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State health department promotes diabetes awareness and prevention

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By   22 hours ago

Submitted Content This November, American Diabetes Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone to learn their risk factors for diabetes and how to reduce or eliminate them. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease caused when blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal and a hormone called insulin is not able […]

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Collinsville Police on increased patrols until Nov. 30

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

The Collinsville Police Department announced that it will be increasing patrols until Nov. 30 in an effort to reduce traffic accidents and injuries during the start of the holiday season. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of  Transportation, the Collinsville Police Department will enforce DUI, seat belt and  mobile phone usage violations. The department will adopt […]

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Collinsville man named a Noyce Math Scholar at SIUE

SIUE Noyce Science Scholars - Front Row (L to R) - Ben Legel, Brenna McIlvoy, Juliann Nipper, Tom Hantak, Marla Holloway, Alexandra Washington and Rachel Unverfehrt.
Back Row (L to R) - Jasmine French, Michael Nichols, William Fithen, John Heeg, Charles Graves, Ryan C. Sleeper, Colton Shaw and Stephen C. Foster / Submitted photo

By   2 days ago

Michael Nichols, of Collinsville, was one of eight Southern Illinois University Edwardsville students to be named a Noyce Math Scholar. The SIUE Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, created with two grants totaling $2.2 million from the National Science Foundation, helps to recruit and prepare 60 science and mathematics teacher candidates over five years for work at […]

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State Park boil order lifted

Boil Order Lifted

By   2 days ago

The Boil order that was in effect for the area of State Park served by the Collinsville Water Department was lifted yesterday, Collinsville Director of Water / Wastewater, Dennis Kress. Water to be used for cooking or drinking no longer needs to be boiled for five minutes before using. Ice cubes made Wednesday or Thursday may […]

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Collinsville Unit 10 Teachers of the Month announced

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By   2 days ago

Michelle Rennie is often the first to arrive in the morning at Webster Elementary School, and often the last to leave. Steve Blind is a teacher with a great attitude that helps teachers communicate district wide. Rennie’s dedication earned her the September Collinsville Unit 10 Teacher of the Month award. In her 10th year at […]

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Long-time Collinsville employee adjusting to new role as city clerk

Collinsville City Clerk Kim Wasser / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

Kim Wasser’s first job with the City of Collinsville was as a part-time police dispatcher in 1989. Twenty five years later, she was named the city clerk. With the exception of a seven-year stint with Kerr-McGee, Wasser has been with the City of Collinsville since her days as a part-dispatcher. Her familiarity with the City, […]

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State Park under boil order

Image by Roger Starkey

By   4 days ago

The area of State Park served by Collinsville water is under a boil under until further notice, the City of Collinsville said. This also includes 9500, 9502, 9504 and 9510 Collinsville Rd., 30 Ramey St. and all Collinsville water customers on the north side of Collinsville Road, west of Interstate 255. Water to be used […]

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Collinsville Firefighters give coats to Unit 10 children in need

Collinsville firefighters help a Webster Elementary School student choose a coat. The firefighters are giving away 50 coats to the neediest Collinsville Unit 10 students / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   5 days ago

The high temperature in Collinsville Monday was 27 degrees, which is 28 degrees below normal for Nov. 17. It was a perfect day for some of the neediest Collinsville elementary school students to receive a brand new coat from the Collinsville Fire Department. Collinsville firefighters passed out coats at Renfro and Webster elementary schools Monday, […]

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Caseyville terminates Alvarez again, ready to move on to next police chief saga

Caseyville Village Board meeting Oct. 16, 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   5 days ago

Village of Caseyville attorneys were in court numerous times over the past six months arguing that Police Chief Jose Alvarez had no right to a hearing before he was terminated on May 21. After tens of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees, a judge ruled on Nov. 6 that the Village Board must give Alvarez […]

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    The adoption journey; why not?

    The Gaffords. Front row, Savannah and Boomer. Back row, Mike and Sarah / Submitted photo

    By   2 days ago

    By Sarah Gafford, in recognition of November as National Adoption Month “What made you decide to adopt?” I have been asked this question hundreds of times. My answer is almost always the same, “why not?” The seed of adoption was planted in my heart since…well, since forever. The funny thing is that it was growing […]

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    Free holiday movies coming to the Collinsville Library

    The Collinsville Library, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   2 days ago

    Submitted content Families are invited to watch free movies at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center this December. On Fridays in December, starting at 3 p.m., get cozy with some hot chocolate, compliments of the library, and enjoy these classics: Dec. 5 – White Christmas (Community Room) and Arthur Christmas (Children’s Floor) Dec. 12 –  Miracle on 34th Street (Community Room) […]

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    Collinsville’s premier social and fundraising event to benefit Unit 10 literacy program

    A table of trees and decorations at the 2013 Festival of Trees / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   6 days ago

    The premier social event each year in Collinsville is also the premier fundraising event. For 20 years, people have put on their finest clothes and mingled with friends and community leaders at the annual Festival of Trees, while raising more than $500,000 for local charities. More than $30,000 was raised in 2013 for Collinsville Charities […]

