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  • Dupo teacher abruptly resigns

    Award-winning chemistry teacher Michael Avara recently resigned from Dupo High School. Avara won a Teacher of the Year award for the 2018-19 school year at DHS. He was also one of 25 recent recipients of an advanced...

    • Posted February 21, 2019
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  • ‘Smart on crime’ – Police deflection discussed

    In February 2015, the rural Northern Illinois town of Dixon was rocked by three drug overdose deaths in 10 days.  Like most communities, Dixon had seen sporadic overdose deaths, but never so close together.  The town of...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Minimum wage hike a done deal

    Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker fulfilled a campaign promise Tuesday morning by signing a bill recently passed by the General Assembly that will make Illinois’ minimum wage $15 by 2025.  “This will improve the lives of families across...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Making a difference in Romania

    When she was 40 years old, Cindy Getchman made a life-changing decision: she went on a mission trip to the Republic of Moldova.  While there, Getchman, a St. Louis native whose parents have lived in Waterloo for...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Shorty’s ready to bring the flavor

    Anthony Hassler and Brandon Bauza met several years ago while working in the aviation industry in St. Louis. They worked together for five years, and in that time learned they shared a passion for barbecuing.  “We started...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • Technology gets second chance in Waterloo

    The Waterloo school district recently reached the end of a two-year process of giving back to the community by inexpensively selling or donating old technology. About eight years ago, the district began purchasing Chromebooks and iPads for...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • New Queen of Hearts game in town

    Thursday nights in downtown Waterloo just became more exciting, as a new Queen of Hearts drawing is taking place at Hopskeller Brewing Company. The raffle benefits Helping Strays. “It’s another option for people to have an opportunity...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • School district addresses issues

    The Columbia school district sent a letter to the community Thursday in response to various recent criticisms.  “This document provides the Columbia community accurate information from the school district’s perspective on several topics discussed at school board...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • Mixed opinions on minimum wage hike

    The Illinois Senate passed a bill Thursday that would increase the minimum wage in the state to $15 an hour by 2025.  It passed along party lines, with 39 Democrats voting for and 18 Republicans voting against. ...

    • Posted February 13, 2019
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  • First teen court session held

    The teen court for Monroe and Randolph counties held its first session Jan. 26, with two teens being prescribed remedies for crimes they committed. “We are about to embark on a historic moment,” said Annette Eckert, a...

    • Posted February 7, 2019
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  • Donations make Sven safer

    Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K9 Sven is now safer thanks to help from donors and a nonprofit called Protecting K9 Heroes.  On Friday, it was announced that the department received a first aid medical kit and Narcan...

    • Posted February 6, 2019
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  • Gun shops fired up over new laws

    Recent firearm control legislation signed by Gov. JB Pritzker could aversely impact gun dealers in Monroe County.  Signed Jan. 17, the new laws contain a number of provisions.  The most concerning one to local gun dealers is...

    • Posted February 6, 2019
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