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Fairgrounds Renovation to Start Soon

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

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

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”

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

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.

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

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

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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Discussions of Homecoming Successes; Hopes for the Future At MIA Dinner

By Zachary Daum mascherald@heraldpubs.com The Mascoutah Improvement Association (MIA) held its highly anticipated annual Homecoming Celebration dinner on Saturday, Jan. 6. The event, which started at 6:00 PM, drew a massive crowd of attendees, including MIA members and their dedicated supporters. The night was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and a vibrant atmosphere, thanks to the…

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