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  1. Anonymous on January 27, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Why would a high school student Boo the Winterguard at today’s assembly? I just to be jerk.

    • Anonymous on January 30, 2023 at 9:15 am

      What’s a winterguard?

  2. Anonymous on January 27, 2023 at 6:25 am

    Who is all running for City Council? Starting to see some signs pop up around town.

    • Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 11:10 am

      baker, battas, hawkins, anybody else? who’s seats are up

      • Anonymous on February 3, 2023 at 11:52 am

        Battas and Korman are running for one seat that was vacated by Elbe before his term ended. Baker Hawkins and Wyant are running for the 4-year term 2 seats are up. There iare 2 separate elections for seats in April

  3. Anonymous on January 21, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Finally Colorguard/Winterguard getting some recognition on Tribe Talk on Friday. About time. Now in the fall Tribe Talk needs to do a segment on Band who work just as hard as Colorguard/ Winterguard.

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 9:11 am

      The band doesn’t need a segment they already get enough recognition.

      • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 11:19 am

        What planet are you on? Sports gets more than another club at school.

      • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 6:16 pm

        What is wrong with recognizing these young people for their hard work & efforts.
        Want to talk about a fine group of young people that goes unnoticed. The Mascoutah Trap Tribe, goes unnoticed for their accomplishments, both academics and their accomplishments on the Trap Field.

        • Anonymous on January 31, 2023 at 7:56 am

          what is trap tribe?

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 10:32 pm

      Here we go again.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 9:03 am

        Agreed, more whinning about my kid don’t get his name in the school paper.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      What is Tribe Talk?

      • Anonymous on January 25, 2023 at 4:08 pm

        It’s a student-produced program that highlights various school activities. It’s actually pretty cool. It’s on YouTube.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      What is a color guard and winter guard?

      • Anonymous on January 30, 2023 at 10:58 am

        Agreed, looks like no one knows what it is. It must be a secret.

      • Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 9:50 am

        I think back in the 90’s they were called the flagettes.

    • Anonymous on January 26, 2023 at 8:48 am

      I am thoroughly confused and mindblown. In what world do we need to see recognition for people who spend their days spinning a flag instead of getting some actual exercise. I would rather see tribe talk have a blank screen than have to hear about these kids. Go hit the gym.

      • Anonymous on January 27, 2023 at 1:06 pm

        I’m surprised they posted your comment. You might hurt someone’s feelings by telling the truth.

      • Anonymous on January 27, 2023 at 9:59 pm

        Winterguard not only spins a flag but dance as well. You have no idea what you are talking about. That is part of the problem.

        • Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 4:47 pm

          Well then fill us in on what it is. Enough comments ask what they are.

      • Anonymous on January 28, 2023 at 4:17 pm

        Can you spin a flag, toss it and catch it, while in unison with the rest on the group? Also have to dance in unison?? Why be such a jerk. There are many types of exercise. Going to the gym is one, dancing and spinning a flag is another

      • Anonymous on January 30, 2023 at 4:26 pm

        If you can get a scholarship to college spinning a flag then have at it. If not, it seems pointless.

        • Anonymous on January 31, 2023 at 6:31 pm

          Why such a Debbie Downer? The girls and guys in Winterguard love it.

          • Anonymous on February 2, 2023 at 9:27 am

            Debbie Downer?? you mean Doggie Downer?

  4. Anonymous on January 21, 2023 at 8:13 am

    Utility bills in Mascoutah are a joke. What a crock. Typical hillbilly dumb dumb, Illinois rural politicians, who think they are important, making big time decisions. Newsflash, you’re not. You’re a nobody. L0sers.

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 2:54 pm

      What do you really think??

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 9:28 am

        Great stuff

    • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 10:32 pm

      Wow look in the mirror

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 6:32 am

      I can’t even run a bath once a week. Costs an extra $40 bucks a month. How about the flat fee for the new sewer plant? Good job on strategic planning! Some real blue chippers running City Hall.

      • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 10:49 am

        Time to move if your bath tube is that big.

    • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 2:46 pm

      The present politicians have nothing to do with why the power bills are high. It started back in the 60’s. So calm down

      • Anonymous on January 27, 2023 at 6:27 am


      • Anonymous on February 1, 2023 at 1:10 pm

        I remember when all that was going on. People running the town back then wanted the town to never grow and had there own telephone, power, and water co. We couldn’t even call 1 mile out of town and it was a long distance call. It still might be that way for all I know. Now the power company is haunting the city. Have fun living there.

  5. Anonymous on January 15, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    How come no one is talking about the new 55+ Kappert subdivision that was sold as a retirement community but now since they couldn’t sell it they opened it up to anyone. Would hate to be anyone who was sold that lie by them.

    • Anonymous on January 18, 2023 at 3:15 am

      Or how it is being built around an old Indian burial ground. All around that area, strategically placed homes. Fact check that with a SIUC study. Have you seen poltergeist?!
      Seems misleading if that’s true about retirement homes and now opening it up. Hope no one invested in it for those purposes.
      Can’t imagine people wanting to live in that mosquito infested area.
      Look up the Indian burial ground comment, it’s real!

      • Anonymous on January 18, 2023 at 3:09 pm

        Same with the dummy’s that bought a house by the sewer plant.

      • Anonymous on January 19, 2023 at 8:32 am

        That’s not near any burial grounds. Mosquito’s are just as bad everywhere else in town. If you going to make up stuff, make it where facts won’t get in the way.

        • Anonymous on January 20, 2023 at 7:19 am

          It is facts, if there was a way to post the siuc study, you would see. Do research! Or maybe someone post the study and the Illinois gov report. And for mosquitoes, holy crap they are bad back there. Before you buy, go check it out in spring and summer!

          • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 8:26 am

            You do know the comment is talking about the sub where the assisted living building is?? No burial grounds, and why would the mosquito’s be bad there?

      • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 6:18 pm


        • Anonymous on January 25, 2023 at 11:25 am

          Maybe they did and don’t care. What’s wrong with that?

    • Anonymous on January 19, 2023 at 4:07 pm

      No one is talking about because most of us aren’t busy bodies.

    • Anonymous on January 20, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      I was wondering the same thing

  6. Anonymous on January 11, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Congratulations to the state of Illinois, as of last night, many of your neighbors and friends will now be felons if they don’t go and register their semi-auto guns with the IL State Police within 300 days (So that another politician can knock on their door next year and take them with a mandatory buy-back program). All of this of course will make all of you safer, as removing the constitutional rights of law abiding gun owners is proven sound policy that will fix cities like Chicago where they already have the toughest gun laws and constantly release habitual criminals. For those that still believe Illinois politicians when they say “Trust Us” we aren’t coming for your guns, I think Academy has a sale going on for BB guns; at least you’ll have something when they finally figure out a way to get rid of Cash Bail…..For the rest of us, Missouri, Tennessee or Florida is looking pretty appealing.

    • Anonymous on January 11, 2023 at 2:02 pm

      See ya later..

      • Anonymous on January 12, 2023 at 2:16 pm

        You do sound like Florida Man

      • Anonymous on January 13, 2023 at 9:31 am

        Agreed, if you don’t like it, leave then. Simple

      • Anonymous on January 18, 2023 at 3:19 am

        Unless you are an IS disabled vet, stay, we pay you to live here. Sorry, you have aches and pains or stressed because you did your job.
        P.s. comment not intended to those who truly need it/deserve it (war vets). Tired of the entitled welfare.

        • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 1:16 pm

          And here he goes again….

    • Anonymous on January 12, 2023 at 1:54 pm

      Why would a person need a semi automatic in the first place?

      • Anonymous on January 13, 2023 at 9:30 am

        Actually that’s not the point. If you can ignore the 2nd amendment and make your own laws, what’s next??

        • Anonymous on January 17, 2023 at 11:01 am

          2nd Amendment in full: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” That’s it, all of it, period.

          Notice it says “A well-regulated militia”. Meaning something akin to the NATIONAL GUARD, A STATE REGULATED MILITIA. A group of people defending the state. Nowhere does it say an individual has the right to defend themselves with military grade assault weapons, which didn’t exist at the time.
          As in: “Being necessary to the security of a free STATE”.

          Why do you care more about owning a weapon of war which has no practical purpose in our society? And far more important, why don’t you care about our kids being slaughtered repeatedly in our schools by these weapons of war?!?

          • Anonymous on January 19, 2023 at 9:27 am

            I keep hearing Assault Weapon, is there a definition for this such thing?

          • Anonymous on January 20, 2023 at 3:41 pm

            Need to learn what an assault weapon is. Obvious you have no clue and shouldn’t comment on this

          • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 8:08 am

            “being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed”. Did you happen to notice the commas leading to two other thoughts? The militia were farmers using their own weapons, that they owned. These muskets were the same technology the regular Army was using. That makes them “military grade assault weapons”.

            There are no provisions in any constitution for the police to risk their lives to save yours. Heck, look at St Louis MPD. They don’t respond to a lot of shots fired calls. Who is protecting the people of St Louis? It’s not the tax payer paid law enforcement. The citizens are left on their own

            “Why do you care more about owning a weapon of war which has no practical purpose in our society?” Ummm, for the people who enjoy collecting, owning and shooting them with no malicious intent to our effed up society; why should it bother you? Why have you not pressured the law makers you voted in to do more mental health or health care period?

            The sponsors of the passed bill were from areas where the weapons were ALREADY BANNED. No one told you that did they? The p.o.s that shot up Highland Park had already raised several red flags and Illinois State Police did nothing.

            Your fat effin darling of a governor took money from the gun industry. It’s rumored the the fat s.o.b plans on running for president in 2024. This whole thing was a public relations stunt so he can say did it.

            I can only hope that something that you truly enjoy comes up on a list to be regulated. Is your car capable of doing more than 70 miles an hour? Off to the shredder with it. Yeah you bought it legally, but now it’s considered a 5000lb missile and needs to be confiscated.

            Why don’t you use your favorite search engine and look up “mass stabbings”. What? you never heard of them? Hmmm, I wonder why. I’m going to write federal and state law makers asking they create a bill to ban knives over 2 inches long. Can’t hit my internal organs that way. Your military grade chef’s knife scares me.

            It was the go******d individual who pulled the trigger not the rest of us. And since the criminals won’t have these weapons, law enforcement won’t need theirs or their military surplus armored vehicles either.

          • Anonymous on January 24, 2023 at 4:54 pm

            Can’t help but notice you left out your reply as to why you’re ok with our kids being slaughtered in our schools?!?

    • Anonymous on January 12, 2023 at 6:40 pm

      Why would you need an automatic weapon in the first place?

      • Anonymous on January 13, 2023 at 11:43 am

        A politician with common sense would have folks register their ammunition instead of their weapon(s).

        • Anonymous on January 18, 2023 at 11:09 am

          The important nugget is guns do not kill people, ammunition does.

          • Anonymous on January 20, 2023 at 12:39 pm

            HAHA, yeah stop throwing ammo at people.

        • Anonymous on January 23, 2023 at 5:59 pm

          Politician or almost any office holder with common sense! Where can you find one? They have to put it and their balls in a lock box when they attend a meeting that they were elected to.

      • Anonymous on January 16, 2023 at 5:34 pm

        Why not? I have some that are fully automatic and some that are semiautomatic. All of the guns are hidden away so none of my kids will ever find them. I could ask why someone needs a car or motorcycle that can go 150-250 MPH?

      • Anonymous on January 26, 2023 at 11:11 pm

        Why not? Automatic weapons are not the problem. I have several and haven’t killed anyone with them. The problem is with some of the individuals that have automatic weapons. Most of the school shootings are due to bullying that the schools shrugged off as “kids just being kids”. After almost every school shooting, students and teachers talk about how the shooter was a loner, was bullied, or had no friends, or dressed weird, etc., etc., but no one ever talks about whether they tried to befriend or help the person or even just say something nice to the person. I’m surprised that school shootings don’t happen more often.

        • Anonymous on February 2, 2023 at 4:06 pm

          That is so true. Never looked at it that way, but you are so right.

  7. Anonymous on January 7, 2023 at 10:41 am

    I was told today Route 4 has two possible plans in the future. It will be moved east from its current flow from Route 161 north to Interstate 64 or it will go away all together. Can anyone verify? The person I heard it from is currently working for the Boeing project(s) by the airport. Thank you.

    • Anonymous on January 9, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      Heard in past it could get moved east if ever had to expand to more runways. But idk if ever really decided

    • Anonymous on January 12, 2023 at 10:51 am

      If they are expanding the runway to the east of 4, I can’t see rerouting 4 around it and then go back to the over pass. And putting in a new over pass just for route 4 seems insane. But, this is Illinois so you could be right.

      • Anonymous on January 13, 2023 at 4:45 pm

        I am hearing Boeing has or is in the process of purchasing 80 acres from St. Clair County directly across from Route 4 to start on Phase 2 of an expansion. Boeing is requesting the State of Illinois to move Route 4 near Machine Shop Road to thwart traffic from flowing through the complex when Phase 2 is approved. A new interchange would be put in and Route 4 would be reconnected behind the truck stop and Huddle House. I wonder how eminent domain will play out with homes and farmland in the mix?

      • Anonymous on January 16, 2023 at 5:41 pm

        Why expand the runway when Allegiant is the only airline that uses the airport now. There isn’t now and probably will never be any cargo flights. No money to be made on cargo flights from MidAmerica .

  8. Anonymous on January 6, 2023 at 10:48 am

    It’s good to see that everyone’s life must be going smooth lately. No complaining or anything.

  9. Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    So happy the public school is getting rid of the gifted class for 5th graders. The teacher has her favorites who can afford to go on her overnight field trips. Some kids are bullied because they can’t afford to go while others can. It’s unfair to the kids who can’t afford these special trips.

    • Anonymous on December 20, 2022 at 8:41 am

      My son was in the gifted program in 4th and 5th grade. We had no issues. He is now in high school and taking honors and AP courses. He never went on any overnight field trips or weekend trips in his two years in the gifted program. He was never bullied or saw anyone getting bullied

    • Anonymous on December 20, 2022 at 9:12 am

      My kid was in the advanced class. There was never an overnight field trip. There was an opportunity provided to families if they wanted to take advantage. We didn’t, there was no bullying. The advanced class is there to provide some students with a more challenging environment. That’s important, and can set them up for more success in the future. If it is truly gone, that’s a shame. Just another example of the “everyone gets a trophy” mentality. How dare we separate out students. We wouldn’t want to offend. Insert eye roll.

    • Anonymous on December 21, 2022 at 6:33 am

      So go make more money as a parent, & pay your kids bills. Not rocket science. You chose to bear offspring.

      • Anonymous on December 28, 2022 at 12:38 pm

        Classy responce.

    • Anonymous on December 21, 2022 at 9:40 am

      Yeah, this seems to be a one-off experience to me. Both of my kids were in that class, we never went on the optional trips, for scheduling reasons. Not one repercussion and no disparate treatment from the teacher. That class and the teachers who dedicate their time to it and the students are a huge asset to this school district. However, I’m not judging the decision of the school board to change it, as I believe they have the overall best interests of the students in mind. If they feel the needs can be addressed in a different manner with even more positive impact, so be it. That’s what we elected them to do and I trust their judgement.

    • Anonymous on December 22, 2022 at 8:47 am

      Sounds like someone is just jealous and wants everyone to win. Some are smarter than others. Just a fact of life. No wonder society is in the tank

    • Anonymous on December 27, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      Hoping everyone had a great Christmas!! Happy New Year to all, wishing for an awesome 2023!

    • Anonymous on December 30, 2022 at 9:51 am

      I know nothing about Mascoutah’s program, but was in a “gifted” class as a 4th grader. For me: fine re science and English, but problematic re arithmetic/math – which isn’t my greatest subject. Teacher jumped forward significantly from where third grade had left off, increasing my personal distancing from the subject. Fourth grade is when fractions and percentage are introduced; I had problems for decades with these since I never got a full introduction that met me at my level. I’m all for enrichment programs of all sorts, but leery of “tracking” students, esp. in elementary school.

  10. Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Parents of high school kids need to have a chat with their young drivers. I picked up my kids and I witnessed several kids speed in the parking lot or almost running into other kids.

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 7:37 pm

      Like some adults, in a hurry to get somewhere else. Problem is the drivers in a hurry ( young & older) sometimes dont make their destination. Slow down people you’ll get there soon enough!

      • Anonymous on December 20, 2022 at 8:43 am

        Snow is in the forecast later this week. All better slow down.

    • Anonymous on December 20, 2022 at 9:05 am

      Probably just taking their cues from the buses…

      • Anonymous on December 20, 2022 at 8:19 pm

        I’d your so concerned about the bus drivers abilities and or speed, why don’t you come to the bus barn and file a complaint or better yet grab an application and lead by example.

        • Anonymous on December 22, 2022 at 10:54 am

          Been there, done that, nothing ever changes, and I have a job, thanks anyway.

          • Anonymous on December 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm

            Typical quiter, I did one thing it didn’t work so I’ll just give up and complian.

    • Anonymous on December 20, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Unfortunately too many of these young drivers speed through their neighborhoods as well, especially in the mornings. Perhaps they can learn to slow down and leave earlier to get to school on time.

      • Anonymous on December 21, 2022 at 10:07 am

        It’s so funny people that tend to be late all the time, leaving earlier so you can be on time doesn’t cross they’re minds. Simple common sense.

    • Anonymous on December 21, 2022 at 11:44 am

      A teen in a black Ford Mustang sped out of the packing lot the other day.

  11. Anonymous on December 14, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    PSA to all parents of high schoolers: our kiddos have finals next week! Please allow them to study over the weekend so they can improve and maintain their grades! I have heard only a few classes are doing review for the final so most students are needing silent study time over the weekend.

    • Anonymous on December 15, 2022 at 9:21 am

      If only we could go back to the days when students were not required to take finals. If only these MAGA supporters knew that CorOna-19 posed just as much of a risk now as it did three years ago.

      • Anonymous on December 16, 2022 at 9:56 am

        Congratulations on making the most inane, tangential and irrelevant comment in 2022. That’s quite an accomplishment!

      • Anonymous on December 17, 2022 at 4:10 pm

        Yes!! Covid was real & still is!! I wish people believed it’s serious. Sad so many had to die because of all the lies told about Covid. Even Trump got the vaccine!!

      • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 3:17 pm

        haha how did this go from kids taking finals to another whinning liberal ???

