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Friday, July 23, 2021

A new fair queen is crowned

As Sunday night’s pageant closed the first of many fun-filled fair days, it also brought an end to 2019 Monroe County Fair Queen Lexi...

Waterloo woman, 62, gives birth

As Kathy Blattner gazes into her 5-month-old’s big blue eyes, her face lights up just like any other mother.  Yet, the journey that led to...

Less than half of locals vaccinated

A total of 54 shots were administered July 8 during a COVID vaccine clinic at the Monroe County Health Department office in Waterloo. Some of...

Meth remains a concern in Monroe County

In 2020, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department made 26 controlled substances and 45 methamphetamine arrests. Based on the numbers seen so far, Monroe County Sheriff...

Columbia woman pitching in to help East St. Louis

Over 100 years after the 1917 East St. Louis Riot, one Columbia resident is joining calls for reparations for that city, stating it would...

Columbia annexation aggravation

The Columbia City Council met for more than three hours in regular session on July 6. Nearly one third of that time was dedicated...

Southwest Illinois Connector sees some progress

After being talked about for decades, the massive Southwest Illinois Connector project is getting closer to starting construction, as it recently secured new funding...

So far, so good with this year’s corn

It’s almost impossible to miss it even at highway speed as one drives through Monroe County, but the second crop of the summer’s big...

It’s county fair time

With last year’s event canceled due to COVID-19, Monroe County Fair Association President Don Schrader is proud to proclaim this year’s fair will be...

Welfare of horses a priority for Columbia woman

By EDEN STRATTON For the Republic-Times Nancy McLean, who lives a peaceful existence on her Columbia-based farm, was initially skeptical that her work would make a...

Red Bud author’s message: It gets better

Fifteen years ago, a young Jess Anderson submitted a story idea to her English teacher. Now, she has turned this fictional world into her...

The celebration will go on in Hecker

After more than a year delay, Hecker is moving forward with its 125th anniversary celebration while simultaneously looking back at village history.  The celebrations honor...
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