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Caseyville officer, DEA Task Force Officer named chief of police in Marine

New Marine Police Chief Chris Singleton and is partner, Paco / Submitted photo

By   21 hours ago

Chris Singleton, an eight-year veteran of the Caseyville Police Department, has been chosen as the next chief of police of Marine, Ill. Singleton and his canine partner Paco were often praised in Caseyville for their frequent drug seizures as part of their assignment to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Singleton brought in hundreds of thousands of […]

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Madison County Treasurer may have broken law with 2013 tax sale

Kurt Prenzler at a news conference he arranged on May 30 at the St. Clair County Administration Building / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 days ago

Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler stood before tax buyers on Feb. 19, 2013 and announced that no bids would be accepted before or after the auction. He neglected to mention that the delinquent taxes of four properties were sold earlier that day. By allowing three purchases to individual buyers prior to the start of the […]

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Police stop in Caseyville nets 140 grams of cannabis

Jacob McAfee

By   4 days ago

A stop for a minor traffic violation in the 2400 block of Old Country Inn Drive, Caseyville ended with two felony drug charges for a Fairview Heights man. Jacob D. McAfee, 32, of the 9800 block of Richfield Road, Fairview Heights, was stopped by a Caseyville police officer at about 9:43 p.m. Wednesday. The officer […]

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Petitions now available for 2015 Collinsville election

Collinsville City Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   4 days ago

Updated to correct the dates petitions can be filed. Candidate petitions for Collinsville Mayor and two City Council seats are now available. Anyone interested in running for mayor or the City Council seats currently held by Michael Tognarelli and Karen Woolard can receive a copy of the 2015 Candidates Guide from City Hall (125 South Center […]

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Collinsville Jimmy John’s hit by data security breach

Jimmy John's at 501 Beltline Road, Collinsville / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   5 days ago

Sandwich restaurant chain Jimmy John’s announced Wednesday that credit and debit card data was compromised at approximately 216 of its stores, including the one at 501 Beltline Road in Collinsville. The credit and debit card information which may have been taken may include the card number and in some cases the cardholder’s name, verification code, […]

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Escaped prisoner captured walking alongside the road

Prison escapee Marcus Battice was captured Sept. 24 at 7:30 a.m.

By   6 days ago

After an intense search that included aircraft, boats, utility terrain vehicles and four canine units, an escaped prisoner was captured walking alongside the road this morning about 17.5 hours after he escaped. Marcus Battice, 21, escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and was picked up alongside a gravel frontage road […]

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Prisoner escapes from Southern Illinois correctional center

Marcus Battice

By   7 days ago

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a 21 year-old minimum-security inmate escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center in Vandalia, Ill., approximately 60 miles from Collinsville. Marcus Battice, an African-American male described as 5-feet-9, 167 pounds, was inside the fence at the prison and had been considered a low risk for escape. He escaped while returning from […]

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Low speed police chase ends with 52 year-old man getting tasered

William Henderson

By   7 days ago

What began as an attempted traffic stop in Caseyville ended in Fairview Heights with a 52 year-old man having a taser deployed on him. A Caseyville police officer attempted to stop William L. Henderson, of the 4300 block of Bunkum Road, Washington Park, at approximately 1:20 a.m. Friday, police said. Henderson led the office on […]

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Maryville’s Code 3 Spices announces Kickstarter campaign

Code 3 Spices

By   1 week ago

Business is booming for Code 3 Spices, but the Maryville based two-man company needs help “getting to the next level,” co-founder Mike Radosevich said. A Kickstarter campaign was launched Sunday to help the company Radosevich and Chris Bohnemeier founded in 2012 grow large enough to support Code 3s charitable giving and allow the co-founders to […]

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    Registration for Jr. Kahok Wrestling Club will be Oct. 8 and Oct. 15

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    By   5 hours ago

    Submitted Content Registration for the Jr. Kahok Wresting Club will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 at the Collinsville High School gym conference room. Participants: 6 years old through 14 years old Registration Requirements: Copy of Birth Certificate, $100.00 fee (payable to Jr. Kahok wrestling, this includes $40.00 USA card), registration form […]

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    CMS baseball and softball teams qualify for state, earn Athlete of the Week honors

    The 2014 CMS baseball and softball teams / Submitted photos

    By   3 days ago

    The Collinsville Middle School softball and baseball teams each advanced to the state tournament this week, earning the teams an even split of the Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award. The Trail Blazer baseball team defeated Fulton (O’Fallon) Middle School 12-0 to qualify for the State Tournament. CMS were conference champions also, going a […]

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    In repeat of last season, Edwardsville beats Collinsville 48-0

    The Kahoks take the field / Photo by John Layton

    By   4 days ago

    Collinsville, Ill – Friday night, the Edwardsville High School football team scored exactly 48 points against Collinsville for the third straight year and shutout the Kahoks for the second straight year According to Head Coach John Blaylock, the Kahoks (1-4 overall, 1-2 SWC) struggled most on the offensive and defensive lines Friday evening. “They really exposed […]

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    Freshman Kahok kickers win O’Fallon tournament

    The freshman Kahok soccer team / Submitted photo

    By   4 days ago

    The Collinsville Kahoks freshman soccer team defeated O’Fallon 4-0 Thursday to win the O’Fallon Tournament. Hunger Counton, Raul Munoz, Lego Huerta and Julian Cardenes scored in the final match. The Kahoks went 4-0 in the tournament defeating Belleville West 4-1, Waterloo 6-0, Triad 1-0 and O’Fallon 4-0.  

