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Dodgeball!

By   /  January 31, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

CHS dodgeball 2014 / Photo courtesy of Shawn Geppert

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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“Keene on Your Finances” – Roth 401k and Roth IRA, a lifetime of tax free earnings

By   /  January 31, 2014  /  Columns, Keene on Your Finances  /  8 Comments

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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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Lady Kahoks roll past O’Fallon for 4th straight win

By   /  January 31, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Basketball, Sports  /  No Comments

Aubreeney Brady attempts a shot against O'Fallon / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville girls basketball team jumped out to a big first quarter lead and cruised to a 52-31 victory over O’Fallon Thursday in Southwestern Conference play at Vergil Fletcher Gym. Despite the large margin of victory, the Lady Kahoks put a scare into their fan base with a miserable second quarter and difficult beginning to […]

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Parking lot or food pantry? The future of Collinsville’s uptown post office building

By   /  January 30, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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

The post office will close its Collinsville retail operations at 130 S. Center Street at noon, Friday and re-open retail services at 8:30 a.m. Monday at 1610 Eastport Plaza Drive. The void for uptown postal services will be partially filled by the FCB Banks location at 800 Beltline Road. In about 60 days, the branch […]

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Cougars down Pioneers 77-48

By   /  January 30, 2014  /  Men's Basketball, SIUE, Sports  /  No Comments

Photo by SIUE Sports Information

Soutthern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s basketball won its fourth consecutive home game Wednesday, defeating Crowley’s Ridge 77-48 in nonconference action at the Vadalabene Center The Cougars improved to 8-14 overall. Crowley’s Ridge dropped to 9-10. After a shaky start, which saw the Pioneers go up by five (8-3), the Cougars rebounded with a 19-2 run […]

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Scammers target Ameren customers, again

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

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In the wake of a recent scam targeting businesses, con men are now sending emails to Ameren customer demanding immediate payment for unpaid utility bills. The emails are made to appear as if they are from Ameren and request payment of a purported unpaid bill. The email also instructs recipients to open a virus-infected attachment. […]

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The new Horseshoe: the sign and bar stay, the bathrooms get a remodel

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

Horseshoe Restaurant and Lounge sign / Photo by Roger Starkey

The new Horseshoe restaurant, to be opened later this year, will be remodeled, but will retain some of the historic touches that have made it a Collinsville landmark since about 1947. The interior front of the restaurant will be renovated to be more open, but the area behind the bar will be knocked down to […]

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Lady Kahoks make furious comeback, top East St. Louis

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Basketball, Sports  /  No Comments

Andrea Frerker / Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville trailed 32-15 with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter Tuesday when East St. Louis’ Janesha Munson was whistled for a technical foul after a brief arm tugging match with Collinsville’s Julie Scheiter. From that point, the Lady Kahoks exploded on a 31-11 run to end the game, defeating the Flyers […]

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2nd annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day kicks off Feb. 22

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

***Submitted Content*** The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville again is offering young girls exposure to the field of engineering. Girls from grades 5-8 are invited to attend “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2014.” The daylong event will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the SIUE […]

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Assistant Collinsville boys soccer coach found dead

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Boys Soccer, Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Maryville, News, Sports  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

***Updated with confirmation from Maryville Police of the deceased’s identify*** Maryville Police have confirmed that Ron Rowden, a Collinsville High School Physical Education teacher and assistant boys soccer coach, has died. Maryville Police responded to a call Tuesday afternoon of a possible suicidal person. Officers entered the home at 901 Andra Drive at 4:11 p.m. and […]

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Caseyville zombie subdivision dealt death blow

By   /  January 28, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, News, Region  /  No Comments

The only house built in the 500-acre Forest Lakes subdivision in Caseyville / Photo by Roger Starkey

Representatives of the proposed Forest Lakes subdivision made their final pitch for a tax increment finance extension to the Collinsville Unit 10 School Board Monday, and walked away with the intention to permanently shelve the development.   The beleaguered subdivision began more than nine years ago, has swallowed anywhere from $30-45 million in investment, was […]

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Collinsville City Council approves firefighter contract

By   /  January 28, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

City Hall, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a new contract with the International Association of Fire Fighters (AFL-CIO) Local 2625, representing the city’s firefighters. The new contract gives the firefighters a 2 percent raise, which has been the standard raise for city workers in the past year. The agreement is effective from Jan. […]

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Collinsville bowlers to compete at State

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville High School boys bowling team qualified for the State Tournament by hanging on to the sixth, and final, qualifying spot in the Mascoutah Sectional Saturday. The Kahoks will compete Friday and Saturday in the State Tournament, held at St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon. Collinsville will be returning to State for the first time […]

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Southeast Missouri State holds off Cougars

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  SIUE, Sports, Women's Basketball  /  No Comments

Micah Jones / Photo by SIUE Sports Information

Southeast Missouri State used a 28-7 run to start the second half and then held off Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s basketball 79-71 at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. “Offensively, we stalled a little bit, and our defense just didn’t hold steady,” said SIUE Head Coach Paula Buscher. The Cougars dropped to […]

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Proposed Collinsville firefighter contract addresses overtime issue

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville City Council will vote Monday on a new contract for city firefighters that addresses the overtime pay issue that caused the union to file 597 grievances against the city. The city changed the call-in policy in June of 2012 to require firefighters to remain on duty for the entire 2-3 hours of their […]

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SIUE to host Tuskegee Airmen as part of MLK celebration

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

***Submitted Content*** Tuskegee Airmen will be guests at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Tuesday, Feb. 4, during a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration. “Breaking Barriers: Building Blocks of the Dream” will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. in the Morris University Center Meridian Ballroom. As part of the luncheon celebration, two local high […]

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Reps. Meier and Kay to host concealed carry seminar Monday in Troy

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

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Illinois State representatives Charlie Meier and Dwight Kay will host a concealed carry public seminar Monday at the American Legion Hall in Troy. The “What You Need to Know About Concealed Carry” seminar will educate attendees on qualifications to obtain a concealed carry license, where concealed carry is prohibited, training requirements, application fees and implementation timelines. […]

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Expect delays on Interstate 270 from Wednesday until August

By   /  January 27, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Image by Roger Starkey

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that both westbound and eastbound Interstate 270 will have lane closures from Illinois Route 3 to 1/2 mile east of interstates 55/70 from Wed. Jan. 29 until Aug. 1. IDOT is warning of 30-60 minute traffic delays when road crews are at work. No lanes will be closed during peak […]

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Hot shooting Cougars come up short

By   /  January 26, 2014  /  SIUE, Sports, Women's Basketball  /  No Comments

Miranda Brandt / Photo by SIUE Sports Information

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s basketball team shot a season-best 54 percent but could not keep up with the Ohio Valley Conference’s top offense. The University of Tennessee Martin improved to 8-0 in the OVC and 15-6 overall with a 111-72 victory over the Cougars at the Elam Center. SIUE hit 25 of 46 from […]

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Dramatic temperature drop on the way, bus stop weather to be frigid

By   /  January 26, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

The line to enter Danny Express Car Wash Sunday, Jan. 26 / Photo by Roger Starkey

With temperatures nearly reaching 60 degrees in Collinsville Sunday, the line to get into Danny’s Express Car Wash was in the double digits, stretching down Illinois Route 157, causing traffic to slow. There was a sense of urgency  for people to get their vehicles clean, with temperatures predicted to drop by more than 30 degrees […]

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