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No internet, no problem: New concealed carry application process announced

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

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The Illinois State Police announced Monday a way for residents to obtain a concealed carry permit if they do not have access to the internet. Applicants can contact the department’s Firearms Services (FSB) Customer Service Center phone line at 217-782-7980 and provide the same concealed carry license application information that is currently required through the on-line process. […]

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Collinsville City Council wrap: Turn lane into Jaycee Sports Complex coming in 2015

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

Collinsville City Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

Hundreds of people make a left turn into the Collinsville Jaycee Sports Complex on any given summer or fall weekend, most are probably peeking into their rearview mirrors and clutching their steering wheels, hoping no one coming down the road at 45 mph collides with them. The white knuckled drivers will be given a reprieve […]

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Kahok Dance Team announces summer camp dates

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Kahok Dance Deam 2014

***Submitted Content*** The Collinsville High School Dance team has announced its summer junior camp will take place July 28 to August 1. All girls entering grades K-8 are welcome to participate and will be instructed by the Kahok Dance Team Varsity and Junior Varsity Squads.  The program is designed to help improve skills in basic […]

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Coppotelli becomes sixth Collinsville PD graduate of FBI National Academy

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

Collinsville Assistant Police Chief Tom Coppotelli displays his yellow brick from the FBI National Academy (left) and the one he received as a joke from colleagues when a partial government shutdown ended his first trip to the academy after only one week / Photo by Roger Starkey

Less than 1 percent of law enforcement officers in the United States are graduates of the FBI’s National Academy. When Assistant Police Chief Tom Coppotelli recently crossed the finish line of the 6.1-mile “Yellow Brick Road,” he became the sixth graduate produced by the 43-man Collinsville Police Department. The FBI National Academy is a 10-week […]

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Convicted sexual predator arrested in Caseyville

By   /  June 29, 2014  /  Caseyville, News  /  No Comments

Daniel Bell

A man with pending court dates related to 20 traffic violations and two possession of cannabis charges from six law enforcement agencies is in jail on another charge after being stopped for speeding by Caseyville Police 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Daniel E. Bell, 29, of the 8800 block of Bermuda Avenue in Caseyville was charged with […]

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PACT program shows at-risk kids that police are more than enforcers in uniforms

By   /  June 29, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Police and Children Together (PACT) - Collinsville 2014 graduation medal / Photo by Roger Starkey

Twenty children mingled easily with police officers from seven local agencies Friday at Splash City Water Park in Collinsville. The children talked and laughed with each other and the officers. For Collinsville Police Officer Terry Wasser, it was another successful year of the Police and Children Together – Collinsville camp. “The biggest thing we try […]

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Out of the spotlight, on the sideline, athletic trainers keep athletes going

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

Amanda Baugher on right / Submitted photo

It’s easy for fans to see an athletic injury happen: A pitcher tweaks his throwing arm, a forward pulls up limping or a running back stays on the field after a tackle. The athletic trainers run out to check on the player and the fans start the guessing game. How serious is it? How long […]

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Police investigating report of possible sexual abuse at Splash City

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

Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville Police are investigating a report of possible sexual abuse involving two minors at Splash City Waterpark in Collinsville. Police were called to the waterpark at about 2 p.m. Thursday to investigate after a Splash City staff member observed two males, ages 17 and 12, engaged in a sexual act. The two were part of […]

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Collinsville yard sales June 27-28

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

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The following is a list of yard sales in Collinsville June 27-28.   June 27  272 Collinsville Ave. 313 Monticello 715 Carl 1126 Olive 1292 Ridgewood 104 Shadow Crossing 123 Southwood Trace 414 Wadsworth 120 Echo Valley 6 Sugar Lane 898 Portland 515 Hadley Front   June 28 1126 Olive 1292 Ridgewood 104 Shadow Crossing […]

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Area crime news: embezzlement to finance fling with exotic dancer does not pay

By   /  June 26, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

Crime News

A St. Louis man was sentenced to one year and one day in jail, followed by three years of supervised release, following an embezzlement conviction. Kevin D. Dowell, 37, a former manager of human resources at FKG Oil Company in Belleville, falsified mileage expense reports, used a company credit card for personal expenses and transferred funds […]

