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Clocks move back one hour this weekend, parents don’t get any more sleep

Photo by Roger Starkey

By   6 hours ago

Time in most of the United States will revert to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday, giving people without young children an extra hour of sleep. Parents with young children, especially those little darlings that do not like to sleep, will not reap any benefit from the extra hour added to Nov. 2, 2014. Attempts […]

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Collinsville woman calls police, charged with prostitution and drug possession

Sara Lewis

By   8 hours ago

A Collinsville woman faces charges for heroin possession and prostitution after allegedly arranging to have sex with a man using a social network. Sara N. Lewis, 25, of the 300 block of Sycamore, called police on Oct. 28 after a disagreement with Daniel Albert in the New Athens area, Captain Scott Weymouth of the St. […]

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Increased patrols announced for Halloween weekend

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it, the Illinois State Police and local police agencies will be looking for drunk and unbuckled drivers on Halloween. According to IDOT, 19 traffic deaths have occurred in the past five years between the hours of 12 a.m. Oct. 1 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1. A driver […]

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Collinsville’s Saucy Vandal sentenced

Steven Galvez, the Saucy Vandal

By   1 day ago

The man who vandalized Uptown Collinsville with one written word, “Saucy,” has been sentenced to supervision for his actions. On August 24, an employee of Dean’s Liquor Store in Uptown Collinsville reported to police that he had witnessed a man dressed in black, sporting a Mohawk-like hairdo and a shark tattoo on his elbow, stand […]

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CHS announces students and athletes of the month

Sign at Collinsville High School / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 day ago

  Collinsville High School today announced its first batch of student of the month honorees. Earning recognition for Senior of the Month for August was Kelsie Jeffries, who was elected treasurer of the State of Illinois Student Council. Ebby Ross was the senior class honoree for September. Ross was chosen to be a “First Scholar” […]

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Fire at Old Towne Tavern in Glen Carbon leads to arson charge

Deveshkumar H. Patel

By   2 days ago

A 28-year-old Glen Carbon man faces a felony arson charge following a fire Saturday. Glen Carbon Police received a call at 5:39 a.m. Saturday that the Old Towne Tavern, at 155 S. Main St, was on fire, Police Chief Todd Link said in a statement. Officers arrived on the scene minutes later to find two […]

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Kahoks rally around PA announcer, statistician after home destroyed by fire

The home of Kahok worker and devout fan Chris Kettler engulfed in flames early Sunday morning / Photo courtesy of the Collinsville Fire Department

By   3 days ago

Collinsville firefighters were called out to a home in the 100 block of Glen Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning to find a home engulfed in flames. A devout Collinsville High School sports worker and fan lived in the home and lost everything he owned, except the clothes he had taken with him on […]

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71-year-old Glen Carbon man faces child pornography charges

Dennis Hettenhausen

By   6 days ago

Online activity led to three felony counts of child pornography against a Glen Carbon man. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children contacted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Computer Crimes Unit on June 13 about online activity potentially associated with the sexual exploitation of a child. Investigators were able to link the activity […]

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Despite judge’s order, Caseyville has no plan to re-vote on police chief termination

Caseyville Village Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   7 days ago

Months of wrangling in court appeared to have concluded on Oct. 3 when a judge ordered a revote on the termination of Caseyville police chief Jose Alvarez, but the saga continues, as the Village has no plan to honor the order. Village Trustee Brenda Williams, chairperson of the police and fire commission for the Board […]

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    Kahoks’ Bauer named All-State in soccer

    Grant Bauer

    By   5 days 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   6 days 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   6 days 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   7 days 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 week 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 week 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   2 weeks 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   2 weeks 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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    STATE CHAMPS! CMS baseball wins!

    The 2014 state baseball champion CMS Trail Blazers: TJ. Williams, Garrett Morski, Devon Bovinett, Gavin Woods, Jacob Dumstorff, Noah Scrum, Tate Wyatt, Zack Hartman, Logan Whitehead, Zane Baker, Brendan Rasch, Sam Phelps, Logan Jackson, Spencer Vlasik, Kris Modlin / Photo courtesy of coach Josh Hartle

    By   2 weeks ago

    The Collinsville Middle School baseball team defeated Carterville 3-2 Friday to win the Southern Illinois Junior High School Association state championship. Carterville grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Trail Blazers, who used their speed to steal a victory. Just as they had done in the semifinal game more […]

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      Collinsville trick-or-treating hours and safety tips

      Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   2 days 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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      Miner’s Theatre scavenger hunt Saturday

      Interior of the Miner's Theatre / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   2 days ago

      Collinsville Progress is hosting an event Saturday to let people work off the calories they will accumulate after trick-or-treating Friday. The scavenger hunt at Miner’s Theatre will take place from 3-5 p.m, with prizes awarded to the top three teams. Participants are asked to bring a digital device to take pictures. Teams will consist of 3-5 people. […]

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      Local girl going to Hollywood for the chance of a lifetime

      Hayden Rehg

      By   1 week ago

      A Collinsville girl is going to Hollywood in January on a trip that could change her life forever. But, at only 6 years old, she does not realize the potential destiny that awaits. Hayden Rehg was recently selected to attend the iPOP! acting and modeling contest, a week-long contest with more than 100 agents from […]

