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$31,000 in iPads stolen from Collinsville Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart iPad theft suspects

By   6 hours ago

Collinsville Police are searching for three men who made off with $31,000 worth of iPads from the Wal-Mart in Collinsville Crossing on April 14. The three unknown, black males entered the store at around 2:30 a.m., gained access to an iPad case and stole the merchandise. The suspects were last seen leaving the store in […]

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Suspect charged after car chase and crash in Caseyville

Silvestre Huerta Barrios

By   7 hours ago

A man in Caseyville was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher when his car was rear-ended by a car chasing him. The victim’s car was rammed several times, finally causing a rollover crash. The incident happened at about 1:47 a.m. April 20, Caseyville Police said. Silvestre Huerta Barrios, age 29, of the 6000 block […]

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Granite City couple charged for alleged sexual abuse of teen in Collinsville hotel

Jennifer D. Smith, 32, of Granite City, facing four felony counts of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl

By   7 hours ago

***updated at 9:41 p.m. CDT to remove additional details of the incident that were not necessary to the story and potentially more harmful to the victim.*** A man and woman from Granite City are each facing four felony charges of sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl in a Collinsville hotel room. Jennifer D. Smith, 32, […]

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Local band front man wanted for Collinsville shooting

Robert L. (RJ) Jordan - wanted by Collinsville Police

By   10 hours ago

The lead singer and namesake for the Robert Jordan Band is wanted by Collinsville Police in connection with a shooting incident that occurred Saturday, April 19. Robert L. (RJ) Jordan, 54, of the 100 block of North Aurora Street, allegedly fired several shots at a victim who also lives in the apartment complex located in […]

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Southbound I-255 ramp, from I-270 to close April 28 – May 1

Image by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Monday that the ramp from eastbound Interstate 270 to southbound Interstate 255 will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 28 through 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, weather permitting. The closure is necessary to complete pavement patching on the ramp.  The signed detour will be to […]

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CHS team one of only 10 remaining in statewide personal finance competition

The Collinsville High SChool Illinois Personal Finance Challenge team that qualified for the state tournament. Left to right: Sam Wilson, Kushan Patel, Thomas Campbell and Felix Kocher

By   2 days ago

A group of Collinsville High School students will be competing as one of the top 10 teams in the state Friday at the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge in Chicago. The team advanced to the State Championship Round as the top scoring team in Region 5, which encompasses nearly all of Illinois south of Springfield. CHS […]

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Collinsville High School takes second at Model United Nations conference

CHS Model UN Delegates, left to righ: Olivia Potter, Sabrina Flohr, Leah Cuddeback, Thomas Campbell, Daniel Sims, Felix Kocher, Thomas Boyer and Nathan Campbell

By   3 days ago

Before Russia annexed the Ukrainian province of Crimea, delegates from France proposed a resolution to the standoff between Russia and Ukraine, calling for a popular vote to determine the region’s fate and the United Nations to enforce the outcome. Despite feverish consensus building among delegates, the United States vetoed the resolution. The situation could have […]

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Cell phone in pocket saves Collinsville shooting victim

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   4 days ago

A man shot in uptown Collinsville Saturday afternoon sustained just a bruise to his leg when the only bullet on target hit a cell phone in the pocket of his blue jeans. The victim and suspect, whose names have not yet been released, were drinking alcohol outside the apartment building in which they both reside, in […]

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Three home runs propel softball Kahoks to win

Alex Holten in action against Waterloo Gibault / Photo by Sherry Holten

By   4 hours ago

Kassidy Smith, Samantha Buettner and Sarah Scrum all went deep Wednesday for the Collinsville High School softball team in an 11-9 victory over Waterloo Gibault, snapping the Kahoks four-game losing skid. After falling behind 1-0 after one inning, Collinsville’s offense poured on six runs over the next two innings. Two Hawks errors led to three […]

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Baseball Kahoks drop third straight, five of six

Ryan Hoffman / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 hours ago

The Collinsville High School baseball team started the season by reeling off six consecutive victories and winning nine of their first 11, but have found the win column in only one of their last six contests. The Kahoks (10-7) loss to Breese Mater Dei (6-5) Wednesday at Fletcher Field, by a 3-2 score, was their […]

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Edwardsville blanks baseball Kahoks

Grant Bauer in a rundown after being picked-off first base / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   22 hours ago

