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Tuesday, January 19, 2021





What’d ya get? | Mark’s Remarks

Every year, when school starts back up, I like to eavesdrop on my students a little. I usually hear them talking about “what they got” for Christmas. There is some conversation about toys and games, new clothing or shoes, and general recaps of the happenings during vacation.  Even in our affluent community, I hear kids...

Police Blotter

Police Blotter | 1-6-21

(Information in this report is gathered from 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 or changed as part of the legal process.) Columbia Police Dec. 30 Police are investigating the theft of more than $300 worth of alcohol...


Concern mounts for high school sports

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Craig Anderson and members of IHSA and Illinois Elementary School Association staff met virtually with Illinois Department of...

No holiday hoops, just memories

For the first time since 1957, local hoops fans did not have a Freeburg-Columbia Holiday Tournament to attend.  This sparked thoughts of holiday tournaments past,...

WHS wrestling trio ranked in state

On the heels of an historic season for the Waterloo High School wrestling program in 2020, three Bulldogs enter 2021 ranked among tops in...

IHSA talks contact days, fan guidelines

The IHSA Board of Directors met Dec. 14 and while the resumption of high school sports remains in the air, an update on contact...

Fleming reflects on magical rookie season

It was an amazing 2020 for Major League Baseball pitcher Josh Fleming, a 2014 graduate of Columbia High School. He capped off an unbeaten...

A fond farewell for Pieper

Denny “Boog” Pieper, who managed the Valmeyer Lakers of the Mon-Clair League for more than 50 years and was involved in county league baseball...

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1971-72 Gibault boys basketball |Team of the Week

The Republic-Times Team of the Week is the 1971-72 Gibault Catholic High School basketball team. The Hawks went 15-12 that season and captured the...


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