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Gaming expansion bill on hold, future of Fairmount Park in limbo

By   /  May 30, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, News, Region  /  No Comments

Dwight Kay speaking at Fairmount Park town hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

Senate Bill 1739, the gaming expansion bill that had many in the Collinsville area concerned about the future of Fairmount Park, will not be voted on in the spring session. The proposal would have allowed for video gaming at horse racing tracks in Illinois, but there has been no clear consensus on how to include […]

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Collinsville Police looking for Farm Fresh Dairy burglar

By   /  May 30, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  No Comments

The man responsible for robbing a Collinsville and Edwardsville Farm Fresh store, along with the car he drove in both burglaries

The Collinsville Police are asking the public to help identify a man who robbed the Collinsville Farm Fresh Dairy store on May 15. The man, police said, also robbed the Edwardsville Farm Fresh Milk Store on May 24. Both robberies happened in the afternoon while employees were present, Collinsville Police Detective Chris Warren said. “He […]

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2014 Collinsville High School graduation photos

By   /  May 30, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

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Kahoks’ season ends with 2-1 Regional loss to Belleville East in 11 innings

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Baseball, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Grant Bauer tagged out at the plate / Photo by John Layton

Sometimes, one can be a big number. It is the number of runs the Collinsville High School baseball team lost by in its first-round Regional game against Belleville East Thursday evening. It is the number of runs the Kahoks scored in the 11-inning 2-1 loss. It is the number of runs they led by from […]

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Keene on Your Finances: How well do you know your financial advisor?

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Columns, Keene on Your Finances  /  No Comments

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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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Collinsville yard sales May 30 – June 1

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

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Collinsville Yard Sales this week are listed below. Friday, May 30 1306 Ridgewood Ct 208 Echo Wood Dr. 217 Emilie 2001 Vandalia 108 Johann 108 Timber Run Ct 502 Rebecca 795 Portland 518 St Louis Road 28 Erika 722 Summit   Saturday, May 31 1306 Ridgewood Ct 208 Echo Wood Dr. 217 Emilie 408 Bunker […]

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Brothers who overdosed in Dairy Queen parking lot charged with drug possession

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Caseyville, News  /  3 Comments

The Caseyville Police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

Two men who overdosed on heroin in the Caseyville Dairy Queen parking lot on May 24 have been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Thomas C. Wangelin, 31, of the 1800 block of North 16th Street in Swansea and his younger brother, Adam Wangelin, 24, of the first block of Tanewood Court in […]

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Festival of Trees is searching for a recipient of fundraising effort

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

A table of trees and decorations at the 2013 Festival of Trees / Photo by Roger Starkey

The premier fundraising event in Collinsville for the past 20 years is looking for a recipient of funds to be generated at the 2015 Festival of Trees. The event, held annually at the Gateway Convention Center, has raised more than $500,00 in the past 20 years, including more than $30,000 in 2013. Collinsville Unit 10’s […]

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Caseyville citywide yard sale is Saturday

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

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The Caseyville citywide yard sale is Saturday, May 31. Maps are available now at the FCB Caseyville branch, Caseyville Village Hall, the Caseyville Library, Caytown and CPS Accounts. Yard sales begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. The event is sponsered by the Caseyville Chamber of Commerce  

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Get ready to toss a root, the International Horseradish Festival returns, June 6-8

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Horseradish Festival 2014 logo

People from Collinsville and around the world will be at Woodland Park June 6-8 to put their best root forward at the International Horseradish Festival. The event is returning for its 27th year, with hot air balloon rides, a recipe and a Bloody Mary contest, bounce houses for kids, live bands, it’s own variation of a […]

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Baseball Preview: Kahoks v. Lancers; winner to face West, which shocked O’Fallon

By   /  May 29, 2014  /  Baseball, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Grant Bauer slides home safely, as Kyle Reeves notes / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville High School baseball team will play Belleville East in the first game of the 2014 Regional Thursday, May 29, at 4 p.m. at Belleville East High School. The Kahoks, who finished the regular season 19-15 overall and 8-6 in the Southwestern Conference, split two games with the Lancers this year. Each team on its own field. Collinsville won […]

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Asbestos removal the next step in converting the old post office to a parking lot

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  3 Comments

Artist rendering of the future parking lot at 130 S. Center St., Collinsville / image by Oates Associates

