Area News

Lakin To Retire At End Of Term

After 35 years in law enforcement, Madison County Sheriff John Lakin announced he will be retiring after his term ends in the fall of 2022. Lakin explained his wife Amy will be eligible to retire this summer after 35 years with the Illinois State Police. “We talked about it back in February and decided after…

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Collinsville Charities for Children Delivers Shoes to CUSD 10 Schools

Due to public health restrictions during the 2020-21 school year, Collinsville Charities for Children was unable to host their annual shoe distribution event for Collinsville CUSD 10 children in December. However, the COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent them from providing shoes for elementary children in need. In March, Collinsville Charities for Children volunteers Grant Koentz,…

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Lane Closure US 40 and I 55/70

I-55/70 lane closures begin April 7   The Illinois Department of Transportation announces a lane closure on northbound Interstate 55/70 at the US 40 interchange near Troy.   The right lane will be closed to allow crews to perform repairs on the structure carrying US 40 over I-55/70. This closure is scheduled to begin at…

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Many Winners Unopposed In County’s Primary Election

By Charlie Feldman Craig Short ran unopposed for mayor in Maryville and retained his seat. Turnout was light at the polls for the spring primary election this year. Many other candidates ran unopposed. The city of Troy already knew that Dave Nonn would be the new mayor, replacing the retiring Allen Adomite. He was the…

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Hoskins Acquires Two Additional Newspapers

  By Pamela Rensing [email protected] Greg Hoskins, publisher of Better Newspapers, Inc., is proud to announce the acquisition of two Illinois newspapers: The Breeze Courier and The Shopping Spree, both located in Taylorville, IL. Based in Mascoutah, IL, Better Newspapers, Inc. is a family-owned company now operating  26 publications in Illinois and Missouri.  The Breeze…

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Highland School Board Approves Meal Price Increase

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] The Highland School Board met on March 22 at the Administrative Center and began its meeting by recognizing some of its students. Six FFA members (Connor Miller, Steven Reinacher, Bailey Bircher, Jessie Gilomen, and Allison Workman) received their State Degree after completing interviews. The sixth member, Rylee Rogier also earned the…

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