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Former Granite City head coach named Collinsville assistant boy’s soccer coach

By   /  June 26, 2014  /  Boys Soccer, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Jeff Hayes, assistant boys soccer coach

When the Collinsville High School boy’s soccer team plays Granite City next season, Jeff Hayes will once again be on the sideline for the match. But this time, he will be there as the Kahoks’ new assistant coach rather than the head coach of the Warriors. Hayes said, even after being head coach at Granite […]

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Man accused of stealing landscape plants from Our Lady of the Snows Shrine

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

Devance Jordan

According the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, a Belleville man went shopping for landscape plants at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, twice, but paid using the five-finger discount. Police were called to the shrine on June 9 after a report that six landscaping plants were removed from various locations. Apparently happy with the price […]

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Collinsville Police to conduct roadside safety check on June 27

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  7 Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville Police Department announced that it will conduct a roadside safety check on June 27 between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The safety check is part of increased traffic enforcement between June 25 and July 6. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the department will enforce DUI, seatbelt and cell phone usage […]

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Local student’s earn academic honors at McKendree University

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

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The following students from Collinsville, Maryville or Caseyville were recognized for their academic achievement at McKendree University for the Spring 2014 semester. President’s List, Spring 2014 (4.0 GPA) Collinsville: Megan Doty, senior, English; Lisa Graham, senior, sociology-criminal justice emphasis. Dean’s List, Spring 2014 (3.60 to 3.99 GPA) Caseyville: Gage Christopherson, sophomore, undeclared Maryville: Lauren Bicanic, senior, […]

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New discount grocery store coming to Collinsville

By   /  June 25, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  1 Comment

Ruler Foods Logo

Aldi will soon have competition for the grocery store with the lowest prices in Collinsville, and its chief competitor will be in its former location. Ruler Foods plans to open a new store by the end of 2014 in The Orchard Shopping Center. The discount grocery store will be at 1984 Vandalia St., the original […]

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Lindendwood University-Belleville to open extension site in Collinsville

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

Collinsville water tower / Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville has been chosen as the first extension site of Lindenwood University-Belleville. Classes will begin this fall in the 15,000 square-foot space at 1101 Easport Plaza Drive, the university said in a press release. Volkert, Inc. recently moved into the same building, which was occupied until March by Sanford Brown Business College. Lindenwood will have […]

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Movie filming brings Hollywood stars to the Metro East

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

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The dog days of summer have come early to the Metro East this year, and they brought some Hollywood stars with them. A movie based on the children’s book “Marshall: The Miracle Dog” has been filming in various locations around Edwardsville and Troy for most of the month of June. The original plan called for […]

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Kahoks’ Kassidy Smith named second-team All-State

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Softball, Sports  /  1 Comment

Kassidy Smith rounds the bases after setting the Kahoks single-season home run record (9) / Photo by Sherry Holten

Fans of the Collinsville High School softball team and other teams in the area took notice of the great year Kassidy Smith had this season as she was blistering opponents with her potent bat. The Illinois Coaches Association noticed as well. Smith is a member of the ICA’s second-team All-State softball team. Collinsville Head Coach […]

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Caseyville Park to get outdoor gym

By   /  June 24, 2014  /  Caseyville, News  /  1 Comment

Caseyville Park / Photo by Rogern at

Thanks to a $30,000 grant, Caseyville Park will have its own outdoor gym next summer. A cardio stepper, chest and back press, squat press and ab crunch are among the machines that would normally be found in a gym, but will be overlooking a lake at Caseyville Park. Brian Rader, Caseyville’s director of public works, […]

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Great Big Idaho® Potato returning for more World’s Largest Catsup Bottle®

By   /  June 23, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

From right to left: Collinsville fireman David Bennet with his children, Andy, Glen and Abby / Photo by Roger Starkey

Unable to resist another pairing of the greatest combination since water, barley, hops and yeast were magically mixed together to make beer, the Great Big Idaho® Potato is making a return visit to the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle®. The six-ton pseudo spud will take up residence at the 170-foot tall Catsup Bottle from 12-5 p.m. […]

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