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Rickman powers Kahoks past Belleville West

By   /  February 21, 2014  /  Boys Basketball, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Nic Gonet / Photo by Roger Starkey

By Phil Knapper – Metro Independent Contributor BELLEVILLE — The healthier Emondre Rickman gets, the better the Collinsville Kahoks will be. That statement was backed up brilliantly by Rickman Friday night at Belleville West, as he scored 19 points and pulled down 9 boards in a 66-59 Kahoks win. “That was his best performance,” Collinsville […]

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Collinsville Middle School students get a sexting lesson

By   /  February 21, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Assistant Madison County State's Attorney Amy Gabriel / Photo by Roger Starkey

Amy Gabriel asked a group of about 40 Collinsville Middle School students Friday morning if they knew there were legal consequences to sexting. Approximately 10 percent raised their hand to say they did know before Gabriel’s presentation. Now 100 percent know, and that is why Gabriel, assistant Madison County state’s attorney, was willing to spend […]

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Not so fast, Mayor. Caseyville Board reappoints police chief

By   /  February 21, 2014  /  Caseyville, News  /  No Comments

Church sign supporting fired, then re-hired, Caseyville Police Chief Jose Alvarez / Photo by Roger Starkey

One week after Caseyville Mayor Len Black terminated Police Chief Jose Alvarez, the Village Board overruled him by a unanimous 6-0 vote. In a video obtained using the Freedom of Information Act, Alvarez can be seen at the monthly Village Board meeting in full uniform sitting in the front row. As the meeting progressed, City […]

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CMS boys finish fourth at State Tournament

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CMS State Basketball

The Collinsville Middle School boys basketball team lost Thursday in the third place game of the  Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association State Tournament. The Trail Blazers lost 51-24 to Marion. Benton, which beat CMS to advance to the championship game, won the state championship by knocking off Centraila 36-35. Team members include 7th graders Bryson […]

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Collinsville High School Science Club qualifies for State Science Olympiad

By   /  February 21, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Collinsville High School students Kushan Patel (left) and Logan Hartley compete in the boomilever event at the Regional Science Olympiad on Feb. 15. The CHS Science Club qualified for the State Science Olympiad / Photo by Roger Starkey

By Rachel Heston-Davis, Metro Independent Contributor Early on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 15, fifteen students from Collinsville High School rose early, jumped in the car and headed off to an event they had practiced for all year. These students gave up their weekend sleep to compete with other schools for the chance to advance […]

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Three suspected heroin overdose deaths in one day catalyst for task force

By   /  February 21, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons (left) and Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz / Photo by Roger Starkey

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and Sheriff Bob Hertz called three suspected heroin overdose deaths within a six-hour period in the county last week a catalyst to action. “Three deaths in one day, quite frankly, sends a message to a lot of people,” Hertz said. Gibbons compared the moment to the overdose death of […]

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