The Collinsville City Council on Tuesday authorized a contract for the removal of asbestos from the building at 130 South Center Street, the former home of the Collinsville post office. Pre-demolition testing of the 50-year-old structure revealed the presence of asbestos, Uptown Coordinator Leah Joyce said. Envirotech Inc. won the bid on the project and […]

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CESF rewards high school seniors with plans to give back

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Collinsville Educational Scholarship Foundation winners, families and foundation members. Scholarship winners, holding ceremonial check are, left to right, Graydon Baima, Corey Kitsch and Ryan Brunton / Photo by Roger Starkey

Four Collinsville students were recently awarded $1,000 each in scholarship money to further their post-high school education. Students Graydon Baima, Ryan Brunton, Sabrina Flohr and Corey Kitsch are the most recent group of graduating seniors to receive scholarships from the Collinsville Educational Scholarship Foundation, a group dedicated to supporting the educational experiences of Collinsville youth. […]

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Former Collinsville Christian Academy student alleges sex abuse by former teacher

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, News  /  No Comments

Blue Teddy Logo, Break The Silence: End Child Sexual Abuse / image by Kathryn Chan, modified by Roger Starkey

***Updated to clarify when Jonathan told his family of the sex abuse allegations*** The names of alleged underage victims of sex abuse are not revealed publicly during the legal process, even if a person comes forward long after he or she has turned 18. Jonathan Bocek wants his name used in this story with the […]

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Belleville East ends softball Kahoks’ season

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Softball, Sports  /  No Comments

Alex Holten throws to first against Belleville East on May 27, 2014 / Photo by Sherry Holten

In the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday, a Belleville East player hit a blooper to left field. Caity Brombolich raced in and dove forward for the ball, but it was just out of her reach. The ball bounced behind her and the Kahoks’ season was over. Belleville East (27-6), the top seed in the […]

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Kahoks girls soccer season ends in Sectional loss to Edwardsville

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Soccer, Sports  /  No Comments

Matty Merlak / Photo by Sherry Holten

On Tuesday evening, the Collinsville High School girls soccer team had a chance to beat Edwardsville in the postseason for the third consecutive year, and hand the Tigers just their second loss this season. Unfortunately for the Kahoks, Edwardsville (22-1) came away with the 4-0 victory in the first round of the Sectionals. Collinsville Head […]

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Gaming Machines robbed at Collinsville bar

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

Teezers bar, at 215 Caseyville Road, Collinsville / Photo by Roger Starkey

At least one person broke into Teezers overnight night Tuesday and stole money from the gaming machines at the bar. The bar, located at 215 Caseyville Road, Collinsville, closed at about 1 a.m. Monday. When a cleaning person arrived at 5 a.m., she noticed the burglary. Detective Bud Jeremias, of the Collinsville Police Department, said […]

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Interstate 44/55 ramp from Poplar Street Bridge to close Tuesday, open in 2015

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Poplar St. Bridge detour routes beginning May 27, 2014 and lasting approximately one year / Image courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation

The perpetual long lines to get into the one lane that carried traffic from the Poplar Street Bridge to both southbound Interstate 55 and westbound Interstate 44 may be coming to an end, but not until mid-2015. Construction will begin on the bridge will begin overnight Tuesday, with the ramps closed by the morning of Wednesday, […]

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In final month on the job, Kathy Pitzer is Unit 10 Teacher of the Month

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

May Unit 10 Teacher of the Month Kathy Pitzer with Rick Kincheloe of Edward Jones / submitted photo

Kathy Pitzer will soon walk out the doors of Summit Elementary School and into retirement. She will be taking an Edward Jones Unit 10 Teacher of the Month Award with her. Pitzer is dedicated to her students and comes to work every day with a smile on her face, Summit Principal Julie Haake said. “She […]

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Preview: Lady Kahoks meet Edwardsville in Sectional semifinal tonight

By   /  May 27, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Soccer, Sports  /  No Comments

Kathryn Besserman / Photo by Sherry Holten

The Edwardsville girls soccer team has lost only one game this season, March 27 at Kahok Stadium to Collinsville. When the two teams meet again tonight, the Lady Kahoks (14-5-2) will put more stock in advancing to the Sectional Championship game than being the team to defeat the Lady Tigers (21-1) this season. Collinsville went 6-0 […]

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