        • Anonymous on December 21, 2022 at 6:34 pm

          Sorry to offend anyone, but covid is still here! I’d rather be safe than sorry, or worse. Being safe for yourselves & others is a good thing. I really don’t see any whining from others, they are just saying what they believe. Nothing wrong with that.

          • Anonymous on December 28, 2022 at 12:41 pm

            Covid wasn’t the topic.

    • Anonymous on December 15, 2022 at 9:24 am

      Schools today put too much emphasis on test scores, when will the libs realize that the character of a person is so much more important. My son is a welder and makes more money than these liberal students coming out of college AND is in no debt.

      • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 3:26 pm

        You are so correct. If you can build, or fix something, you are in big demand. 6 figures isn’t out of reach for anyone these days.

    • Anonymous on December 15, 2022 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you for spreading the message! There is not enough outreach done by the school to keep us parents updated on our children’s lives! There will be plenty of studying done by the folks at our household this weekend.

    • Anonymous on December 15, 2022 at 12:41 pm

      Are you sure?? I was told our babies had finals this week and dint have to come back next week.

  12. Anonymous on December 13, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    How awesome is the lighted parade in town? I don’t know who organizes that, but bravo. The big tree by City Hall is pretty amazing as well.

    Only suggestion would be great if the parade could be tied into the lights at the park somehow. The park needs a centerpiece right in the middle where the beer tents are for the Homecoming. I don’t recall the organization that has the little light up construction equipment, but they could probably build something!!

    Way to go townspeople…It is starting to come together!!

  13. Anonymous on December 12, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Parents of high school students need to have a discussion with their kids this evening. My son witnessed some racial language from an Asian student and a black student. The Asian student called the black student a racial language, black student asked the Asian stop and he did not. Causing a fight between the students.

    • Anonymous on December 13, 2022 at 9:01 pm

      That’s really sad to hear. Unfortunately it’s either learned from home or from one’s peers! We must teach our children not to judge anyone by skin color!

      • Anonymous on December 15, 2022 at 8:22 am

        It’s something that goes on in every country of the world. Every single race on the planet has individuals that are racist (sometimes even to people within their own race). It has always existed and to a certain degree it always will .

      • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 3:22 pm

        You should have been here in the 60’s and 70’s. Kids treated everyone the same. It was the parents back then that were the races. Some black families were actually run out of town back then.

        • Anonymous on December 21, 2022 at 6:44 pm

          I was there! (60s & 70s) And you are sooo right. My parents, Grandparents & Aunts, Uncles were all prejudice. We weren’t, we accepted everyone no matter what race or background they were from. Raised my kids to be open to all cultures, races, and all people. Feeling very blessed for all I have learned then & now!

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 6:43 am

      It’s sounds like kids being kids.

      • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 9:14 am

        It is kids learning from their parents.

        • Anonymous on December 19, 2022 at 7:39 pm

          Or maybe they learn it from all of the rap music that spews the stuff all the time or maybe from friends

          • Anonymous on January 2, 2023 at 11:25 am

            Racism was here long before Rap music!

      • Anonymous on January 2, 2023 at 11:30 am

        If so that’s a terrible thing! Kids grow up with what they know from childhood, which leads to more racist adults!

  14. Anonymous on December 6, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Mascoutah McDonald’s is having a rough go lately. 3 orders with a missing item just in the last few weeks. The manager needs an attitude check and lesson in customer service. A simple sorry goes a long way.

    • Anonymous on December 7, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      It’s McDonalds people, stop eating crappy food! Now we see the idiots getting over priced coffee and microwaved sandwiches. The I.S. Movement!

    • Anonymous on December 8, 2022 at 10:18 am

      I usually just get soda from mcd. It’s cheaper then anywhere. But even a simple soda they cant get right. 40% of the time is the wrong soda.

  15. Anonymous on December 2, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    According to the MHS Smoke Signals Scott Battas is the Athletes/ Activities Diector, therefore he school promote ALL ACTIVITIES, not just athletics. That includes, band scholer bowl, Robotics and all other activities, not just sports. All activities deserve to me promoted.

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2022 at 4:37 pm

      So, basically, what he’s been doing? Get a grip, man.

      • Anonymous on December 5, 2022 at 6:42 pm

        Man, he only promotes sports, not ALL activites.. Since he is the Athletic/ Activities Director, he needs to promote ALL ACTIVITIES

    • Anonymous on December 5, 2022 at 9:07 am

      OMG!! not this again.

    • Anonymous on December 5, 2022 at 10:57 am

      The guy only gets 6 figure salary, so leave him alone.

    • Anonymous on December 5, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      I think it makes more sense to have as a title the athletic/athletic activities director. There are many more activities besides athletics, so I don’t think he’s the director of all activities

    • Anonymous on December 6, 2022 at 8:55 am

      Stirring the pot again…people better wake up and realize what they have before it’s gone. Scott has done more for this school than you realize. He could work anywhere, probably for more money, but he doesn’t. He loves our school and our community. Stop complaining.

    • Anonymous on December 6, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      Band, robotics, any activity other then athletics isn’t his job, You spelled it out yourself Athletes Activites Director. Lighten up and stop going through this all the time.

  16. Anonymous on November 30, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Is it too early to start talking about the city council elections?

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      What’s there to talk about

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      As Long as they help Mascoutah, not hurt Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      Who is even running?

      • Anonymous on December 7, 2022 at 4:39 pm

        We need to get these clowns out, people that actually care, not just how to raise revenue!

        • Anonymous on December 8, 2022 at 11:02 am

          Are you running? What have they all done that is so bad?

    • Anonymous on December 3, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Who is running and when is the election?

      • Anonymous on December 6, 2022 at 10:56 pm

        Primary in Feb if enough run and then general election in April

  17. Anonymous on November 15, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Just heard Donald Trump will run in 2024. God I hope he does not win.

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      I’m thinking he fractures the republican party even more.

    • Anonymous on November 16, 2022 at 7:45 pm

      If the only two candidates are Trump and Biden, then I hope Trump wins. Hopefully, neither one will run since they both are just too damn old.

      • Anonymous on November 17, 2022 at 3:56 pm

        Don’t forget brainless

        • Anonymous on December 1, 2022 at 8:43 pm

          I read that the military is having recruitment problems (can’t meet the numbers they want to recruit). Must be hitting the Navy really bad because they just increased their maximum age to enlist to age 41. That seems like a really late age to enlist in the Navy. My son is getting ready to graduate high school and still kind of unsure about his next phase of life. I know it won’t include the military. Apparently, none of his friends are interested in joining the military either.

    • Anonymous on November 17, 2022 at 8:21 am

      There’re are still a lot of Qanon dummies out there. The conservatives that were sucked it to trump, finally are figuring it out and won’t vote for him. So there’s a chance it won’t happen.

    • Anonymous on November 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      Hope he doesn’t get the nomination but if he does then hope to hell biden doesn’t win.

    • Anonymous on November 20, 2022 at 10:53 am

      Well if he’s nominated,you could always vote for Biden,Harris,or who knows the left wing media is already preaching that Fetterman is the next up and coming star,good luck with that!!!

      • Anonymous on November 20, 2022 at 7:24 pm

        Who ever runs, it’s going to be a circus!🤡

    • Anonymous on December 2, 2022 at 9:18 am

      Is nobody concerned about our already outragous property taxes going to go up another 11 percent? Nobody but I.S. people will be able to afford to live here soon!

      • Anonymous on December 7, 2022 at 4:44 pm

        Well, that is 35 plus percent. 52 percent of homes north of park. He’s a real question. Since we have all these disabled people, why don’t we see handicap parking for them? I mean, I know the definitions are different, but if you can get free taxes, still work and get up to $4k a month tax free because you have a cpap and other items, I’d love to see all the parking spots they would have to put in. For those that actually served in war, got hurt in line of duty, thank you. The rest are ghetto babies.

  18. Anonymous on November 7, 2022 at 10:03 am

    It’s my understanding that conservatives are blaming the high inflation we have been in, on Biden. Why? The WHOLE WORLD is going through high inflation. How did Biden do all this?? Why do I have a feeling conservatives will blow this election again. Change my mind…please

    • Anonymous on November 8, 2022 at 9:02 pm

      If your thinking that only conservatives are blaming the president, then your not paying attention. Areas in Florida that Biden won by double digit numbers voted for Desantis during the election. Basic economics: Purposely driving up the cost of fuel by shutting down domestic oil production increases the cost of transportation and thus, the cost of goods. Added to this a supply chain crisis created as a result of COVID lockdowns we are now told by the ones directing them were a mistake, causes the prices to go up. But to ease your mind, conservatives only blew it in Illinois, as obviously everyone is pretty happy with the last two years here.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2022 at 2:13 pm

        I guess inflation doesn’t bother liberals.

        • Anonymous on November 11, 2022 at 6:49 pm

          Which president gave the 1st 2 stimulus checks? It sure wasn’t Biden. That is what started this whole inflation issue.

          • Anonymous on November 14, 2022 at 8:24 am

            haha, stop watching CNN or Fox. Learn the facts

        • Anonymous on November 15, 2022 at 5:46 am

          It doesn’t impact those that get things free because they are entitled and feel they earned it! I don’t even have to say who we are talking about, you all know! The new welfare group.

          • Anonymous on November 15, 2022 at 8:48 am

            You got that right, I’ll take that easy money.

  19. Anonymous on November 2, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Joe Biden said democracy is under attack. He’s correct. The donkey pox virus is destroying democracy.

    • Anonymous on November 3, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      That’s code for: We’re about to lose control

  20. Anonymous on October 30, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Missed the Band playing at the high school football game on Saturday. Lov watching the half time show and listening to the pep music.

    • Anonymous on October 30, 2022 at 7:42 pm

      Same here.

    • Anonymous on October 31, 2022 at 11:05 am

      Too bad the playoff game was scheduled on the same day as the bands last competition.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2022 at 3:50 pm

        I think the band actually added that competition and then the football game was scheduled. Just an unfortunate coincidence.

        • Anonymous on October 31, 2022 at 6:14 pm

          Sports always needs to be center of attention. Nothing is more important then them.

          • Anonymous on November 2, 2022 at 8:15 am

            It’s a football game so it should be the center of attention. What’s your point??

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 5:09 pm

        Band competitions are on Saturdays and football games are normally on Fridays. It would of been nice for the band to be able to perform and play pep music..

        • Anonymous on November 2, 2022 at 4:02 pm

          The athletes always get recognized and we are informed with their events. When was a band competition, scholar bowl or activity other than sports inform the public of the upcoming events.

          • Anonymous on November 3, 2022 at 9:07 am

            Probably because not enough people would go to warrant the energy to inform anyone.

          • Anonymous on November 3, 2022 at 8:36 pm

            Instead of constantly complaining maybe you should take the initiative to spread the word about the band events

          • Anonymous on November 6, 2022 at 10:31 am

            sounds like athletes parents and band parents butting heads on which one is more important,sure hope they keep it on here and don’t teach their kids to do the same things,it all starts at home!!!

  21. Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 8:13 am

    The Mascoutah School District approved $49,000 for a trip for 71 employees?? Are you kidding me? Do you know how many people in this city doesn’t even make $49,000 a year??? This is why residents become so frustrated with the district. They have no sense of money. They have it, they spend it. I’m sure that $49,000 could have been spent for something more beneficial to the students.

    • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 9:45 am

      Where did they go for that much money???

      • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 9:58 am

        The article says a conference in St Charles MO. I’m guessing they are really heading to the Bahamas.

        • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 11:39 am

          That’s like $700 per employee. That isn’t unreasonable. $7,000 per person would be unreasonable. I support and trust it’s for a good cause. We have to invest in our people. P.s. from a local tax payer

          • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 12:03 pm


          • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 5:40 pm

            Yeah, isn’t that why we pay taxes, to enhance our educational system locally? The PLC Conference seems to be a well-reasoned expense for our educators. Also coming from a taxpayer.

        • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 2:24 pm

          Seems like a pretty good deal.

  22. Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 11:55 am

    I thought there was an ordinance about not parking RV’s in town. What about the huge RV in the parking lot on Harnett St. in the State Farm Insurance parking lot. It maybe a private parking lot, but driveways are on private property also. What an Eyesore!

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      I think it looks good. Made me look into getting one. Just worry about your own life. Keep your nose out of other people’s business.

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      There are a few parked in places they probably shouldn’t. Is it really that big of a deal. I don’t think so.

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      I agree… there seems to be campers parked all over town.

      • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 2:24 pm

        Your point is?

      • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 5:43 pm

        Maybe it’s just a cheap place to park it. That way, the owner only pays for what they need. Wait, wrong company

    • Anonymous on October 28, 2022 at 6:22 am

      Well the military folk have plenty of cash to spend on RV’s, big trucks they don’t need, & flashy Jeep Wranglers, since they don’t pay property taxes, don’t pay grocery taxes, & don’t have to pay for their kids colleges…… just to name a few.

      • Anonymous on October 28, 2022 at 11:21 pm

        Agree, these people, feeling entitled because they can use the system and claim disabled are a joke. If they truly did go to war, they deserve it and i am sorry for them. Please take care of them. For the rest that CPAPS, or PTSD, or back hurts, ankle hurts, get a life.. in the real world.. that’s called sweet equity. The community is waking up and tired of you getting a free lunch because you feel you risked your life. You are causing more pain while you get your free money and buy things and going out to dinner. Hold you head up high, I Served plates. Games over!

        • Anonymous on October 29, 2022 at 7:53 am

          Growing up, we all saw people drive around in fancy cars, have expense clothes and names brand purses, etc. they would go into a store and pull out a roll of money and then pay for things with food stamps. That is what we see now with all this disability money.

          Being truly physically or mentally disabled requires support to have a reasonable good life. That is what it is designed for. If your working or able to work, you don’t, and you use the money for cars, clothes, vacations, dinner out all the time, then you are what you are.

          You have to look in the mirror and say, but I signed up so I deserve this. No, it’s being used for the wrong purpose. Think about it. Your the same as those in welfare abusing the system. Harsh but true!

        • Anonymous on October 30, 2022 at 10:07 am

          Discounted home insurance, and auto insurance on those expensive vehicles too.

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 8:00 am

        Nope, those are the facts. I work for the VA. In fact, major investigations are building up for those who lied and misinterpreted information about in service injuries, miss use of funds (excessive spending on non-needed its, cars, kids cars, boats, motorcycles, etc.). VA benefits are design to help those who have in service injuries. If those injuries have improved, due to surgery, therapy, weigh loss, etc., those benefits should be lowered. We support our troops, 100%, but not those committing fraud or abusing a system for their own luxury gain. Those that are legit, you will be fine, those that aren’t 😉

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 8:02 am

        All facts, military and civilians are getting tired of the fraud and entitled luxury. Stop being a snow flake.

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 8:15 am

        Or maybe they just have the Donkeypox virus.

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 12:55 pm

        Well let’s just say… every post about us true. I’ve seen it and heard it first hand. It REALLY is a shame. I hope it changes soon.

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 1:47 pm

        Just in time for Veterans day, Mascoutah definately doesn’t dissapoint. A conversation that started off whining about somebody’s RV naturally reverts to those Veterans who are getting a tax break. One that almost every state offers in one form or another. Here’s a thought. Why instead of tearing up the Vets don’t you scream about the politicians who voted for this measure, and better yet, why don’t you talk to your neighbors who voted for the politician that voted for the measure. I guess its too easy to blame the recipient who was I’m sure in harms way, when you passed this legislation and now they are the problem.

        • Anonymous on November 2, 2022 at 10:50 am

          Agreed, but people that “SOUND OFF” don’t want to bother with fact on how this program works. They rather make stuff up. Keep it coming Mascoutah, you’re cracking me up.

          • Anonymous on November 2, 2022 at 11:36 pm

            You must be one of those people that are abusing the system. SHAME on you!! There are vets that need help but can’t get it because they don’t know how to work the system!!

          • Anonymous on November 3, 2022 at 10:34 am

            You should volunteer your time to help these vets that you say they don’t know how to work the system. And if you don’t, SHAME on you for not wanting to help them.

        • Anonymous on November 2, 2022 at 10:51 pm

          Believe it or not, a lot of these people were never in harms way. A large percentage of them have never been in combat or even near a combat zone. When the VA denies a lot of the “disability” claims, the claimant hires organizations/lawyers that will fight the VA until they give in and approve the claims. Apparently just being in the military nowadays causes disabilities. That’s just one more reason I don’t want my teenager joining the military.

          • Anonymous on November 3, 2022 at 12:24 pm

            There is no doubt that military employees can be in harms way, so can police officers, ambulance workers, etc. etc. The reality is, those benefits were designed for those that have been hurt and can not function to live a normal life. It is not an entitlement to get those things because your boots hurt your feet or your responsibilities while enlisted made your body hurt. What someone put above is the facts. Yes, there are lawyers, tons of them, feeding off the vets and helping them get undeserved benefits. If you were actually in a war, that created physical or mental issues, you should be helped. If you served and just don’t want to pay taxes, get free money and send your kids to whatever school they can get into, then your ghetto as hell. I pray the vets that need the help are getting it, work with many Army and Marine vets that are seriously impacted but get nothing. Air Force, you get a splinter and tell them you are stressed, here comes the money train. Very sad! And for the comment on Veterans Day coming up, for the IS Disable Vets abusing the system, we can’t wait for you to walk around to have people say “Thank you for your service”, mean while working the system because you feel entitled. FAKE

      • Anonymous on November 1, 2022 at 1:55 pm

        So wait–there is no RV parked on Harnett Street?

    • Anonymous on October 31, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      Surprised it isn’t wrapped with the insurance agents face on it

  23. Anonymous on October 22, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    My son was driving on 161 heading to the high school yesterday and I would just like to say thank you to the black SUV for almost causing an accident at 6th Street and 161 for being in a hurry and cutting us off. I would also like to say thank you to the silver SUV for also being in a hurry for passing us for going the speed limit of 55. SLOW DOWN and stop being in a rush.

    • Anonymous on October 23, 2022 at 10:57 am

      That is why police need to patrol the area.

      • Anonymous on October 25, 2022 at 5:10 pm

        The Mascoutah police also need to be aware that people do walk all over town. Nothing wrong with that, but when someone calls about a suspicious male who is just walking because of no vehicle and needs to get places that’s ridiculous. My son walks, is clean cut & well dressed. Why must people feel the need to harass a person who is just walking!!??

        • Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 9:28 am

          That sounds like more of an issue with overzealous citizens than an issue with the police.

          • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 10:12 pm

            Yes, I think you got that right!! Feel sorry that the police have to deal with these kind of citizens. Doesn’t that cost money that could be better used? I’m not sure, just asking.

  24. Anonymous on October 17, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce members and volunteers who had anything to do with putting on the 2022 Mascoutah Fall-fest. It was such a nice event. There was something there for everyone; car show, a few kids activities, lots of food and bunches of craft vendors. I for one appreciate all the work that went into the event.

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      It’s sure was Be cool if could have a German biertent setup .

      • Anonymous on October 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm

        There was a trailer there selling Oktoberfest

        • Anonymous on October 21, 2022 at 3:55 pm

          Yes but like a tent and such. More like the real Oktoberfest

          • Anonymous on October 24, 2022 at 1:53 pm

            Nothing says authentic Oktoberfest like a tent

          • Anonymous on October 28, 2022 at 2:00 pm

            There was a German band there too. I don’t think it was intentionally designed to be like a real Oktoberfest but there were hints of it throughout. If there was any more, it would be called Oktoberfest and not the Fall Fest

  25. Anonymous on October 16, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    The state is broke. They need the cops to watch the roads and catch the speeders and the non signal drivers. They could make a ton of money for the state.

    • Anonymous on October 16, 2022 at 6:11 pm

      I definitely agree.

    • Anonymous on October 16, 2022 at 10:39 pm

      All I can say is Amen!! Our street is 25 miles people go so so much faster! Ridiculous & dangerous all around.

    • Anonymous on October 17, 2022 at 12:07 pm

      You must have just moved to the midwest. Keep your eyes open.

      • Anonymous on October 31, 2022 at 9:54 pm

        No I grew up in East Alton/Roxana area. Lived in several other states, but came back years ago. Drivers are worse than ever around here, unfortunately.

    • Anonymous on October 17, 2022 at 1:34 pm

      What is your definition of a ton of money?
      It wouldn’t even make a dent.
      Cops are doing just fine.

      • Anonymous on October 18, 2022 at 11:22 am

        No they aren’t.
        They drive up and down the streets passing numerous state and local laws and do nothing about it.
        It’s not just Mascoutah. The same exists with other municipalities, counties, and the state.

    • Anonymous on October 18, 2022 at 11:39 am

      I doubt it. Do you know what percentage of a speeding ticket fine goes to the local municipalities? Very little

    • Anonymous on October 25, 2022 at 2:23 pm

      Drivers in Mascoutah are horrible. Can’t drive across town without seeing someone running stop signs, someone riding your tail when you’re going the speed limit, getting cut off, etc. I am genuinely surprised there aren’t more accidents in town with the way people drive.

    • Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 5:43 am

      The state is broke due to overalls employment in the political sector, giving out money and not requiring people to pay taxes.

      If you want to fix the state problem, be part of the solution.

      Don’t take advantage of programs that you either need to lie about or financially you really don’t need it. I.E. IS welfare program.

      Vote out all theses government jobs that don’t produce any results. We forget working for any form of the government is a public service.

      Stop excessive government spending!

      • Anonymous on October 26, 2022 at 11:45 am

        Illinois has more political offices than any state around us. I agree we need to have less government and save some money. Can anyone tell me what Townships do? With the exception of the highway departments within the townships I can’t see anything other than some charity things, like collecting school supplies and coats at winter. Why do we need this government office. Can’t the county or local cities pickup the road commissioners stuff. What a waste of tax payer money.

        • Anonymous on October 27, 2022 at 12:17 pm

          I agree with most townships are a waste. Now Mascoutah township, those workers are a tune machine. Ask any farmer and they love what they do.

  26. Anonymous on October 11, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    What takes so long to announce a candidate for the open city council seat? I’m sure the mayor is making sure he can find an ultra liberal person that thinks the same way he does. Hopefully the rest of the council doesn’t allow it! Hopefully it doesn’t take the same timeframe that they did to find a new city manager.

    • Anonymous on October 14, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Read the Agenda for the upcoming City Council meeting.

  27. Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Looks like another video slots place is going in next to the Herald. Is this the type of business we want our small town to have? I think it’s time to look at the city’s economic development committee for their lack of commitment to helping attract businesses that would lift our town up. Cant keep blaming the mayor or city manager but these people are equally at fault.

    • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 10:41 am

      We are talking a about a town that puts faith in a volleyball coach that has destroyed the mental health of young women in exchange for a mediocre win/loss record. A town with crumbling sidewalks and curbs on along our Main Street. A town with school busses that violate driving rules. A town whose employees ignore roadkill instead of making an effort to clean it up. A town with a great bike trail that is dangerously dark at night. And a town that has allowed slots in every possible business. Seems appropriate that we get another gambling establishment. But this is just my opinion.

      • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 2:42 pm

        I agree about sidewalks and curbing along Main St., but what about the street itself? I realize that’s a State Highway, but you would think the City would be pushing to get it redone and done right. Not like the last time the State just resurfaced it. There is no parking along Main St. even for the existing businesses. The only grocery store needs to improve quality and prices to attract new patrons. Belleville and Fairview Hts are too close to entice any serious businesses. Last but not least the City Workers are doing better (lots better) than 5 years ago.

        • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 5:57 pm

          How do you know the City isn’t pushing to get Main Street redone in an expedient fashion? Have you talked to City officials about this? If you have an inside track to IDOT, please share with them. And, I thought there was a parking lot next to the Post Office for patrons on Main Street but, maybe that changed in the last hour since I’ve been there. And, the new grocery store is in the process of making improvements, I’m pretty sure I read that in this fine newspaper not too long ago. Do you realize how long it takes to get a damn 2×4, let alone renovate an entire piece of property? Things take time, relax. R-E-L-A-X, as Aaron Rodgers would say. Lastly, as a business owner in town, there’s no way in Hell I’d even consider going to Belleville or Fairview, regardless of whether they have ample parking and a well-renovated grocery store. But, I do agree, our City workers are doing a great job!

          • Anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 3:51 pm

            Post Office parking, Bank Parking, Daubers Parking etc is for their customers.

        • Anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 1:17 am

          Good luck with the state. And have you seen any of the new about the grocery store? About to undergo a multi-million roller renovation

          • Anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 12:09 pm

            The grocery store in town’s prices reflect that. Food is par and the prices are out of control. Don’t say it is cost of fuel, inflation, etc. etc. It is greed. Go test my theory, look at cereal or basic commodities and then look at any other store. Mascoutah is about 20-30% higher. I feel bad for the elderly that have no where else to go. As this town grows, we need more options, not fancy buildings with higher prices.

        • Anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 10:04 pm

          The last city manager was pushing to get it done but the current regime didn’t want all that progress.

    • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      Agree we need to attract more but what is wrong with that new place. It they think can make money and keep it in shape why shouldn’t the city allow it?

    • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      I don’t understand your comment. You want to attract business, isn’t a gambling business a business???

    • Anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 7:35 am

      Mascoutah is evolving, not necessarily for the good. Gaming locations do attract a certain audience. Not saying that audience is bad, but it does. Its a easy, quick way for the owners to make money, which is why you see it in bars, restaurants and gas stations. The house always wins! Our city council and Mayor clearly want to grow the town. It probably makes them feel like “Look what we help achieved”. All in all, Illinois is in bad shape. We have a culture of entitlement. I keep seeing people talk about the “I Served” movement. Where a vast % of vets are reaping no real estate taxes, receiving up and beyond $3k a month tax free and their kids get to go to college for free. All because they work the system, while we have vets homeless that need help but they want to live in big houses, go out to dinner all the time, drive fancy cars, give their kids nice cars and still get entitled treatment into these baby sitter GS jobs. I drove around one day, north and east of town to see if this was true. Driveway after driveway, “I Served” disabled license plates, EVERYWHERE. These people aren’t disabled, what a scam.. Point is, people are going to continue to build things like Gaming places, bars, fast food, etc. when free money is flowing in an every growing population. What you will find long run is, our schools will suffer, people that pay taxes are going to get tired of it and leave it to the “I Served” group. Sorry for the rant on “I Served” but this does correlate into these types of investments and after I opened my eyes and looked around, holy crap, talk about gravy train. I hope the city is thinking very strategically, as momentum grows, unfavorable development will occur. BTW for the readers, I am a 52 year old vet, served in war and don’t claim a thing. Saw too many people get hurt and now I am seeing how entitled vets are hurting our country. Thanks politicians.

      • Anonymous on October 7, 2022 at 10:03 pm

        I totally agree. They need to put a cap on what you get for free property taxes on home values.

      • Anonymous on October 12, 2022 at 12:39 pm

        You jealous whiners still have to pay real estate tax. You poor babies. And I know for a fact your real estate tax didn’t go up that much because of this. So, just stop it.

        • Anonymous on October 17, 2022 at 8:55 am

          It is not about being jealous, it is about stopping the wrong. YOU are wrong, it does impact the real estate taxes and how much money the schools get. The state and federal government does not replace what is lost. Those that are receiving disability that are not disabled are the ones reaping off of everyone else. And its not just about real estate, its about the THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS you get each month, no tax because you are disabled, but able to work (most still do). You can claim PTSD, because you “heard” of something scary. I mean what kind of snowflake crap is that. Also, your kids get to go to any school they want to in the United States for Free, if they qualify to get in. I wish they would evaluate the entire program and help those who really need it, those who have been to combat, take care of them, not letting you all entitled ones live in luxury at everyone’s expense. You didn’t give us our freedom, now your causing us our demise, you just don’t see it.

          • Anonymous on October 18, 2022 at 1:23 pm

            The comment said nothing about no tax. It stated the taxes didn’t go up much because of this. Learn to comprehend.

          • Anonymous on October 19, 2022 at 6:03 pm

            Taxes do go up when less people are paying. Learn to understand logic and math.

          • Anonymous on October 21, 2022 at 9:28 am

            The way I read the comment, he/she said the taxes do go up just not very much. What are you reading using logic and math???

    • Anonymous on October 8, 2022 at 2:57 pm

      I thought the council past an ordinance against gaming parlors?

      • Anonymous on October 9, 2022 at 7:22 pm

        I believe one council member was totally against gambling parlors I’d have to look back to see which council member it was

  28. Anonymous on September 30, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Whatever happened with the volleyball coach and his coaching style? Is he still coaching? Did the school ever address this? When does his lawsuit come to court? It’s like no one wants to talk about it.

    • Anonymous on October 2, 2022 at 9:03 pm

      Yes no one wants to talk about it. Very strange.

      • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 8:41 am

        Agree, usually this happens when hush money is negotiated. One would think he would want his side of the story communicated. What happened to the last city manager, both of them? The school and city are good about not answering questions and hoping it eventually goes away. No accountability!

        • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 2:13 pm

          What exactly would you want or expect the school to say about a pending lawsuit? Everything filed is public record, look it up yourself.

          • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 9:32 pm

            Thanks!! We will.

          • Anonymous on October 4, 2022 at 6:43 am

            I want to know who purchased the sardines and turnips the athletes had to eat. Was the punishment food purchased by the tax payers?

          • Anonymous on October 4, 2022 at 6:54 am

            True.. School probably can’t say anything. I have faith in the Athletic Director to do the right thing and help us protect our kids. He is a good guy that cares about the program and the kids. Politics are a tricky thing. Actions speak louder than words so lets just wait and see what happens.

          • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 10:27 am

            “Actions speak louder than words”??? True. The district has known of the coaches’ tactics long before the lawsuit. For several years, girls and families have brought this to the administration’s attention. Many stopped playing despite their love of volleyball. Entrusted district leadership could have ended this abuse years ago… NO ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.

    • Anonymous on October 4, 2022 at 8:03 pm
      Junker v Mascoutah Community School District et al

      • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 9:09 am

        We don’t necessarily need more details. We know the details. There should continue to be some healthy dialogue. Children of our town were victimized by an adult under the supervision of the district. Very strange that he remains in the position and it seems incompatible with the athletic program’s values. Get a coach with a positive growth mindset. #eat

        • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 5:58 pm

          Oh, those are the details! Well, thank you for sharing! What would we citizens do without the ground-breaking information you shared? And, here I thought Walter Cronkite was dead…

        • Anonymous on October 6, 2022 at 9:27 pm


        • Anonymous on October 8, 2022 at 7:58 am

          This comment is a joke!!! The courts are behind…. Nothing been done, so stop trying to think you know the facts when the whole truth hasn’t been revealed!

          • Anonymous on October 9, 2022 at 1:55 pm

            Looking forward to all the facts. Especially details of allegations and behavior from before he/they came to Mascoutah.

        • Anonymous on October 13, 2022 at 7:48 am

          Allegedly victimized. The lawsuit is pending, and it’s my understanding that these things can take a while. It’s probably best to hold off on conversations about it for now. Without knowing all of the facts from both sides, it would technically be gossiping. I’m sure the information will be revealed in its entirety when everything is settled.

          • Anonymous on October 15, 2022 at 9:24 am

            The coaches’ actions aren’t alleged. He stands by his system of coaching. He said that as a public comment. School should’ve done something long before now and not wait for the courts to substantiate the abuse.

  29. Anonymous on September 28, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Since Mr. Elbe has resigned from the City Council, I have not seen where the mayor is asking people to apply for consideration to be a member of the Council. I am sure he is going to appoint one of his cronies. This will be a huge mistake! Hopefully the rest of the council tells him no!

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2022 at 3:45 am

      Agree, need someone with a real back bone!

      • Anonymous on October 1, 2022 at 10:06 am

        How about Jimmy Shanks. He’s good about attending council meetings!

    • Anonymous on September 30, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      Maybe he should pick someone that had the commitment to run for the office originally in the election but didn’t get elected, as apposed to appointing his favorite. At least the People that lost to Elbe cared enough to run. People voted for them.

      • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 2:15 pm

        Appoint someone who couldn’t get enough votes to win the first time around? I dont know if that’s the best course of action.

    • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      I have confidence the mayor will choose someone that has the best interests of Mascoutah at heart, just like the other council members. The Council votes on it i think

  30. Anonymous on September 27, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Does anyone know if auto mechanics make decent money? I have a teenager in high school trying to decide what he wants to do after graduation and for now he is talking about being an auto mechanic. I told him that trades like electricians, plumbers and HVAC technicians make really good money so maybe he should consider one of those careers. He doesn’t want to go to college so I couldn’t think of any other careers that would be a good way to make a good living short of a college degree.

    • Anonymous on September 29, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Mechanics make good money and it’s only getting better. HVAC is another. Send him to Raken, in 2 years he’ll be able to move out of your house. haha

  31. Anonymous on September 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    Once again the daily announcements on Friday for the high school only mention sports. Did you know the MHS Robotics team is competing at the Gateway Regional Conference today. Again the only mention the sporting events for the weekend and nothing else? Once again the need to recognize ALL STUDENTS, not just the athletes.

    • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 8:12 am

      Maybe you should make sure the sponsor puts the information in the announcements.

    • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 9:07 am

      Maybe who ever runs the Robotics team should let who ever does the daily announcements when they have a competition coming up. Simple

    • Anonymous on September 27, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      Did the robotics team inform anyone? Is there a schedule?

    • Anonymous on September 29, 2022 at 7:27 am

      Got thieves running in town. Anyone who sees a neighbor or coworker with a used 24ft ladder call em out. Stolen last night with broken lock into my yard shed.

      • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 8:36 am

        Are you talking about all the vets getting free money and not paying real estate taxes? That’s definitely being a thief. #ISERVED

        • Anonymous on October 3, 2022 at 5:08 pm

          Don’t hate the playa, hate the game

          • Anonymous on October 4, 2022 at 11:46 am

            Just because you can abuse a system, doesn’t make you entitled. I’d cut it from everyone that hasn’t been to battle and anyone that has normal wear and tear on their body, just like any other civilian. You signed up to help the country, now you are a drain on it, good work.

  32. Anonymous on September 23, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    In case you missed it, inflation, government spending and high interest rates have resulted in everybody losing 4,200 in income annually since January of 2021. Unless you applied with for COVID funds with your deceased Uncle’s social security number, and this doesn’t apply to you

    • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 9:09 am

      Yet another whinning conservative.

      • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 2:12 pm

        Yet another grammatically-challenged liberal.

      • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 3:49 pm

        Whining is spelled “whining”. A conservative can’t complain about loosing $4200 of their annual income? That’s a pretty big chunk of change. What exactly are they allowed to complain about??

        • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 4:13 pm

          They can complain about anything they want. But if they don’t get out and do what it takes to change it, what’s the point of complaining ?? And I’m as conservative as it can be. Can’t you tell by my spelling.

          • Anonymous on September 27, 2022 at 9:11 am

            Haha. I doubt it.

    • Anonymous on September 28, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      I guarantee all the disabled vets we have aren’t going to miss out. Go into the Air Force, retire, get a cpap and live off government welfare. I served is a joke! Just look for the plates and see!

      • Anonymous on October 4, 2022 at 8:34 am

        What’s this government welfare you speak of???

  33. Anonymous on September 17, 2022 at 10:40 am

    I was chatting with one of the school bus drives the other day and she said the bus drivers have to go through an FBI background check, I do not think the teachers do. The teachers spend more time with our kids than the bus drivers.

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2022 at 10:36 am

      Bus drivers DO NOT go through FBI background checks. Someone was just trying to sound important!

      • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 10:35 am

        Illinois Public Act 096-0818 (passed Nov/2009) calls for finger print based background checks through both State and Federal (FBI) databases for all bus drivers. Among things reviewed are their driving offenses along with a long list of criminal offenses, any of which would disqualify the candidate. Any bus drivers working prior to the initial passing of the Public Law are grandfathered in as long as their status remains active in good standing. If anyone grandfathered allows their status to lapse, they would be required to renew their driving privileges following the current act guidelines.

      • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 10:55 am

        A background check is conducted based off the fingerprints of a school bus driver. Fingerprints are used to check the criminal history record information files of the Illinois State Police and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation where permitted by law.

      • Anonymous on September 25, 2022 at 2:43 pm

        I told you so. They do go through a background check

    • Anonymous on September 21, 2022 at 9:35 am

      WOW!!! What are you people going to complain about next. COVID’s about over . There is a whole good world out there. I bet not one in this thread took the time to express their concerns with the school administrators. Safety is always paramount , it’s a given. I think it’s wiser to let all the buses go at one time it’s safer for all. They aren’t teaching kids it’s ok to run traffic signs and if a kid thinks it’s ok now. Drivers Ed. and student drivings teaches the rules of the road. There are other issues we should be concerned about. Putin, Trump,Biden, sewers in town , the extreme cost of utilities in Mascoutah ,our roads , conflicts of interest on the school board and in the city administration or the high percent of children in our school who don’t have enough to eat.

