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CAVC Health Occupations Students of America go to Nationals

Collinsville Area Vocational Students who qualified for the 2014 Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference / Submitted photo

By   4 hours ago

Eight students from the Collinsville Area Vocational Center traveled to Orlando, Fla., June 24 – 28 to participate in the 2014 Health Occupations Students of America National Leadership Conference. The CAVC students were part of a group of 106 Illinois students representing 15 schools at the conference. To be eligible, students were required to complete […]

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Honorably Discharged Veterans can receive help from Madison County agencies

Madison County Veterans Assistance Commission

By   5 hours ago

Madison County officials are developing a new program that will provide property tax relief for struggling military veterans. The Madison County Veterans’ Assistance Commission program will assist qualifying veterans on paying current property taxes, so they will not lose their homes. The VAC provides emergency aid and services to approximately 45,000 veterans and their families […]

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Miller doing “excellent job,” replaced as interim Caseyville police chief

Caseyville Village Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   18 hours ago

Caseyville Mayor Leonard Black told Scott Miller’s wife Wednesday morning that her husband was doing an excellent job as interim police chief. About eight hours later, Miller was out, replaced by Frank Moore. Black and Jamie Miller were speaking outside a courtroom after Jamie Miller’s uncle, Jose Alvarez, was successful in his attempt to obtain […]

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Illinois’ ACT score second among states that test all students

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By   1 day ago

Staff report The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that Illinois ranks second among 12 states that provided the ACT to all graduates. The Class of 2014 achieved a composite score of 20.7 on the ACT, trailing only Utah’s 20.8. In addition, the percentage of students meeting all four of ACT’s College and Career […]

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Alvarez still in play as Caseyville Police Chief

Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez addresses the Village Board on March 19, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

Nearly three months after Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez was terminated during a meeting that his attorney called “beyond theater of the absurd,” a judge gave Alvarez a glimmer of hope that he may one day regain his job. Wednesday, Judge Stephen McGlynn ruled that the Mayor nor Village Board can hire a permanent replacement […]

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First human West Nile Virus case of 2014 confirmed in Illinois

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By   3 days ago

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the state’s first case of human West Nile virus. A woman in her 70′s became sick in July, the Chicago Department of Public Health reported. Last year, a total of 117 cases were reported, including 11 deaths. West Nile virus has now been reported in 32 Illinois […]

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$1 million lotto ticket sold in Granite City soon after Collinsville woman claims $750,000

Brenda Bohn of Collinsville won the July 19, 2014 Lucky Day Lotto. Bohn bought her ticket in Collinsville

By   3 days ago

A Florissant, Mo. man recently claimed his $1 million Powerball prize less than a month after a Collinsville woman cashed in on a $750,000 winner. Ron Bryant bought his winning ticket, which matched the first five numbers of the Aug. 2 Powerball winning numbers, at Super One Stop, 3301 West Chain of Rocks Road in […]

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Collinsville Police increasing patrols through Sept. 1

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 days ago

The Collinsville Police Department announced that it is increasing traffic enforcement through Sept. 1. The increase, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is intended to reduce traffic accidents and injuries, Collinsville Police said. The increased enforcement effort went into effect on Aug. 16 and ends on Labor Day. The Collinsville Police Department will […]

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Traffic stop leads to weapon charge in Caseyville

James David

By   3 days ago

A Caseyville police officer conducting a stop for a minor traffic violation Saturday found a loaded SKS rifle in the front passenger compartment of the suspect’s vehicle. The uncased rifle was easily accessible to the suspect, Caseyville Police report. James D. Davis, 20, of the 1900 block of Baker Street, East St. Louis, was also […]

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    Kahok soccer purple and white game tonight

    Junior defender Brendan Rosenburg fights two O'Fallon Panthers for the ball in 2013 action / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   2 hours ago

    The annual Kahok soccer purple and white game will be held tonight at Kahok Stadium. The freshman team will play the sophomores on the JV team beginning at 6 p.m.  The varsity team will take the field at about 7 p.m. to battle the full junior varsity squad. Admission is free and fan gear will […]

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    Purple Pigskin 2014 offers full day of football, purple and white game

    Kahok Football Logo

    By   5 hours ago

    The Collinsville Kahoks and Jr. Kahoks football teams will take part in a full day of football Saturday at Kahok Stadium, and accept donations for the Collinsville Food Pantry. The 7th and 8th grade Jr. Kahok teams will kick the day off at 9 a.m. when they host a five-team football jamboree. Each of the five […]

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    Kahok girl golfers take second in division at Madison County Tournament

    Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   23 hours ago

    The Collinsville High School girls golf team took second place Tuesday in the AA Division in the Madison County Tournament at Belk Park Golf Club. Sidney Bost led the team with an 84. Team Results AA Division A Division Edwardsville 354 Civic Memorial 376 Collinsville 418 Alton Marquette 418 Granite City 424 Roxana 463 Triad […]

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    SIUE’s Ward reaches finals at Pan-American Festival

    La'Derrick Ward, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / Submitted photo

    By   3 days ago

    La’Derrick Ward completed his first United States track and field appearance Friday at the Pan-American Festival. Ward, who finished last season holding the longest mark in NCAA Divison I long jump, made it to the finals of the competition. He finished in eighth with a jump of 7.54 meters. “I am very satisfied with La’Derrick’s […]

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    2014 Collinsville High School football schedule and results

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    By   6 days ago

    2014 Collinsville High School football schedule and results

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    2014 Collinsville High School boys soccer schedule and results

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    2014 Collinsville High School boys soccer schedule and results

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    Cougars picked third in OVC women’s soccer poll

    Photo courtesy of SIUE Sports Information

    By   1 week ago

    The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s soccer team was chosen to finish third in the Ohio Valley Conference this season based on this year’s conference poll of head coaches and sports information personnel.  “I think it’s a fair spot considering how we finished last season, which is basically all you can go on from year to year when […]

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    SIUE long jumper to represent United States in Pan American Festival

    La'Derrick Ward, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / Submitted photo

    By   1 week ago

    Senior member of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s track and field team, La’Derrick Ward (Alorton, Illinois), was chosen as the United States representative in the men’s long jump for the Pan American Festival in Mexico City, Mexico. The USA Track and Field team will include one male and one female for 11 events in throws, jumps […]

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    SIUE men’s soccer head coach takes position with U.S. Soccer

    Former SIUE men's soccer Head Coach Scott Donnelly, who recently accepted a position with USA Soccer / Photo by SIUE Sports Information

    By   2 weeks ago

    Southern Illinois University men’s soccer Head Coach Scott Donnelly has resigned his position to accept the position of Technical Advisor for the Northeast region with the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer).  SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt accepted Donnelly’s resignation last week. “First of all this is a great thing for Cougar Soccer, our department, […]

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      Collinsville Library eating contest canceled.

      Photo from National Photo Company Collection

      By   2 days ago

      ***Updated at 11 a.m., Aug. 22*** The Collinsville Library has announced that the eating contest, originally scheduled for Sept. 13, has been canceled. “After further consideration, the Collinsville Memorial Library Center has decided to cancel the competitive eating contest,” an official statement indicated.   —- Original Story—– Joey Chestnut will not go toe-to-toe with Kobayashi […]

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      A T-shirt from Dublin

      Temple Bar in Dublin, Ireland / Used under creative commons license

      By   5 days ago

      The following story was originally published in Travel Intelligence “In what college sport did Oscar Wilde participate?” the tour guide asked.  The question was directed to a man from Nottingham, England and me.  We were the finalists in the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl trivia contest. The person who answered this question correctly took home a […]

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      “State of Southern Illinois” exhibit opens Saturday at Cahokia Mounds

      The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History” authored by Herbert Russell / Submitted photo

      By   1 week ago

      ***Submitted story*** A new exhibit opening Saturday at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will separate myth from fact in the colorful history of southern Illinois. “The State of Southern Illinois” features 39 photographs that appeared in “The State of Southern Illinois: An Illustrated History” authored by Herbert Russell and published by Southern Illinois University Press. […]

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      “Annie the Musical” coming to SIUE’s Dunham Hall Theater

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      By   2 weeks ago

      ***Submitted Content*** Curtain’s Up Theater Company will perform the stage version “Annie, The Musical” Aug. 28 – 31 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Dunham Hall Theater. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 – 30, with matinees, Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, […]

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      Blues, oldies and Elvis at 2014 Tunes at Blum, no word on how much cowbell

      Tunes at Blum 2014

      By   2 weeks ago

      The original owners of the Blum House in Collinsville were operators of a cowbell factory. During one of Christopher Walken’s most popular stints as a Saturday Night Live guest host, he could not get enough cowbell from cast members pretending to perform “Don’t Fear the Reaper” as Blue Oyster Cult. “Guess what, I got a […]

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      Free concerts Sunday, under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle and at Carisilos

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      By   4 weeks ago

      “The World’s First Linear Musical Festival” thinks enough of Collinsville that the city gets two concerts. Sunday evening, Cow Bop will set up shop for a free concert under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, alongside the STL250 Cakeway to West cake and within spittin’ distance of the Catsup Bottle for sale sign. The band, recently […]

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      2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival contest winners