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    The Nutcracker returns to the Wildey Theatre

    Nut Poster 2014

    By   1 week ago

    The Turning Pointe Academy of Dance will bring the Christmas classic ballet, the Nutcracker, back to the Wildey Theatre this December. The family classic, first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia on Dec. 18, 1892, is the story of a Christmastime dream world with a nutcracker come to life. The ballet features the music of famed […]

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    Local author meet and greet at Collinsville Library

    The President's Mortician by Tim Fleming. Published by Neverland Publishing

    By   1 week ago

    Nov. 22 marks the 51st anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.  Local author Timothy Fleming tackles this topic in his historical fiction book “The President’s Mortician.” A young man witnesses his neighbor’s gruesome murder and the woman’s husband is wrongly convicted of the crime.  As he grows older, Conrad “Con” Reese, Jr. tries […]

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    Free screening Thursday of “Honor Flight” movie at SWIC Granite City campus

    A World War II veteran brings along a photo of himself as a soldier in his youth. His volunteer travel companion, or “guardian,” holds the picture up for him on their flight to Washington, DC. / Photo courtesy of Freethink Media

    By   2 weeks ago

    The movie that holds the Guinness World Record for largest screening ever will be shown for free in a more humble setting Thursday. “Honor Flight” is the story of World War II veterans traveling to Washington DC to see the National World War II Memorial. The Honor Flight Network (http://www.honorflight.org/) transports veterans to Washington DC […]

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    A tale of one veteran’s many hardships

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    By   2 weeks ago

    For Veterans Day, remembering an Illinois sailor who endured years of danger and hardship

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    Christmas in Collinsville schedule announced

    Christmas in Collinsville / Submitted photo

    By   3 weeks ago

    The Collinsville Main Street Community Association has unveiled the schedule of events for the annual Christmas in Collinsville. The two-day event starts with the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday Dec. 5 at the township office, located at 307 East Main St. Carolers will  join Santa Claus at the ceremony. Donations for Toys for […]

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    Collinsville trick-or-treating hours and safety tips

    Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   4 weeks ago

    Children in Collinsville can trick-or-treat Friday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Safety recommendations provided by the City of Collinsville: Wear brightly covered clothing and add reflective tape to be more visible to drivers Make sure children can see through face masks Adults should accompany young children. Older children should trick-or-treat with at least one […]

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      CHS lands 17 on Southwestern Conference fall All-Conference teams

      Kahoks C Logo

      By   3 days ago

      Collinsville High School placed 17 players on the Southwestern Conference All-Conference teams announced Tuesday. Boys Golf 1st Team Player Year School 1. Austin Cleveland 12 Belleville West 2. Austin Galloway 10 Belleville East 3. Logan Harris 10 O’Fallon 4. Justin Hemings 11 Edwardsville 5. Ben Tyrrell 9 Edwardsville 6. Ty Zeller 12 Edwardsville 2nd Team […]

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      Kahoks’ Bauer named All-State in soccer

      Grant Bauer

      By   4 weeks ago

      Collinsville High School senior midfielder Grant Bauer has been named to the Illinois All-State team. Word leaked out about the honor more than a week ago, but it was made official Friday. Defender Brendan Rosenberg was named to the Section 12 All-Sectional team and midfielder Brett Langley earned All-Sectional honorable mention. Bauer said he is […]

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      Flyers end another difficult Kahok football season

      Collinsville against East St. Louis, Oct. 24, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   4 weeks ago

      A 57-17 loss at the hands of East St. Louis Friday ended the third consecutive one win season for the football Kahoks. Super sophomore wide receiver Jeff Thomas stepped in to play quarterback Friday for East St. Louis (5-4, 5-2 Southwestern Conference) and the high scoring Flyers were glad he did. Already leading the team […]

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      Kahok football wears pink for a statement, not as part of fad

      The 2014 Kahok football team wearing pink for breast cancer awareness

      By   4 weeks ago

                  The Collinsville High School football team went all in at school and practice Thursday when every member of the team wore a specially made pink t-shirt to bring awareness to breast cancer. For a team directly touched by the illness, the shirts were not just an October fashion statement. […]

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      Nation’s top recruit plays Kahoks Friday; Flyers need win to qualify for playoffs

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      By   1 month ago

      Friday is senior night for the Collinsville Kahoks, who will welcome East St. Louis and Terry Beckner Jr., the newly minted ESPN top recruit in the nation, to Kahok Stadium. Beckner, a 6-foot-4, 298 pounds defensive lineman was named the number one overall recruit in the country by the national sports network Thursday. Collinsville Head […]

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      O’Fallon ends soccer Kahoks’ season

      Kahoks v OFallon Regional

      By   1 month ago

      Lately, the Cardinals cannot beat the Giants in the post season. O’Fallon is the soccer Kahoks baseball Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals. Four times in four years Collinsville has played O’Fallon in Regional play and the Panthers have walked off the field victorious four times. Wednesday, Collinsville lost in heartbreaking fashion, 6-5 on sudden […]