      • Anonymous on September 21, 2022 at 12:02 pm

        First of all, this section is called “sound off”. Its purpose is to call attention to concerns in the community. You are correct though, there are lots of wonderful things around us. I want my children to continue to enjoy those things. I have a brand-new driver; she went through the district’s program and learned all of the rules of the road. The problem is, grown adults (employees of the school district paid by my tax dollars) are not following those rules. It confuses everyone on the road and will lead to accidents and already has. Everyone should be obeying basic traffic laws.

      • Anonymous on September 21, 2022 at 12:38 pm

        How do figure it’s safer for busses to run stop signs? Covid will never be over.

  34. Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Do school buses have to follow the rules of the road? Is there some state law that I’m unaware of? Does Illinois allow school buses to have the right of way in all situations? This is pretty simple. Yes or no? I had a driver literally stick his hand out for me to stop while I was diving down Sixth Street. No… I have the right of way, sir, you have a stop sign. A little context, this bus was coming from the middle school parking lot, not loading or unloading. In fact, the bus was empty, he simply wanted to get into traffic. Something needs to be done. Police officers, city officials, school board members? Either the drivers need to follow all traffic laws, or the residents of Mascoutah and Scott AFB need to be informed that we are beholden to the big yellow bully and whatever they want to do.

    • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 10:15 am

      Agreed. This issue needs to be addressed.

      • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 4:47 pm

        The bus drivers are teaching our kids it is ok not to stop at the stop sign.

        • Anonymous on September 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm

          And the crossing guard (traffic cop?) at Harnett & Sixth is teaching the kids that j-walking is okay, too.

          • Anonymous on September 18, 2022 at 8:07 am

            (d) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
            Im not positive but I’d say the grossing guards would be considered official traffic control.

          • Anonymous on September 20, 2022 at 3:46 pm

            I’d say “official traffic control” is a pretty loose term. Crossing diagonally causes traffic in all four directions to be stopped. Seems like crossing in the actual cross walks would be a more efficient and effective way of controlling traffic and crossing kids safely.

          • Anonymous on September 20, 2022 at 10:48 pm

            You people never cease to amaze me. You think you have all the answers? You know how to run the buses and the crossing guard more efficiently? Have at it… Drop your resume off at 421 West Harnett. Put up or shut up.

          • Anonymous on September 21, 2022 at 8:12 am

            I already have a job, thanks for the advice though. I don’t think it’s too much to ask for the people employed by our district to follow state traffic laws. J-walking is illegal. Running a stop sign is illegal. It’s really very simple. The traffic laws are in place to keep everyone safe. When the laws are not followed, it creates a dangerous situation for everyone.

          • Anonymous on September 21, 2022 at 10:19 am

            Crossing guards are hired and trained by the police department. According to il motor vehicle code..
            625 ILCS 5/11-203) A school crossing guard has the same authority as a police officer when directing traffic at their duty assignment. It is against the law to willfully fail or refuse to comply with a lawful order issued by a school crossing guard. And telling a pedestrian to cross at an angle when safe to do so is a lawful order. Take your complaints to the police department. And they will stand with our amazing crossing guards. Also if the guards didn’t help with traffic you would be complaing about that.

    • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      An empty bus leaving the middle, in the morning, is on a very tight time table. They may be empty but must re run their routes again and pick up all the elementary aged kids and get them to school on time. Only empty buses leaving the elementary school are done for the morning and headed to the bus barn. Due to the school’s staggared start times, it puts a large time restraint on all of the bus drivers. Let’s give them the room and right of way to get all of our kids to school safley and on time.

      • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 8:13 pm

        I beg to differ. My route to work takes me back through town. Every morning I see buses parked along city streets with their flashers on. No driver, no children, just idle buses. Doesn’t seem like their schedule is super tight. I will not give up my right of way just because buses need to keep a schedule, we all have schedules to keep. But that’s not even my point. Do buses have to follow traffic laws or not? Obviously some believe no. I’m not one of those people. Giving up your right of way is dangerous and confusing to everyone on the road. A driver on a four lane road with no stop signs should not be slamming on their brakes because a bus driver has decided he/she has the right of way to pull out of a parking lot (with a stop sign). That puts everyone on the road in danger. For what?? A bus schedule??

        • Anonymous on September 17, 2022 at 9:57 am

          My son was late for a doctor appointment because we had to wait for all of the buses to leave the parking lot.

          • Anonymous on September 18, 2022 at 1:19 pm

            Should have left earlier, that’s your fault!

          • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 9:57 pm

            That’s really rude of you to say it’s their fault. You do not know the circumstances. Maybe this parent left in plenty of time, ( like got there earlier than usual) and just happened to get stuck by all buses leaving. It’s a shame people can’t reply nicely!

          • Anonymous on September 20, 2022 at 8:33 am

            Actually the comment probably true. They may have had to wait 2 minutes for these buses to run the stop sign. If they were late just from 2 minutes, they were going to be late anyway.

    • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 3:26 pm

      They have to follow rules but an unofficial exception of when they all leave the school at the same time. They will continue in a line instead of each one stopping

      • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 8:18 pm

        Unfortunately, the entire town hasn’t been made aware of this “unofficial exception” and the bus drivers thinking they have some unwarranted entitlement has created an unsafe driving environment. Traffic laws were written for a reason.

        • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 7:29 pm

          Been that way for over 30 years.

          • Anonymous on September 20, 2022 at 11:56 am

            That’s a shame and definitely not an excuse or reason to not do better.

          • Anonymous on September 22, 2022 at 11:08 am

            Empty or not, bus drivers need to follow the rules of the road. I myself witnessed a driver of an empty bus go through a stop sign at 158 and 177 which is a dangerous intersection. What if kids were on it and injured? What if he/she was hit and totaled a district owned vehicle? Unacceptable. Be safe, always.

    • Anonymous on September 17, 2022 at 3:42 pm

      I completely concur. Traffic laws apply equally to everyone!

    • Anonymous on September 18, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      Wow. Just when you think you’ve heard someone complain about everything, your post appears. A new record!

      • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 12:21 pm

        I always try to guess how old are the people posting this stuff. School bus thing seems like children posting but why would a child care about buses running stop signs. The parent’s that are mad no one pays attention to there child in band, that’s just immature.

        • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 8:16 pm

          You’re right. It’s immature to think that all vehicles using the roads would be expected to follow traffic laws…insert eye roll.

          • Anonymous on September 21, 2022 at 2:20 pm

            Having a problem with oomprehending the comment. Read it again. typical.

        • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 8:25 pm

          Your comment speaks volumes about immaturity.

    • Anonymous on September 22, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Has ANYONE thought to write down the number of the busses and call in to the bus shed and file a complaint, or are you all just going to sit on the internet and complain about it. Yes, its a problem, yes this is a complaint forum, but maybe actually do something about it?

      • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        That’s the Mascoutah way. Cry, moan, whine about everything but, don’t have no intention of trying to fix it. Just like politics. Complain, about the other party but don’t want anything to do to change it.

      • Anonymous on September 26, 2022 at 3:40 pm

        I’ve contacted the bus garage several times over the past few years, nothing changes.

  35. Anonymous on September 6, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Don’t the cheerleaders and football player have to follow a dress code like all of the other students? I saw a couple of cheerleaders at the high school in short shorts and chop tops and a football player with no shirt. ALL students need to follow the dress code. They should not receive special treatment.

    • Anonymous on September 7, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      Please provide more context. Time, location,etc? Your comment is useless at the moment and just stirring the pot

      • Anonymous on September 7, 2022 at 6:54 pm

        It was at 3:00 yesterday at the commons for your information. The kids that don’t follow the dresscode are stirring the pot. If my daughter is told to follow the dress code, then all students need to. This is not the first time I have seen the football players and cheerleaders not follow the dresscode.

        • Anonymous on September 8, 2022 at 10:47 am

          At that time of day aren’t the sport teams getting ready to practice ??

          • Anonymous on September 8, 2022 at 10:03 pm

            Yea school should be out. God forbid a male had his shirt off. Sounds like someone needs to take a chill pill lol

    • Anonymous on September 9, 2022 at 7:57 pm

      I agree. I feel the athletes and cheerleaders receive special treatment to make them look good. The bad stuff is swept under the rug.

      • Anonymous on September 10, 2022 at 8:32 am

        I saw some athletes eating radishes and sardines in the gym. Seems like special treatment to me.

      • Anonymous on September 11, 2022 at 12:04 pm

        Here we go again

        • Anonymous on September 12, 2022 at 11:55 pm

          The Mascoutah High School has a $500,000+ football field, Great ! The baseball fields at the middle school are unusable. Our school district is bussing the middle school players to the high school, for their practices. The games for the middle school are played in the park. Most schools games are played at their school. The fields at the park are prepared by city workers. So we the residents, are paying for a bus driver and probably paying the city for use of the field at the park. East of the middle school there are two baseball fields which have not been kept up. The janitorial manpower should keep these fields in shape, it is not the coaches job. We don’t ask the basketball coaches to wax the gym floor, do we. We all know the district can afford to fix the baseball fields or replace them! If you are a school board member, take the time to look at these baseball fields. They need to be replaced, We need fields we can be proud to play on. Mascoutah’s pride is at stake.

          • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 9:46 am

            I sincerely hope Mascoutah’s pride is not contingent on the condition of Middle School Baseball fields. Note taken though.

          • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 10:53 am

            Why are the baseball fields unplayable?? If you mean after a big rain then your correct. Other then that why not use them?

          • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 12:06 pm

            Ball fields are free for mascoutah team from what I read online so no the middle school does not pay for the. Maybe better use of tax dollars to utilize existing fields. Why spend all that money on the middle school fields if can utilize great fields at the park across the street?

          • Anonymous on September 14, 2022 at 12:14 pm

            What about when varsity field floods at the HS? Does that mean we don’t have pride? Sure glad you are not in charge

        • Anonymous on September 22, 2022 at 8:44 pm

          There’s only so many busses so let them all go at the same time so we can all move on. No one has brought up the fact that the parents are causing safety issues when picking up their kids. Parking in an actual parking spot would help. I shouldn’t have to get into the outside lane to get around a car with its hind end almost on the road just to pull into the elementary front drive. I’ve seen the cops directing traffic, maybe they should walk around and ticket these lazy, unsafe parents!

      • Anonymous on September 14, 2022 at 12:42 pm

        I can PROMISE that the cheerleaders do not receive any type of special treatment. I went to school there in the last 6 years and we were constantly being kicked out of the gym even if we had it reserved. We practiced in the commons because cheer is at the bottom of the totem pole. Made it to state, didn’t get a send off like the other teams get. I don’t even think it made it on the daily announcements. For a school that is all about school spirit, the cheerleaders always get crapped on. No one even interacts with them at games.

        • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 9:39 am

          Why do all these parents feel there child should get ” special treatment ” just because they are in a high school activity??? If you feel other programs get special treatment, then join that program. geez

        • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 11:37 am

          Same for band and colorguard.

          • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 4:55 pm

            The band and colorguard went to Florida and marched in the Disney Parade and did not receive any send off or congrats when the arrived home. There is never an announcement of the upcoming competitions. When at the competitions it would be great to have a large cheering section.

        • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 3:27 pm

          Maybe need the parents to actually promote their group.

          • Anonymous on September 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm

            I can remember when the band was not allowed to practice on the football field, yet football and soccer practice happened. The athletic director was afraid that the band would ruin the real grass before truf was put in.

          • Anonymous on September 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

            Agreed, get the parents of this programs do something about it instead of whining like a bunch of immature kids.

          • Anonymous on September 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm

            Maybe, the athletic director, administration, and directors of these programs need to stop ONLY promoting 2 sports? When was the last time Scott Battas or other admin went to a band competition? Parents shouldn’t have to step in for a school organized program. There’s so much drama about this high school, it’s ridiculous. It’s all this town focuses on. People need to grow up and get a life and stop worrying about 4 years and teenage athletes/groups.

        • Anonymous on September 17, 2022 at 9:07 am

          Why is the only a fun bus for the football away games? Again football is on top. Why not provide a fan bus to ALL activities. The announcements do not mention ALL activities, just football. This makes it sound like all the school cares about is football. Nothing else.

    • Anonymous on September 10, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      I was wondering if our school colors have changed.

    • Anonymous on September 12, 2022 at 10:49 am

      This site should be called “Sound Off for people that don’t think things through before they post.”

      • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 11:37 am

        What is sad you see a vehicle driving around with disable veteran plate and the driver is no more disable than a man on the moon. This lady should be ashamed. Of herself.

        • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 1:13 pm

          Come on now, you’re probably not a young person, so use your brain for a second and think why would a non disabled person be driving a car with a disabled plate on the car??? Let me know if you need a hint.

        • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 1:38 pm

          Yeah but the disabled astronaut doesn’t have to fight for a parking spot. Plenty of parking there!

    • Anonymous on September 13, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Why are vehicle allowed to have disable veteran license plates when they are not disable

    • Anonymous on September 16, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      I am not sure why you are singling out these sports. If you would look around the school during practice hours you would find many of the teams are in workout apparel that does not meet the dress code.
      Volleyball wears spanks….. can’t wear those to school
      Cross country wears short running shorts,….. can’t wear those to school
      The weight room sees many an athlete wearing cut off shirts….. can’t wear those to school

      Shall I continue?

      • Anonymous on September 24, 2022 at 3:10 pm

        Once again athletes get special treatment.

  36. Anonymous on September 4, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Even at 80, I can remember in my youth, adults proclaiming that America “going to hell in a handbasket”. Little would they suspect that those would turn out to be the good old days. Fast forward to 1993 and the administration of Bill Clinton. How many, myself included, would trade what we find ourselves in today for, yes, the eight years of Bill Clinton. Choke. The point; when you think things cannot get any worse, you’re going to be in for, as Al Jolson swooned, “wait a minute folks, you ain’t seen nothing yet”.
    Without rehashing the current political and moral State of the Union, (yes, they are intertwined) these past months and weeks should give even the most naive of our citizens a glimpse of what lies ahead. We have crossed so many lines, one wonders, just how many are left? Well, there are a few, and bordering on the unthinkable.

    Even those optimist who’ve always proclaimed in challenging times that, “this is America, we’ve gone through worst and we’ve always bounced back”- are starting to see the hand writing on the wall. We’ve been weighed in the scale of justice and are left wanting.

    When Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that “America is great because she is good.” it may have been a bit exaggerated, but that was then, and this is now. Hopefully,
    what rises out of the coming ashes will a people, our children, who will never abuse the freedom and blessings America has provided.

    • Anonymous on September 5, 2022 at 6:58 am

      In your opinion what lines have we crossed do you think we should be living in the same conditions you had 80 years ago.

  37. Anonymous on September 3, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats to Mascoutah High School Football team for their 2nd win of the season. The cheerleaders were awesome as well. It would be great to bring that good luck on Saturday for the Band and Colorguard’s 1st performance at the Metro East Marching Classic. Let’s show some of the Mascoutah Love.

  38. Anonymous on September 2, 2022 at 6:34 am

    I was wondering why the Mascoutah police dept. lets all the un-licensed cars and trucks sit on 11 North August, they have been there for going on 2 years now. None of them have registered license plates. They are an eyesore.

    • Anonymous on September 14, 2022 at 12:45 pm

      There is a flat bed tractor trailer that sits on Poplar. Know someone who has called the cops on it because it blocks the lane/blocks field of view if you’re pulling out from ninth street. They almost got hit because they couldn’t see the car coming around the truck. It got moved, but is right back in the same spot. Cops have to know its there again but do nothing.

  39. Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 9:11 am

    I was appalled after reading about the lawsuit against the school and volleyball coach. The coach needs to resign, and never be allowed to coach again. However, I can’t help but wonder about why this girl stayed on the team, and how many years did she play for this coach. If she was feeling so humiliated and degraded, why not quit? And think what a message that would have sent if the whole team had quit. And her dad was an assistant principal, did he not have any clout at all? He surely could have spoken with the coach, or athletic director to get something done.

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 7:22 am

      I couldn’t agree more. I don’t fault the girl, but where was dad and the athletic director? Let’s assume they didn’t know. Does the athletic director ever talk to the kids? Observe practices? Maybe not worry so much about popularity and always being in the center of attention and make sure those kids are protected.

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 10:43 am

        Dad was the assistant principal. Report says the parents and the counselor turned it in, and nothing happened. With the way the athletic department looks amazing right now with the football stadium, teams are winning, etc., I am not surprised it was swept under the rug.

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 6:42 pm

          Maybe nothing happened to begin with after they did their investigation. I guess you didn’t think of that.

          • Anonymous on September 3, 2022 at 11:51 am

            Common sense, patience and logic are not tolerated on this site.

          • Anonymous on September 5, 2022 at 11:53 am

            If that is true — nothing happened to begin with — than why were the four captains demoted and not given any feedback? Is this the heart of the issue where the school district management failed? Do we have some unchecked power in the school management?
            If yes, the district now has to pay for it, and it is a shame it took a lawsuit filing for this unchecked power to be stopped.
            If this ends up being a civil rights violation (come on Folks, would a lawyer take a weak case from an 18 year old that most likely lacks the funds to pay if they lose…appears legally there is a legit violation here), I personally feel no one deserves a cash settlement for an OPTIONAL sport, yet I do feel the district management needs to make some changes and be held accountable for enforcing the changes, and pay for the legal bills of the plaintiff.

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 7:41 pm

          Then it’s the school’s responsibility to investigate the director. Politics are thick in that school. Let’s see if there is a food truck at the tailgate. All arranged.
          Say what you want but it’s not hard to see the group. It will surface.

          • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 3:15 pm

            Not sure what that has to do with anything but, I do love me some food trucks!

          • Anonymous on September 2, 2022 at 10:00 am

            Funny no one mentions that the principal when all of this happened is moving to the administration building

          • Anonymous on September 7, 2022 at 11:29 am

            It is NOT about playing an optional sport, it is about the treatment of kids ,AND their well – being.

