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Former Collinsville Christian Academy principal faces more sexual abuse charges

Robert Allen Lane

By   1 day ago

A former Collinsville Christian Academy principal, facing sexual abuse charges from his time at the school, was indicted on July 17 by a grand jury for allegedly committing a similar crime in Clinton County. Robert Allen Lane, 57, of the 1200 block of Antler Drive in Troy faces two felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse relating […]

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Talk of Oscar Mayer buying the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle may be premature

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile admiring The World's Largest Catsup Bottle / Photo courtesy of Oscar Mayer

By   1 day ago

When a media report surface Tuesday of Oscar Mayer’s potential interest in purchasing the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville hearts were set aflutter. Thoughts of dousing their Oscar Mayer hotdogs with horseradish sauce and Brooks Tangy Catsup, all with a Collinsville connection, began dancing in the heads of those living in the lengthy shadow of […]

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Collinsville Police to be first City employees to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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By   2 days ago

By a unanimous vote of the Collinsville City Council Monday, police officers became the first City employees to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In place of a 2 percent raise in the third year of the new contract, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge no. 103 – which represents uniformed officers – agreed to add Martin […]

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Collinsville City Council to vote on first union contract to authorize MLK holiday

Collinsville City Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

The Collinsville City Council is set to vote at 7:30 p.m. Monday on a new contract for uniformed police officers that would make them the first group in the city to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. That the City has not given employees the day off work has been the focus of much […]

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Collinsville assistant police chief to take position at LU-Belleville

Tom Coppotelli / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 days ago

Recently returned from the FBI National Academy and happy with his job as assistant police chief for the Collinsville Police Department, Tom Coppotelli was not looking for another career. Lindenwood University – Belleville, though, had other plans for him. The 11-year-old university has grown from an extension of the St. Charles, Mo. location to a […]

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Miner’s Theatre receives grant from Boeing employees group

The Miner's Theatre / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   4 days ago

The Miner’s Institute Foundation recently announced that it received a $6,115.00 grant from the Boeing Employees Community Fund of St. Louis. The grant will help buy code compliant exit and egress lighting in the building, first opened in 1918. The grant continues a string of fundraising efforts by the MIF as they work toward re-opening […]

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Two women face charges following bar fight

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   5 days ago

A Glen Carbon woman faces felony charges after allegedly fighting with a female bartender and pushing the elderly bar owner to the ground. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the 3100 block of Fairmont Avenue in State Park at approximately 2:11 a.m. Monday, to find an apparently intoxicated Jodi R. Limper, police said. The […]

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Free school supplies will be given away to Collinsville area needy

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By   5 days ago

Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided on Aug. 1 to low-income Collinsville area families with children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Families that meet the income requirements noted below should bring parental identification, Social Security numbers, proof of Collinsville Township residency and proof of income. Supplies will be provided according to particular school […]

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Police: No one in custody in two attempted State Park Place shootings Thursday

Crime News

By   6 days ago

*Updated story (3:15 p.m., July 25)* The Madison County Sheriff’s Department is working to determine if the two attempted shootings in State Park Thursday are related, Lt. David Vucich said. There are currently no suspects in custody, but the department is investigating persons of interest. The State Park resident who posted on Facebook Thursday afternoon that […]

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    Collinsville Extreme 13U baseball team wins World Series

    The 2014 Collinsville Extreme 13U baseball team / Submitted photo
Front (left to right): Cameron Hibbets, Hayden Juenger, Logan Presley, Justin Sheldon, Joe Copeland
Back row:  Coach Shannon Juenger, Eli Jacobs, Ethan Gratton, Matthew Albritton, Coach Matt Jacobs, Devon Bovinett, Gavin Lyday, Sam Scott, Head-Coach Shane Lyday

    By   3 hours ago

    ***Submitted Content*** The Collinsville Extreme – a Southern Illinois, 13U select travel baseball team – recently won the United States Specialty Sports Association Baseball World Series in Dallas, going 8-0 in the 5-day tournament. The team never trailed in the tournament and outscored its opponents 85-9 during the tournament. In June, the Extreme were named […]

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    Collinsville Extreme announces softball tryouts

    "Softball" by Tage Olsin / Licensed under Creative Commons

    By   4 hours ago

    ***Submitted content*** The Collinsville Extreme Club has announced softball tryout dates and times for the 2014-2015 season. Collinsville Extreme Softball tryouts are held at its training facility, located at 103 Complex Drive, Collinsville, IL.   2014-15 Collinsville Extreme Softball - Youth Softball Development Program – Aug. 7 at 6 p.m - Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. - Aug. 11 6 […]

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    CRBL high school player fall ball registration now open

