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Leu Civic Center’s Odyssey of the Mind Teams Gear Up for 2023 Competition

December 3, 2023

By Zachary Daum The Leu Civic Center is set to join in the upcoming 2023 Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competition, a student-driven program designed to ignite innovation and collaboration across various disciplines. Odyssey of the Mind, often abbreviated as OM, stands as a testament to the belief that creativity and problem-solving are skills…

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Lebanon Council Discusses Ordinance Changes at Meeting

November 30, 2023

By Sean Ditch Lebanon held its final city council meeting for the month of November at City Hall on Monday, November  27th at 6:30. All alderpersons with the exception of Charles Bennett were in attendance for the meeting. Alderperson Ulanda Branch opened discussion on an unnamed citizen of Lebanon having a parked vehicle on their…

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Mascoutah’s Civic Center Director Chosen as Honorary Commander

November 22, 2023

By Zachary Daum Jenna Smith, the director of the Leu Civic Center in Mascoutah, has been chosen as one of the honorary commanders at Scott Air Force Base. The announcement came as part of Team Scott’s initiative to foster stronger connections between the military and local community leaders. Smith shared her excitement about the…

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Water Pipe Hit During Fiber Cable Installation

November 21, 2023

Residents in the vicinity of Remington Street and Brown Street in Mascoutah are experiencing a disruption in their water supply after workers installing fiber internet cables accidentally struck a water pipe during directional boring. The incident, which occurred at the intersection mentioned, involved personnel from Riggs Drilling Solutions (RDS) engaged in the installation of fiber…

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Mascoutah Fire Chief Joe Zinck Talks Retirement; Future Plans

November 16, 2023

By Zachary Daum Mascoutah Fire Chief Joe Zinck has been at the Mascoutah Fire Department since 1987 and when he exits on December 31, he will have been chief for 13 years. The second of three generations of firefighters, Zinck balances his work as a beer distributor at Robert “Chick” Fritz, Inc. in Belleville,…

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City Honors Mascoutah School District at City Council Meeting

November 10, 2023

By Zachary Daum Mascoutah Mayor Pat McMahan spoke about the Mascoutah School District’s National Ranking at the Monday, November 6 city council meeting. Mayor McMahan read the proclamation, which stated, “Whereas, Mascoutah School District 19 has served our community since approximately 1931; and, Whereas, the Illinois State Board of Education has released the annual…

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New Baden Woman Killed; Ex-Boyfriend Charged

November 7, 2023

By Pamela Rensing On Saturday, Nov. 4, Clinton County State’s Attorney J. D. Brandmeyer filed charges against Emmet E. Metzger, 25, of New Baden, for the alleged shooting of Alexis A. Maki, 24, also of New Baden. According to Brandmeyer, four counts of First-Degree Murder (a Class M Felony) were filed alleging that on…

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AFJROTC Holds Change of Command Ceremony at MHS

November 2, 2023

By Zachary Daum The Mascoutah High School held their Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Change of Command Ceremony on October 25, 2023, the leadership baton at Mascoutah High School’s Cadet Squadron IL-20083 passed from outgoing Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Wyatt Curry to incoming Cadet Major Daniel Ponce. This tradition, known as the…

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Better Newspapers, Inc. Acquires Centralia Press Ltd. Properties

November 2, 2023

Better Newspapers, Inc., a Midwest-centric media company and publisher of our newspaper, is set to acquire Centralia Press Ltd. properties, including the Centralia Sentinel, Mount Vernon Sentinel, The Carlyle Union Banner, The Salem Times-Commoner and The Greenville Advocate. Better Newspapers, Inc., based in Mascoutah, Illinois, is a family-owned company led by Publisher Greg Hoskins. “We…

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Illinois DCFS Joining State Rep. Schmidt to Hire Child Welfare, Protection Professionals in Metro East

October 31, 2023

WHAT: Recruiters from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will be in East St. Louis to share information about employment opportunities. The department offers mission-driven career opportunities in a variety of positions, including child protection specialists, child welfare specialists and day care licensing representatives. Other in-demand positions include office associates, paralegal assistants,…

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