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The Republic-Times has been Monroe County's hometown newspaper for 126 years. Serving Columbia, Waterloo, Valmeyer, Hecker and every town in between, we strive to provide the news that matters most to you in the timeliest manner possible. For more information on subscribing to the Republic-Times, call 939-3814 or visit the "Subscribe" page on this website.
  • Cory Peterson | Athlete of the Week

    The Republic-Times Athlete of the Week is De Smet Jesuit High School wrestler Cory Peterson of Valmeyer. The senior completed a perfect 39-0 season by winning the state title in the 160-pound division of the Missouri Wrestling...

    • Posted February 22, 2019
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  • Betty | Pet of the Week

    Betty is a mature lady with a young heart. She is quiet and laid back. She wants to be a part of the family and thrives with attention. Betty looks forward to her evening walks. She is...

    • Posted February 22, 2019
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  • Woman arrested in Top Shooters burglary

    A woman from Effingham has been charged with the late January burglary of Top Shooters Sports Bar in Columbia. Micheala D. Verdeyen, 53, of Effingham, was taken into custody Wednesday by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department on...

    • Posted February 22, 2019
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  • Purse stolen from YMCA; card used locally

    Local police agencies are attempting to locate two women who allegedly stole a purse from a car in the Monroe County YMCA parking lot late Thursday afternoon and used a credit card from the purse to make...

    • Posted February 21, 2019
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  • Ramlose-McMorrow | Wedding

    Katherine Elizabeth Ramlose and Jack John McMorrow were married on Nov. 3, 2018, at Palihouse in West Hollywood, Calif. Mike Robles, friend of the couple, officiated the 5 p.m. ceremony. Katherine is the daughter of Daniel and...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Arthur A. “Art” Baltz | Obituary

    Arthur A. “Art” Baltz, 82, of St. Louis, formerly of Columbia, passed away  Feb. 18, 2019, at Mercy South, St. Louis.  He was born April 13, 1936, in Columbia, son of the late Arthur and Edna Baltz...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Charles W. “Pete” Sanders | Obituary

    Charles W. “Pete” Sanders, 85, of Waterloo, died Feb. 16, 2019, in Waterloo.  He was born July 11, 1933, in Van Buren, Mo., son of the late Monroe and Doloris Sanders (nee Michaels). Mr. Sanders was a...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Jean Francis Taylor | Obituary

    Jean Francis Taylor (nee Courtway), 81, died suddenly Feb. 16, 2019. She was born July 17, 1937, in Tiff, Mo., daughter of the late Theodore and Margaret Courtway (nee Boyer). Jean served many in the St. Louis...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Robert G. “Bob” Isaacs | Obituaries

    Robert G. “Bob” Isaacs, 82, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Mercy South, St. Louis. Bob was born Aug. 21, 1936, in West Frankfort, son of the late John and Willie Maude Isaacs.  He was...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Death Notices | 2/20/2019

    Ura L. Henke Ura L. Henke (nee Floarke), 94, of Waterloo, died Feb. 14, 2019, in Red Bud. Per Ura’s request there will be no services. Edna M. Nichols Edna M. Nichols (nee Hedger), 89, of Waterloo,...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • Police Blotter | 2/13/2019

    (Editor’s note: Information in this report is gathered directly from area police agencies, county courts and emergency radio dispatch. The public is reminded that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty and charges may sometimes be dropped...

    • Posted February 20, 2019
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  • I-255 pavement repairs in Columbia

    The Illinois Department of Transportation said the right two lanes of southbound Interstate 255 at the Route 3 exit in Columbia are closed Tuesday to perform pavement maintenance. All ramps will remain open. “The Columbia maintenance yard...

    • Posted February 19, 2019
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