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      Harlem Wizards coming to CHS for fundraiser

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      By   1 week ago

      Submitted Content The Harlem Wizards are coming to Collinsville High School Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face. This event is hosted by The Collinsville […]

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      Chili cook off, dog parade and trick-or-treating coming to Main Street Saturday

      Layne Smith (4 years-old) on the left and Landon Mahat (8 years-old) on the right at Fall Festival 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 week ago

      The annual Fall Festival takes to Main Street Saturday on what is predicted to be a gorgeous Collinsville day. Thousands of people will meander Main Street as temperatures approach 74 degrees under a sunny sky. Kids in costume will trick-or-treat at local businesses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. while parents surreptitiously swipe candy from […]

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      Blum House Art Show to feature local artists

      Blum House, Collinsville, Ill. / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   3 weeks ago

      Submitted Content Local artists Benjamin Gomez and Dwayne Dean will be showing their paintings at an upcoming Blum House Art Show. The show on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Library District. Dwayne Dean, also known as Orion Hunter, admires the work of Salvador Dali and, […]

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      Halloween events at Collinsville Library

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      By   3 weeks ago

      Submitted Content Collinsville, IL –The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is ready for fall with events to thrill and entertain. On Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m., adults and teens age 13 and over are invited to get into the Halloween spirit with some heebie-jeebie inducing, hair-raising stories. Join master storyteller Ron Adams for a spooky, […]

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

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      By   1 month 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   1 month 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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        “A Delightful Quarantine” is all about love and relationships

        Announcements

        By   1 day ago

        Submitted Content A large ensemble cast from the McKendree University Theater Department will present “A Delightful Quarantine” at four performances, Nov. 6-9 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus. In this dramatic comedy by Mark Dunn, the residents of Susqua Creek Acres face an interesting few days ahead. Aliens have landed to take […]

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        Learn about raptors and see them soar Nov. 8, at Cahokia Mounds

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        By   1 day ago

        Submitted Content What: Display live birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and explain the characteristics of these raptors. The highlight of the show is when birds fly over the heads of the audience Where: Interpretive Center at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville, Ill., off Interstates 55-70 (Exit 6) and […]

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        Renowned Coast Salish carver Felix Solomon to lecture at SIUE

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        By   1 day ago

        Submitted Content Renowned Coast Salish Carver Felix Solomon to Lecture at SIUE Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will celebrate Native American Heritage Month during November by hosting Felix Solomon, an active member of the Lummi Nation, one of the Coast Salish tribes of northwest Washington. The public is invited to an evening of song and art […]

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        Music recital featuring St. Louis musicians and SWIC professor

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        By   1 day ago

        Submitted Content Enjoy pieces by Mozart and Schumann, played by the Perseid Quartet and Southwestern Illinois College Music Professor Diana Umali, who will accompany the quartet of string instruments on piano. The recital will be held at the Schmidt Art Center on the SWIC Belleville Campus on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The program […]

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        Kahok dance and cheerleading teams to host Chicken and Beer Dance fundraiser

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        By   2 days ago

        The Collinsville High School dance and cheerleading teams are combining to host a chicken and beer dance fundraiser on Nov. 15. A $20 ticket will get each person chicken – provided by Marcia’s Catering – rolls, beer, soda and the entertainment of a band. Music will be provided by Cut-n-Dry. Additional food is welcome, but […]

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        Veterans Job Fair to be held Nov. 5 at SWIC Belleville Campus

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        By   2 days ago

        Submitted Content If you are looking for a new job or would like service agency information targeted specifically for veterans, then attend the Veterans Job Fair at Southwestern Illinois College. The fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 5 in the SWIC Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave. “The fair is focused […]

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        Grief support group to meet at Anderson Hospital on Nov. 11

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        By   2 days ago

        The Anderson Hospital Chaplaincy is hosting a grief support group on Tuesday, Nov. 11 in the hospital chapel at 7 p.m. All are welcome to come share their grief experience in this comfortable, group setting. Visit with others who share the same feelings you do and who understand the hurt and loss you are experiencing. […]

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        International Game Day at Collinsville Library

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        By   2 days ago

        Submitted Content Celebrate International Game Day (Saturday, Nov. 15) at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center with your family and friends. The library is hosting several gaming opportunities between 2 and 4 p.m.  Board and card games will be available to play in the community room.  Bring your own snacks and your parents, kids, spouse, best friends…anyone you […]

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        International dance performance coming to Metro East Saturday

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        By   2 days ago

        Submitted Content European music and dance comes to the Metro East Saturday, Nov. 1 when Southwestern Illinois College brings The Duquesne University Tamburitzans troupe to Granite City. The Tamburitzans take to the stage at 7 p.m. in the Granite City Senior High School Performing Arts Center, 3101 Madison Ave. The performance benefits scholarships for students […]

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          A hidden gem, 529 College Savings Plans offer big benefits

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          By   1 month 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   3 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   5 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   7 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   9 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   3 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   4 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   5 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   6 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   6 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   6 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   7 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   8 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   8 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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