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State Park man sentenced to life for killing pregnant women, 4-year-old boy

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By   6 hours ago

Kevin Reid, of State Park, was sentenced to life in prison today by Madison County Circuit Judge James Hackett. Reid was convicted on March 20 in the killings of 19-year-old Anquiaette Parker, who was pregnant, and her 4-year-old cousin, Cermen “CJ” Toney Jr. The bodies were discovered in a cistern in 2008, only feet from […]

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Collinsville agrees to buy former post office building, more parking coming ASAP

Artist rendering of the future parking lot at 130 S. Center St., Collinsville / image by Oates Associates

By   18 hours ago

***Updated to clarify that the $300,000 – $350,000 figure provided was for demolition of the building and construction of the parking lot ***   The Collinsville City Council, by a 4-1 vote Monday, approved the purchase of the building and lot at 130 S. Center St., home to the post office for 50 years. The building […]

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Collinsville City Council to vote Monday on purchase of old post office building

The building that housed the Collinsville post office from 1964 to Jan. 31, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

The future of the former post office building at 130 S. Center Street in uptown Collinsville may soon become clear. The closure of the uptown post office on Jan. 31 has had many residents wondering what will become of the building that has been a fixture at the corner of Center Street and Grove Avenue […]

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Freeze warning issued, snow likely

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By   2 days ago

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning from 11 p.m. Monday night until 9 a.m. on Tax Day, April 15. Although temperatures were near 60 degrees in the early morning hours Monday, they will be dropping throughout the day, with an overnight low of 29 expected. The National Weather Service is calling for […]

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Pink truck joins Tiger Services fleet for cancer awareness

Pink Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services vehicles. A portion of proceeds from each service call made by the vehicles is donated to cancer awareness / submitted photo

By   2 days ago

Tiger Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Services has added a pink truck to its fleet of more than 20 distinctive tiger-striped vehicles that can be seen all over the Metro East. The truck, which was rolled out in February, joins a pink van that has been going on service calls for the company since January, […]

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Dierbergs is the latest to carry products from Maryville’s Code 3 Spices

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By   3 days ago

***Submitted Content*** Maryville-based Code3 Spices’ barbeque spice blends are now on shelves in every Dierbergs grocery store in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The business startup, which launched in late 2012, inked the deal in early March. The upscale grocer has 24 stores across the bi-state area plus one store at Lake of the Ozarks, […]

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New principals coming to three Collinsville schools

Webster Elementary School sign / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   4 days ago

Two retirements and one resignation in Collinsville Unit 10 set off a game of musical chairs in the district to fill the vacated positions. Vicky Reulecke is retiring from her position as director of curriculum and assessment and Dave Stroot is retiring as principal of Caseyville and Jefferson elementary schools. Mathew Noyes is stepping down […]

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Unit 10 has new field trip procedures after five left behind at Busch Stadium

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By   4 days ago

Two adults and three Dorris Intermediate School students they were chaperoning on a school trip to Bush Stadium Wednesday were accidentally left at the stadium. The five went souvenir shopping following the afternoon science exhibit and baseball game, and arrived late to the area where they were to meet their bus, which had left without […]

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Lady Kahok soccer defeats O’Fallon, one win from perfect conference record

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By   5 hours ago

Midway through the first half Tuesday, the Collinsville girls soccer team found itself down a goal on the road against a good O’Fallon team, but they did not take any time to sulk. Less than a minute after All-State forward Quin Wilkes put the Lady Panthers up 1-0, Sophia Sharos played a ball to Emily […]

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Another day, another 10-run win for the Kahok softball team

Emily Lautz slides in to home safely / Photo by Sherry Holten

By   4 hours ago

After three straight games scoring four runs or fewer, Collinsville Softball Head Coach Cindy Kolda adjusted the top of her lineup. The team has scored in double-digits in each of the three games since the change, and have won by exactly 10 runs each game, including an 11-1 Southwestern Conference win over Granite City Tuesday. […]

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Baseball Kahoks end up on wrong side of pitching dual

Tanner Houck / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 hours ago

Five days after outdueling talented Alton lefty Bryan Hudson, Tanner Houck came up on the wrong end of another tight contest, losing 2-0 to Granite City. Houck and Granite City (1-3 Southwestern Conference, 7-9) starter Austin Buzick each pitched a complete game and allowed three hits. Houck walked one and struck out 11, while Buzick […]

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13 is lucky number for softball Kahoks