Edwardsville’s Jordan Hovey held the Collinsville offense in check Tuesday afternoon, throwing a complete game shutout in the Tigers 4-0 Southwestern Conference victory. The Kahoks (10-6, 3-3 SWC) never got untracked offensively against Hovey, who allowed three hits and struck out one while not issuing a walk. There was one error committed behind him. Collinsville […]

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Collinsville girls soccer cannot stop unbeaten Nerinx Hall

Caydren Jones / Photo by Sherry Holten

By   23 hours ago

The soccer game against Nerinx Hall slipped through the Lady Kahoks hands Tuesday. Taking advantage of two goals that bounced off the hands of the Collinsville goalkeeper, the Markers won the non-conference game 3-0. “Soccer is a game of unlucky things,” Collinsville Head Coach Clay Smith said, “Tonight was proof of that.” The Markers (10-0-1) […]

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Softball Kahoks losing skid reaches four

Paige Giacolleto / Photo by Sherry Holten

By   23 hours ago

After starting the season 9-3, Collinsville High School’s softball team has lost four straight, to fall to 9-7 on the season and 1-4 in the Southwestern Conference. Edwardsville (17-2, 4-1 SWC) visited the Collinsville Jaycees sports complex Tuesday afternoon and won 11-1 in five innings. The Tigers scored at least one run in each inning, […]

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Kahok soccer announces boys and girls summer camps

Junior defender Brendan Rosenburg fights two O'Fallon panthers for the ball / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

The Collinsville High School boys and girls soccer coaches and players are hosting a summer camp July 14-17. The camp will take place at Kahok Stadium and be divided into two age groups. Camp for boys and girls ages 3-6 is from 9 – 10 a.m. Boys and girls ages 7-14 will have camp from […]

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Martinus Mitchell named Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

Martinus Mitchell

By   4 days ago

New Collinsville High School shot put record holder Martinus Mitchell is The Metro Independent Athlete of the Week. Mitchell set the CHS outdoor shot put record on April 18 in Granite City with a throw of 58 feet 1 inch. The throw is tops in the state this year. The old record of 57-5 ¾, […]

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Seven-run inning dooms baseball Kahoks

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   5 days ago

Collinsville High School held a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth at Waterloo Tuesday, but the Bulldogs used a seven-run inning to claim a 7-3 non-conference victory. The Kahoks scored first when Dylan McEwen drew a lead-off walk in the fourth inning. After advancing to second on Tanner Houck sacrifice and third […]

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Blockbusters coming to “Movies on Main”

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By   2 days ago

The two most popular movies in the world since November will be played under the stars, for free, in uptown Collinsville this summer. “Frozen” and “The Lego Movie” highlight a four-movie series, playing every other Saturday evening from May 31 to July 12. “Movies on Main” starts at dusk in the public parking lot at […]

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Live music, car show and bounce houses highlight heroin awareness event

hero inside

By   2 weeks ago

Moody Park in Fairview Height will be the scene Saturday for live music, a WIFFLE ball tournament, bounce houses, games and a car and motorcycle show. The event is organized by Hero Inside, a non-profit focused on raising awareness against heroin, raising money for rehabilitation and detox and a support outlet for addicts and their […]

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May 31 show to benefit renovations for Collinsville’s historic Miner’s Theatre

The Miner's Theatre / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   4 weeks ago

***Submitted Content*** A benefit concert featuring four area bands will raise funds and awareness for the effort to make renovations needed to reopen Collinsville’s historic Miner’s Theatre. “Rockin’ for the Miner’s” is sponsored by Scott Credit Union and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, May 31 at American Legion Post 365, 1022 […]

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Garrison Weekend at Lewis and Clark historic site

Lewis and Clark garrison weekend

By   4 weeks ago

***Submitted Content*** HARTFORD – Visitors at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, Ill., will get a look at the daily life of the explorers and their crew during the annual “Garrison Weekend” April 5-6. A group of living history enthusiasts, known as The Detachment, will portray the famed troop as they spent […]

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Watch pile drivers and suplexes for charity Saturday in Caseyville

Wrasslin'

By   4 weeks ago

Professional wrestling is coming to Caseyville Saturday, brought to you by the mayor of East Carondelet. Wrestling promoter Herb Simmons has been brining professional wrestling matches to the area for 40 years, and he’s been the Mayor of East Carondelet for 31 of those years. Many of the shows he organizes are fundraisers, such as […]

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Daddy Daughter Date Night in pictures

Margot Schusky (left) and Amari Edwards at CARD's Daddy Daughter Date Night 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 months ago

CARD’s Daddy Daughter Date Night, on March 1, was sold out again this year. Miss Illinois, Brittany Smith, was the guest of honor.

