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Madison County Treasurer’s employees at center of complaint get big raises

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  4 Comments

Kurt Prenzler at a news conference he arranged on May 30 at the St. Clair County Administration Building / Photo by Roger Starkey

Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler put his words to action when he recently gave large raises to two office employees accused of taking part in politically motivated work on taxpayer time. Prenzler told The Metro Independent on June 3 that work done by an employee in his office to assist with the investigation of St. […]

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Fredbird, fate and local businesses play big role in childhood cancer fundraiser

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Alex's Lemonade Stand sign at 704 Caseyville Road, Collinsville / Photo by Roger Starkey

Other than eating and getting in trouble, few 7-year-old boys remain dedicated to a cause for the next nine years. When Collinsville’s Bryce Kelly sets up his Alex’s Lemonade Stand Friday and Saturday, it will be the ninth straight year the 16-year-old has hosted the childhood cancer fundraiser. What started out as just a lemonade […]

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Man gives false name following parking lot melee, faces felony charges

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Collinsville, Fairmont City, News  /  No Comments

Cesar Casas

A State Park man is accused of running from police following an afternoon parking lot brawl in Fairmont City, then providing a false name when he was captured. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a large fight Saturday at about 2:16 p.m. in the parking lot of Perez Cantina, 5903 Collinsville Road, Fairmont City. […]

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Archaeology Day at Cahokia Mounds Aug. 2

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

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***Submitted Content*** Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site offers visitors a chance on Aug. 2 to learn ancients skills like making stone tools and throwing spears, and then to see how archaeologists dig up the facts about ancient cultures. Archaeology Day will be held Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event features craft […]

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Collinsville Extreme 13U baseball team wins World Series

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Sports  /  4 Comments

The 2014 Collinsville Extreme 13U baseball team / Submitted photo
Front (left to right): Cameron Hibbets, Hayden Juenger, Logan Presley, Justin Sheldon, Joe Copeland
Back row:  Coach Shannon Juenger, Eli Jacobs, Ethan Gratton, Matthew Albritton, Coach Matt Jacobs, Devon Bovinett, Gavin Lyday, Sam Scott, Head-Coach Shane Lyday

***Submitted Content*** The Collinsville Extreme – a Southern Illinois, 13U select travel baseball team – recently won the United States Specialty Sports Association Baseball World Series in Dallas, going 8-0 in the 5-day tournament. The team never trailed in the tournament and outscored its opponents 85-9 during the tournament. In June, the Extreme were named […]

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Collinsville Extreme announces softball tryouts

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Sports  /  No Comments

"Softball" by Tage Olsin / Licensed under Creative Commons

***Submitted content*** The Collinsville Extreme Club has announced softball tryout dates and times for the 2014-2015 season. Collinsville Extreme Softball tryouts are held at its training facility, located at 103 Complex Drive, Collinsville, IL.   2014-15 Collinsville Extreme Softball – Youth Softball Development Program – Aug. 7 at 6 p.m – Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. – Aug. 11 6 […]

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Former Collinsville Christian Academy principal faces more sexual abuse charges

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Collinsville, Education, News  /  No Comments

Robert Allen Lane

A former Collinsville Christian Academy principal, facing sexual abuse charges from his time at the school, was indicted on July 17 by a grand jury for allegedly committing a similar crime in Clinton County. Robert Allen Lane, 57, of the 1200 block of Antler Drive in Troy faces two felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse relating […]

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Talk of Oscar Mayer buying the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle may be premature

By   /  July 29, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  No Comments

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile admiring The World's Largest Catsup Bottle / Photo courtesy of Oscar Mayer

When a media report surface Tuesday of Oscar Mayer’s potential interest in purchasing the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville hearts were set aflutter. Thoughts of dousing their Oscar Mayer hotdogs with horseradish sauce and Brooks Tangy Catsup, all with a Collinsville connection, began dancing in the heads of those living in the lengthy shadow of […]

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Collinsville Police to be first City employees to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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

Martin Luther King Jr.