Carlee Mahan applying a tag / Photo by Sherry Holten

By   16 hours ago

The Kahok softball team scored its second straight 10-run win Monday, beating East Alton-Wood River 13-3. The Oilers (4-8) jumped on top with three runs in the top of the first inning, but starter Sidney Bost shut the door the rest of the way. Despite the three-run first, Collinsville High School coach Cindy Kolda said […]

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Monday CHS baseball and girls track cancelled, softball pending

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By   1 day ago

The Collinsville High School baseball game, scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Centralia, has been cancelled. No make-up date has been announced. The girls track meet, scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at Waterloo has been cancelled. As of 11:30 a.m., the Kahok softball game at 4:30 p.m., against East Alton-Wood River, has not been […]

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Dates announced for boys basketball summer camp at CHS

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By   2 days ago

The Collinsville High School boys basketball coaches will host three camps this summer. Some of the CHS boys basketball players will help the campers. The boys basketball summer camps will be as follows: – Grades 3-5 will be June 2-5 (12:15-3:00pm) Cost is $60. After May 30 $70 – Grades 6-8 will be June 9-12 […]

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SIUE announces Cougar Performance Camp

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By   2 days ago

Train like a Cougar this summer with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Strength and Conditioning staff. In the past decade, sports performance has evolved from athletes training to gain a competitive advantage to training to stay ahead of their competition.  The goal at Cougar Performance is to provide local athletes with the opportunity to enhance […]

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Sophia Sharos is inaugural Metro Independent Athlete of the Week

Sophia Sharos / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 days ago

Collinsville High School girls soccer player Sophia Sharos is the first ever Metro Independent Athlete of the Week. Sharos scored three goals and contributed an assist to lead the Lady Kahoks to a pair of conference victories this week. Two of Sharos goals this week, and four this year, have been game winners. She has […]

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

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By   1 week 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   3 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

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By   3 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

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By   3 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   1 month 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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Dodgeball!

CHS dodgeball 2014 / Photo courtesy of Shawn Geppert

By   2 months ago

The Collinsville High School gym annex was the scene Monday of a fierce dodgeball tournament. The 14-team tournament was held as a fundraiser for both the Model UN and the Multicultural clubs as CHS. The event raised $350, which will be used to help pay participation fees at two Model UN events as well as […]

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Friends of Lovejoy Library trivia night set for Friday, April 25

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By   2 days ago

The Friends of Lovejoy Library will host its inaugural Trivia Night from 7-10 p.m. Friday April 25. Lovejoy Library’s second floor will provide a unique setting for an entertaining evening. The trivia competition will feature 10 rounds of general knowledge questions created by the Keepers of the Flame of Knowledge. A silent auction and attendance […]

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Free energy efficiency training offered at Selsius

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By   2 days ago

Selsius™ Corporate & Career Training of Southwestern Illinois College is a host site for a series of energy efficiency and management training seminars this spring. Through the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), Selsius will offer the following free training sessions: – Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Equipment Best Practices, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 5 […]

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Mouse Races on May 17, a Night of Family Fun

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By   2 days ago

Belleville, IL  — Enjoy a unique “night at the races” when the Scottish Rite and Children’s Dyslexia Center host Mouse Races and a silent auction on Saturday, May 17, at the Scottish Rite building, 1549 Frank Scott Parkway in Belleville. The mice will race for entertainment only, so bring the kids for an evening of […]

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SWIC to host spring job fair April 23

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By   2 days ago

If you are looking for a new job or just want to explore your employment possibilities, it is time for you to attend the Spring Job Fair at Southwestern Illinois College. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 23 in the Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave. All job seekers are […]

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Collinsville yard sales April 11-12

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By   5 days ago

Yard sales in Collinsville this weekend:

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Curtain’s Up Theater Company presents “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka”

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By   1 week ago

Curtain’s Up Theater Company to present the stage version of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka.” The play will run May 1-4, 2014 at Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 145 West Street, Edwardsville, IL. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of […]

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Willoughby Farm to host Spring Farm Day May 3

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By   1 week ago

Willoughby Heritage Farm will host Spring Farm day from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Visit with the goats, lambs, rabbits, hens and roosters. See a sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstration. Free activities for children include hayrides, scavenger hunts, crafts, horseshoe tournament and others. See special presentations by The Home Depot and […]

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Belleville AmeriCorps to hold Volunteer Fair at SWIC April 16

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Are you looking for a way to pay it forward? If so, check out Belleville AmeriCorps’ upcoming Volunteer Fair Wednesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus Quad, 2500 Carlyle Ave. Students and community members are encouraged to attend the Volunteer Fair. Whether you’re a college student […]

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

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By   3 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   2 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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When taxes go up, do you have a say in it?

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By   2 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”

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By   1 month 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

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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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