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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
  • Giving with a cheerful heart this holiday season

    Monroe Countians continue to prove their generosity time and again through countless fundraisers and rallying around those in need of help. But one time of year in particular brings about the giving spirit like no other. With...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Valmeyer transplant recipient has heart

    Blood is pumping through his veins once again. Feelings of youthfulness and vitality have returned and put a spring in his step. After a lengthy battle with heart disease and feelings of listlessness, Lenny Schwarze of Valmeyer...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Christmas Tree Walk set to impress again

    Participants funneled into The Beacon in Waterloo late Monday evening to put the finishing touches on their trees, anticipating another massive crowd for the annual Christmas Tree Walk. Trees were being decorated to the theme of “A...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Imo’s plant in Waterloo expanding capabilities

    Residents know Imo’s has served pizza in Waterloo for many years, but Imo’s was in the community even before the locals could buy the “square beyond compare” east of the Mississippi. The Imo’s manufacturing facility at 5901...

    • Posted December 5, 2017
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  • Car ends up in culvert near Columbia Walgreens

    Columbia police assisted an 86-year-old Missouri woman driving a Jeep Cherokee who got stuck in the culvert at the driveway entrance to Admiral Weinel Boulevard next to the Columbia Walgreens at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday. She was...

    • Posted November 30, 2017
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  • New owner, same fun at Fountain Inn

    Waterloo native Bill Griebel has set up shop as the new owner of Fountain Inn near Valmeyer, and hasn’t missed a beat in providing a great experience for customers. The Gibault Catholic High School graduate took over...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • New wine bar keeps history alive

    High quality, superior and well-aged are different qualifiers used when describing a wine as vintage. Starting out, the new Vintage Wine Bar in Waterloo will stick to the basics. But eventually, its owners plan to live up...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • SteelWood Arts fosters love of nature

    A new woodworking business run out of a home in Valmeyer touts much more than solid craftsmanship and a variety of products. Emily Bade and Robert Asselmeier also believe in environmental stewardship, including that they only use...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • Schools reflect on state test scores

    After years of taking the state-funded ACT as a college entrance exam, Illinois schools experimented with the SAT for the first time last school year. The results of the test recently became public for schools in Monroe...

    • Posted November 29, 2017
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  • Eagle Scout project to honor WWI veterans

    Shortly after receiving a commendation from the mayor for his life-saving deed during a ski trip last year, Waterloo Boy Scout Sam Thomas went to work on his next triumph.  The 15-year-old had close to 80 merit...

    • Posted November 22, 2017
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  • MASC’s ‘Alice’ thinking beyond Wonderland

    Gibault Catholic High School student Isabella Garcia has a penchant for acting, and it showed with her recent performance in the Monroe Actors Stage Company production of “Alice in Wonderland.” The high school junior took on the...

    • Posted November 22, 2017
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  • Tractor on fire on Ziebold Road in Valmeyer

    The Valmeyer Fire Department responded at 4 p.m. to a tractor on fire on Ziebold Road in Old Valmeyer near the train tracks. It is unknown at this time whether anyone was injured.

    • Posted November 16, 2017
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