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About Sean McGowan

Sean is a die-hard Cubs fan, despite the relentless peer pressure coming from the rest of the Republic-Times staff. He and his wife, Jacqui, have been married for two years. Originally from the west suburbs of Chicago, Sean and his wife moved down to Normal to attend Illinois State University and stayed central Illinois residents for the past four years. email:sean@republictimes.net
  • Columbia American Legion bar has new look

    From recognizing veterans on national holidays to simply promoting patriotism in every sense of the word, the Columbia American Legion has been a strong presence in the community. Many frequent the local hall for banquet events and...

    • Posted February 14, 2018
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  • WHS senior served as inspiration to many

    A family in mourning shuffled through the south entrance of Quernheim Funeral Home Friday afternoon, exhibiting the anguish wrought by unthinkable loss. A grief-stricken patriarch led the group around the corner of a dimly lit hall to...

    • Posted February 14, 2018
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  • Longtime MASC member keeps wheels turning

    In 2000, Doylene Daniels saw an ad in the newspaper calling for auditions for a Monroe Actors Stage Company production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”  Daniels had a penchant for theater that began in childhood and decided...

    • Posted February 14, 2018
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  • Scout project helps locate cemetery burials

    Thanks to a local boy scout, families will have a much easier time finding their loved ones’ graves at Palmier Cemetery in Columbia. Millstadt Troop 622 Boy Scout Andrew Romano recently completed his Eagle Scout project at...

    • Posted February 14, 2018
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  • Valmeyer business harnessing sun’s energy

    Two brothers hope to soon reap the cost-saving benefits after installing solar panels to power 20 percent of their Valmeyer business. MAR Graphics owners Rick and Scott Roever now have 836 solar panels on the roof of...

    • Posted February 7, 2018
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  • Family unites in life-renewing effort

    Avery Vogt was on his way to work when he received the call. It was like any other day, he thought. “I’d like to admit you to the hospital for dehydration,” the voice on the other end...

    • Posted February 7, 2018
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  • Will Uber come to county?

    The community is no longer taking a backseat when it comes to providing public transportation to area residents, with Uber being its main target. Dozens of local stakeholders have banded together with the notion that Uber must...

    • Posted February 7, 2018
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  • Mixed reaction to governor’s address

    Republican Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual State of the State address last Wednesday in Springfield, touching on job creation, term limits, the state budget and property tax relief. State lawmakers serving this area offered mixed reactions...

    • Posted February 7, 2018
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  • Phillips and her schnauzer share special bond

    Sue Phillips of Columbia and her agility dog, Rudi, reached another milestone in 2017, after about seven years of both national and international competitions. Rudi was recently named the No. 1 schnauzer by the American Kennel Club....

    • Posted January 31, 2018
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  • Founding MASC members leave lasting legacy

    After helping to bring community theater into Monroe County and nurturing it to its current level of success, two local thespians are nearing their curtain call.  John and Kathy Campbell moved to Columbia in 1995 and attended...

    • Posted January 31, 2018
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  • Schimpf advocates for Southwest Illinois Connector

    State Sen. Paul Schimpf has a number of goals for the spring session, including introducing legislation to help with job creation in southern Illinois and consolidate state government. One of his goals coincides with work being done...

    • Posted January 31, 2018
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  • New café brewing educational experience

    Traditionally, Columbia High School Transition Program students don their smiles and go to work serving administrators, students, staff and faculty at their Flight Crew store inside the school. The program benefits from the sales, and customers can...

    • Posted January 24, 2018
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