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Motorcycle crash south of Valmeyer

Valmeyer first responders and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department are responding to a motorcycle crash on Bluff Road near a curve north of Baer Road just south of Valmeyer. The…

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Hecker fire responding to field fire

Hecker fire is responding to a field fire in the area of 6631 Brand Lake Drive. The fire is located south of the residence. The call went out at 2:51…

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Fatality reported in three-vehicle crash on Route 158 near Columbia

A 21-year-old Belleville woman died in a three-vehicle crash that occurred about 6:45 p.m. Sunday on Route 158 near Limestone Lane between Columbia and Millstadt in St. Clair County. Two…

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Cassens returns from two years in Peace Corps

After two years in Paraguay with the Peace Corps, Tim Cassens has returned home to Columbia. Columbia could hardly be called home, however, since Cassens has been traveling nearly nonstop…

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Changes to deer hunting season

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller announced changes last week to the 2014-15 deer hunting season, including the removal of 20 additional counties from the late-winter season and…

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Rollover crash in Dupo

Dupo police are being assisted by fire and EMS with a rollover crash on Stolle Road at the I-255 overpass with one reported injury.

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Songs4Soldiers honors its fourth veteran

Songs4Soldiers has honored its fourth veteran, Kevin Crook of Columbia. Crook deployed to Iraq in March 2005 as a pilot. In May 2006, he was involved in a helicopter crash…

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Demo derby draws huge crowd to county fair

The Monroe County Fair Demolition Derby took place Friday night before an overflow crowd, and it’s safe to say the event was another smashing success. The derby was halted at…

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Smithsonian sports history exhibit opens in grand fashion

The history of sports runs deep in Monroe County, complete with high school rivalries, long-standing traditions and athletes who have played at the professional level. On Saturday, the culmination of…

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Surprise homecoming for local Air Force veteran

We’ve all seen the TV commercials showing military veterans returning home to be greeted by huge crowds, flags, fire trucks and horses. Well, these celebrations really happen. And one such…

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