratcher of a proposal to place 50 of what would be the state’s tallest wind turbines atop a 14-mile stretch of Monroe County’s most scenic vistas... Read More

Is This The Future Of The County’s Scenic Bluffs?

August 14, 2018
Koppeis To Defend "Wind Farm" Proposal At Aug. 20 County Board Meeting photo - An artist's rendition of what the bluffs may look like above rural Maeys Station after wind turbines are erected. Area commercial developer Joe Koppeis has his sights on placing 50 of the state’s biggest wind turbines atop one of the most... Read More