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    Kahoks try to topple fourth ranked Tigers

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    By   4 days ago

    Young and inexperienced are not two adjectives a coach likes to use when describing his team that is about to host the state’s fourth ranked football team in Class 8A, but at least John Blaylock’s Kahoks are hungry. Collinsville’s youthful squad – fresh off a 20-point comeback victory against Granite City – will lineup against […]

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    Soccer Kahoks drop final game at CYC Tournament

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    By   5 days ago

    Fenton, Mo. – Collinsville entered the final game of group play at the CYC Tournament tied with Webster Groves for the top spot, but failed to advance after losing 2-0 to the Statesmen Wednesday. The Kahoks (5-4-1)posted a season-high four goals Tuesday, before being shutout Wednesday for the third time this year. Webster Groves (9-3-1) won […]

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    Soccer Kahoks slay Dragons, play Wednesday to advance to semifinals

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    By   6 days ago

    Fenton, Mo. – Tanner Przybysz’s first two goals of the season carried the Kahoks past St. Mary’s Tuesday night at the CYC Tournament. Grant Bauer notched his third goal of the season and Brett Langley his team-high fourth as Collinsville (5-3-1) defeated the Dragons 4-3. Przybysz, Bauer and Sergio Perez were each credit with an […]

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    Kahok volleyball tops 19-win Redbirds

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    By   6 days ago

    Alton, Ill – The Collinsville High School volleyball team moved to a perfect 4-0 in conference play Tuesday, handing Alton only its second loss of the season, against 19 victories. The Kahoks (6-6, 4-0 Southwestern Conference) started slow, losing the first set 25-19 to the Redbirds (19-2, 2-1 SWC). Head Coach Tracy Plagemann said the […]

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    Kahoks draw with Rock Bridge in CYC tournament

    Tanner Przybysz / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   7 days ago

    Fenton, Mo. – Collinsville played to a 1-1 tie with Rock Bridge (Columbia, Mo.) Monday in the teams’ opening match of the CYC Tournament. Jordan Smith scored the lone goal for the Kahoks (4-3-1). Smith is now tied with Brett Langley for the team lead in goals (3) and points (7). Tanner Przybysz provided the […]

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      See four award-winning films for free at McKendree’s Hett Center

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      By   11 hours ago

      Submitted Content The Hettenhausen Center for the Arts’ free Film Art Series presents four award-winning, critically acclaimed films this season. The 2014-2015 Film Art Series explores the art of communication, which is the theme of the academic year at McKendree University. Each will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hett auditorium on the Lebanon, Ill., […]

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      Behind the booth: Junior Service Club fries up ravioli for charity at Italian Fest

      Toasted Ravioli / Photo By Timothy Boyd via Wikimedia Commons

      By   2 weeks ago

      Barb Kusmierczak is all too familiar with what it takes to run an Italian Fest booth, having been in charge of Junior Service Club’s booth for the last 10 years and having worked with her son’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout booths before that. “It was kind of funny, this year at the food safety […]

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      See one of Italy’s top films of 2013 Thursday at the Collinsville Library, for free

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      By   2 weeks ago

      The award-winning Italian comedy, Buongiorno papà (titled Out of the Blue in English) debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Collinsville Public Library. Italian Film Night at the Italian Fest features one of Italy’s most popular movies last year. The film, shown in Italian with English subtitles, is a sentimental comedy about parenthood. The lead […]

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      With jokes and a song, personalities shine at Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest Pageant

      Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest 2014, Gabriella Hill and Andrew Hilmes / Photo by Lexi Cortes

      By   2 weeks ago

      The newly crowned Little Mister Italian Fest said there’s one change he would like to make to his title. “Leave out the ‘little’ thing,” he said. “I’m 8 years old, come on.” Andrew Hilmes, 8, was the oldest contestant in this year’s Little Miss and Mister Italian Fest pageant, held Saturday. Gabriella Hill, 7, won […]

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      The city, Italian-American culture and family inspire Collinsville author

      Loretta Giacoletto

      By   2 weeks ago

      Collinsville has been home to established Italian-American writer Loretta Giacoletto since 1957, and for years, she has written novels, short stories and sagas inspired by her and her husband’s families and their Italian culture. Giacoletto, who will be signing her books at Spirito’s Italian Grocery in Collinsville during Italian Fest, said she started writing when […]

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      SEE-CILY exhibit at Collinsville Historical Museum through Oct. 15