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      Kahok boys soccer tries to exorcise the Panther demon in regional play Wednesday

      Jared Hamann v O'Fallon on Sept. 13. / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 month ago

      Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School boys soccer team has played the O’Fallon Panthers in the Regionals the past three years, and have been sent home for the season each time. The Kahoks get another crack at the Panthers Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Kahok Stadium in the first round of the Collinsville Regional. […]

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      Jordan Smith is the athlete of the week. CMS baseball & Abbey Burns honorable mention

      Jordan Smith about to score the game tying goal against Alton on Oct. 16 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 month ago

      Kahok soccer player Jordan Smith collected three goals and was instrumental in an overtime win against conference rival Alton Thursday, earning this week’s Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award. All three of Smith’s goals Wednesday and Thursday were key moments in the Collinsville’s third and fourth consecutive victories. In the mud and muck at […]

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      Kickoff return deflates Kahoks in loss at Alton

      The Collinsville Kahoks defense against Alton on Oct. 17 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 month ago

      Alton, Ill. – The Alton Redbirds answered a Collinsville fourth-quarter touchdown with an 80-yard kickoff return to break the Kahoks’ spirits on the way to a 29-6 victory. Collinsville (1-7, 1-5 Southwestern Conference) struggled to move the ball most of the game on a field still muddy from a week of rain and playing against […]

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        Child and teen Wii tournament at Collinsville Library

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        Submitted content Children and teens age 17 and under are invited to a party at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. A “Mario Party 9,” that is! On Thursday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m., you can enjoy playing a variety of mini-games while helping Mario and his friends save the Mini Stars from Bowser and Bowser […]

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        Collinsville Library December computer class schedule announced

        Announcements

        By   2 days ago

        Submitted content The Collinsville Memorial Library Center offers free computer classes every month. The classes in December include: Tech Q&A – Wednesdays, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 at 1:30 p.m. Computer Basics 1 – Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Computer Basics 2 – Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Internet Basic s- Monday, Dec. 8 at […]

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        Before they could leave, they had to arrive

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        By   1 week ago

        Historic site celebrates anniversary of Lewis and Clark arriving at camp where they prepared for famed expedition

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        “Undying Words” special exhibit opens at Lincoln Presidential Library Nov. 22

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        By   1 week ago

        Springfield, Ill. – Abraham Lincoln uttered some of the most famous words in history. He spoke out against slavery, urged his countrymen to reject war and defended “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Now those words are the focus of a major new exhibition presented at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library […]

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        Free seminar- Secrets of Organizational Success with DDI President Bob Rogers

        Announcements

        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content Development Dimensions International (DDI) President Bob Rogers brings his special presentation on leadership to southwestern Illinois on Wednesday, Dec. 3. As president of DDI, Rogers has led a cultural transition, concentrating on values-based leadership through customer focus, teamwork, innovation and high involvement. A top talent management consultancy, DDI was just named a best […]

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        SIUE Alumni Association headed to Budapest, Prague and Vienna

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Alumni Association is partnering with the SIUE Office of Educational Outreach to present a travel opportunity to Budapest, Vienna and Prague during May 2015. The trip begins on Friday, May 1 with a flight to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Tour participants will spend three nights in Budapest […]

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        SIUE seeks nominations for CLI Alumni Leadership Award

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Construction Leadership Institute Advisory Board is now soliciting nominations for the 2015 Construction Leadership Institute Alumni Leadership. The award will recognize an outstanding graduate of the CLI program and honor the individual’s exceptional contributions to the building community through their leadership, character and hard work. “We have […]

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        Madison County joins with Shoeman Water Projects for used shoe collection

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content As part of its comprehensive efforts to promote recycling, Madison County is joining with Shoeman Water Projects to collect and recycle used or new shoes with the proceeds being used to fund well drilling, water purification systems and hand pumps to those in countries which lack clean, fresh drinking water. From 8 a.m. […]

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        SWIC Student Veterans of America to hold coat drive

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        By   2 weeks ago

        Submitted Content The Southwestern Illinois College Student Veterans of America club is collecting gently used coats, hats and gloves to benefit homeless veterans. The coat drive will be held Monday, Nov. 10 through Thursday, Dec. 18 at the SWIC Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. A kick-off event will take place Monday, Nov. 10 from 11 […]

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          A hidden gem, 529 College Savings Plans offer big benefits

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          By   2 months ago

          Many parents in the past few months have faced the daunting task of writing a sizeable check to universities to cover their child’s fall semester tuition. While writing the check, I am sure many were asking themselves why they did not save more money for this event. According to College Illinois!, a prepaid tuition program, […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Strategies to maximize Social Security benefits

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          By   4 months 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   6 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   8 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   10 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   1 year 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 months 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   5 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   6 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   7 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   7 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   7 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   8 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   9 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   9 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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