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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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

Health-Caduceus

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 Unit 10 Teachers of the Month announced

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Collinsville, Education, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

TOMS together

Michelle Rennie is often the first to arrive in the morning at Webster Elementary School, and often the last to leave. Steve Blind is a teacher with a great attitude that helps teachers communicate district wide. Rennie’s dedication earned her the September Collinsville Unit 10 Teacher of the Month award. In her 10th year at […]

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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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Madison County ranks #1 in Illinois in vehicle versus deer accidents

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Deer grazing at Deer Park in Nara, Japan / Photo by Roger Starkey

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that deer versus vehicle crashes decreased again in 2013, with Madison County leading the state in those accidents. With 432 deer versus vehicle accidents in 2013, Madison County barely topped Cook County, which had 426. Will County, just to the south of Cook County, came in a distant […]

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CARD to discuss increasing debt at Wednesday special meeting

By   /  November 11, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  3 Comments

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The Collinsville Area Recreation District could vote Wednesday evening to increase the debt of the district by about $180,000 to $200,000. The cash strapped district needs to increase operational fund balances to ensure it does not have to move balances around between funds to pay debts before June, Board Commissioner President Patrick Collins said. An […]

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