Recent News

County Deputies Arrest Four Suspected Drug Dealers

October 25, 2016
Hard work has paid off for the Monroe County Sheriff Department’s continuing effort to curtail the influx of illegal drugs into the area. Four suspected drug dealers are now behind bars following recent arrests. After an extended early morning police chase, Garrick E. Rucker of Lenzburg was taken into custody Oct. 18 in rural Prairie... Read More

Downtown Waterloo Brewery Damaged In Sunday Morning Fire

October 23, 2016
Hopskeller Brewing in downtown Waterloo was heavily damaged by a fire Sunday morning, Oct. 23. A kitchen smoke alarm went off at 8 am. A Waterloo police officer was first on the scene and noticed heavy smoke inside the building. In addition, there were flames shooting out of a back wall. The initial report is... Read More

Truck Stolen Overnight From Waterloo Home

October 17, 2016
The Waterloo Police Department is asking the public for assistance in helping solve a case of a truck stolen from a home early Monday morning, Oct. 17. According to the initial report, a 2000 white Ford F-250 Super Duty extended cab with a camper shell was taken from a home in North Winds Estates (the... Read More

Downtown Smithton Bar Damaged In Afternoon Blaze

October 6, 2016
Mueth's Tavern in downtown Smithton has sustained fire and smoke damage. The initial report is a fire started in the kitchen in the back of the two-story structure just after 4 p.m. Firefighters from throughout the area are working to put out the blaze and contain it from spreading to nearby buildings.  The building is... Read More

Scace And Wiggers Are WHS Homecoming Royalty

October 1, 2016
Seniors Delaney Scace and Ryan Wiggers were crowned the queen and king of the 2016 Waterloo High School Homecoming Dance. 

Barnfield And Dobbs Are RBHS Homecoming Royalty

October 1, 2016
Kelly Barnfield and Cameron Dobbs were named the queen and king of the 2016 Red Bud High School Homecoming Dance.   

Troy Woman Charged With Drug-Induced Homicide

September 28, 2016
Julie Nicole Goleaner of Troy, formerly of Columbia, turned herself into the Columbia Police Department on Tuesday, Sept. 27. She has been charged with Drug Induced Homicide in relation to the Aug. 4 death of Jason Yaekel of Columbia. After completing the paperwork at the CPD, Goleaner, 36, was transported to the Monroe County Jail.... Read More

Kremer And Pelt Royalty Of CHS Homecoming Dance

September 24, 2016
Columbia High School held their 2016 Homecoming Dance on Sept. 24 at the CHS gym. Seniors Annie Kremer and Connor Pelt were crowned the queen and king.    

Shed Burns – Firemen Save Home

September 24, 2016
A storage shed burned down this evening, Sept. 24, behind a home in the 500 block of W. Bottom in Columbia (between the Baptist Church and the UCC). The Columbia Fire Dept. was dispatched at 6:40 p.m. and were soon on the scene. When they arrived the structure was fully engulfed in flames. In addition,... Read More

Rocher Gets Some Breathing Room

September 21, 2016
photo - FEMA representatives Roger Denick, left, and Ken Hinterlong, both out of Chicago, discuss the levee re-certification process to local officials gathered at the Prairie du Rocher American Legion. by Bethany Prange The village of Prairie du Rocher has roughly two years to submit a certification package for their levee, according to an announcement... Read More