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      By   1 month ago

      The organizers of the 2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival have announced the contest winners.   Little Princess Tomato Winner – Sophia Lewis (4) of Collinsville, IL First Runner Up – Amelia Hill (4) of Edwardsville, IL Little Sir Catsup Winner – Curtis Cline (6) of Edwardsville, IL First Runner Up – Bobby Hildebrand (3) […]

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      2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival C.I.A. Car, Truck & Motorcycle Winners

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      By   1 month ago

      The organizers of the 2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival have announced the winners for the Cruzin’ in Antiques (C.I.A.) car, truck and motorcycle show.   TOP 25 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (Car/Truck Category) Sponsored by A-Rod-Shop Ernie Huffman of Troy, IL – 1950 Styleline Delux   Sponsored by A-Rod’s Auto Body Ed Lepold of Fairview Heighst, […]

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      The C.IA., Winermobile and Jeepalope visit the Catsup Bottle Festival

      A poster advertising the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things / Photo by Rachel Heston-Davis

      By   1 month ago

      Despite a heat index above 90 degrees by noon, Collinsville’s 2014 Catsup Bottle Festival had another successful year celebrating condiments, cars and Collinsville spirit on July 13. Favorite catsup-themed activities returned to the fest, including the Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup Contest, the Brooks Tangy Catsup Taste Test stand, the catsup-smothered tater tot eating […]

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        Miner’s Institute Foundation chosen as the 2015 Festival of Trees recipient

        Photo by Roger Starkey

        By   4 hours ago

        ***Submitted Content*** Gateway Center’s Board of Directors has selected Miner’s Institute Foundation as the recipient of the 2015 Festival of Trees. The Miner’s Institute Foundation is currently in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise the funds necessary to get the theater open for business and able to support future restoration work. The Miner’s […]

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        Collinsville community heroin antidote awareness event

        Photo by Roger Starkey

        By   1 day ago

        ***Submitted Content*** The Collinsville Police Department announced a community awareness event featuring presentations by Bethany Place. The primary purpose is to provide training to members of our community which will allow them to access the potentially lifesaving drug Narcan through Bethany Place.  This public meeting is also an opportunity for members of our community to […]

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        Ovarian cancer presentation at Collinsville Library

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        ***Submitted Content*** Women’s cancer is not always “pink.” On Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m., the Collinsville Memorial Library Center will host a seminar about ovarian cancer.  Presenter Paula Blandon of All Things Teal will share information about “the silent killer,” its symptoms, treatments and more. A brief question-and-answer session, as well as refreshments, will follow […]

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        Rep. Davis hosting 13th District Veterans Job and Resource Fair at SIUE

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        ***Submitted Content*** U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has announced that he is hosting a Veterans Job and Resource Fair for 13th District veterans, military service members and their families from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. “Transitioning from military to civilian life after […]

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        Share Chapter of Anderson Hospital to host Walk of Remembrance and Hope

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        By   3 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** The Share Chapter of Anderson Hospital will be hosting their Annual Walk of Remembrance and Hope on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights.  This walk honors babies who have died through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few weeks of life. Anderson Hospital’s Share Chapter is affiliated […]

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        Softball game to benefit breast cancer patient

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        By   3 days ago

        The Metro East Recreational Baseball League is hosting a benefit softball game for the mother of a player. Tina Heal is a single mother to Austin Heal, a pitcher and catcher for the Orange Bandit T5 team in Troy. Heal has battling breast cancer and has just completed chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She has encountered […]

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        Tuition-free citizenship class at SWIC offered to Illinois residents

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        By   3 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship (naturalization) process and its examination through tuition-free Southwestern Illinois College Adult Basic Education Citizenship classes. This class is open to legal permanent residents of Illinois who are considering U.S. citizenship. A class will be at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave., in September. Individuals will meet Tuesday and Thursday […]

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        Flu shots at Collinsville Library

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        By   6 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** The flu season will soon be upon us, and the Collinsville Memorial Library Center encourages you to stop by for a flu shot. The flu shots, which will be available on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m., are provided by Walgreens at Collinsville Crossing. The cost is $25.99 per shot, payable […]

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        SWIC Adult Basic Education to offer free GED® classes in September

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        By   6 days ago

        ***Submitted  Content*** If you’re considering earning a GED® credential, now is the time, and the Southwestern Illinois College Adult Basic Education department is ready to help! Several free SWIC GED® high school equivalency test preparation classes get under way in St. Clair and Madison counties in September. The classes are open to anyone who has not yet […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Strategies to maximize Social Security benefits

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          By   4 weeks ago

          Every day thousands of Baby Boomers turn age 62 and become eligible to receive Social Security benefits. The dilemma they face is taking the money immediately or waiting. For those who can afford to wait, doing so could result in hundreds of thousands of extra dollars over a lifetime.  There may also be unique strategies […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: How well do you know your financial advisor?

