Recent News

Plane Crashes On North End Of Columbia

July 28, 2018
(12:30 p.m.) A small plane has crashed near Red Roof Gas Station on the north end of Columbia. Four people, including one child, have been transported to area hospitals. The initial report is the plane was either trying to land or take off from nearby Sackman Airfield when it clipped a power line. The pilot then... Read More

First At Demo Derby 14 Years And Counting….

July 27, 2018
Courtney Sperduto, Art Juelfs and Steve Nason check their watches to countdown to the 7:30 p.m. start of the Monroe County Fair's demolition derby. They’ve been camping out at the 50-yard line since 7:30 a.m. For the 14th year in a row, Art Juelfs, Courtney Sperduto and Steve Nason are credited with being the first... Read More

Belle Plew Crowned 2018 Fair Queen

July 23, 2018
Gathering on stage to end the pageant are, left to right, Illinois State Fair Queen Samantha Hasselbring, 2017 Little Miss Savanna Cissell, 2017 Fair Queen Alexis Hartman, Little Miss Kaleigh Halleran, Taylor Gummersheimer, First Runner-Up Kaylee Fisk, Emma Boehm, Bethany Brinkman, Queen Belle Plew, Noella Hosick, Hanna Meadors and Second Runner-Up Alison Yearian. — atMonroe County... Read More

Baum Tops At Fair’s Junior Horse Show

July 23, 2018
Jaycee Baum, right, and her trusty steed Wiley won the Junior Hi Point Buckle to kick off the equestrian events at the Monroe County Fair. Baum accepts the buckle from Junior Horse Show sponsors, Brenda and Brad Chandler of Property Peddler Auction and Real Estate Group.  – photo by Carol Floarke

Storm Blows Through County

July 14, 2018
photo - During Saturday evening's storm, lightning struck a tree at D Road and Schrader Lane in rural Hanover at 7:15 p.m. The county road district is working to remove the limb and re-open D Road. - photo by Christine Bira A swift-moving storm has brought strong winds, lightning and a deluge of much-needed rain... Read More

Counterfeit Bills Passed In Columbia

July 10, 2018
The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance is identifying a person suspected of passing counterfeit money at a local businesses. According to the police report, on Sunday evening July 8, a person used counterfeit $20 bills to pay for merchandise at Marie’s Ice Cream Shoppe and McDonald’s. The person drove away in... Read More

Three Injured In Route 3 Head-On Collision North Of Red Bud

July 6, 2018
A Waterloo man along with a woman and her daughter from Red Bud were hospitalized following a three-vehicle accident on the Fourth of July. The wreck took place at 10:45 p.m., at the intersection of Rt. 3 and J Road, a couple miles northwest of Red Bud (inside Monroe County). Matt Notter, 22, of Waterloo... Read More

Valmeyer Mid-Summer Baseball Classic Underway

June 30, 2018
photo - Waterloo centerfielder Ethan Ruff steals second in the Millers opening-game loss to Belleville. - photo by Bob Haentzler  The boys of summer are in full swing in the heart of old town Valmeyer. For 47 years local Mon-Clair Baseball League teams have squared off at Borsch Park for the Mid-Summer Classic. Teams taking... Read More

Head-On Collision Sends Six To Hospital

June 19, 2018
Six young adults were rushed to area hospitals following a head-on collision Tuesday evening along LL Road Road in rural St. Joe. The injuries to the four to six persons involved are not believed to be life-threatening.  At 6:15 p.m., a 911 call was made to report a gold Silverado truck and a white Nissan... Read More

Two Hospitalized Following Accident On North End Of Columbia

June 15, 2018
​photo - Good Samaritan Pat Brogan, right, talks to a police officer following a two-vehicle accident at Rt. 3 and North Main on the north end of Columbia.    Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries sustained in a pickup truck vs. car collision at Route 3 and North Main on the north end... Read More