      Collinsville Historical Museum

      By   2 weeks ago

      The Collinsville Historical Museum is in the Italian Fest spirit, with a special display until Oct. 15. SEE-CILY: The Island’s Hidden Face, includes over 25 photographs from Sicilian photographer Antonino Riggio and an extensive display of Sicilian items, many rare. Some items on display include a Sicilian cart from Taormina, Sicilian ceramics, items from Mount […]

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      The Italian Fest event lineup features a crawling contest and Budweiser Clydesdale

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      By   3 weeks ago

      Collinsville’s 31st annual Italian Fest begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, with the opening ceremonies on the Venezia Stage, including a performance of classic Italian songs by area-native Bailey Jo Hutton. After graduating from Edwardsville High School, Hutton was accepted to John Hopkins Peabody Institute in Maryland where she is currently a sophomore. Hutton […]

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      Frying pan toss and canoe race new to Caseyville’s Frontier Days

      Vendors at Caseyville Frontier Days / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   3 weeks ago

      Caseyville will hold its annual Frontier this Saturday and Sunday at Caseyville Park. The event will feature re-enactors in period style clothing. Re-enactor goods, food and drinks will be sold both days. The re-enactors will be demonstrating a wide variety of skills, have kid-friendly activities,  music, trader goods and an area set aside for visitors […]

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      At long last, the ‘Shoe is back

      New Horseshoe Logo

      By   4 weeks ago

      Three years after the Horseshoe Restaurant and Lounge closed its doors, the iconic Collinsville restaurant will re-open Tuesday under new ownership. Husband and wife team Bernie and Charlie Clardy have been painstakingly preparing the building since January. After some delays beyond their control, construction took off in May. The back of the building was knocked […]

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        SIUE hosts Higher Education Diverse Business Opportunity Fair Oct. 15

        Announcements

        By   4 hours ago

        Submitted Content Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is the site for the Higher Education Diverse Business Opportunity Fair (HEDBOF) on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. The Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative (IPHEC) Purchasing Advisory Council (PAC) Diversity Working Group hosts the event. Along with SIUE, other Illinois […]

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        Teen Read Week at Collinsville Library

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        By   4 hours ago

        Submitted Content The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is encouraging teens to “Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library!” during Teen Read Week October 12-18. Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.  It is held annually during the […]

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        Lincoln Presidential Library offers puzzle and art contests for students

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        By   3 hours ago

        Submitted Content Learning history isn’t simply memorizing dates and taking tests. Students can also learn through games and art, including two events offered by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum as part of its 10th anniversary festivities. In November, teams of schoolchildren will compete to assemble a giant puzzle made from the 272 words of […]

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        Friends of Hope Breast Diagnostic Center receives donation

        Members of Allison's Hope Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Anderson Hospital Foundation

        By   2 hours ago

        Members of Allison’s Hope Foundation, formerly known as Allison’s Friends of Hope (AFOH),  recently presented a $10,000 check to the Anderson Hospital Foundation.  The donation benefits the Friends of Hope Breast Diagnostic Center – named in memory of Allison Cassens –and is located within the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center at Anderson Hospital. The Allison’s Hope […]

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        Manufacturing Day – See the Future of Industry with SWIC and Local Manufacturers

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        By   11 hours ago

        Find out why advanced manufacturing programs at Southwestern Illinois College have jumped 50 percent in the last year and why skilled workers are in such high demand by manufacturers in the Metro East. The college and six area manufacturers will open their doors for a Manufacturing Day Open House, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to […]

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        Free kids book reading and party at Collinsville Library

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        By   11 hours ago

        Submitted Content What: A free book reading and party hosted by Collinsville High School’s Latin for Literacy Who: Students in Grades Kindergarten through 5th grade, along with their parents, are the target audience, but all ages are welcome. Where: Collinsville Memorial Public Library Community Room When: Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. Why: The Stellabration will be a fun, educational activity […]

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        Teen technology workshops at Collinsville Library

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        By   20 hours ago

        Submitted Content The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is inviting teens to learn more about up-and-coming technology through a series of hands-on workshops. With events running through May 2015, teens can learn about robotics, 3D printing and modeling, building a computer from scratch, using professional-grade graphic design tools, and more. The programs in this teen tech series are […]

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        Video game tournament at Collinsville Library

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        By   20 hours ago

        Submitted Content The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is bringing back Mario and his friends for a Wii Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament on Thursday, October 2 at 5 p.m. All ages are welcome.  The tournament is divided into two age groups: ages 8-16 and ages 17+.  Controllers will be provided.  Come ready to play and […]

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        2014 CHS graduate wins first place in SIUE writer’s contest

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        By   20 hours ago

        Devin Smith, a 2014 Collinsville High School graduate, recently won first place in the Poetry Division of the Friends of Lovejoy Library High School Writer’s Contest. Smith submitted his winning entry during the 2013-2014 school year. The contest, coordinated by Lovejoy Library, on the campus to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is open to high school […]

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          A hidden gem, 529 College Savings Plans offer big benefits

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          By   2 mins 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   2 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   4 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   6 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   8 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   11 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   2 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   3 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   4 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   5 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   5 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   5 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   6 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   7 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   7 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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