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          By   3 months ago

          It is fairly typical for financial advisors to be nice people with warm smiles and engaging personalities.  It is also not uncommon for them to appear financially successful by living in upscale communities and driving luxury cars. But does it qualify them to give you prudent financial advice and manage your investments?   What are their […]

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          Think you’re not paying fees for your 401(k)? You’re probably wrong

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          By   5 months ago

          “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  This widely used adage essentially communicates the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing.  Although this is intuitive for most people, when it comes to 401(k) plans, far too many participants think they are getting a free lunch. According to a recent survey by […]

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          “Keene on Your Finances” – Roth 401k and Roth IRA, a lifetime of tax free earnings

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          By   7 months ago

          A well-respected tax and estate planning attorney recently told me he had no idea he could contribute to a Roth 401k. He was sure there was an income limit. He and many others are missing a great investment opportunity. For years we have been wired to defer taxes and pay only when it is absolutely […]

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          Coming soon: “Keene on Your Finances”

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          By   10 months ago

          Brad Keene, vice president and partner at Meridian Financial Group, and lifelong Collinsville resident, will be a Metro Independent featured columnist, starting Friday. Brad’s “Keene on Your Finances” columns will appear every two months, providing valuable information about managing your personal finances. Keene is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (TM), holds an MBA from St. Louis University […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Mayor out of line to sign name to letter

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   4 weeks ago

            Dear Editor, On June 30, Ready Nation Illinois director Sean Noble messaged Collinsville Mayor John Miller and Mr. Kevin Weinacht stating the BND never printed their letter this spring. Ironically, the Post-Dispatch has not printed my rebuttal to the July 12 letter Noble drafted captioned, Illinois’ cut in childcare hurt families and businesses. My rebuttal […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Fairness for Fairmount Park

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   2 months ago

            Fairmount racetrack has been in business since 1925.  At one time, the racetrack was one of the largest job creators in the Metro East and sent more tax dollars to Collinsville than most, if not all, businesses in Madison County. Today, the racetrack is a shell of what it was, what it could be, and […]

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            Marleen Suarez: “Prenzler should turn his attention to his own office”

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   3 months ago

            My name is Marleen Suarez. As a candidate for Madison County Treasurer in the November Election, I promise to talk about issues that matter. I am a successful small business owner with more than a decade of professional investment industry experience and a plan for how to make the Treasurer’s Office work better for you. […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Stand with Steelworkers

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   3 months ago

            A battle is on to protect American-made steel and the livelihood of those who make it. U.S. Steel in Granite City is the second-largest property taxpayer in Madison County. The steel mill pays more than $6.65 million to 10 local taxing districts, and provides jobs to more than 2,000 employees, most of whom live in […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Revisiting the mayor’s role in the flower sculpture acquisition

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   3 months ago

            The Metro Independent published a great article about the flower sculpture at the corner of Clay Street and Route 159. It should serve as a reminder of our very unusual weak Mayor form of government that Mayor Miller fails to respect. But for being Liquor Commissioner and chairing meetings he is simply one of five […]

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            Letter to the Editor: National Day of Prayer

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   4 months ago

            In 1952, the U.S. Congress established a day to remember the religious heritage of this country and to celebrate the rights to freely exercise our faith, and yes, to pray to God. As a nation, we unite on the first Thursday in May for the National Day of Prayer. In Madison County, religious beliefs also […]

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            Letter to the Editor: When taxes go up, do you have a say in it?

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   5 months ago

            To the Editor: The number one complaint the Madison County Treasurer hears is about tax increases. People say, “I didn’t vote for an increase, so why do my taxes keep going up?” They’re right. The public often doesn’t have a say in the matter. How does it happen? First, let’s make it clear that the […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Madison County Jail referendum, “the time for action is now”

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   6 months ago

            Letter to the Editor: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “the time for action is now.” The French novelist who penned “The Little Prince” believed “It’s never too late to do something.” He’s right. Early voting started in the Primary election and many of you will make the trip to the polls to cast your ballot. However, […]

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            Letter to the Editor: Historically low rates at Madison County tax sale

            Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

            By   6 months ago

            To the Editor: People usually don’t associate good news with taxes, but the annual Madison County Tax Sale, held this past Thursday, did result in good news for late taxpayers. Property taxes in the amount of $4.4 million were sold at a weighted average penalty interest rate of 1.59 percent. I’m not aware of any […]

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