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Letter from the editor: Metro Independent temporarily ceasing operations

By   /  December 31, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  10 Comments

Typewriter / Photo by Roger Starkey

Dear Readers The Metro Independent is temporarily halting operations. As many of this digital newspaper’s wonderful supporters know, the Metro Independent has essentially been a one-man operation since its inception in July 2013. I have been aided by amazing support from the communities the paper serves and many people have kindly provided pictures and content. […]

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Collinsville’s giving heart on display during the holiday season

By   /  December 25, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

A Collinsville firefighters speaks with a young girl Dec. 10 as she checks out at Wal-Mart in Colllinsville / Photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville is not a wealthy community, but its residents continue to open their hearts and wallets to those less fortunate. The generous spirit of the community is evident throughout the year, participating in fund raisers, contributing to the needy and responding to emergency situations, such as the displacement of a family by a house fire. […]

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Collinsville Police searching for brazen purse snatcher

By   /  December 22, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

White truck used by Collinsville Aldi purse snatcher

Collinsville Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who stole a purse from a woman in the Aldi’s parking lot Sunday evening. A man took the purse from the victim’s shopping cart at approximately 7:20 p.m. Sunday as she loaded bags into her truck. The suspect can be seen getting out of an […]

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Fire destroys Collinsville home, community collecting to provide necessities for family

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed a home in the 6900 block of Loyet, Collinsville, Dec. 16 / Photo courtesy of Lannie Altenberger

A father, 2-year-old boy and two 17-year-old girls lost their home and everything in it nine days before Christmas. The Collinsville area is rallying to help the family. Collinsville, Maryville, Troy and Fairview Heights fire departments all responded to a house fire in the 6900 block of Loyet Road in rural Collinsville Tuesday afternoon. A […]

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Collinsville Police to increase traffic enforcement from Friday through Jan. 4

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

Photo by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville Police Department announced Wednesday that it will increase traffic enforcement Dec. 19 through Jan. 4, 2015. The increased enforcement is to reduce traffic accidents and injuries during the holiday season, police said. In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Collinsville Police Department will enforce DUI, seat belt, and mobile phone usage violations […]

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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

weCycle

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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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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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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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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Collinsville Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop

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

Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted content The Collinsville Police Department will welcome members of the community to discuss issues, build relationships and drink coffee Tuesday, Dec. 16. The event, held at the McDonald’s at 520 Ramada Blvd., Collinsville – near Illinois Route 157 and Interstate 55/70 – will be an informal gathering in a neutral space, Collinsville Police said. […]

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Collinsville High School honors students of the month

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Masen Kane

The October and November students and athletes of the month at Collinsville High School were announced Monday. Seniors of the Month October – Kaitlin Carlson Kaitlin won the National NFWL/NRA Scholarship Contest. The National Foundation for Women Legislators partnered with the National Rifle Association to present the contest. Kaitlin was one of six winners in the […]

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Maryville Police seek two would-be ATM burglars

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Suspect in attempted Nov. 1 ATM burglary at FCB Bank in Maryville

Maryville Police are seeking help identifying two suspects caught on camera attempting burglarize an ATM at the FCB Bank at 2729 Maryville Road. An officer discovered at about 9:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1 that the ATM had been damaged. Surveillance footage showed two suspects attempting to break into the machine. The pair are wearing camouflage […]

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Missing Collinsville man located at southern Illinois hotel

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Collinsville, News  /  No Comments

Missing Collinsville man, David A. McAdams

A 69-year-old missing Collinsville man was located by law enforcement at about 11 a.m. Monday at a southern Illinois Hotel. Captain Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department said David A. McAdams had voluntary gone missing. No foul play, criminal intent or medical issues are thought to be a factor in his voluntary disappearance. […]

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Concern for missing Collinsville man

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Missing Collinsville man, David A. McAdams

A Collinsville man left home Thursday morning, went to a doctor’s office and, just before noon, made a transaction at a Fairview Heights bank. He has not been seen since. David A. McAdams, 69, of the 500 block of S. Mulberry Road, has no history of similar actions and no known medical conditions that could […]

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Billy named Collinsville Unit 10 November Teacher of the Month

By   /  December 5, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  2 Comments

Kreitner Elementary School teacher Lori Billy, the Collinsville Unit 10 November Teacher of the Month, displays her award, which was presented by its sponsor, Rick Kincheloe of Edward Jones (left). Kreitner Principal Todd Pettit is pictured on the right / Photo by Roger Starkey

The students of Kreitner Elementary School, gathered for their sunrise assembly Friday morning, were treated to a special surprise. After leading students and teachers in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kreitner Pledge, Principal Todd Pettit welcomed Rick Kincheloe of Edward Jones to the stage. When Kincheloe announced that 2nd grade teacher Lori Billy was […]

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Collinsville and Caseyville women charged with heroin possession

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, News  /  2 Comments

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

Two local women face felony charges for possession of heroin. Rachel H. Hood, 26, of Collinsville, and Kristen G. Miller, 21, of Caseyville, were charged Thursday for possession of a less than 15 grams of a substance containing heroin, a Class 4 felony. Miller was also charged on Oct. 14 for possession of a controlled […]

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IDPH encourages flu vaccines during Vaccinate Illinois Week

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Health-Caduceus

Submitted content The Illinois Department of Public Health announced today that it is encouraging everyone 6 months old and older to get a flu vaccine during Vaccinate Illinois Week, Dec. 7-13. Vaccinate Illinois Week coincides with National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and encourage more […]

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CHS announces November Character Education Students of the Month

By   /  December 3, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Sign at Collinsville High School / Photo by Roger Starkey

The winners of the November Character Education Students of the Month award at Collinsville High School were recently announced. The character trait for the month was, “Be cooperative, work together with others.” The winners were Kayla Cole, Matthew Crooker, Mya Davis, Amanda Hoyt, Mat Votoupal, Heather Wingate and Elizabeth Wyatt Kyla Cole Kyla is always […]

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