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Black History Month book review: Madison County hero Edward Coles

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By   2 months ago

By Kurt Prenzler, Madison County Treasurer Once upon a time there were honest – even heroic – governors in Illinois. Edward Coles was that kind of leader. As an avid reader, I enjoy delving into history. As Madison County’s treasurer, I especially enjoy learning about the history of this county. Recently I read the biography […]

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Photo Gallery: Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge

On the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 months ago

On a day when the mercury struggled to topple 30 degrees, thousands of people showed up for the opportunity to walk, cycle, jog or drive a classic car across the Stan Musial Veterans memorial bridge, the newest bridge connecting Illinois and Missouri over the Mississippi. Visitors on the Illinois side of the bridge parked in […]

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Donate blood at SWIC Belleville Campus blood drive

Announcements

By   1 day ago

***Submitted Content*** You can save the lives of up to three individuals by donating a pint of your blood during the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. The drive will be held Tuesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Complex […]

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2014 Italian Fest parade committee announces food theme, opens applications

Italian Fest

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***Submitted Content*** Float group applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Italian Fest Parade, to be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. in Uptown Collinsville. This annual tradition embodies the spirit of Italian Fest and wraps up the festival’s activities with a bang. This year’s parade theme is “EAT UP, Italian Style!” What […]

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set for April 26

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

***Submitted Content*** State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Coroner Steve Nonn, Sheriff Bob Hertz and the Drug Free Coalitions of Madison County are once again encouraging Madison County residents to bring their expired, or unwanted, prescription or over-the-counter medications to Edwardsville as part of the National Take-Back Initiative sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The […]

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Collinsville Junior Service Club to host golf scramble

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By   1 day ago

The members Junior Service Club of Collinsville are pleased to invite all female golfers to a Ladies Golf Scramble, Friday, June 20, at Arlington Greens Golf Course, 200 Arlington Drive in Granite City. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., followed an 8 a.m. shotgun start.  The fee is $80 per golfer. Breakfast, lunch, awards, mulligans […]

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Acclaimed French Physicist to Lecture at SIUE April 24-29

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

A world-renowned French physicist will share his expertise Thursday, April 24 with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering students and colleagues. Xavier Leoncini, Ph.D., is a full professor at Air-Marseille University near Marseille, France. He will speak on “Self-regularization in Systems with Long-Range Interactions” from 2-3 p.m. in Engineering Building Room 0145. In layman’s […]

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Donate a canned good, get your documents shredded

Canned goods / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

***Submitted Content*** For the 11th consecutive year, Home Federal Savings and Loan will be hosting a community shred day and food drive. The event this year will be held in Collinsville on Saturday, May 31 from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Home Federal Savings & Loan, 100 E. Clay St. The public is invited […]

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Relay For Life of Collinsville announces Bark For Life fundraiser

Finish the Fight Logo_Relay for Life

By   1 day ago

***Submitted Content*** On Sunday, June 1, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Collinsville will host its first ever Bark For Life fundraiser at Woodland Park from 12 – 2 p.m. Bark For Life is a Relay For Life fundraising event that honors the caregiving qualities of canine companions. This event will include a […]

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Jeff Young is new minister at First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville

Jeff Young, new minister at First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville

By   2 days ago

*** Submitted Content*** The First United Presbyterian Church of Collinsville has a new minister Jeff Young was born into the Presbyterian Church outside of Buffalo, N.Y. He was raised and worshiped in the denomination his entire life. Jeff grew up in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City.  He attended the University of Kansas, where he participated […]

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

Brad Keene_Feat

By   4 weeks 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   3 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   6 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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National Day of Prayer

Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

***Letter to the Editor*** 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 […]

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When taxes go up, do you have a say in it?

Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 weeks 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   2 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   2 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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Have an opinion? Write a letter to the editor.

By   6 months ago

If you have an opinion about what is happening in the area, the state, the country or the world and you want your voice to be heard, write a letter to the editor. Submit all letters to rogerstarkey@metroindependent.com. Any profane, racist or otherwise inappropriate letters will not be published.

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