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Rural Columbia Home On Fire

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A large, story and a half home in the 7800 block of Triple Lakes Road is engulfed in flames. Smokes and flames are pouring from the roof of the structure originally built in the late 1800s. Firefighters have contacted the Red Cross to assist with the care of the displaced family.  Firefighters from Columbia, … Read More

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Snow Continues To Fall

More than five inches have fallen as of 10 p.m. Saturday night. Snow is expected to continue falling through early Sunday morning. Roadways are improving but remain slick as snow plows are catching up with Mother Nature's fast-moving winter storm.  There are fewer reports coming in of accidents / vehicles off the … Read More

Monroe County paramedics help a woman out of her truck after it rolled on a now-covered stretch of the Hecker Highway.

Roadways Very Slick As Snow To Fall Overnight

Roadways throughout the Metro East, including Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair Counties, are covered in a layer of snow. 5-inches is expected to fall overnight. IDOT, county and city employees will be working around the clock to plow the streets. With the temperature expected to remain below freezing overnight, … Read More

Saturday’s News Update…

Ray Schmidt Passes Away: Longtime downtown Waterloo businessman Ray Schmidt, 84, passed away earlier today. Funeral arrangements are pending at Quernheim Funeral Home. He had owned the Towne Car Wash and next door laundromat. (The Ed-itor worked at the Towne Car Wash in high school in the late 1980s - Ray kept Ed … Read More

In tonight’s boys’ playoff basketball…

1A New Athens RegionalValmeyer defeated Lovejoy in overtime by a score of 63-60Valmeyer next plays New Athens on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 2A Chester RegionalRed Bud defeated DuQuoin 48-40Red Bud plays Pinckneyville on Tuesday at 7 p.m. … Read More

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Emily and Chris Padgett of Atlanta, Ga., announce the birth of a daughter. Margaret Lee Padgett was born Oct. 20, 2014 at Piedmont Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches … Read More

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