    Baseball / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   5 days ago

    The Collinsville Recreational Baseball League is now accepting registration for 2014  fall ball for high school players. The league is open to everyone ranging in age from the incoming 2014 freshman class to 2014 graduates. Recent graduates are not eligible if they turn 19 before Oct. 1. To receive a registration form, contact Mike Kamp […]

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    Kahok softball head coach not asked to return for 2015 season

    Cindy Kolda

    By   1 week ago

    The winningest coach in Collinsville High School softball history will not be asked to return for the 2015 season. Cindy Kolda was the target this season of formal complaints from parents that she acted inappropriately on and off the field. Anytime complaints or allegations are received against a coach, they are investigated, Athletics Director Darin […]

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    Jr. Kahoks set the table for a more successful CHS athletics program

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    By   1 week ago

    The Jr. Kahok baseball team will hold tryouts on Aug. 2 and begin play next year, becoming the fourth feeder program for Collinsville High School athletics. The ultimate goal of each Jr. Kahok organization is to produce the best Kahoks. Each works closely with the CHS coach of their sport to make the transition from […]

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    Jr. Kahok football camp is July 28 – 31

    Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   2 weeks ago

    The Collinsville Jr. Kahok football program will host a football camp July 28 – 31 at Kahok Stadium. All players entering 5th through 8th grade this fall are welcome. Players must live within the Unit 10 School District boundaries. Camp is from 5:30 – 7:30 each evening. Players can sign-up at the camp or by […]

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    Jr. Kahoks announce baseball tryouts

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    By   2 weeks ago

    Tryouts for the 14/15U and 13U Jr. Kahok baseball teams will take place on Aug. 2. An informational meeting for parents and players will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at Fletcher Field in Collinsville. Tryouts are at 8 a.m. Aug. 2 Tryouts are open to all players entering 6th through 9th grade in […]

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    Baseball Kahoks land four on All-Conference teams

    Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   3 weeks ago

    Four Collinsville High School baseball players earned a spot in five positions on the 2014 Southwestern Conference All-Conference teams. Toronto Blue Jays draftee and Mizzou recruit Tanner Houck was the lone first-teamer, earning the honor as a pitcher. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was named third-team All-Conference as a first baseman. Shortstop Grant Bauer was named to […]

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    Two softball Kahoks earn All-Conference honors

    Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   3 weeks ago

    A pair of Collinsville High School sophomores have earned All-Conference recognition for the softball Kahoks. Catcher Kassidy Smith, who was named Second-Team All-State earlier this summer, is the lone Kahok on the Southwestern Conference’s First Team. Outfielder Becky Gibbs was tabbed for the Second Team. Smith led the Kahoks in average, home runs, RBI, doubles […]

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      Free concerts Sunday, under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle and at Carisilos

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      By   1 week ago

      “The World’s First Linear Musical Festival” thinks enough of Collinsville that the city gets two concerts. Sunday evening, Cow Bop will set up shop for a free concert under the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, alongside the STL250 Cakeway to West cake and within spittin’ distance of the Catsup Bottle for sale sign. The band, recently […]

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      2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival contest winners

      Announcements

      By   2 weeks ago

      The organizers of the 2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival have announced the contest winners.   Little Princess Tomato Winner – Sophia Lewis (4) of Collinsville, IL First Runner Up – Amelia Hill (4) of Edwardsville, IL Little Sir Catsup Winner – Curtis Cline (6) of Edwardsville, IL First Runner Up – Bobby Hildebrand (3) […]

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      2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival C.I.A. Car, Truck & Motorcycle Winners

      Announcements

      By   2 weeks ago

      The organizers of the 2014 World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival have announced the winners for the Cruzin’ in Antiques (C.I.A.) car, truck and motorcycle show.   TOP 25 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS (Car/Truck Category) Sponsored by A-Rod-Shop Ernie Huffman of Troy, IL – 1950 Styleline Delux   Sponsored by A-Rod’s Auto Body Ed Lepold of Fairview Heighst, […]

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      The C.IA., Winermobile and Jeepalope visit the Catsup Bottle Festival

      A poster advertising the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things / Photo by Rachel Heston-Davis

      By   2 weeks ago

      Despite a heat index above 90 degrees by noon, Collinsville’s 2014 Catsup Bottle Festival had another successful year celebrating condiments, cars and Collinsville spirit on July 13. Favorite catsup-themed activities returned to the fest, including the Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup Contest, the Brooks Tangy Catsup Taste Test stand, the catsup-smothered tater tot eating […]

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      Castles in the Sky – Barcelona

      Palau de musica de Cataluyna / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   2 weeks ago

      Story published previously in Travel Intelligence A towering mass of humanity stretched towards to the sky.  The cherry on the human ice cream cone scampered up the tower with rapidity and precision. Using the quadriceps of one person as a base, she clutched the waist of the person standing on the shoulders of her current […]

