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Nearly 30 years later, City of Collinsville still seeks closure on landfill

The Collinsville Municipal Landfill. Closed for business in 1986, it is remains in a state of post-closure monitoring according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 hours ago

The City of Collinsville municipal landfill off Lebanon Road, just past Arnotti Lane, was closed for business in 1986, yet 28 years later, post-closure care continues. The landfill site was the last of many in Collinsville since it was founded in the early 1800′s as Unionville. Some of the more recent landfill sites were at […]

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Medical cannabis patient and caregiver application process begins Tuesday

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By   42 mins ago

Patient and caregiver registration for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program starts Tuesday. The Illinois Department of Public Health is now accepting applications for the medical cannabis registration identification card electronically and through the mail for qualifying patients and caregivers. Applicants whose last names begin with letters A through L can submit an application from […]

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One week, 122 kids, $1,508: Why the ALS challenge is about more than cold water

Dennis Barr / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   12 hours ago

Dennis Barr, whose wife, Mary, died of ALS in February, is not tired of watching the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Using his smart phone, Barr filmed Jefferson Elementary School students dumping buckets of ice water onto the heads of their teachers Friday. Before the cold water flowed, first-grade teacher Christy Reid spoke for the Collinsville […]

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Family devastated by fire says thank you: “It’s like something you see in a movie”

Front row, Left to right: Jeremy Schwartz Jr. and Neva Schwartz
Middle row, Left to right: Jeremy Schwartz and Courtney Schwartz
Back row, Left to right: Chianne Schwartz and Noah Bailey

By   1 day ago

Fire engulfed the Schwartz home in Collinsville on Aug. 9, leaving the family of six with little more than the clothes they were wearing. The family was devastated by the thought of starting to rebuild only two days before school started for the four children. “The first two mornings we woke up in tears,” Courtney […]

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Collinsville Area Vocational has impressive showing at national skills competition

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

Two 2014 Collinsville High School graduates and three recent CHS graduates represented the Collinsville Vocational Center in the Skills USA 50th National Leadership and Skills Conference in June. The group brought home three top 10 and a top 15 finish. Ryan Brunton, a 2014 CHS graduate, was 4th in the nation in Precision Machining. Fellow […]

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Collinsville Police searching for armed and dangerous fugitive

Tre Laron Barnscomb

By   4 days ago

Police are searching for a 21-year-old Collinsville man accused of stabbing a man during an attempted robbery. Tre Laron Barnscomb, of the 800 block of S. Morrison Avenue in Collinsville, allegedly stabbed a 22-year-old man following a dispute Wednesday in the 100 block of Idlerun Drive, Collinsville. Barnscomb, who knows the victim, fled before police […]

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Construction to close Summit Avenue Bridge in Collinsville for two months

An artist rendering of the new Summit Avenue Bridge in Collinsville / Courtesy of the City of Collinsville

By   5 days ago

Construction will begin Sept. 3 on a new Summit Avenue Bridge, near Johnson Hill Road, in Collinsville. Work on the bridge may continue into the spring. There will be periods of time when only one lane is open. The entire bridge will be closed for an estimated two months. When completed, the bridge will have […]

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Collinsville trash pick-up delayed by one day week of Sept. 1

Image by Roger Starkey

By   5 days ago

Monday is Labor Day, a day when large quantities of trash are created as friends and family gather to eat, drink and celebrate a day away from work. The trash and recyclable items left over from the holiday revelry will be collected one day later than usual next week. Collinsville residents who typically have rubbish […]

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Man charged with stealing copper wire from cell phone towers

Lee A. Franks

By   5 days ago

Six felony charges were filed Thursday against a man accused of stealing copper wire from cellular phone towers in rural Madison County over a three-month span. Lee Franks, 32, of Litchfield, is accused of targeting towers in Hamel, New Douglas and Worden in June, July and August. He faces charges in Macoupin County for similar […]

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    Third time is not a charm, Kahok boys soccer postponed again

    Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   46 mins ago

    The Collinsville High School boys soccer team was to have played its third game of the season Tuesday, against Belleville West. Instead, the team is still waiting to take the pitch to begin the 2014 season. Heavy rain overnight Monday made Oerter Park in Columbia, Ill. unplayable. The park is the site of Belleville West home matches while […]

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    Tuesday’s Kahok soccer match moved to Oerter Park in Columbia, Ill

    Image by Roger Starkey

    By   3 hours ago

    Weather postponed the first two Kahok boys soccer matches this year and the installation of field turf at Belleville West High School has forced the relocation of the team’s third attempt to start the season. The Southwestern Conference opener for both teams will be played at 6:45 p.m. Tuesady at Oerter Park in Columbia, Ill.

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    SIUE women’s soccer falls to Purdue

    Emily Grahl

    By   2 days ago

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s soccer completed the weekend with a 4-1 loss against Purdue Sunday. “We played a really solid first half and started the second half well,” said SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton. “But, we are still searching for that consistency in our determination.” The Boilermakers struck first with a goal in the 19th minute […]

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    Cougars men’s soccer suffers second overtime loss

    Christian Volesky

    By   2 days ago

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – For the second time in as many games, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s soccer suffered an overtime defeat, falling 2-1 to Tulsa in double overtime Sunday at Korte Stadium. Following an initial shot by Tulsa’s Austin Neil and a save by SIUE goalkeeper Kent Kobernus, Akeil Barrett pounced on the rebound and netted the […]

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    Metro Independent Athlete of the Week: CHS volleyball for show of compassion

    Gabby Hancher giving rose to Brandi Stevenson

    By   3 days ago

    The Collinsville High School volleyball team went 2-0 this week, but it is what they did before their season started that earned them Metro Independent Athlete of the Week honors. The team began their season Tuesday in Fletcher Gym. Before the match, the Kahok volleyball team gave each McCluer North player a flower as a […]

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    Close game late gets away, Althoff defeats the Kahoks

    Jordan Reichert lines up for a snap against Althoff / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   3 days ago

    A long touchdown pass brought the Collinsville Kahoks to within six points of Althoff with 1:44 remaining in the game Friday. Five plays later and the Crusaders had sealed a 34-14 victory. The opening half for both teams looked exactly like a season opening half. Each team threw an interception and lost a fumble. Collinsville […]

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    SIUE women’s soccer loses season opener

    Michelle Auer

    By   4 days ago

    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s soccer lost its first game of the weekend to IUPUI 2-1. “It was not our best showing, we have a lot more to give,” said SIUE Head Coach Derek Burton. “We can’t play apprehensively at this level.” The Cougars opened up the game strong with a header from junior Cassidy Sherman in the […]

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    Men’s soccer: Virginia Tech edges SIUE in overtime

    Jabari Danzy (#9)

    By   4 days ago

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Brad Vorv’s chip shot 6:40 into the first overtime period lifted visiting Virginia Tech to a 1-0 win over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the men’s soccer opener Friday at Korte Stadium. Vorv’s shot came from 25 yards away and from the left. Vorv took a pass out wide from midfielder Niels Kirch […]

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    Football Kahoks look to avenge heartbreaking loss to Althoff

    Kahok Football Logo

    By   5 days ago

    The Collinsville Kahoks open the 2014 season Friday against Althoff, just as they did a year ago. They are hoping for a different result. Collinsville opened the 2013 season by rumbling for more than 400 yards rushing at Althoff. A Jordan Miller fourth quarter touchdown gave the Kahoks a come-from-behind 21-17 lead, but it would […]

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      Rule, Rubin and Shay works on exhibit at The Schmidt

      Terri Shay: Pomegranate (Detail)

      By   2 days ago

      ***Submitted Content*** The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center has brought the works of three artists to southwestern Illinois this fall for free exhibitions of their unique art. “With the wide range of artistic styles and media, there is something to interest everyone at this upcoming exhibition,” Curator Nicole Dutton said. The artists’ works went […]

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      Collinsville Library eating contest canceled.