      • Anonymous on September 2, 2022 at 8:44 pm

        I believe the athletic director is a fine example of what a school representative should be. He is for the kids….above all else. I don’t attend all of the sporting events, but he is at EVERYONE that I have seen. Perhaps he misses some here or there. He, like most humans, cannot make everyone happy. I don’t think his objective is to be popular. The AD is positive, upbeat, and trying to create a legacy for our community. He brings an energy to his profession that few in any industry can match.

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 10:45 am

      When you’re a teenager who’s play a sport all their lives, its hard to quit something you’ve put so much effort in to and let the bad person in the situation win.

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 12:23 pm

        Could not agree more. .
        This man has demonstrated poor behavior elsewhere, even with covid issues.
        The girls are victims of a bully. They are not the adults in this issue.

        The law firm would not have taken the case if there was not merit.

        If you have other siblings in school sometimes you stay silent to protect them. If you need your job perhaps you try to work within the system.

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 1:17 pm

        failure to report abuse is an afront to dedicated personel.
        What took place was like hazing.
        The case must have arguable worth or a respected law firm would not have accepted the case.

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 3:40 pm

        You do realize a teenagers whole life is maybe 14 years.

        • Katie LaRue on September 1, 2022 at 4:06 pm

          Okay, its still their whole life. When you’re a teenager things like that matter. I was an athlete in high school and my world revolved around my sport. Especially when you’ve put so much time and effort in to it. I would’ve hated to be in the shoes of all the athletes who’ve been subjected to him (we all knew it was happening, the volleyball team always talked about it).

    • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 7:03 pm

      Just remember ! Innocent until proven guilty. Don’t ruin multiple peoples life on an unproven accusation. Let the court and jury try this case and not on this site. I hope there is no merit to the case, but if there is guilt all involved should be punished. One more thought. The law suit isn’t just against this coach and the district. It’s against every tax prair within the school district.

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 7:31 pm

        So the law suit is against locals that pay real estate taxes but still excludes disabled vets which is almost 49% north of the park? Screwed again, can’t wait till that gets over turned and real disabled vets get treatment they deserve.

        • Anonymous on September 12, 2022 at 1:55 pm

          It won’t get overturned. Sounds like you should join one of the armed forces. Then you can jump on the band wagon just like everyone else you cry about.

      • Anonymous on September 1, 2022 at 12:31 pm

        If people take their money out of First Federal, I have money there, maybe he would behave himself. I witnessed poor covid protocol at First Federal and his poor attitude about kids and masks at Holy Childhood.
        Keep politics out of kid and health issues.

        • Anonymous on September 2, 2022 at 1:59 pm

          Poor Covid protocol? Oh you’re talking about the freedom that was given to customers and employees.

          You state keep politics outside of kids and health issues, yet the school district is very political and Covid was very much so political.

    • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 9:53 am

      One look at the performance scores of American school students should make it apparent it’s time for all schools to get out of the sports business.
      Better yet: ask a high school student how to add fractions, make change for a dollar without the aid of a computerized cash register, anything about the metric system, or how to read a 12” rule.
      We are failing, but MHS has nice LED lights at the stadium.

      • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 3:37 pm

        That’s part of the reason this country are so far behind in all studies. I’ve never figured out why this country pushes sports when unless your a natural at it, you end up forcing your children to do it because they couldn’t. No wonder this country is a laughing stock to the rest of the world.

    • Anonymous on September 4, 2022 at 9:28 am

      What about the athletic director??? Complaints were made. Is he not subject to be investigated? Not a person attack but it’s his job not only to be a cheerleader for this school but to ensure those kids are being treated fair and safe. Period. Was the school board aware?? Is there any “friendships” between the director, school board and person of interest. We have to be careful, even the assistant principle is on the city board, think about it, collusion can happen to kee things looking good and to protect one another. We have to watch out for conflicts of interest and hold those responsible when things aren’t transparent. Lots of gray here but either way, this is mud in our faces.

    • Anonymous on September 7, 2022 at 8:48 am

      Do you believe everything you read? What happened to innocent until proven guilty??? Also, what if the coach was your father, your brother, your uncle, etc…. Would you be bashing him?? The answer is NO. Follow the golden rule… treat others the way you want to be treated!!!

  40. Anonymous on August 28, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Oh look another band post on Facebook.

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2022 at 7:09 pm

      Are you jealous?

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 3:55 pm

        Nope. Don’t need someone crying on Facebook all the time for support for certain activities

        • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 10:48 am

          I’ve always wondered why we “cheer for and support” the band when no one “cheers with” the cheerleaders at the games. Don’t get me wrong, the band deserves recognition as well because they put a lot of effort in. But maybe 5 people in the 3,000 person band stand interact with the cheer team. Look at Nashville. The whole crowd knows all the cheers to do with the cheerleaders. For a school and town that is preaching school spirit, they sure don’t show it at the games.

          • Anonymous on September 3, 2022 at 11:28 am

            move to Nashville

  41. Anonymous on August 28, 2022 at 11:17 am

    If you are one of those people who has all the time in the world to eat breakfast at Huddle House in Mascoutah, by all means try it out. However, if you are an average person with just an average amount of time to spend before getting on with your day, please skip them. By the time you get your breakfast, it is already time to order lunch.

    • Anonymous on August 28, 2022 at 7:39 pm

      Miss how that place was when first opened. We don’t have any good place for breakfast except for Sunday’s

  42. Anonymous on August 26, 2022 at 7:51 am

    I picked my son from school yesterday and all of the school buses ran the stop sign heading out the parking lot. Great lesson the school district is teaching our kids.

    • Anonymous on August 26, 2022 at 10:18 am

      Oh, good grief. It’s an implied maneuver for the buses to run more efficient. Grow up.

      • Anonymous on August 26, 2022 at 11:23 am

        But it can cause an accident if someone does not know the process.

        • Anonymous on August 27, 2022 at 1:38 am

          And now we all know not to run into the side of a school bus. Thank you for sharing!

    • Anonymous on August 26, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      Yah go get em with your dash cam! We should all feel much safer now!

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Been doing that for well over 25 years. You should be a better driver that causes accident as not looking far enough head or using your brain

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 1:57 pm

      All the buses leave the parking lots together. Its standard practice. Its actually safer to do it that way then to try to get out one at a time. Be courteous of them, they are carrying precious cargo. It only takes a couple minutes, as long as a stoplight to stop and let them all get out.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 2:49 pm

        Yeah, it’s so much safer breaking the law. Makes a lot of sense.

        • Anonymous on September 1, 2022 at 4:51 pm

          Oh, get over yourself ms/mr perfect. I guess it makes sense to you that if they went out 1 at a time, each stopping, how many people would try and beat them? That’s why they do it this way, probably because of people like you. There is such a greater chance of accidents your way. Believe me, it is sooo much safer having them all get out at 1 time. I guess you are in such a hurry that you can’t sit and wait for a couple minutes. Also, some buses have to go to another school to pick up kids. They line up in a certain way at the schools so the kids know where their bus is. Wake up and give them a break. There are kids on those buses, have some respect.

  43. Anonymous on August 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    So glad to see gas under $4 again. I heard that one can conserve gas by driving a little under the speed limit, but if I tried that around here the whole town would hate me haha

    • Anonymous on August 25, 2022 at 8:54 am

      That’s on the highway. 55 mph will save fuel millage then going 60. Don’t matter at slower speeds like in town.

    • Anonymous on August 27, 2022 at 10:52 am

      We need to get to the root of high gas prices, soaring inflation, illegals flooding our border and zero respect from other nations thanks to senile joe and cackling kamala. Vote them out… better yet, impeach for treason and collusion with china and put Hunter Biden behind bars.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 9:09 am

        Another whinning conservative little bi**h . We all know why everything you mention is happening. But what does Hunter Biden have to do with anything. ?

        • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 5:13 pm

          $100 says you wouldn’t call them that to their face

          • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 1:56 pm

            I’d say it with no hesitation . The true conservatives didn’t fall for the trump stupidity The comment above is a trump follower.

        • Anonymous on August 31, 2022 at 10:45 pm

          Kind of funny the name caller above is so upset someone mentioned Hunter Biden. Perhaps an anger management class might help. Let’s try this name, Hillary Clinton and… go!

          • Anonymous on September 1, 2022 at 9:23 am

            I don’t see that comment about anyone getting upset. This happens a lot I don’t see all the comments.

      • Anonymous on September 8, 2022 at 8:06 am

        woa, easy there cowboy, gonna blow a gasket

  44. Anonymous on August 24, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Another great rehearsal from the high school band on Tuesday

    • Anonymous on August 25, 2022 at 8:56 am

      About time

  45. Anonymous on August 21, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    As a parent of MHS & MMS students, I LOVE school being back in session. I HATE homework!! LOL

    • Anonymous on August 23, 2022 at 8:29 am

      Can someone please organize a MHS band concert at the rockpile? We will all attend. And since we are on the topic of organizing… if you have two barking dogs, can you take them inside and get your life together. They are disrupting the neighborhood. Sorry in advance for any grammarly made errors.

    • Anonymous on August 24, 2022 at 1:18 pm

      I’d watch for woke librarians, in those schools. Regressive liberal school boards hire like minded employees.

  46. Anonymous on August 20, 2022 at 12:12 am

    For three years I have heard neighborhood teenagers bragging about hanging out at night at some place they refer to as “the rock pile”. Apparently it’s where teens go to drink alcohol and get high. I could never figure out where this “rock pile” is until now. It’s where Brickyard Road and Pleasant Ridge School Road meet. I’m just curious as to whether or not the sheriff or the county patrol this area? I always wondered why when I drive past the area sometimes at night there are multiple cars just sitting there off of the roadside. Now I know why. And there isn’t actually a rock pile there.

    • Anonymous on August 20, 2022 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

      • Anonymous on August 21, 2022 at 12:44 pm

        Didn;t we all have that one place we gathered? It doesn’t mean that something sinister is going on.

        • Anonymous on August 22, 2022 at 9:13 am

          We sure did have a place to hang with friends. I wish they wouldn’t drink though. Getting high is a lot safer for driving.

    • Anonymous on August 22, 2022 at 3:16 pm

      I just want to get my knowledge out there, I am one of the people that hang out at rockpile, Almost every night. This is not the place that people drink, it’s not a place where people get high. Rockpile is called rockpile, Becuse in fact there used to be an actual rockplie from the township that sat there. This place is just a destination to get out of town where you can listen to your music as loud as you want, do pretty much whatever you want, it’s just a place to chill and hangout with others in the quiet. I personally love it, and even the owners like that were there as well. He’s told me he’d rather us be here than out crusing the backroads and possibly hit a deer or another driver. I understand your guy’s concern, but it’s just a hangout

      • Anonymous on August 23, 2022 at 9:12 am

        The rockpile has been a place to hang out for many years. A lot of generations have gone out there to party. Enjoy.

  47. Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 10:26 am

    I read in the Mascoutah Herald where a group of people went to the council complaining about sewage in their homes. One of the people was the former mayor. I can understand why they would be upset. That had to be very disgusting but I don’t see where it is the city’s problem. Only a few homes suffered through this, and the massive rains that hit a few weeks ago flooded everything. It’s not like it is a once a month thing. I think they should personally hire experts to look at their houses and not use city money.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      How do you figure only few homes? Talk to people on the east side of town. The sewers back up anytime there’s over inch and a half. So who do you suggest replace the old sewer lines, if the city won’t??

      • Anonymous on August 20, 2022 at 8:54 pm

        I don’t know the cost involved, but the home owner may want to check on having a backdoor valve installed in their sewer line. It would help immensly! The downside is that you won‘t be able to use the sewer until the backup has subsided.

        • Anonymous on August 21, 2022 at 12:27 pm

          Thanks to spell check the above post was meant to state backflow, not backdoor. Sorry for any confusion.

        • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 9:55 pm

          This is a potential fix, but I believe one of the people who spoke had a backflow preventer and still had some backup.

    • Anonymous on August 22, 2022 at 8:58 am

      The former mayor should receive the same help he gave to others with sewer backup when he was mayor: absolutely nothing.

      • Anonymous on August 22, 2022 at 10:15 am

        We had massive sewer backup after moving into our house during a rain storm. City denied any responsibility. We lost freezers and all else in the basement. Mascoutah has a “just say no” government. Unless you have connections, you’re out of luck.

        • Anonymous on August 23, 2022 at 7:08 am

          Were the sewer pipes still old when the former Mayor was in office? Just wanted to check.

          • Anonymous on August 24, 2022 at 12:02 pm

            Yes, then and now. Nothings ever been fixed. But the city did put new street lights up by the 4 way for show. I don’t know anyone that picked to live in Mascoutah just because they have 200k worth of street lights in one block.

    • Anonymous on August 26, 2022 at 12:03 pm

      But what if it is a city problem and not the homeowners? Shouldnt the city then look into a possible fix? Rain water should not be able to get into a closed sewer system.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 2:53 pm

        What if it’s the cities problem??? I never seen a homeowner digging a trench to put down a bigger main sewer pipe.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 10:02 pm

        The people that went to the City were not asking for their individual problem to be fixed. They wanted the City to find a solution to the problem that would save the City money by trying to fix the problem. I think the EPA fines the City each time they place pumps in the sanitary to pump out excess rain water. This is a cost that all the citizens incur through their various bills. So, your basement may not flood…but we are all paying for it.

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 9:54 pm

      Your ignorance is astounding. The City’s sewer isn’t supposed to get rain water in it. If it does, ONE of the problems is backing up into homes. The other obvious one is that all of that rain water is going to the treatment plant. There it is either treated unnecessarily or potentially discharged. In addition, the City pumps pumps in the sanitary sewers and pumps excess water on to the street. Do you think sewage is good to have on the street?

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      When you build a house in town, there is a fee to hooking up to the sanitary sewer. So, the homeowners already paid for the access which is supposed to be separate from the storm sewer. That is the point. The two systems are not working correctly if one is going into the other.

      The cost of placing pumps in man holes and handling all of that rain water is costing the utility money. That cost is passed along.

      While you may think it is individual homeowners responsibility, everyone is paying for it.

  48. Anonymous on August 18, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    High school band is sounding better every week. Keep up the great work. Can’t wait to watch you all at the first football game.

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 10:18 am

      and leave at halftime

      • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 4:52 pm

        I don’t. I support all of the students. Why such a negative comment. Must be an athlete’s parent. You are part of yhe problem.

      • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 5:02 pm

        What’s wrong with leaving at halftime? If a person doesn’t want to watch the game, then leave. It’s no big deal.

      • Anonymous on August 20, 2022 at 9:45 am

        What’s all the crying about people that came to see the band leave when the bands over?? They sat through the first half of football. It’s high school football, no big deal.

      • Anonymous on August 24, 2022 at 10:07 am

        i’ve watched 6,7,8, volleyball in the past and have seen a lot of folks leave after 6th or 7th grade games leave,maybe they had something else to do or other kids things to attend,guess what?didn’t bother me in the least,actually it was none of my business

  49. Anonymous on August 16, 2022 at 9:34 am

    I have a friend that’s thinking of moving to Mascoutah. He wants to get his kids out of Belleville schools. His question is how many fights break out a week in the middle school? Strange question I know but, it happens a lot in Belleville schools.

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

      I think it’s about the same. Mascoutah schools are just better at keeping fighting and bullying quiet

    • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 9:38 am

      Yea I think it is time for a change to stop the abuse of the disability exemption

      • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 10:49 am

        Data is being collected, VA is being informed and laws are going to change. Even the 5 year rule. This is killing our communities. We need to take care of those that need help, not the ones that are feeling entitled to get free money and not pay their share. At least change the rules to have it related to combat. Real American Heros.

        • Anonymous on August 25, 2022 at 11:29 am

          Poor whiners… lots of misinformation posted here. Check your facts and educate yourselves keyboard warriors. This town (Mascoutah) has always been extremely jealous of military members and their families. We’ve lived all over the world and experienced wonderful cultures, made lifelong friends and enjoyed tight knit communities within our military bases. We had a rude awakening moving here!

      • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 4:59 pm

        It would be very easy to change. People with a 40-50% VA disability rating get a $5000 exemption on property taxes, but if their rating is 70-100% they get an exemption off all property taxes. Simply change the exemption for people with a 70-100% rating to a $10,000 exemption. There is no reason anyone should not be paying property taxes.

        • Anonymous on August 22, 2022 at 8:55 am

          A person with a Social Security disability, far harder to obtain that a military disability rating, gets a measly $2000 exemption. They don’t get that for life, nor can the surviving spouse receive it after death.
          Military disability should be based on combat injuries, not what the rest of the country knows as aches and pains.

        • Anonymous on August 28, 2022 at 5:41 pm

          For the one that said we are jealous, I am a military vet, combat vet, and still pay taxes. Yes, I have issues, but there are a lot more people that deserve the money than I do. I don’t need to have a big fancy house, some foreign car, vacations, etc. on tax payers money. I signed up to serve and will continue. Stop being a pile of entitlement and continue to serve your county.

      • Anonymous on August 25, 2022 at 11:52 am

        Get off your @$$ and out of your parents basement and do something about it keyboard Karen!

    • Anonymous on August 20, 2022 at 10:19 am

      They say they have PTSD and can’t sleep. It’s literally a JOKE! I’m for supporting those veterans that are truly disabled.

      • Anonymous on August 21, 2022 at 8:46 pm

        What is “truly disabled” in your opinion

        • Anonymous on August 22, 2022 at 1:57 pm

          I’d say someone that went into the service with no disability’s. Then came out with a disability. Not 40 years down the road when your playing golf and a ball takes out one of your testicles. Then end up with a limp but, you happen to of been in the service 40 years ago now your disabled. I didn’t make this up.

    • Anonymous on August 25, 2022 at 11:44 am

      This town loves to bash the military… It tried very hard to keep military out. Mascoutah was considered a long distance call from the base 15-20 years ago and no “decent” places available to live or rent. Schools were always good because the base was in the same district so lots of subsidies from the government that locals were able to enjoy as well. Count your blessings Mascoutans and your welcome!

      • Anonymous on August 28, 2022 at 5:17 pm

        Military isn’t helping this town, they are the new entitled snowflakes. If you have served in a war, I’ll give you that but for all those calling people keyboard jockeys, that’s what you did in your military, , then feel entitled to get compensation because your ears ring. Sad

        • Anonymous on September 1, 2022 at 10:09 am

          Oh you’ll GIVE US THAT if we’ve served in a war? How generous of you. Educate yourself sad person without a clue. Do something useful like contact your representatives. You probably don’t even bother voting in elections.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 3:41 am

        Base is a drain on Mascoutah, not a perk. Kids are great but if you don’t pay real estate taxes, your not helping but hurting. Simple math! And it’s not just Mascoutah that’s tired of it, it’s all your neighboring towns. So put your IS plate on, get that free entitled money.

