Recent News

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

County Board To Hear Koppeis’ Plan To Build Wind Farm Along Scenic Bluffs

August 8, 2018
photo - Is this the future view of the scenic Monroe County bluffs? Developer Joe Koppeis is hoping to erect 50, 330-ft. wind turbines between Valmeyer and Fults. (pictured - an artist's rendition of what the bluffs may look like above rural Maeys Station.) Area commercial developer Joe Koppeis has his sights on placing 50... Read More

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