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Man sentenced in connection with Granite City beating that left acquaintance paralyzed

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

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A man accused of beating an acquaintance with a hammer and metal bar was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday. Ricky A. Andrews, 35, and Robert C. Kelly, 49, were charged in 2012 with Class X felonies for home invasion and attempted murder in connection with the beating of a man on Delmar Avenue […]

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Collinsville woman charged with three counts of bank burglary

By   /  December 16, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Image of a woman suspected of robbing the FCB Banks in Caseyville on Nov. 7, aborting a Dec. 5 robbery at the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea and robbing the FCB Banks of Maryville on Dec. 10

A woman who was referred to a religious organization for help during an aborted bank robbery was charged with three counts of bank burglary in a complaint filed in federal court Friday. Easter O. Jimison, 37, of the 1200 block of Ridge Avenue in Collinsville, allegedly robbed the FCB Banks Caseyville branch on Nov. 7 […]

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Collinsville electronics appliance recycling drop off information for 2015 announced

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

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Anyone with an old microwave, flat-screen television, computer, or even a motorcycle, can safely dispose of unwanted items at Collinsville’s electronics and appliance recycling drop off. The event will be held in the parking lot at 227 W. Main St. in Collinsville the second Friday of each month in 2015 (except January). Wissehr Recycling (www.WissehrRecycling.com, […]

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Sun watchers to gather at Woodhenge Sunday for solstice sunrise

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Dawn breaks over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds / submitted photo

Sun watchers will gather at 7 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the winter solstice and watch dawn break over Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds. Collinsville’s Woodhenge sits about 1/2 mile west of Monks Mound. Reconstructed in 1985, there were originally five iterations of wood pole formations at the site, probably constructed by the Mississippians between 1100 and […]

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Collinsville Charities for Children helps more than 265 needy children

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Events, Living  /  No Comments

Collinsville Charities for Children's volunteer gives shoes and socks to a needy child on Dec. 10, 2014 at Jack Schmitt Ford / Submitted photo

Submitted content Collinsville Charities for Children gave shoes and socks to more than 265 Collinsville School District children on Dec. 10. Organizer Grant Koentz, along with 12 volunteers from the organization and Jack Schmitt employees, provided shoes and socks to the students at Jack Schmitt Ford Lincoln in Collinsville. Submitted content

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Lady Kahoks win big over Triad

By   /  December 14, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Basketball, Sports  /  No Comments

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Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School girls’ basketball team regained its winning way with a 60-39 non-conference victory Saturday over visiting Triad. Aubreeny Brady bounced back from a subpar game against O’Fallon Thursday to lead all scorers with 22 points. Sophie Thompson’s 14 lead the Knights in scoring. The Lady Kahoks (5-3) held Triad […]

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Basketball Kahoks continue slide

By   /  December 13, 2014  /  Boys Basketball, Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Image by Roger Starkey

O’Fallon, Ill. – Collinsville entered the fourth quarter Friday with the slimmest possible lead, but left O’Fallon with its fifth consecutive defeat. Leading 30-29 after three quarters, the Kahoks (3-5, 0-3 Southwestern Conference) were outscored 27-21 in the final stanza. Each team scored more points in the fourth quarter than in the first half. O’Fallon […]

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Wrestling Kahoks dominate three opponents Friday

By   /  December 13, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Sports  /  No Comments

Collinsville, Ill. – The Collinsville High School wrestlers gave clinics to three visiting teams Friday. The Kahoks outscored Mascoutah, Cahokia and  Springfield by a combined  154 points. CHS defeated Mascoutah 71-12, Cahokia 64-16 and Springfield 60-13. Results Collinsville 71             Mascoutah 12 Trenton Finch (MAS) wbf Jevon Pargo (CHS) 4:24 Patrick Grzywacz (CHS) wbf Mason Johnson […]

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Maryville bank robbed, Collinsville woman in custody

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Image of a woman suspected of robbing the FCB Banks in Caseyville on Nov. 7, aborting a Dec. 5 robbery at the Bank of Edwardsville in Swansea and robbing the FCB Banks of Maryville on Dec. 10

Maryville Police were called to the FCB Maryville Bank at about 5:18 p.m. Wednesday following the report of a robbery. The robber showed the teller a note and was given an undisclosed amount of money, Maryville Police said. The robber fled the scene in a small, silver vehicle with no license plates, traveling south on […]

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Keene is Collinsville Unit 10’s Teacher of the Month

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Jennifer Keene, Collinsville Unit 10 December Teacher of the Month, with Rick Kincheloe of Edward Jones, the award's sponsor / Photo by Roger Starkey