By a unanimous vote of the Collinsville City Council Monday, police officers became the first City employees to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In place of a 2 percent raise in the third year of the new contract, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge no. 103 – which represents uniformed officers – agreed to add Martin […]

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Collinsville City Council to vote on first union contract to authorize MLK holiday

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

Collinsville City Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville City Council is set to vote at 7:30 p.m. Monday on a new contract for uniformed police officers that would make them the first group in the city to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. That the City has not given employees the day off work has been the focus of much […]

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Collinsville assistant police chief to take position at LU-Belleville

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  1 Comment

Tom Coppotelli / Photo by Roger Starkey

Recently returned from the FBI National Academy and happy with his job as assistant police chief for the Collinsville Police Department, Tom Coppotelli was not looking for another career. Lindenwood University – Belleville, though, had other plans for him. The 11-year-old university has grown from an extension of the St. Charles, Mo. location to a […]

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Miner’s Theatre receives grant from Boeing employees group

By   /  July 27, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  2 Comments

The Miner's Theatre / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Miner’s Institute Foundation recently announced that it received a $6,115.00 grant from the Boeing Employees Community Fund of St. Louis. The grant will help buy code compliant exit and egress lighting in the building, first opened in 1918. The grant continues a string of fundraising efforts by the MIF as they work toward re-opening […]

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Library hosts murder mystery dinner at Blum House

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

Blum House, Collinsville, Ill. / Photo by Roger Starkey

***Submitted Content*** Collinsville, IL –Something’s a-foul at the library, and it’s up to you to figure out what’s going on. Adults participating in the Mississippi Valley Library District’s summer reading program are invited to the Blum House on Saturday, August 2 from 7 – 9 p.m. to figure out “whodunit.” The set-up: in May a […]

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Preparing your pets for emergencies makes sense

By   /  July 26, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

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***Submitted Content*** If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. When preparing your family for disaster, it is important not to overlook the needs of your cherished family pets. While the Madison County Health Department is focused on the health and wellness of county residents, […]

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Voter registration and blood drive at Collinsville Library

By   /  July 26, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

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***Submitted Content*** Collinsville, IL –The Collinsville Memorial Library Center is hosting two community services in late August. On Saturday, Aug. 23 representatives from Madison and St. Clair Counties will be at the library between 10 a.m. and noon to help residents register to vote.  Voting is an important responsibility for all citizens; make sure you […]

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Video game tournament and game drive at Collinsville Library

By   /  July 26, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

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***Submitted Content*** Collinsville, IL –Video gamers of all ages are invited to start their engines for a Mario Kart Wii tournament at the Collinsville Memorial Library Center on Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. Mario and his friends are ready to race in Mario Kart Wii.  Players will experience new tracks, enhanced Wii graphics, extraordinary game […]

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Two women face charges following bar fight

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Collinsville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

A Glen Carbon woman faces felony charges after allegedly fighting with a female bartender and pushing the elderly bar owner to the ground. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the 3100 block of Fairmont Avenue in State Park at approximately 2:11 a.m. Monday, to find an apparently intoxicated Jodi R. Limper, police said. The […]

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Letter to the Editor: Mayor out of line to sign name to letter

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

Dear Editor, On June 30, Ready Nation Illinois director Sean Noble messaged Collinsville Mayor John Miller and Mr. Kevin Weinacht stating the BND never printed their letter this spring. Ironically, the Post-Dispatch has not printed my rebuttal to the July 12 letter Noble drafted captioned, Illinois’ cut in childcare hurt families and businesses. My rebuttal […]

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Free school supplies will be given away to Collinsville area needy

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Collinsville, Education, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

SchoolBus-no label

Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided on Aug. 1 to low-income Collinsville area families with children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Families that meet the income requirements noted below should bring parental identification, Social Security numbers, proof of Collinsville Township residency and proof of income. Supplies will be provided according to particular school […]

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CRBL high school player fall ball registration now open

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Sports  /  No Comments

Baseball / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville Recreational Baseball League is now accepting registration for 2014  fall ball for high school players. The league is open to everyone ranging in age from the incoming 2014 freshman class to 2014 graduates. Recent graduates are not eligible if they turn 19 before Oct. 1. To receive a registration form, contact Mike Kamp […]

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