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      Celebrating the Catsup Bottle’s 65th birthday with the Weinermobile

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      By   4 weeks ago

      The 2014 edition of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival will celebrate the 65th birthday of Collinsville’s iconic water tower turned roadside attraction. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 13. In its 16th year, the event, also dubbed a birthday party and car show, will welcome the Oscar […]

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      Thwarting “tater haters,” Big Idaho® Potato poses for photo ops at Catsup Bottle®

      A replica catsup bottle in front of the Great Big Idaho® Potato in front of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle ® / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   4 weeks ago

      Toting a 28-foot-long, 12-foot-wide, 11.5-foot-tall plywood potato around the county requires one long truck and many permits. The average person may not know that permits are needed to haul the Great Big Idaho® Potato around the country, or that the 72-foot long truck is often required to avoid cities by using an interstate bypass. One […]

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      Movie filming brings Hollywood stars to the Metro East

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      By   1 month ago

      The dog days of summer have come early to the Metro East this year, and they brought some Hollywood stars with them. A movie based on the children’s book “Marshall: The Miracle Dog” has been filming in various locations around Edwardsville and Troy for most of the month of June. The original plan called for […]

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      Great Big Idaho® Potato returning for more World’s Largest Catsup Bottle®

      From right to left: Collinsville fireman David Bennet with his children, Andy, Glen and Abby / Photo by Roger Starkey

      By   1 month ago

      Unable to resist another pairing of the greatest combination since water, barley, hops and yeast were magically mixed together to make beer, the Great Big Idaho® Potato is making a return visit to the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle®. The six-ton pseudo spud will take up residence at the 170-foot tall Catsup Bottle from 12-5 p.m. […]

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        Archaeology Day at Cahokia Mounds Aug. 2

        Announcements

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        ***Submitted Content*** Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site offers visitors a chance on Aug. 2 to learn ancients skills like making stone tools and throwing spears, and then to see how archaeologists dig up the facts about ancient cultures. Archaeology Day will be held Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features craft […]

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        Library hosts murder mystery dinner at Blum House

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

        By   4 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** Collinsville, IL –Something’s a-foul at the library, and it’s up to you to figure out what’s going on. Adults participating in the Mississippi Valley Library District’s summer reading program are invited to the Blum House on Saturday, August 2 from 7 – 9 p.m. to figure out “whodunit.” The set-up: in May a […]

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        Preparing your pets for emergencies makes sense

        Announcements

        By   4 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. When preparing your family for disaster, it is important not to overlook the needs of your cherished family pets. While the Madison County Health Department is focused on the health and wellness of county residents, […]

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        Voter registration and blood drive at Collinsville Library

        Announcements

        By   4 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** Collinsville, IL –The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is hosting two community services in late August. On Saturday, Aug. 23 representatives from Madison and St. Clair Counties will be at the library between 10 a.m. and noon to help residents register to vote.  Voting is an important responsibility for all citizens; make sure you […]

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        Video game tournament and game drive at Collinsville Library

        Announcements

        By   4 days ago

        ***Submitted Content*** Collinsville, IL –Video gamers of all ages are invited to start their engines for a Mario Kart Wii tournament at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center on Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. Mario and his friends are ready to race in Mario Kart Wii.  Players will experience new tracks, enhanced Wii graphics, extraordinary game […]

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        Brad Pickerel named Collinsville Police Officer of the Month, June 2014

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        By   6 days ago

        Police Officer Brad Pickerel — he has been selected as the Officer of the Month for June 2014

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        Lewis and Clark historic site hosts annual Hummingbird Festival on July 26

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        By   1 week ago

        ***Submitted Content*** HARTFORD, Ill. – If you have questions about attracting hummingbirds to your garden, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 26. The Lewis and Clark State Historic Site will host its fifth Hummingbird Festival, co-sponsored by the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Vernon Kleen, […]

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        Collinsville Memorial Library to host blood drive Aug. 25

        Announcements

        By   1 week ago

        ***Submitted content*** Collinsville, IL –The American Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center. On Aug. 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the American Red Cross will be at the library in the Community Room.  The need for blood is an ongoing and urgent need.  Help save a life by […]

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        The 19th annual Mud Mountain 5K Classic and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held on Saturday, July 26th

        Announcements

        By   2 weeks ago

        ***Submitted Content*** Benefiting Edwardsville’s High school and Middle school Cross Country/ Track & Field teams, this year’s race will feature a few new changes.  For the first time ever, Mud Mountain will have team divisions.  Team divisions will include a Woman’s Division and a Men’s Division.  Teams can include four to seven runners, as the […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Strategies to maximize Social Security benefits

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          By   6 days 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   2 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   4 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   6 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   9 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   5 days 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   1 month 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   2 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   3 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   3 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   3 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   4 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   5 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   5 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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