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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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Collinsville High School honors students of the month

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

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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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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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IDPH encourages flu vaccines during Vaccinate Illinois Week

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

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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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Ameren offers tips for natural gas safety in the home

By   /  November 28, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

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Submitted content With the home heating season underway, Ameren Illinois is reminding customers to take immediate action if they smell natural gas. “A customer should never smell natural gas in or around their home or business. If they do, they need to leave the premises immediately and call us,” said Richard J. Mark, president and […]

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Michael Brown grand jury results coming Monday, Collinsville schools prepared

By   /  November 24, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  1 Comment

Photo by Roger Starkey

The St. Louis County grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indicate officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. The St. Louis County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney has confirmed that the decision will be announced later Monday. The area has been making preparations for weeks in anticipation […]

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State health department promotes diabetes awareness and prevention

By   /  November 22, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

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Submitted Content This November, American Diabetes Month, Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone to learn their risk factors for diabetes and how to reduce or eliminate them. Diabetes is a serious chronic disease caused when blood sugar (glucose) levels are above normal and a hormone called insulin is not able […]

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Collinsville Firefighters give coats to Unit 10 children in need

By   /  November 18, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  1 Comment

Collinsville firefighters help a Webster Elementary School student choose a coat. The firefighters are giving away 50 coats to the neediest Collinsville Unit 10 students / Photo by Roger Starkey

The high temperature in Collinsville Monday was 27 degrees, which is 28 degrees below normal for Nov. 17. It was a perfect day for some of the neediest Collinsville elementary school students to receive a brand new coat from the Collinsville Fire Department. Collinsville firefighters passed out coats at Renfro and Webster elementary schools Monday, […]

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In shadow of Ferguson, CHS minority students explore law enforcement careers

By   /  November 16, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Sargent Wayne White of the Glen Carbon Police addresses a group of Collinsville High School students interested in a career in law enforcement / photo by Roger Starkey

Collinsville High School teacher Barbara Lindauer asked a simple question while watching the violent protests that unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting death of Michael Brown in August, “could something like that happen in our community?” The Ferguson riots were partly blamed on a deep distrust between American minorities and American police officers, who […]

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Roadwork, including a turn lane into the Jaycee Sports Complex, to begin Wednesday

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

Image by Roger Starkey

The Illinois Department of Transportation will begin work Wednesday on a project between Collinsville Middle School and Interstate 255 that will cause intermittent lane closures until mid-summer 2015. IDOT will widen that portion of Collinsville Road to five lanes, with the fifth lane being a bi-directional turn lane. The turn lane will be used for westbound […]

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CHS announces October Character Education Students of the Month

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Sign at Collinsville High School / Photo by Roger Starkey

  The winners of the October Character Education Students of the Month award at Collinsville High School were recently announced. The character trait for the month was “be honest; be true to yourself and others.” The winners were Sabas Avalos-Rangel, Jordan Bohnenstiehl, Samantha Buettner, Brittney Frazer, Hayden Juenger, Derron Miller, George Ramirez, Jake Reimler, Jacob […]

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State Board of Education and Illinois PTA offer tips on parent-teacher conferences

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Roger Starkey

Submitted Content As school districts across Illinois complete their first quarter in the classroom, parents and teachers are convening for individual conferences to review students’ grades and classroom experiences. In the digital age, such meetings are often not the first time parents and teachers have exchanged information this school year, but the conference may be […]

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Clocks move back one hour this weekend, parents don’t get any more sleep

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

Photo by Roger Starkey

Time in most of the United States will revert to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday, giving people without young children an extra hour of sleep. Parents with young children, especially those little darlings that do not like to sleep, will not reap any benefit from the extra hour added to Nov. 2, 2014. Attempts […]

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Increased patrols announced for Halloween weekend

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Light at a police station / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it, the Illinois State Police and local police agencies will be looking for drunk and unbuckled drivers on Halloween. According to IDOT, 19 traffic deaths have occurred in the past five years between the hours of 12 a.m. Oct. 1 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1. A driver […]

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CHS announces students and athletes of the month

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Sign at Collinsville High School / Photo by Roger Starkey

  Collinsville High School today announced its first batch of student of the month honorees. Earning recognition for Senior of the Month for August was Kelsie Jeffries, who was elected treasurer of the State of Illinois Student Council. Ebby Ross was the senior class honoree for September. Ross was chosen to be a “First Scholar” […]

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Kahoks rally around PA announcer, statistician after home destroyed by fire

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

The home of Kahok worker and devout fan Chris Kettler engulfed in flames early Sunday morning / Photo courtesy of the Collinsville Fire Department

Collinsville firefighters were called out to a home in the 100 block of Glen Street just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning to find a home engulfed in flames. A devout Collinsville High School sports worker and fan lived in the home and lost everything he owned, except the clothes he had taken with him on […]

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Collinsville Police to increase presence at CHS Friday after rumors of gun threat

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, News  /  No Comments

Sign outside Collinsville High School / Picture by Roger Starkey

A Collinsville High School student was the unknowing victim of cyberbullying last week and the subject of recycled rumors Thursday that have once again activated the Collinsville Police Department. A CHS student started a rumor on social media last week that another student was going to bring a gun to school Friday, Oct. 17 and […]

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Collinsville High School hosts Parent U, a drug awareness presentation

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Sign outside Collinsville High School / Picture by Roger Starkey

The Collinsville High School Auditorium will be the scene Thursday evening for a drug awareness presentation designed to educate parents about drug use by kids. A CHS administrator will provide insight into what it is like to be the mother of a victim. Detective Chris Coyne of the Troy Police Department will provide information to […]

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