A school-wide assembly, a special guest, a surprised recipient of the Teacher of the Month award; the scene is quickly becoming a welcome Collinsville tradition. Jennifer Keene, the Twin Echo Elementary School reading specialist, was the teacher who shook her head in surprise Friday after hearing her name called by special guest Rick Kincheloe, the […]

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Lady Kahoks done in by big fourth quarter, look to rebound at Pink Out game Saturday

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Basketball, Sports  /  No Comments

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The Collinsville Lady Kahoks took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter Thursday against O’Fallon, but left Fletcher Gym on the wrong end of 55-51 score. The Lady Panthers (4-3, 2-2 Southwestern Conference) outscored CHS 20-11 in the final quarter. The Lady Kahoks (4-3, 0-3 SWC) held the lead following each of the first three […]

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Kahok wrestlers edged by O’Fallon

By   /  December 12, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Sports, Wrestling  /  No Comments

O’Fallon, Ill. – Collinsville and O’Fallon split 14 matches Thursday, but O’Fallon escaped with a 36-31 win over the Kahoks. Winners for the Kahoks were Aaron Engle, Adam Gillespie, Zach Stephenson, Jevon Pargo, Patrick Grzywacz, Jacob Blaha and Cole Zabala. The Kahoks host Springfield, Mascoutah and Cahokia at 5 p.m. Friday. Thursday results: 138. Engle […]

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Collinsville High School student winner in national scholarship contest

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Kaitlin Carlson

An essay submitted by Collinsville High School senior Kaitlin Carlson to a national contest earned her a college scholarship and a trip to Philadelphia. Carlson’s essay about equal pay for equal work was one of six winners in the 17th Annual NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest. The National Foundation for Women Legislators partnered […]

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17.5 percent tax hike for Caseyville unanimously approved

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Caseyville, News  /  No Comments

Caseyville Village Board meeting Oct. 16, 2013 / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Caseyville Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously approved a 17.5 percent property tax increase. According the hearing notice posted on the town’s official website, the increase will represent a $111,174.29 increase in tax revenue. That amounts to about $26.35 for each of the Villages’ 4,219 residents. Prior to the meeting Wednesday, Brenda Williams, chairperson […]

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Alhambra man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  News, Region  /  No Comments

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An Alhambra man pleaded guilty in Federal Court Thursday to three child pornography charges. In July, the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations searched a residence in which Robert Godsey, 34, and others lived. A notebook computer seized during the raid contained numerous video and image files of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, […]

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State seeks nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Events/Announcements  /  No Comments

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Submitted content The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For-profit businesses that support service will also be recognized. “Illinois is fortunate to have […]

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Free action movies at Collinsville Library in January

By   /  December 11, 2014  /  Living, Movies  /  No Comments

The Collinsville Library, Jan. 7, 2014 / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville Library invites the community to beat the winter doldrums with free action-packed movies in January. Two movies will be shown at 2 p.m. each Saturday in January. The Children’s Floor will feature rated PG movies. The Community Room titles are rated PG-13. The schedule of January movies is: January 3 – Teenage Mutant […]

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Kreitner garners $2,000 prize at Festival of Trees, increases library budget by $2,000

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Collinsville, Education, News  /  No Comments

The Kreitner Elementary School Library / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Irving Dilliard Memorial Literacy Program for the Collinsville Unit 10 School District was the recipient of the 2014 Festival of Trees fundraising efforts, which was good news for all schools in the district, but especially Kreitner Elementary School. Schools in the district were invited to design a structure with a literary theme for the […]

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Caseyville to hold public hearing Wednesday on 17.5 percent property tax increase

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Caseyville, News  /  No Comments

Caseyville Village Hall / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Village of Caseyville scheduled a 15-minute public hearing for Wednesday at 6 p.m. to give residents an opportunity to question the need for a 17.5 percent property tax increase. At about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Board of Trustees will vote on the proposed increase. The hearing is legally required because the Board is proposing […]

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Brady’s 30 not enough to carry Lady Kahoks to victory

By   /  December 10, 2014  /  Collinsville High School, Girls Basketball, Sports  /  No Comments

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Collinsville, Ill. – Collinsville’s Aubreeny Brady connected on school-record  22 free throw attempts Tuesday on her way to a 30-point night, but BreLaNair Cox nearly matched her point-for-point, carrying East St. Louis to 61-53 road victory. The teams combined to attempt 72 free throws. The Lady Kahoks (4-2, 0-2 Southwestern Conference) made 32-42 attempts. Brady […]

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