      Photo from National Photo Company Collection

      By   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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   3 weeks 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

      Annie Flyer

      By   3 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   3 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

      Cow Bop - feat

      By   1 month 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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        Collinsville electronics and appliance recycling extended through 2014

        weCycle

        By   1 day ago

        The electronics and appliance recycling events have been extended through 2014. WeCycle-Belleville will accept old electronics and appliances in the public parking lot at Main and Seminary in uptown Collinsville from Noon to 6 p.m. the second Friday of each month, through 2014. WeCycle-Belleville donates the proceeds they receive from recycling the items to the Miner’s Institute […]

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        Illinois State Police may conduct roadside safety checks in September

        Announcements

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        ***Submitted Content*** The Illinois State Police recently announced that they may conduct roadside safety checks and occupant restraint enforcement patrols in Madison and St. Clair counties in September. A roadside safety check is a tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public.  The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated […]

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        Cahokia Mounds hosts American Indian Educational Days and annual atlatl competition

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        ***Submitted Content*** COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site offers a chance to explore Native American culture Sept. 13-14 and watch as experts compete with the ancient “atlatl” spear-throwing device. American Indian Educational Days takes place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, in the site’s Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

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        Cahokia Courthouse offers special sale for people who re-create 1700-1800s

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        By   2 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** CAHOKIA, IL – Old re-enactors never die, they just collect too much stuff. If you know what that means, bargains await you Sept. 13. The public is invited to a trade fair (basically a historic re-enactors’ yard sale) for 1700-1800s memorabilia and accouterments on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event runs 9 a.m. to […]

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        Kahok Soccer Golf Classic to benefit CHS soccer programs

        Photo by Roger Starkey

        By   3 days ago

        The 9th annual Kahok Soccer Golf Classic will take place Sept. 12 at Oak Brook Golf Course, with all proceeds to benefit the Collinsville High School boys and girls soccer programs. The four-person best ball scramble will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. There will be multiple flights. Prizes, contests, dinner, beverages, skins, […]

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        Collinsville Education Scholarship Foundation to host golf scramble

        Photo by Roger Starkey

        By   4 days ago

        A group dedicated to awarding scholarships to Collinsville area high school students is hosting a fundraising golf scramble on Oct. 1. The Collinsville Education Scholarship Foundation golf scramble will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Arlington Greens Golf Course. Registration and lunch begins at noon. The cost is $80 per golfer or $320 […]

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        Free elder abuse prevention conference Friday in Alton

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        By   5 days ago

        Preventing financial exploitation and a presentation from a martial arts school are on the agenda for a free elder abuse prevention conference Friday in Alton. The Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, Oasis Women’s Center, Senior Services Plus and the 3rd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council are teaming to host the event. Liberty Bank will […]

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        Collinsville’s Fall Festival Chili Cook-Off seeking contestants

        Fall Festival 2012 /  Photo by Tami Springer

        By   7 days ago

        The annual Fall Festival in Uptown Collinsville is seeking entrants for the Chili Cook-Off. Contestants are asked to prepare 10 gallons of their best chili for the event that is billed as a great fundraiser for organizations. Prizes will be awarded for the top three contestants in three categories; traditional, non-traditional and best booth presentation. […]

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        Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest contestants sought

        2012 Little Miss Mister (1)

        By   1 week ago

        ***Submitted  Content*** The Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant will be held one week before Italian Fest on Saturday, Sept. 13. Each year, the pageant is open to boys and girls from the Metro East who will be 4 to 8 years-old on the pageant date. The Little Miss/Mister pageant is offered as a […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Strategies to maximize Social Security benefits

          Brad Keene_Feat

          By   1 month 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?

          Brad Keene_Feat

          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

          Brad Keene_Feat

          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

          Brad Keene_Feat

          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”

          Brad Keene_Feat

          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   1 month 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   4 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   4 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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