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CEMA, the unsung heroes of Collinsville emergencies

Collinsville Emergency Management Agency vehicle / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   5 hours ago

In Collinsville, there is a group of unpaid men and women who can be called upon at any time to respond to the scenes of emergencies, right alongside police and fire fighters. Most of these people spend their days at jobs. There is a nurse, a couple of truck drivers, some business owners, some are […]

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The Caseyville police chief saga gets continued, twice

Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez addresses the Village Board on March 19, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   8 hours ago

Two days after yet another hearing date was set in his ongoing battle to remain the Caseyville police chief, Jose Alvarez had his trial on two misdemeanor charges continued. John O’Gara, Alvarez’s attorney, and special prosecutor David Rands agreed Friday to request a bench trial for the misdemeanor charges. A trial date was tentatively set […]

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CARD asks City of Collinsville for gift of land

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By   1 day ago

The Collinsville Area Recreation District passed a resolution Tuesday making formal a request for the City of Collinsville to give land to the district. Through a series of renewable agreements, CARD leases the Jaycee Sports Complex, Glidden Park, Morris Hills Park and Woodland Park from the City of Collinsville. CARD representatives – and at least […]

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Setting the record straight about the not so mysterious Caseyville hotel inspector

Caseyville Village Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   2 days ago

The Caseyville Village Board Wednesday will consider filling the vacant hotel inspector position for the second time in the past 15 months. The departure of the previous hotel inspector, John Aiple, was the subject of a local sensational news story at the time. On June 12, 2013, the newly elected mayor of Caseyville was making […]

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Missing Collinsville man with dementia found

Walter Fedder, reported missing on Sept. 16

By   3 days ago

Update: The Madison County Sheriff’s Office announced that Walter G. Fedder has been located. Fedder was found alive and, as of late Tuesday night, he was being checked by emergency medical personnel. Fedder, 83, had been reported missing earlier Tuesday evening by his family after they were unable to find him in his home, where […]

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Collinsville City Clerk retires after 31 years of service

Collinsville City Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   3 days ago

Collinsville City Clerk and Director of Operations Cheryl Brombolich retired Monday. “I spent 31 great years with the City. I care a lot about Collinsville,” Brombolich said. “I just felt it was time to move on to a different chapter in my life.” Brombolich was 20 years old when she began working for the City […]

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Work that will temporarily close portions of MLK Bridge begins Monday

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By   5 days ago

Inspections will close portions of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge beginning today. Work is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 26, the Illinois Department of transportation announced. The bridge will be closed to westbound traffic Monday, Sept. 15 and Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. The westbound lane will be re-opened […]

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In an about face, Collinsville City Council supports slot machines at Fairmount Park

The entrance to Fairmount Park / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   6 days ago

Just more than three years ago, Collinsville City Councilwoman Nancy Moss implored her fellow Council members to vote against a resolution allowing slot machines at Fairmount Park and other racetracks in Illinois. “I’m begging you tonight to not pass this,” Moss said on June 27, 2011. By a 3-2, the Council voted down the resolution. […]

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Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis: Selling bagna cauda and peanuts for a better Christmas

Collinsville City Manager Scott Williams takes donations in exchange for peanuts during the Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis 2014 peanut days / Photo by Roger Starkey

By   1 week ago

Each year, thousands of Collinsville residents stop at an intersection and give a donation to a man in red smock. In return for the donation, the person offers peanuts in the fall or an orange in the spring. But, how many of the donors know for what their money is used? The Collinsville Sunrise Kiwanis […]

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    Football Kahoks complete improbable comeback, defeat Granite City

    Jamal Wellmaker rips of a long run against Granite City / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   4 hours ago

    Trailing by 20 points at the half, the Collinsville football team showed little sign of life and no hint that it was about to embark upon a spirited, comeback 28-27 victory. The Kahoks (1-3, 1-1 Southwestern Conference) took only three second-half offensive plays to serve notice to Granite City (1-3, 0-2 SWC) that it was […]

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    Kahok soccer cruises to victory

    Mason Kelly (7), David Wilhold (28) and Drake Barker (11) in action against Alton Marquette / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   33 mins ago

    Grant Bauer beat the Alton Marquette goalkeeper 30 seconds into the match Friday and Collinsville coasted to a 3-0 win. Sophomore Brett Niedzwiecki and senior Roman Cahnovsky combined on the Kahoks (4-3) third shutout of the season. Jordan Smith and Brett Langley also scored for CHS. A penalty kick following a handball in the first […]

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    Football preview: Warriors come out to play against Kahoks

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    By   1 day ago

    Collinsville will travel to Granite City Friday looking for its first victory of the season. The Kahoks were injury riddled last week and are not much healthier as they enter Friday’s contest. The offensive line will feature three backups, with sophomores Kody Toothman and Alex Link getting the starting nod for the second straight week, […]

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    Kahok volleyball tops East, stays perfect in conference play

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    By   1 day ago

    Collinsville, Ill. – The Kahok volleyball team made it three wins in three Southwestern Conference games when it swept Belleville East Thursday at Fletcher Gym. Collinsville (5-6, 3-0 Southwestern Conference) trounced the Lancers (4-8, 1-3 SWC) in the first set. The Kahoks jumped out to a big lead on their way to a 25-9 win. […]

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    Soccer Kahoks fall to Missouri’s top ranked team

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    By   2 days ago

    St. Louis, Mo. – Collinsville Head Coach Myles Hensler schedules difficult matches for his team to expose their weaknesses before Regional play begins. The Kahoks found the going tough Wednesday against the top ranked large school in Missouri. Chaminade (7-0) took a two-goal lead over Collinsville (3-3) in the first seven minutes Wednesday and went […]

