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Hollywood Heights Elementary School re-opened as Special Needs Center

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, News  /  2 Comments

Bambi Bethel at Hollywood Heights Elementary School / Photo by Roger Starkey

A building sitting vacant since 2009 may be the right place at the right time to solve two problems for the Collinsville School District. The first problem is that children with special behavioral needs are sent out of district for their education. Until this school year, Collinsville did not have the staff or facilities to […]

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Tentative budget approved by School Board

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Collinsville, Education, News  /  1 Comment

Photo by Roger Starkey

The tentative budget approved by the Collinsville School Board on Monday would have the district spending about $4.5 million more than it receives during the current fiscal year. The budget was prepared using the same budget estimates as the previous year because the contract with the teacher’s union has not yet been approved by the […]

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Ashmann’s Pharmacy getting a facelift

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Collinsville, News  /  1 Comment

Image courtesy of Henderson Associates Architects

Ashmann’s Pharmacy was open Wednesday despite a gaping hole in the wall. A new window will soon fill the hole as work continues on the nearly $180,000 improvement project on the 119-year-old building. Much of the work is necessary because of the damage sustained when the UMB Bank building, which abutted the building at 209 […]

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Team chemistry key to success for 2013 CHS boys soccer

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Boys Soccer, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

The 2013 Kahoks boys soccer team during a preseason practice / Photo by Roger Starkey

When speaking with the 2013 Collinsville High School boys soccer team, it quickly becomes apparent that the team believes improved team chemistry is the key to its success. Head Coach Myles Hensler said the players on this year’s team are more friendly with each other. “I expect for us to be a little better because […]

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Stronger, more confident Kahoks football team expects success

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Collinsville High School, Football, Sports  /  3 Comments

CHS football players walk down "the hill" after practice / Photo by Roger Starkey

Taking over a Collinsville High School football team that went 1-8 last season will be difficult for the Kahoks’ new head coach, John Blaylock, but it will not be his biggest challenge. Collinsville football has experienced little success in its history. The school has made just three playoff appearances and has never won a postseason […]

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2013 Tunes at Blum includes The Usual Suspects and other Metro East favorites

By   /  August 22, 2013  /  Living, Music  /  No Comments

Collinsville’s free uptown concert series returns to the Blum House Sept. 4. Held on the lawn of the historic home at 414 W. Main St., Tunes at Blum will provide free entertainment each Wednesday in September.  The lineup this year includes Tommy Halloran, The Usual Suspects, Brad MacDonald and The Mr. Wizard Band. Tommy Halloran […]

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