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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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Wages of Madison County Chief Deputy Treasurer garnished for failure to pay debt

By   /  November 3, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  Comments Off on Wages of Madison County Chief Deputy Treasurer garnished for failure to pay debt

Madison County Treasure's Office Logo

Despite a promotion and $20,000 in pay raises this year, the Madison County Chief Deputy Treasurer recently had his wages garnished after defaulting on a student loan debt. He also stands accused of not paying rent for more than a year on the bar he runs. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission notified the Madison County […]

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Searching for mother she hasn’t seen in almost 20 years, local woman refuses to quit

By   /  November 2, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Robin Burton holds a picture of her missing mother, Cloudia Leslie Wells / Photo by Roger Starkey

The last words Robin Burton spoke to her mother were to offer her a warning; if her mother left home again – this time abandoning her grandmother – Burton would never speak to her again. That conversation took place in December 1994. Burton’s mother, Cloudia Leslie Wells, was taking care of her mother, the woman […]

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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 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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Collinsville High School announces first quarter Honor Roll

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Sign at Collinsville High School / Photo by Roger Starkey

Updated on Oct. 23 to add Kristine Schneider – Dominguez, who was inadvertently omitted from the original list Collinsville High School today announced its first quarter Honor Roll students. Students must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher to be named to the Honor Roll. Student Name Grade Level ACEVEDO, EDGAR M 9 AKERS, ASHLEY M […]

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City of Collinsville rejects CARD’s request to donate land

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  1 Comment

CARDagain

The Collinsville City Council decided recently not to be a benefactor for the Collinsville Recreation District by donating nearly $2 million of land. CARD passed a resolution on Sept. 16 asking the City to give the district much of the property at three parks and the Jaycee Sports Complex. Through a series of renewable agreements, […]

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Grant to help autism students awarded to Collinsville teacher

By   /  October 9, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Education, Fairmont City, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Lorraine Linder, middle, receives a grant check from Illinois Retired Teachers Association board member Ed Gray. Collinsville Middle School Principal Kim Jackson, left, looks on / Photo by Roger Starkey

Scooters, a bean bag toss and a ball for students to sit on and hop around a room are probably not most people’s idea of important classroom tools, but to teachers of children on the autism spectrum, items such as those are critical to the learning process. Participating in sensory activities allows students on the autism […]

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IDPH seeks to reassure Illinois residents about threat of Ebola in the state

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Health-Caduceus

On the same day the man with the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States died, and a dog in Madrid was euthanized out of fear it would spread the disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health issued a statement to reassure Illinoisans. IDPH Director LaMar Hasbrouck said there are no suspected or […]

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Collinsville High School announces September Character Education Students

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

Sign outside Collinsville High School / Picture by Roger Starkey

  The winners of the September Character Education Students of the Month award at Collinsville High School were recently announced. The character trait for the month was “be respectful, treat other people as you would like to be treated.” Winners were Alexis Barendregt, Tanner Barnish, Jose Betancourt, Kailey Boyer, Ashley Burgess, Elizabeth Burr, Sharron Clark, […]

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Suarez responds to accusations she was a Chemetco insider

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Marleen Suarez at an Oct. 1, 2014 press conference / Photo by Roger Starkey

A day after a press conference at which candidate for Madison County Treasurer Marleen Suarez called for the current treasurer, Kurt Prenzler, to resign, Prenzler held a press conference of his own to call for Suarez to drop out of the race. At a Wednesday press conference, Madison County Board Member Kelly Tracy and Suarez […]

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Treasurer blames State’s Attorney’s Office for possible illegal tax sale

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  1 Comment

Kurt Prenzler

Following a press conference Wednesday in which Madison County Board member Kelly Tracy announced a formal request for investigation, Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler shifted blame for issues with a tax sale to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Prenzler’s office sold the delinquent taxes of a home registered to Don Weber and his former wife, before […]

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Madison County Treasurer may have broken law with 2013 tax sale

By   /  September 27, 2014  /  Collinsville, Illinois, Maryville, News, Region  /  22 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 stood before tax buyers on Feb. 19, 2013 and announced that no bids would be accepted before or after the auction. He neglected to mention that the delinquent taxes of four properties were sold earlier that day. By allowing three purchases to individual buyers prior to the start of the […]

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Prisoner escapes from Southern Illinois correctional center

By   /  September 23, 2014  /  Breaking News, Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairmont City, Maryville, News, Region  /  No Comments

Marcus Battice

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, a 21 year-old minimum-security inmate escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center in Vandalia, Ill., approximately 60 miles from Collinsville. Marcus Battice, an African-American male described as 5-feet-9, 167 pounds, was inside the fence at the prison and had been considered a low risk for escape. He escaped while returning from […]

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Maryville’s Code 3 Spices announces Kickstarter campaign

By   /  September 22, 2014  /  Collinsville, Maryville, News  /  No Comments

Code 3 Spices

Business is booming for Code 3 Spices, but the Maryville based two-man company needs help “getting to the next level,” co-founder Mike Radosevich said. A Kickstarter campaign was launched Sunday to help the company Radosevich and Chris Bohnemeier founded in 2012 grow large enough to support Code 3s charitable giving and allow the co-founders to […]

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CARD asks City of Collinsville for gift of land

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

CARDagain

The Collinsville Area Recreation District passed a resolution Tuesday making formal a request for the City of Collinsville to give land to the district. Through a series of renewable agreements, CARD leases the Jaycee Sports Complex, Glidden Park, Morris Hills Park and Woodland Park from the City of Collinsville. CARD representatives – and at least […]

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