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    Boys and girls cross country each have fourth place finisher in Collinsville Invite

    Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   2 days ago

    Andrea Frerker and Alex Reed each finished in fourth place in the Collinsville Invite cross country meet Wednesday. Frerker finished the 5K in 21 minutes 4.40 seconds, 48 seconds behind the winner, Abigail Richter of Triad. Reed crossed the 5K finish line in 17:16, 51 seconds off the pace set by Will O’Keefe of Granite […]

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    Kahok soccer cannot top defending state champions

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    By   3 days ago

    The Collinsville boys soccer team kicked off to start its Tuesday evening match against defending 3A state champions Edwardsville and took the ball down field quickly. Senior captain Grant Bauer promptly took a shot that hit off the crossbar and was then cleared away. The chance would prove to be emblematic of the night for […]

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    Kakoks’ big man Rickman gives verbal commitment to Indiana State

    Emondre Rickman / Photo by Roger Starkey

    By   4 days ago

    Collinsville High School senior Emondre Rickman has verbally committed to play basketball for Indiana State University next season. The 6 foot 8 inch center committed to the Missouri Valley Conference school during a campus visit Saturday, said Darin Lee, CHS Athletic Director and Head Basketball coach. Rickman was also scheduled to visit Valley rival Bradley […]

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    SIUE men’s and women’s soccer to host free youth clinic

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    By   4 days ago

    Soccer Clinic Information/Registration Flyer The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s and women’s soccer programs will host a free clinic for youth players on Friday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium. “We’re excited to welcome the local community to Korte Stadium for an enjoyable day of soccer and interaction with our student-athletes,” […]

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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 days 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   4 days 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   4 days 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   5 days 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

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      By   6 days 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   1 week 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   1 week 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

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      By   2 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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      Rule, Rubin and Shay works on exhibit at The Schmidt

      Terri Shay: Pomegranate (Detail)

      By   3 weeks ago

      ***Submitted Content*** The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center has brought the works of three artists to southwestern Illinois this fall for free exhibitions of their unique art. “With the wide range of artistic styles and media, there is something to interest everyone at this upcoming exhibition,” Curator Nicole Dutton said. The artists’ works went […]

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        SWIC Astronomy club announces fall topics

        Announcements

        By   2 days ago

        Submitted Content The Southwestern Illinois College Astronomy Club wants to explore the solar system with you this fall! The club continues its series of talks about space and all its wonders at the Belleville Campus, 2500 Carlyle Ave. All meetings will be held in the Main Complex. The schedule of events for fall 2014 is […]

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        Annual Give Kids a Smile Day at SIU School of Dental Medicine

        SIUE dental student Kasey Kirchner has fun with a young contestant, challenging the “Circle of Smiles,” a spinning wheel that offered oral health education and fun, at the Smile Station during the 2012 Give Kids A Smile Day.

        By   2 days ago

        Southern Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine is urging parents of qualified children between the ages of 3 and 13 to bring their children to this year’s Give Kids A Smile Day from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, Oct. 13 at the school’s main clinic in building 263, 2800 College Ave. in Alton. Children qualified […]

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        Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School hosted groundbreaking

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        By   4 days ago

        Submitted Content On Sunday, Sept. 7, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School held a groundbreaking ceremony for their new Early Childhood Center. Construction will begin immediately on the addition, which will include classrooms and activity space for three and four year old preschoolers as well as kindergarten students. The new facility will replace the current […]

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        Home Show coming to Collinsville’s Gateway Center this weekend

        Fall Home Show logo 2014

        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content Thousands of people are expected to attend the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Southwest Illinois’ Fall Home Show. Attendees can learn about the newest home improvement products and techniques from local building industry professionals. With local companies displaying everything from awnings, cabinetry, energy efficiencies, exterior remodeling, landscaping, roofing, spas, waterproofing and much […]

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        Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Oct. 4

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content Join hundreds of area residents in the Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 4, at SIUe Parking Lot A for this one-day, signature fundraising event to benefit the American Diabetes Association. Register NOW at www.diabetes.org/stepoutmetroeast  or call 888-DIABETES. The Metro East Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, presented […]

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        Hero Inside trivia night Oct. 3

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        By   1 week ago

        Hero Inside Organization, a group dedicated to helping people overcome the impacts of heroin, is hosting a trivia night Friday, Oct. 3 at the Caseyville Village Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m. The wining table will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $100. Cost is $100 per table. […]

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        Applications for military academies being accepted by Congressman Shimkus

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        By   1 week ago

        Submitted Content Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2015 admission. “As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what’s next.  As a […]

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        Monks Mound 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to be held Thursday

        Collinsville Mayor John Miller carries a flag up the steps of Monks Mound / Photo by Roger Starkey

        By   1 week ago

        The Brevity Fitness third annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held at Monks Mound Thursday, Sept. 11. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Climbers will begin in waves, according to registration, at 6 p.m. Walkers will register for one of three circuits. Five laps of the 154 Monks Mound steps, which is the equivalent of […]

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        Veterans to receive amnesty, assistance in Madison County Friday

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        By   1 week ago

        Madison County will host Veteran’s Amnesty Day Friday at the Madison County Courthouse. Traffic, misdemeanor, felony and ordinance violation warrants will be quashed (set aside) or reset with no arrests. Amnesty day does not apply to federal or civil contempt warrants. Other available services include receiving a new court date, speaking with a prosecutor or […]

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          Keene on Your Finances: Strategies to maximize Social Security benefits

          Brad Keene_Feat

          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   4 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   4 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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