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Splash Pad Approved, Safety Concerns at City Hall Discussed and Townhomes Approval at Mascoutah Council Meeting

February 23, 2024

By Zachary Daum mascherald@heraldpubs.com The Mascoutah City Council met at 7:00 PM and discussed several points. Citizen Eric Mercer spoke during the public comments, discussing several topics that were covered during the prior, Monday, Feb. 4 meeting, where he was also arrested after being asked to leave after going over time. Citizen James Shanks, who…

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Fairgrounds Renovation to Start Soon

February 22, 2024

by Randy Pierce tribune@heraldpubs.com Visible signs of a major renovation project upgrading Belle-Clair Fairgrounds in Belleville should be seen in the next few weeks as, if all goes as planned, the first step regarding preliminary work on the installation of a new roof on the Exposition Building at this location is expected to start sometime…

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Lebanon School District Confronts Dire Financial Challenges: Superintendent Amanda Ganey Charts Path Forward

February 15, 2024

In a special board meeting convened on Monday, February 12th, Lebanon Community Unit School District #9 confronted its pressing financial predicament head-on. The gathering, held in the Lebanon Elementary School gymnasium, attracted concerned residents from the community, all eager to grasp the severity of the situation and explore potential solutions. The central figure at the…

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A Look at the Presidents in Their Day

February 12, 2024

By Reese Dimmitt The United States of America, the country considered to be the most powerful in the world by many countries. Let’s face it! Most, if not all, residents of the U.S consider this land to be the most powerful indeed. But, what is the driven force behind such power? Some might say the…

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Emmy Award Winners Drive Lebanon Mad with “Animaniacs in Concert”

February 9, 2024

By Zachary Daum mascherald@heraldpubs.com Emmy Award winning cast members Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche and Emmy Award winning composer Randy Rogel drove Lebanon mad, making an appearance last weekend at the Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts (The Hett), performing skits and music numbers from “The Animaniacs.” Animaniacs was a comedy…

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South Side Auto Body Reaches 55 Year Milestone

February 2, 2024

By Zachary Daum mascherald@heraldpubs.com Don Krausz founded South Side Auto Body in Mascoutah marking the beginning of a legacy that has thrived for 55 years. ‘Where By Accident We Meet” has been it’s motto. His son, Danny Krausz, shares the journey and memories of the auto body shop’s development. The story begins in 1965 when…

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Mascoutah’s Betty Ann Market Announces Acquisition of Flowers, Ballons, Etc.

January 24, 2024

By Zachary Daum mascherald@heraldpubs.com Craig Norrenberns, owner of Betty Ann Market, unveiled the acquisition of Flowers, Balloons, Etc. during the Mascoutah Chamber of Commerce Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 20. Flowers, Balloons, Etc. has been a fixture in the Mascoutah business landscape for over three decades, having first opened its doors in 1990. Over the years,…

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Used Car Dealership Permit Delayed

January 24, 2024

by Randy Pierce tribune@heraldpubs.com For the second month in a row, consideration by the Fairview Heights Planning Commission concerning a special use permit request for a used car dealership to be operated at 5605 North Illinois Street has been tabled. Factoring into the delay in the permit approval are some compliance requirements that had been…

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Robin’s Nest Antiques in Lebanon to Close

January 18, 2024

By Zachary Daum mascherald@heraldpubs.com Robin Schultze, a pillar in the Lebanon community, announced her retirement from Robin’s Nest Antiques in early January. Robin has had an incredibly active life, spending several years in the Air Force, working directly with President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush as a White House Nurse and taking care…

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Former First Grade Teacher Admits to Asking Minors for Explicit Images on Snapchat

January 12, 2024

New Baden, IL -Former First Grade Teacher Admits to Asking Minors for Explicit Images on Snapchat A former elementary school teacher appeared in federal court Thursday to plead guilty to soliciting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) from minors. Jonathan C. Villmer, Jr., 25, of New Baden, Illinois, was charged via criminal complaint in August 2023.…

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