Contact Us

Visit Us In Person At:  
120 North Main Street in downtown Columbia

Mailing Address  
Monroe County Independent
P.O. Box 407
120 N. Main Street
Columbia, IL 62236.

Office Phone          618-281-8000
Fax Machine          618-281-7969
Main email address:

Subscribe To The Independent 
The Monroe County Independent is published the first and third Friday of each month and delivered directly to your mailbox. A paid mail subscription includes E-Newsletters (emails) and also full access to the paper’s website content. The subscription price is $28 for 24 issues of The Independent for residents served by a Monroe County post office. All other subscribers pay $34 for 24 issues, including residents of Red Bud, New Athens, Millstadt, East Carondelet and Prairie du Rocher. A form is located on this website by clicking here - Or payments may be mailed to: P.O. Box 407, Columbia, IL 62236.

Change Your Mailing Address:
Call the office (618-281-8000) or send an email with the information to: 

Sign up for the E-Newsletter
Get all the breaking news between papers by signing up for The Independent’s E-newsletter. These emails are delivered free to all mail delivery Independent subscribers. To sign up, email your name, email address and the address to which your paper is delivered to

Submit a Photograph or News Story
The Independent welcomes photos and stories of local people and events. Call or email us to let us know about an upcoming event or send us a picture and description with your contact information. The preferred way to receive photos is via email with the picture attached as a JPEG or TIFF in the highest resolution possible (photos embedded in emails are usually of low resolution and do not print well). If you have to mail a photo, we will scan it and return it in a timely manner. Email your information to: News and photographs can also be mailed in or hand delivered to the headquarters at 120 N. Main Street, Columbia, IL. 62236. 

Submit Family News
The Independent prints family news for free (this does not include thank you announcements or memorials). Engagement, marriage, birth and anniversary announcement forms are located on the website here. Mail the completed forms with a photo, or email the information requested with an attached photo.

Obituaries are sent to us automatically by local funeral homes. For out-of-town obituaries, please have the funeral home e-mail the listing to: 

Purchase A Photo
To purchase a color photo printed in The Independent, contact the office or send us an email. They may be emailed for $5 per photo. Send payment in advance. Include the date, type and location of event, a brief description of the photo and the issue in which it appeared. Additionally pictures taken by The Independent are viewable and available for purchase on this websites Photo Gallery.

File A Complaint
To complain about The Independent, E-newsletter or website, click on the following link: Complaint Department