Commentary

Keep Sending Us Your News!

Buy Steve Rensberry, Editor In the world of newspaper publishing, there’s one thing we editors are forever grateful for: the people who send us news! Whether it involves a simple story tip, a concern, news about some milestone or achievement, a special event, or an important gathering of some kind, send it to us and…

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Economic Indicators: Reason For Hope?

Gas prices may be up, but one important economic indicator is also up this year, at least in Madison County: home sales. According to the Maris Market Reports, provided periodically by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors, units sold in Madison from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 totaled 1,735, up by 16 homes…

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Going ‘All Digital’ Has Its Risks

By Steve Rensberry, Editor I don’t know about you, but when it comes to keeping a calendar or appointment book I’m about as old-school as you can get. Maybe, and that’s a big maybe, I might schedule 5 or 6 appointments in any given calendar year using my Samsung Galaxy smart phone. But all the…

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Organizing Events Takes More Than Luck

What makes an event work and doesn’t work can be a hard question to answer. I say that from having witnessed more than just a few event organizers and municipal officials scratching their heads after attendance fails to meet expectations, or things don’t go as planned. Some of it is just the luck of the…

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Fireworks Celebrations Have A Long History

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Another 4th of July Celebration is here again, with several area communities celebrating with traditional fireworks displays and other events meant to celebrate our nation’s independence. Troy’s display will start on Thursday at dusk, which they estimate will be around 8:30 p.m. I love the holiday, even as diverse and commercialized…

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Illinois Among Top 15 ‘Fun States To Visit’

By Steve Rensberry ,Editor About a year ago I shared a report from an organization called WalletHub, which runs a personal finance website. The report cited Troy as one of the best places to raise a family in the state of Illinois. Troy, In fact, came in at No. 3, just behind Libertyville at No.…

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Bipartisan Support Is A Good Thing!

By Steve Rensberry, Editor It’s rare to hear the words “bipartisan support” these days when it comes to anything of a budgetary nature coming out of Springfield, but those were the words used by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce this week after passage of a $45 billion capital plan called Rebuild Illinois, a plan that…

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One Holiday Over, Another On The Way

By Steve Rensberry, Editor We were lucky this past weekend to have a fair amount of sunshine and some relatively comfortable weather, compared to how other parts of the country are doing right now anyway. I’ve seen a lot of farmers in the fields lately, so the rains don’t appear to have set us too…

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Good Times Are Just Around The Corner

The summer months are closing in! That’s a good thing, right? I know fall is a favorite time of year for a lot of people, with milder temperatures and a plethora of color, but for me spring and summer still rule — whether your taking photos, traveling, or just enjoying the sunshine in your own…

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Congratulations To Graduating Seniors!

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The weekend of May 18 and 19 is shaping up to be a busy one, beginning with high school graduation ceremonies planned in both the Triad and Collinsville school districts. Though the number of senior students in both districts combined numbers is less than 1,000 (302 in Triad and 529 in…

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