    • Anonymous on August 25, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Interesting… How are disabled veterans driving up home prices? Most aren’t disabled? How many do you know? Did you serve with them? How do you know they don’t have PTSD? Are you aware you don’t have to go to war to get PTSD?

    • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      So disabled vets are driving up house prices??? How’s that happen? You sound like you’re a VA disability claims expert. Please educate the masses on how a veteran can file a claim and say “I have PTSD” and boom they get high ratings and are tax exempt. You sound like you speak of great personal experience with in-depth knowledge on how all this disability stuff works. We want to be on your level. You may agree or disagree with the disabled vets “perks”, but most of you commenting on here have zero clue….absolutely zero clue on how the VA system works and how claims are processed. You pick up bits and piece of info from other clueless people then attempt to spread it as truth. You make it sound as if the veteran walks in and says “I have PTSD”…the VA doesn’t challenge the claim and just like that they are rated high and receive all kinds of perks. Do the veterans a favor and educate yourself before commenting. At least show you have a little shred of knowledge rather than spreading inaccurate details. Wish I had more time to type, but I’m off to increase home values across the region with my VA disability perks.

      • Anonymous on August 29, 2022 at 9:12 pm

        I love your comment!! There are so many hoops a person has to jump through, just to prove the disability. I agree I wish all of us, including myself, would take the time to know all the information of applying for any type of disability before we make ourselves judge & jury. Thank you to all who have served our country and also a thank you to those who are serving in the present. You all are appreciated by many.

      • Anonymous on August 30, 2022 at 8:41 am


      • Anonymous on September 2, 2022 at 11:17 am

        Thanks for your comment… you are my hero! About time someone puts these clueless whiners to bed regarding VA disability. No question the system is abused and needs an overhaul just like every government system out there.

  50. Anonymous on August 15, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    How hard is it to drop your child off at Mascoutah Elementary? I would rather deal with some 16-year-old newbie than with these so called “experience” drivers. Do we need a class on this? Pull up. Child gets out. You move on. Simple.

    • Anonymous on August 15, 2022 at 5:11 pm

      So true, so very true. Mine are all in high school I remember those days.

    • Anonymous on August 15, 2022 at 9:30 pm

      Each parent wants to watch their little Johnny or Karen walk into the school before driving off

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2022 at 9:24 am

      Pull into the parking lot, drop your kids off, driver away and stop whinning.

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2022 at 4:11 pm

      Agreed. When you’re behind the wheel it’s important to be aware of your surroundings/other drivers. You can text, daydream, or light your cigarette when you get home.

  51. Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    I’m gonna miss you Answer Man! Thank you sir for the years you kindly gave of yourself, providing helpful information for all of us…answering so many questions…sharing your knowledge and experiences. I’ve saved many of your responses, sure that at some time in the future I will benefit from having them as a reference. I also appreciate that your humor was often sprinkled through your responses, keeping things interesting. God Bless you for blessing us!

    • Anonymous on August 16, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Don’t put too much faith in his knowledge and experience. He inspected some electrical work for me and when the city went to reinstall the meter we found out that his “knowledge “ was completely wrong. Cost a lot of money to fix his “suggestion”.

  52. Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I want to give high fives to all the volunteers who worked so hard in this heat to put on a fabulous Homecoming. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to work a shift at a food stand and a huge shout out to those who worked all week setting up stands, tables, grills, etc and then worked all weekend to keep everything going smoothly. And then those hard-working folks went back Monday to start taking it all down. Thank you volunteers for giving us such a nice festival in a very nice park.

  53. Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Middle School and High School did an awesome job at the Homecoming Parade.

    • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      I agree. Wonderful Job. I did not see any high school athletic groups in either of the parades.

      • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 7:45 am

        I saw the bass fishing team, the cheerleaders, the dance team, the colorguard, the football team. The band parents are the ones that cause all this division. The same ones that leave as soon as their student is done performing at the football games. Drives me crazy!

        • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 9:34 am

          HAHA fishing team?? So if they catch anything but a bass they have to do 10 laps??

        • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 11:55 am

          It goes both ways. The athletic parents can attend the band and colorguard to show their kids. That drives me crazy. It starts with the parents.

        • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 2:05 pm

          if you miss them that much,why don’t you get their phone numbers and give em a call once in a while?PS,kinda sounds like you’re causing a division

          • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 4:58 pm

            Don’t think they do. Just calling out some hypocritical band parents

        • Anonymous on August 11, 2022 at 9:08 am

          I can’t believe you’re jealous of the band. That’s a first .

        • Anonymous on August 14, 2022 at 12:54 pm

          you have no idea why the band parents leave,maybe they or their kids have other places they have to be or other priorities,if it drives you crazy,kinda sounds like it would be a short drive

  54. Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Mascoutah Homecoming is a great event. I can’t help but notice though, the unsafe food handling practices from the vendors though. Whatever the name of the place that serves the potato pancakes had a lady sitting there reaching into the bag of buns. It was hot outside, so I know she was sweaty and who knows if her hands were clean or not. She’s reaching in grabbing buns, opening them up…all with no gloves on. Then getting ice cream I could see fingers of the servers coming in contact with customers ice cream while handing to them. Now I’m not a super germaphobe, but isn’t there health safety standards they need to follow??? I’m pretty sure I won’t die from it, but it is kind of nasty to serve the public with your bare hands. Oh well, you take a risk with that food no matter what anyway. Just something that caught my eye and made me wonder if the city noticed and plan to take some food safety precautions in future years.

    • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      I actually prefer a dirty thumb in my potato pancake. Maybe that’s just me

      • Anonymous on August 18, 2022 at 2:49 pm

        lol, you called your…. a potato pancake.

    • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 3:00 pm

      Food handling at these events is always troubling ,it can and sometimes does leads to serious illness.The consequences of this careless behavior has canceled more than one event permanently and cost suffering and lawsuits .

      • Anonymous on August 15, 2022 at 10:14 am

        Think I trust seeing what I saw at the homecoming more than any local establishments where hidden in the kitchen lol

  55. Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 8:28 am

    During the parade last night one of the school bands were passing. Don’t remember which one because I was shocked to see an adult volunteer/teacher whatever give water to a band student from a bottle. No big deal right? But then this volunteer gave another band student a drink from the same bottle. School hasn’t even started yet and we’re trying to shut it down with another round of covid?

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 9:58 am

      Agree, this is a serious health violation, thank you for posting.
      Does anyone feel the color guard outfits, specifically turtle neck and black leggings were well, almost abusive during a public health heat warning? Would you dress our toddler like this for the parade? Why risk heat exhaustion, matching white shorts and a t-shirt outfits like the band members? Bottom line, great performance from the color guard, thanks for your volunteerism and support for our school and community.

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      Oh boy here we go again. Every band member I saw was pouring water in their mouth. Grow up and find something else to complain about

    • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 8:46 am

      OMG, don’t you have something better to do?

    • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      You were shocked by this?! Apparently it doesn’t take much to shock you

  56. Anonymous on August 6, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Had a blast at the annual Mascoutah Covid superspreader,I mean homecoming haha

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 11:26 am

      If you were so worried about a super spreader,why did you even go?just wondering

      • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 9:54 am

        I think the comment was making fun of being a superspreader. The busy bodies talking about sharing water and handling food with there hands need to lighten up. Or just stay home would be the best thing for all of us.

        • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 3:04 pm

          yeah,after i read it again,think you’re right,just making fun,i apologize

      • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 4:16 pm

        I was being sarcastic. Time to move on and enjoy our freedom

  57. Anonymous on August 5, 2022 at 9:38 am

    How come the Mascoutah Mcdonalds thinks its ok to pane handle money? Plus no other Mcdonalds in the St Louis area does this.

    • Anonymous on August 5, 2022 at 10:51 am

      They are not panhandling. They ask if you would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald House charity. You have the option to simply say “no, thank you”. Other McDonald’s in the area also ask the same question. Dairy Queen restaurants also do it to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. And just as it is at any McDonald’s, you can simply say no.

      • Anonymous on August 5, 2022 at 11:14 am

        Just like pan handling, just say no

      • Anonymous on August 11, 2022 at 2:07 pm

        Casey’s is also asking for donations at the register. Can’t remember what its for.

    • Anonymous on August 8, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      If you’re brave enough to eat there, go ahead and donate the change!

    • Anonymous on August 9, 2022 at 1:47 pm

      They, along with every other business nationwide, are extremely short of change, specifically quarters. it’s a nationwide problem, better to ask for donations than try to figure out to give change when you don’t have any. Get over it, and yourself, already.

      • Anonymous on August 10, 2022 at 8:56 am

        There is no coin shortage. Liberals will believe anything.

  58. Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    High school band did an awesome job tonight at the parent preview.

  59. Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    This goes out to the contractor building the new Scooters coffee shop. I work in construction and I have never seen it take such a long time to build such a small structure. The owner of the shop should be very disappointed in you. The site is a mess with debris everywhere. The owner should have hired a union contractor. All I can say is you get what you paid for.

    • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      Supply Chain issues, Worker shortages, and lead times. Corporate hires lowest bidder. Construction sites have debris. It’s under construction. It is not complete.

      • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 7:28 am

        Lol say what you want. Poor job

    • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      I agree, Since no business makes it on cursed ground, they could be screwed.

    • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      Union or non-union doesn’t matter. In my experience, the only “benefit” I have had when hiring union over non-union is I get to pay more for the same job.

      • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 8:20 am

        And usually twice as many people to do the same job when union.

      • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 3:47 pm

        Paying more is a benefit??

    • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      That’s cute. Union vs non union. Bet you also like to use the term scabs

      • Anonymous on August 5, 2022 at 12:47 pm

        What’s a term scab?? Union’s were needed 80-90 years ago. But they got more greedy then the employers that were screwing people in the first place. Give and inch, they take a mile.

        • Anonymous on August 6, 2022 at 12:27 pm

          What a lot of union workers call non union workers. (That’s ok to degrade them apparently)

        • Anonymous on August 6, 2022 at 2:46 pm

          I’m a union worker. I’m no better than a non union worker. We’re all just trying to make a living. The term scab is misunderstood by so many, that they think it means non-union worker. It means a union worker that crosses a picket line.

          • Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 4:25 pm

            And that’s ok to be calling them names? Interesting

    • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      You must not be well traveled

    • Anonymous on August 10, 2022 at 8:24 am

      Looked up the new owners, another fully disabled vet, sucking up tax payers money. Nice they are 100% disabled, don’t pay taxes and get a ton of tax money free a month for life but can still perform the task as a business start up. What a joke.

      • Anonymous on August 12, 2022 at 12:04 pm

        How do you look up if someone is 100 % through the VA. That info should be private medical information right. Only asking becUse I know a guy who says he’s 100 % but homeless?

        • Anonymous on August 19, 2022 at 10:55 am

          google, st. clair country real estate tax inquiry, it will come up with a link.. i tried to post it here but it doesn’t allow me. Then it will tell you if they are disabled and what category. Then you can look them up under the Freedom of Information Act. Again, can’t post URL.

      • Anonymous on August 12, 2022 at 5:47 pm

        How did you look up their va disability rating? that information is not public. Unless you work for the va and used your position within the va to violate their privacy.

        • Anonymous on August 16, 2022 at 9:30 am

          Actually the rating is public since the money for the disability comes from the public.

          • Anonymous on August 17, 2022 at 7:40 am

            So how would I look it up is their a website you can point me to?

  60. Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    I enjoyed watching the band practice this evening at the high school. Great Job!

    • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      Same here. Would it be possible to post the dates of the practices and competitions? I would like to watch them more.

    • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Just don’t fly over the band with a drone. They freak out. Not because a drone is over head, For some reason they think other schools are spying on them . Come on, the band???

  61. Anonymous on July 31, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    Clean out your adjacent storm drains. The City isn’t going to do it. Don’t blow grass into the street. Buy a jug of roundup. Mow & weedwhack that extra two minutes. Plant some flowers. Have some respect for your neighbors. Pick up your dog fecies.

    • Anonymous on July 31, 2022 at 5:27 pm

      I agree.

    • Anonymous on August 1, 2022 at 8:05 am

      Don’t blow grass in the street??

      • Anonymous on August 1, 2022 at 3:54 pm

        In Illinois blowing grass clippings onto streets is illegal. Grass clippings are considered litter.
        There are fines.

        • Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 7:55 am

          Well get out there and protect our streets!

    • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 3:20 pm

      Some of these City Roads have two feet tall weeds growing

      • Anonymous on August 3, 2022 at 5:23 pm

        Woohoo! Go City Roads!

      • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 5:14 pm


  62. Anonymous on July 23, 2022 at 11:04 am

    I like the flower pots in the park. Some added flavor & decor. Well done.

    • Anonymous on July 26, 2022 at 2:06 pm

      Looks great

  63. Anonymous on July 22, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    MIA cut grass mower. Grass in several parts of the park looks terrible for not being mowed yet pretty sure not growing too fast with the heat and such. Hopefully cut before the homecoming

    • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      The MIA has employees?

      • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 3:23 pm

        Missing in action

        • Anonymous on July 26, 2022 at 2:03 pm

          What is wrong with the United States post office. Two letter sent two weeks apart never arrived at their destination.

          • Anonymous on July 26, 2022 at 9:17 pm

            DeJoy would be the man to thank. Money taken away from all the United States Post Offices, less sorting machines, less postal workers, & shorter hours.

          • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 9:59 am

            Lazy, union employees in the big offices! Hate filled excrement.

        • Anonymous on July 31, 2022 at 10:07 am

          I love Mascoutah! Such a great small town & good people. Sound off is a good way to voice our opinions. But the sarcasm & rude replies are truly unnecessary. I’m aware some of us are critical of the spelling, but come on now must rudeness follow the critique?

          • Anonymous on August 1, 2022 at 11:47 pm

            Great point. But, did you miss a comma there?

          • Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 10:57 am

            What’s this & ?? It should be “and”. You should know better.

          • Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 7:15 pm

            You guys crack me up. Lol!!!

  64. Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 9:22 am

    I read in the Herald that the queen contest is cancelled. All they have to do is sell tickets to win. It’s not like they need a talent or anything. Kids are so lazy now days.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 9:35 am

      I’m assuming you are talking about the Mascoutah Homecoming queen? I agree. I can’t believe in a town this size, they can’t find a few young ladies that want to help support the homecoming. They make money buy selling the tickets. What a shame.

      • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 10:03 am

        It’s not that they can’t find any young ladies to do it. It’s the whole generation that just don’t get it.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 11:17 am

      I don’t want my daughter going around soliciting

      • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 11:30 am

        OMG! You are so…never mind. You’re not smart enough to understand anyway.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      Ok Boomer

      • Anonymous on July 24, 2022 at 4:55 pm

        I thought there would be a lot more people upset about the canceling of the homecoming queen pageant. No one really seems to care. Interesting.

    • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 12:49 pm

      Who want to see someone win because they and there family go and sell tickets to win. Find some that actually have a talent and then maybe. It’s been a joke since day one.

    • Anonymous on July 28, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      Sure! Kids are so lazy because they don’t want to enter into some degrading, exploitive beauty show instead of finding literally any other way to support our homecoming and our town’s parks!

      • Anonymous on July 29, 2022 at 8:10 am

        And another that just can’t figure it out.

      • Anonymous on July 29, 2022 at 12:34 pm

        Degrading exploitive beauty show?? They sell raffle tickets to win the title, it’s not a beauty contest LMAO

        • Anonymous on August 1, 2022 at 5:19 pm

          In that case, just sell the raffle tickets. Offer a prize or something. Why does there need to be a Miss/Little Miss Mascoutah?

          • Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 11:53 am

            With time comes change. Maybe this is one of those things that is coming to an end. Doesn’t make it bad.

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 10:09 am

      Maybe there is no interest in a Queen contest because it is an outdated tradition that lacks equal treatment of genders.
      Data is implying the majority of this country supports equal rights

  65. Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 7:36 am

    I watched the Uvalde police response video that was released a week or so ago. Reminded me of the Keystone Cops.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 10:07 am

      I never would have thought that Texan’s would be to scared to use a gun. So there not so high and mighty as they think they are. Whimps

      • Anonymous on July 30, 2022 at 4:58 pm

        Did you actually receive an education? “to” should be spelled, “too”. There should be a comma following, “So”, and “there” should be spelled, “they’re”. If you want people to take you seriously, learn to spell.

        • Anonymous on August 1, 2022 at 8:09 am

          Maybe you should have your eyes checked before you start showing your stupidity.

          • Anonymous on August 7, 2022 at 6:58 pm

            Well, that was intelligent!

  66. Anonymous on July 19, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Scott Battas is once again asking the town to support the athletes. We should support ALL students, not just the athletes.

    • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      Support them?? Are they falling over ?

    • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      He is the athletic director! It sounds like you are a band parent, tell your band director to promote the band program!

    • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      I agree. Some kids are good in math or science. Others are good actors or singers. Some are band or colorguard.

      • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 4:08 pm

        What’s funny is most people in the band (learning an instrument) end up using it the rest of life. Where average athletes (the ones in high school) just end up playing softball and drink beer. Then push there own children to play a sport they couldn’t

        • Anonymous on July 27, 2022 at 8:24 am

          You know what? You are so right. All of my friends that were in band, just walk around playing their trumpet. Oh….and they also like to whip out a recorder at backyard get togethers and play hot cross buns.

        • Anonymous on July 27, 2022 at 4:08 pm

          Never thought about like that. I had two friends play in the band back in the 70/s. Both are retired musicians in vegas.

        • Anonymous on July 30, 2022 at 11:17 am

          This is categorically false.

        • Anonymous on August 2, 2022 at 6:04 pm

          Hahaha. Hey Karen…when is the last time you picked up your clarinet???? Lmao. Too bad you don’t have any friends… you might get invited to softball to have a beer!

    • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 9:37 pm

      He is the athletic director so…….

      • Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 8:38 pm

        I appreciate the notifications about Mascoutah athletics. I have to imagine it makes the student athletes proud when their program, their teammates, or even themselves are highlighted on one of Scott’s notifications.
        It’s clear he is passionate, a great leader, and an even better role model to all students, not just athletes.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 5:46 am

      He is the athletic director…… have your reached out to ask if there are options the school could find ways to promote or support ALL students? In my experience, the district goes above and beyond to promote and support ALL students. Find it odd that a person would attack him for promoting athletics. Seems petty.

    • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 11:19 am

      That’s his job. And he is doing a fine job. Football and Basketball are now relevant. He is Winning.

      • Anonymous on July 24, 2022 at 8:05 am

        He is teaching kids to exclude others.

        • Anonymous on July 24, 2022 at 2:44 pm

          You have got a good point.

        • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 10:56 am

          How is he teaching kids to exclude others? That is a pretty powerful statement. I think his original post was with Fall sports season kicking off, lets paint the town purple. Maybe he should have said with school starting, lets paint the town purple. But lets face it, sports drives a lot of people to the school. Weather its watching the student athletes, dance and cheer teams, colorguard, band, etc., don’t we want people to be engaged and provide a great atmosphere for all these kids to succeed? Doesn’t make sense why people want to tear everyone down.

        • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 10:59 am

          Or, maybe he’s just staying in his lane. IT’S HIS JOB TO SUPPORT THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT. Good grief people.

          • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 2:12 pm

            It this a joke? Find someone in our town who promotes our kids or community more than him…. I’ll wait.

    • Anonymous on July 28, 2022 at 4:34 pm

      Scott Battas is doing a Excellent Job as MHS Athletic Director. Look at MHS athletic programs and facilities, some of the Best in the Area!! We are fortunate and blessed to have a AD that cares about the students/school/town. Mr. Battas thanks for your hard work and dedication… GO PURPLE!!!

    • Anonymous on July 30, 2022 at 11:15 am

      Put your name behind slandering someone that has accomplished 100x more than you will ever accomplish for this town and school district. What a joke of a human being you are.

  67. Anonymous on July 19, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Has anyone ever noticed how unkept the Post Office is getting? There is garbage and trash around the outside and weeds and grass growing in the sidewalks. Mold is growing on the entrance to the building. It’s disgusting. Where is the pride? I think our government should set an example, not be the subject of the joke.

    • Anonymous on July 19, 2022 at 4:48 pm

      Maybe as a town we can all clean up the town.

    • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 10:51 am

      It’s not a question of where is the pride. It’s where is the money.

      • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 6:38 pm

        I agree! Because of DeJoy taking over the United States Postal Service, every post office has gone downhill. Less workers, less money, slower service in mailing & bigger cities finding it hard to keep up demand of those said services. I love our small town post office, but how can they possibly keep up with the outside when the inside works (mailing, delivering, and customers) is their top priority!

    • Anonymous on July 20, 2022 at 5:01 pm

      have you check out the nite deposit parking lot It looks like a scrap yard lot

      • Anonymous on July 22, 2022 at 8:54 am

        Before you go bad mouthing a local establishment, maybe do your research. The nite deposit does not own that parking lot, nor do they pay anything to have that parking lot used by its customers.

      • Anonymous on July 25, 2022 at 5:53 pm

        That is NOT their parking lot… get your facts straight before bad mouthing the Nite Deposit!!!

    • Anonymous on July 23, 2022 at 11:08 pm

      The word is unkempt. Not unkept. I hear the USPS is installing slot machines to raise money in order to paint the building black. It’s a trend.

  68. Anonymous on July 17, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Can an out-of-district student go to a Mascoutah school?

    • Anonymous on July 17, 2022 at 8:18 pm

      I do not believe so. At registration we have to provide two items to verify our address.

      • Anonymous on July 18, 2022 at 10:23 am

        I guess I meant can an out-of-district student attend even if they had to pay a tuition or extra fee?

        • Anonymous on July 18, 2022 at 1:45 pm

          Yes, they can pay tuition

          • Anonymous on July 18, 2022 at 3:15 pm

            So as long as a student pays tuition, they do not have to live in Mascoutah? I emailed the Superintendent but he never got back to me. I would really like my son to attend Mascoutah and would be willing to pay for the privilege. Is there someone other than the Superintendent I should contact?

          • Anonymous on July 18, 2022 at 5:21 pm

            Go to the administration office.

    • Anonymous on July 18, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      Shouldn’t be able to

  69. Anonymous on July 6, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Disappointed with the fireworks display. This is the first time in 10 plus years we couldn’t see the fireworks from our yard. They were very low… was this a ploy to get people to watch from the park or did the city take the cheap route????

    • Anonymous on July 6, 2022 at 1:27 pm

      I think its a ploy for everyone to chop down all tall trees.

    • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 1:42 pm

      I blame it on all the free handouts the government gives to anyone that twists an ankle during service. We are the land of the free handouts, hhmmm maybe that is why our inflation is so high…

      • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 4:09 pm

        “I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said” –William F. Buckley

      • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 4:41 pm

        Sad part of your comment is they don’t have to be active in the service to get a disability exemption. They can be 70 and if there hearing starts going bad they get the exemption.

        • Anonymous on July 9, 2022 at 10:46 am

          All of the following rate property tax exemptions why don’t we rip on those that are financially responsible, old, and severly injuered on the job or in car acidents to while we’re at it.
          Homeowner Exemption
          Senior Citizen Exemption
          Senior Freeze Exemption
          Longtime Homeowner Exemption
          Home Improvement Exemption
          Returning Veterans’ Exemption
          Disabled Veterans’ Exemption
          Disabled Persons’ Exemption

          • Anonymous on July 11, 2022 at 8:30 am

            Nice try, first 3 are the only exemptions in this county. But it is fun just making up stuff isn’t it???

          • Anonymous on July 11, 2022 at 2:08 pm

            Actually, more than just 3 apply in St. Clair County, as well as additional exemptions such as Special Adapted Housing, Fraternal Organizations and Veteran’s Organizations. However, the exemptions typically either result in a lump sum deduction from the assessed value or a freeze at a certain assessment level. There is only exemption that eliminates property tax completely up to a certain assessment.

        • Anonymous on July 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

          You know who gains from this, the home builders. Think about it… They are charging $4xx some on these small new homes north of town and the majority of people that live there don’t pay a penny for the house or the real estate taxes. Government pays them a large sum every month, pays for home, electric, nice car, everything, then no taxes… The home builder reaps this money. They aren’t stupid, you can see the family, they make the money selling them new, financing the money for it and then reselling it when you move. They give a little back here and there for donations and act like heros. Heros don’t advertise what they do for others, wanna be celebrities do. Making money and costing us more, guess you can’t blame them.

        • Anonymous on July 21, 2022 at 8:27 am

          I can get 50% for my CPAP? I only get 10% for my respiratory issues that developed on active duty. CPAP can be directly correlated to my asthma. VA, here I come!

        • Anonymous on August 1, 2022 at 4:50 pm

          Loop holes??? Working the system??? Care to elaborate where you learned this or what the loop holes are? Let me guess you heard from someone who heard from someone. The veteran needs to apply for VA benefits. It’s not automatic. Those claims NEED to be supported in their medical records showing a history of the issue. The records also need to include key words written by a doctor that match up to the VA regulations. Then a VA doctor evaluates the member in person to validate the claimed issues are real. That doctor makes a recommendation based off the in person exam. The VA reviews all aspects of the claim. If everything lines up, they get a rating. Don’t be mad at a vet for using a system they didn’t create. Don’t be mad at a veteran for tax exemptions they don’t control. Any vet would be a fool not to file a claim and let the process work. If it helps them monetarily, then so be it. The world is full of unfair benefits. It’s not a full proof system, but acting like it’s easy to get a high claim is proof that you have absolutely no idea how that system works. I know tons of people that file a claim and get zero or very little benefits/money. I’m willing to bet that most veterans in the area are retired receiving a retirement check and then secure a $80-$100k a yr job. Allot of times their spouse also makes good money. They’d be able to afford those nice new cars, vacations, etc regardless of VA money.

    • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 10:07 pm

      Do we really need this forum? Reading through all these comments seems like a waste of space for the paper. These comments are nothing but complaints and one sided opinions. Everyone is so negative about our town/community. I’ve lived here for over thirty years and frankly I like our little town. I’m sure there are much worse.
      Instead of being like Peyton Place let’s talk about positive/uplifting things. Let’s celebrate the good things. Like our parents taught us – if you don’t have something nice to say – don’t say anything at all.

      • Anonymous on July 8, 2022 at 8:33 am

        That’s why it’s called “Sound Off”. All the whinners have somewhere to vent, where no one would listen to them otherwise.

  70. Anonymous on July 1, 2022 at 6:01 am

    I heard through the grape vine that Mascoutah School District hired a convicted child molester. He threatened to sue the district so they hired him. Is that true. If anyone can follow up it would be appreciated.

    • Anonymous on July 4, 2022 at 11:27 am

      Was the person charged or charged and convicted? There’s a big difference.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2022 at 12:45 pm

      If it’s the same person I think it is, they are not a child molester. There is/ was a case against them that involved sexual assault. They did plead guilty to it.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      It was not a child, if it’s the person I think it is. This individual was charged with officer misconduct/ sexual assault. They did plead guilty to it.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2022 at 12:56 pm

      There is an individual working there that pled guilty to officer misconduct/sexual assault. It was not a child. But still concerning knowing that they work for the district.

      • Anonymous on July 6, 2022 at 10:36 am

        What school?

        • Anonymous on July 6, 2022 at 10:56 am

          They work for grounds keeping

          • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 4:11 pm

            They?? There is more than person that may or may not be employed by some department of the school district that may or may not have been charged or possibly convicted or pled to something that may or may not involve children and/or misconduct?!

          • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 9:26 pm

            I guess are tax dollars are spent on hiring criminals for the school district

  71. Anonymous on July 1, 2022 at 5:57 am

    I guess Black paint is on sale this month or what ever color you call it, the color of the two buildings on main street look terrible, oh and now pizza hut is following there lead. Looks like your driving through East St. Louis.

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2022 at 2:57 pm

      AGREED – bad decision

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2022 at 1:57 am

      Couldn’t disagree more. I think what you meant to say was “their lead”. It’s OK. Grammar doesn’t come as easy as paint colors but, you’ll get there. Just wait. You’ll have to find something else to complain about soon.

      • Anonymous on July 7, 2022 at 1:55 pm

        Thanks for the lesson on grammar. I never would have figured out what the comment means.

    • Anonymous on July 2, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      I like it. Better than before. Face lift

    • Anonymous on July 4, 2022 at 11:26 am

      I couldn’t agree more… it looks absolutely terrible. A big disappointment for downtown Mascoutah. The Mayor talks about wanting to make downtown look better and then this happens. BIG disappointment….

    • Anonymous on July 4, 2022 at 12:31 pm

      I think the black paint scheme is rather dramatic. Not something I’d have chosen, but it does catch your eye. Once the electric bills to cool the place start showing up, the owners may change their minds and try another look. Until then, take a side street and you won‘t have to see it.

  72. Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Dear Mascoutah,

    The city government has determined that celebrating your national freedoms with appropriate fireworks is not safe.
    Trust them – they know better than you. Just accept it, and be sure to do your part by reporting your neighbors.
    That is all.

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 12:21 pm

      Mascoutah’s a lot of things, but I don’t know of any stool pigeons. And you can use the appropriate fireworks. Hence appropriate.

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      Is it really that Mascoutah’s government is cracking down on fireworks? I seem to remember something called the “Pyrotechnic Use Act” in Illinois that banned most all “fireworks”. But, then again, I guess it’s easier to blame the wrong entity of government for the proscribing of certain acts/actions. Kind of like the abortion issue.

    • Anonymous on July 1, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      It seems that the kind of government we threw out back in 1776 is back again.

      • Anonymous on July 2, 2022 at 2:03 am

        Right. The upheaval to tyranny by the Monarchy was based on the recreational use of fireworks! I knew there was a reason! Good grief.

  73. Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Friendly reminder that it’s not the libs that are losing, it’s AMERICA that’s losing. Your right to medical privacy, constitutional precedent, basically everything that made the USA what it was is circling the drain as we speak. This isn’t a football game. Everyone is getting hurt, not just “the right people.”

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      I don’t think they took away anyone’s medical privacy . I know I’m a bit slow but what does your comment mean??

  74. Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Hypothetically speaking, lets say that all but one of the states ban abortion. You would say, “ok, a woman can travel to that state. She still has a right to an abortion.” But what if that state was Hawaii? Now without making a joke about sunning on the beach after the procedure, how would a woman seriously travel there? The cost of travel would be prohibitive.

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 1:33 pm

      If the need to abort would be because danger to the mother, then most states can do this. If Hawaii is the only state just to do an abortion and they can’t afford to get out there, then give it up for adoption.

    • Anonymous on July 3, 2022 at 1:49 am

      Abstinence is not cost prohibitive

  75. Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Why does City Hall issue a business license to a Fireworks vendor who sells “illegal Mascoutah” fireworks within the city limits, and then the city cops from City Hall can thus issue citations for shooting them off? Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 3:40 pm


    • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 8:33 am

      They don’t sell the illegal type of firework. Make sense now?

      • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 3:08 pm

        They selling items that shoot in the air. According to Police, that’s illegal.

        • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 3:14 pm

          If they have a report is the only illegal fireworks.

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      what are they selling that is illegal?

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 3:07 pm

      USA USA USA! Blast em off

  76. Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    One of the great things that the city supplies us with is the area south of town to place our yard waste. What I don’t understand is the number of residents who don’t understand the difference between grass, leaves, and sticks. Each is clearly marked and should be easily understood. According to the dictionary, a stick is a cut or broken branch or twig. Please try to do better in the future.

    • Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 9:33 pm

      People are just stupid or can’t read.

    • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 8:28 am

      Everyone knows the difference. They just don’t care. Simple enough.

      • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 2:04 pm

        I politely informed a couple the proper place for branches was in the back of the yard near the creek.
        He replied, then continued to empty the trailer where the leaves are designated.
        Charging a fee to recycle was supposed to rectify this type of thing. Sadly you can’t rectify stupidity, and it doesn’t help the gate is open to everyone.

        • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 2:57 pm

          Maybe the charging everyone to dump there yard waste pi**ed them off and they don’t care where they dump it.

          • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 12:13 pm

            Again you can’t fix stupid

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      Yes that’s fine but what about the irresponsible folks that lose part of their load on 10st on the way & I’m sure they drive past on their way home. Do they stop & pick it up, NO. It will lay there for days until someone decides to move it off of the road. RESPONSIBLE? , I think not!

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 5:38 pm

      Please stop and pick up the part of your load that you lost on 10th St on your way to the dump site, instead of having everyone have to drive around it. RESPONSIBILITY?
      Oh sorry that’s something that you don’t need to have in this day & age!

  77. Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 9:54 am

    It is a real bummer that the high school PE this summer that the kids will not be doing canoeing this year. That was one of the reasons I signed him up for summer school.

  78. Anonymous on June 25, 2022 at 6:17 am

    I’m saddened and disappointed by the actions of our Supreme Court. An abortion should be a personal, private decision between a woman and her doctor, not the rulings of the government.

    • Anonymous on June 25, 2022 at 6:24 am

      I have always admired State Rep. Charlie Meier. He is an advocate for the average citizen. He understands what families are facing especially the farmers. He was never what I would describe as a “suit in a glass tower looking down on the people.” But yesterday I unfortunately changed my mind. Meier turned his back on women and their rights by applauding the u.s. supreme courts decision to make abortion illegal. I hope women in our district remember that at election time.

      • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 11:53 am

        i imagine a lot of guys are for abortion,after all it would be a lot cheaper to pay for an abortion than take responsibility of raising a child,then they could just move on to the next

        • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 1:56 pm

          True, but men have no say so what happens to the child so women need to be more responsible on who they have random sex with.

    • Anonymous on June 25, 2022 at 8:30 am

      You said it best “not the rulings of the government “. So the government got out of the abortion business. Too bad that the baby has no say in the matter. Otherwise it might say “don’t kill me mom”.

      • Anonymous on June 25, 2022 at 8:38 am

        Even if the baby was conceived by rape?

      • Anonymous on June 25, 2022 at 4:41 pm

        We’re not talking about babies. These are fetuses and zygotes that couldn’t survive outside the womb anyway. If it was the third trimester you would’ve had a point, but surely the mother would’ve made a decision before then.

      • Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 11:33 am

        Not even the whole government, just the federal government. Which, is the way it should be, if one has read the Constitution. All it means is that states can decide on their own abortion laws. For all the pro-choice people out there, don’t worry, Illinois will still be the abortion capital of the country. It’s Governor Pritzker’s economic recovery plan!

    • Anonymous on June 25, 2022 at 11:05 pm

      Everyone getting emotional when the fact is, they will still be easily available in some States.

      • Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 7:51 am

        Your concern about womens’ rights is so touching. And yes, that was sarcasm. There is nothing easy about this. Not about the issue that a right was overturned or a decision made by a woman regarding her own life. IF one right is overturned, aren’t you worried that other rights will be too?

        • Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 8:23 am

          Now you understand why changing gun rights has the same problem.

    • Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 8:47 am

      I’ll say it… “pro-life” is a lie. These people could care less whether women live or die, and the same goes for their children once they are brought into this travesty of a world.

      • Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 9:21 am

        So true, funny how conservatives are pro life but, when they get into the world they could care less if they have a hard time with life.

    • Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 11:05 am

      All that happened here is that a Nation wide law was deemed unconstitutional, and pushed back to to individual States to determine their legality. What’s the problem with that? Our constitution is being maintained which is what our Supreme Court is supposed to do. States that currently do not allow killing of the unborn can do what we’ve always done. Elect officials that will represent our values (or lack of them) and institute laws that we want on the books.

      • Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 1:28 pm

        You mean “what THEY want on the books.” We no longer have a say so in the matter.

        • Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 8:21 am

          Like the comment stated, THEY are the elected officials that you voted in to represent the majority of the voters. So if you didn’t vote for THEY, then move if you don’t like it.

    • Anonymous on June 27, 2022 at 9:17 am

      Funny how liberals (socialist) is ok with letting the government bail them out when times get tough but, don’t like it when they decide if you can kill babies or let them live.

      • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 2:16 pm

        Charlie Meier, Mary Miller, and Darren Bailey have no problem accepting farm subsidy payments. Isn’t that socialism?
        Same with the so-called disabled veterans not paying property taxes?
        Both are entitlement programs paid for by all.

        • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 5:42 pm

          I didn’t know they were the only one that were receiving that payment. I guess the rest of the farming community doesn’t receive any of that kind of payment.

    • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 11:26 am

      I’m a male. A group of mostly old male legislators making rules for women only, makes no sense.

      • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm

        If you can find in the constitution that killing an unborn is legal. Then I’ll support abortion….maybe

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 8:53 am

      The ruling just means it will be left up to the states to determine which way they want to go,abortions will still be available,heck the government is even advocating for abortion pills,women can do it at home,from what i’ve read about the pills,not so encouraging,but i guess that’s a private matter also,bottom line, if the baby is dead, that’s the goal,right?

    • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      Supreme Court just followed the constitution. Congress can pass a law allowing abortion. Congress should make laws not the courts

  79. Anonymous on June 21, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Is it common practice for Mascoutah auto repair shops to charge an hour “diagnostic” fee when getting car repair done? This is new to me, I’ve never been charged for the diagnostic before. And these are no out of the ordinary repairs. I noticed this additional fee just started popping up on my last two invoices. It adds up to $60 to my bill … hmmmm

    • Anonymous on June 21, 2022 at 10:38 am

      Never heard of that. But then I don’t let anyone in Mascoutah work on my car.

    • Anonymous on June 22, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      I would think most charge the fee. Think about it when a repairman comes to your house to fix anA/C plumbing electrical issue. You get charged for their time. Maybe the repair shop is being up front by listing the charge instead of including it in the overall invoice. Just a thought. The negativity on this site serves no one.

    • Anonymous on June 30, 2022 at 5:33 pm

      That has become common in almost repair shops where the mechanic gets paid by the time guide published in the labor time guide, factory Warrantee or Labor Guide. So to account for the lack of automotive Chrystal balls that tell you exactly which part to replace, there needs to be an allowance for the mechanics time to diagnose the problem. Not any different than getting an ex ray or MRI, you get charged for each of them, diagnostic procedure. Or a consultant fee. Would you prefer to pay for parts & labor until the issue is resolved or pay only for what is needed to make the proper repair.
      You decide.

  80. Anonymous on June 19, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks to the City Line Crew!! Lost power around 6:30 am on Sunday and it was restored in little more than an hour. This is commendable and shows dedication to the City and its residents! Thank you so much!

    • Anonymous on June 20, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      That is their job.

      • Anonymous on June 21, 2022 at 3:15 pm

        Just trying to give thanks to people that deserve it, but there always seems to be negative comments by some jack-a**!

        • Anonymous on June 22, 2022 at 8:43 am

          I must not get all the comments, I don’t see a negative comment. What was said???

        • Anonymous on June 24, 2022 at 8:36 am

          everyone who works are doing their job. its what they get paid to do. dont forget the guy hauling your gas or the guy growing your food or the lady cooking your meal.

          • Anonymous on June 24, 2022 at 9:25 am

            That was the negative comment?? Someone needs go get out of the house and get a job and join the rest of us.

        • Anonymous on June 28, 2022 at 10:32 am

          City employees are a joke, I actually followed one of the city trucks around last week when it was hot outside, they only made one stop in a hour, that was for a soda at the moto mart. So dont tell me how hard they work. Its been like this for years.

        • Anonymous on June 29, 2022 at 10:07 am

          Its there job, that’s why we pay taxes, to pay there salary, don’t thank them, they waste a lot of time everyday riding around doing nothing.

      • Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 9:29 am

        Totally agree, if they don’t do it, they should be replaced.

  81. Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I hear that many teachers are leaving the Mascoutah School District. Some say there’s poor leadership at some of our schools. Seems there’s low morale. And it sure is easy to leave when you can go to the next town over and earn more. I see no reason why our teachers shouldn’t be paid just as much or more as surrounding districts. It’s no secret that our district has plenty of money. We sure pay enough taxes to it. We should be hiring and retaining great teachers and treating them and paying them well!

    • Anonymous on June 14, 2022 at 8:41 am

      I don’t think pay is the problem. I believe many of the teachers have lost their love for the administration and associated bureaucracy. Any that are close to retirement are headed for the door if they can afford to. Moronic parents, disrespectful kids, who in their right mind would want to be a teacher now a days. I can only assume you vote blue judging by the solution you suggest……just throw more money at it, don’t search for the root cause of the issue.

      • Anonymous on June 14, 2022 at 12:16 pm

        Another typical one sided comment. You came out with good facts until your close minded vote blue comment.

        • Anonymous on June 15, 2022 at 9:53 pm

          It’s true though. Spending more money has not fixed the issues with this country

      • Anonymous on June 16, 2022 at 7:05 am

        Entitled parents and their spoiled kids have existed for as long as our civilization existed, but sure, blame the Democrats. That’s what you’re best at, huh?

  82. Anonymous on June 11, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    We waited all year for the pool to open and for what? To have teenagers acting like brats, pushing and shoving people, using foul language. The lifeguards are not doing anything and of course none of the teens’ parents are around. This is ridiculous.

    • Anonymous on June 11, 2022 at 7:38 pm

      That is why we go to the New Baden pool.

      • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 10:14 am

        We go to Freeburg. Way better pool then Mascoutah.

        • Anonymous on June 17, 2022 at 9:39 am

          Watch out primary voters. A real self serving RINO, in bed with the Belleville crooks, is running as a Republican in district 21. You’ve been warned.

          • Anonymous on June 17, 2022 at 9:54 am

            Just to be clear. That is county board district 21.

          • Anonymous on June 17, 2022 at 12:27 pm

            Let the Reps have a chance for awhile. The libs have padded there retirement enough.

    • Anonymous on June 11, 2022 at 8:13 pm

      It starts with the parents. They need to raise their children to respect others.

      • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 9:56 am

        There are some kids that get carried away with splashing and being stupid, but I was more shocked at the way the teenage girls were dressed! I’m not a prude but these girls barely had anything on! Where are THEIR parents?

        • Anonymous on June 16, 2022 at 12:23 pm

          And what pool was this??

    • Anonymous on June 12, 2022 at 10:30 am

      Maybe address with the city probably better choice than ranting on here

    • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 4:07 pm

      Sooooo, build your own pool. Most of you are renters anyway, & do not pay property taxes, so I don’t want to hear your whining.

      • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 6:16 pm

        Haha & they probably don’t vote either

      • Anonymous on June 14, 2022 at 8:49 am

        I put in a pool when I rented, but when I bought a house I couldn’t take it with me. Soooo your comment is pretty stupid.

    • Anonymous on June 16, 2022 at 3:18 pm

      But did you drown? No? Good, then the lifeguards are doing their job. They are “life” guards, not babysitters.

  83. Anonymous on June 9, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Is it true that we will not have a Miss Mascoutah Homecoming Queen this year? Has that ever happened before?

    • Anonymous on June 9, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks Obama

    • Anonymous on June 10, 2022 at 10:38 am

      True if no one runs. Kids these days don’t want to work

  84. Anonymous on June 5, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Although I can’t believe gas is over $5 a gallon, I really don’t understand why Casey’s is $5.29 and Moto is $5.20. Why the big price difference?

    • Anonymous on June 8, 2022 at 4:03 pm


  85. Anonymous on June 5, 2022 at 7:38 am

    last week i noticed 3 different times trcks and a car blew right thru the stop sign at railway and main going east bound It would appear that the tree by city parking lot is blocking the view of the stop sign

  86. Anonymous on June 3, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Why would a father tell his 15 year old son that he will never be good at baseball? The boy just wants to have fun this summer with his friends and play recreational baseball.

    • Anonymous on June 4, 2022 at 4:18 pm

      Let boys be boys. Unreal. So sad.

    • Anonymous on June 5, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      Maybe the father can’t afford to drive him around to all the games since gas is over 5 bucks.

      • Anonymous on June 5, 2022 at 3:59 pm

        That is not the issue in this case.

  87. Anonymous on June 3, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    June 3, 2022: After today, gas prices have gone up $2.71 a gallon since the current administration took office. Rumor has it the Seven Eleven Convenience Stores are doing away with the Marquee and charging everyone $7.11 a gallon in anticipation of future prices.

    • Anonymous on June 6, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      this administration wants high fuel prices to push people for electric,only problem is no one in the administration was or is smart enough to figure out that high fuel prices will lead to massive inflation which it has,they act like we can convert to electric at the flip of a switch,that’s the reason biden waged war on the oil companies first day in office,he said he would do it when campaigning and people still voted for him,unbelievable,i know i’ll get bashed for this post but i would rather put up with a lot of stupid tweets and have enough money for gas,food and bills

      • Anonymous on June 6, 2022 at 6:02 pm

        I’m not bashing your comment. I think you’re 100% correct!

      • Anonymous on June 7, 2022 at 6:39 am

        most gas taxes go to fix the roads n bridges. The more electric vehicles on the roads equals less gas tax collected. Sooooo how are we gonna get road repairs if everyone goes electric

        • Anonymous on June 7, 2022 at 11:10 am

          I am wondering what the plan is to make EV work. Lithium prices are up 500% since the administration took office and there is a world wide shortage of lithium.

        • Anonymous on June 8, 2022 at 11:27 am

          I believe Illinois will do what a few other states have done. If you own an Electric Vehicle, your registration is raised to $300-$400 per year.

        • Anonymous on June 9, 2022 at 3:25 pm

          Fixing roads and bridges?? just like making lottery legal and the money would go to education??

        • Anonymous on June 15, 2022 at 12:22 pm

          Ha,most gas taxes in this state goes for more “rough road”signs

      • Anonymous on June 9, 2022 at 11:00 am

        Could you please explain, if the current administration is behind the increase of gas prices in Illinois or even America. What explains the high prices across the globe? Did Biden contact the rest of the world and say hey I really want to put the screws to the American people, so lets everyone raise the prices at the same time.
        Norway – $6.27
        Uk – $5.79
        Germany – $5.57
        France – $5.54
        Japan – $4.24

        • Anonymous on June 9, 2022 at 3:28 pm

          Only the trump cult followers thing Biden is the fault of the high gas prices.

          • Anonymous on June 12, 2022 at 3:24 pm

            Again,list the things that Biden has done to help the country,waiting,c’mon man we want to hear!!!!,don’t be one of bidens dog faced pony soldiers

          • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 10:21 am

            Biden has done nothing. Trump has done nothing except lie, and letting us all know how great his thinks he is. So trump is still more of a D-bag then Biden. lol and what’s a pony soldier ??

        • Anonymous on June 10, 2022 at 11:56 am

          Where in this thread did anyone say gas prices were high?

          • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 10:57 am

            Have a reading problem???

          • Anonymous on June 13, 2022 at 11:11 am

            I am sorry, I do not have a reading problem. I am looking over this thread again and I see no mention of anyone saying gas prices are high. I see a post which says the administration wants “high fuel prices.” I am more than willing to accept your point of view but I am struggling to see the facts.

  88. Anonymous on May 26, 2022 at 6:42 am

    With our Mascoutah property values (homes) up 20% recently will our property taxes also go up 20% in the coming year? Just wondering …

    • Anonymous on May 26, 2022 at 9:52 am

      Not sure if it would be 20% but, it will go up with the growth of the town. Most of everyone’s taxes are going to the school. No wonder there’s a pile of resume’s trying to get a job in this school dist. The pay is out of control.

      • Anonymous on May 26, 2022 at 8:49 pm

        My wife and I are only a few years from retirement. I can’t wait to sell our Mascoutah real estate so more “IS” people with sleep apnea can buy them. Will the last real estate tax payer please turn out the lights?

      • Anonymous on May 27, 2022 at 2:13 am

        Property taxes will continue to increase with the assessed value, yes. The incremental rates from each taxing body may not change, though. The ultimate result of how much one pays will be subjective to their particular property owned.

      • Anonymous on May 28, 2022 at 7:25 am

        Twenty years ago my total tax bill was $1760. Now it’s $3100 and $1800 of that goes to the school district. I can see why the district has millions in cash reserves.

      • Anonymous on May 29, 2022 at 8:38 pm

        More than half of our taxes go to the school district. Are they really being conservative in spending our money? I don’t think so! This district is the worst when it comes to spending.

        • Anonymous on June 5, 2022 at 1:17 pm

          yes they are they spent our dist 19 tax money to build a school in shiloh city limits i just cant understand their thinking

          • Anonymous on June 6, 2022 at 5:25 pm

            IIRC Shiloh funded that school.
            It is in the Mascoutah School District, just like the one at SAFB.
            There has been a Scott Elementary School as far back as I can remember.
            You put schools where the children are.

    • Anonymous on May 26, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Won’t impact a very large percentage of citizens that have licensed plates reading IS (I Served) Disabled. State needs to change the rules asap and help those that are truly handicap/disabled.

      • Anonymous on June 1, 2022 at 10:00 pm

        The state needs to make changes immediately. The taxes are one thing BUT to have our military abuse the system is a whole different situation. I’m all for the ones that are truly disabled but the ones that say they are 100% disable but continue to mow their grass, go to the gym and work a regular full-time job obviously aren’t disabled!!

        • Anonymous on June 2, 2022 at 11:09 am

          Paralyzed from waste down and still mow my lawn with a zero turn mower, but I guess I’m not disabled tho. Some people just aren’t happy, nothing we can do to change that. We fought so they have the right to be an aragant. God bless america.

          • Anonymous on June 6, 2022 at 12:26 pm

            You are disabled and should be taken care of.. its the ones that didn’t do anything but signed up because they didn’t have a choice and now they are reaping. Not their fault, its the stats. BTW, if you are paralyzed waste down and that happened due to serving, put your address on here and I will come mow your lawn for free! Thank you for your service.. maybe some of your brothers and sisters that aren’t truly disabled like you can help out as well.

    • Anonymous on June 6, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      Ask a Veteran.. look up their last name in the st. clair county taxes and 9/10 they claim disability. Don’t pay any real estate taxes, get $3-4k a month and kids get to go to any college they want for free. It is a real shame what it is doing to our state. We should be focused on real disabled, not buy a vote disabled. Start looking around at license plates, IS (I served) and disabled, usually they are pretty darn nice cars, which you are paying for!

  89. Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 7:16 am

    Thank you to those responsible for putting on the Chamber of Commerce hosted Springfest. It has to be a big job to set up and take down. I believe this event, like the Homecoming in August, is set up and staffed with volunteer workers. If you missed this event, you missed some good food, cold beer and rockin’ band! The only thing missing is something for middle aged kids to participate in. Too young for childrens games and bouncy houses, and not old enough for a bags tournament. Anyone have suggestions that can be passed along to the Chamber for next year? Great job everyone!

    • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 10:26 am

      Used to have a 3v3 youth basketball tournament in front of daubers

      • Anonymous on May 24, 2022 at 9:26 pm

        As always, need someone to step up and organize. I would, but don’t do sports. Come on Mascoutah jocks!

        • Anonymous on May 25, 2022 at 7:21 am

          But you sound like an athletic supporter!

    • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Kudos to the Mayor & Chamber. Decent folk.

  90. Anonymous on May 22, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Four Ameren Electric trucks on Saturday with six workers showed up to the County Road downed line within 45 minutes. Just saying…….The previous Mayors main argument for city owned electric, was that city workers respond quickly. Comical. Furthermore, even more comical, is how they contract out these private electric companies to do the upgrades & installs recently on Route 4 & Fuesser. But yet, the City has workers, trucks, & equipment to do these jobs. Anybody else seeing this?

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2022 at 10:02 am

      I saw a bunch of Mascoutah linesmen hustling all night and into the day repairing downed lines. I’m grateful for them. May God protect them and all first responders as they are at the ready and in town on a night like that.

      • Anonymous on May 22, 2022 at 1:01 pm

        they chose that occupation.

    • Anonymous on May 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

      Why aren’t they burying the lines? That’s what the modern real world does. It is 2022 by the way. This town loves tacky poles.

      • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 9:25 am

        Think about how ” not thought out ” your comment is.

        • Anonymous on May 28, 2022 at 7:38 am

          you must be the guy who doesnt think we need a center turn lane on rt 4north of town and by the boeing plant

          • Anonymous on June 1, 2022 at 10:21 am

            Lol the Boeing plant? You want to turn into a field?

      • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 10:27 am

        People complain rates are high now just think if spent millions more on burying lines

    • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Wish the city would sell to Ameren

      • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 10:50 am

        Yup you are in the majority

        • Anonymous on May 24, 2022 at 8:42 am

          All you people wanting to switch to Ameren should look to put a referendum on that ballot in November election that way the council sees how the majority feels

          • Anonymous on May 25, 2022 at 1:14 pm

            Are you sure the city can’t switch? I bet the can once currently deals are over

        • Anonymous on May 24, 2022 at 1:35 pm

          Naw you are. Keep dreaming

  91. Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    We are going to see a FIVE in front of unleaded gas prices in the next seven to ten days. I am so happy we won’t here any complaining in regards to fuel costs since numerous folks sit in lines at the drive thru instead of walking inside.

    • Anonymous on May 18, 2022 at 11:39 am

      I am a bit dumbfounded by all of the complaining about higher energy costs, food costs etc. I think we need to harken back to November of 2020 when 57 plus percent of the population of Illinois voted for this. My burning question to the individuals who are pro Electric Vehicles is this. Why is it okay to mine for lithium and destroy the environment when drilling for oil is taboo?

      • Anonymous on May 19, 2022 at 9:48 am

        Funny no one can give you a answer on your comment. I wonder how many people vote liberal and have no idea what they stand for. Well, you know now.

    • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 10:51 am

      6 by July. Good job Joe & JB!

  92. Anonymous on May 15, 2022 at 10:36 am

    VETERANS Take a drive on Summerfield road and notice the house with the AMERICAN FLAG flying upside down , it looks like a sign of anti American to VETERANS
    I bet they liked America when the stimulus checks arrived , check after check , and then the food stamps started arriving in the mail ,America was a great place then wasn’t it .
    As a VETERAN I fought for their rights to do this ,but don’t slap America in the face with one hand and put the other hand out for all the free stuff your can get from her .

    • Anonymous on May 15, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      I thought an American flag upside down is a distress signal, not an anti American sentiment.

    • Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 2:42 pm

      The upside down flag means in distress not Anti-American. Please do not spread lies. You are part of the problem.

      • Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 5:30 pm

        It seems anti-American to me.

        • Anonymous on May 19, 2022 at 8:43 pm

          And yet Trump flags and CSA (Traitor) flags are just free speech, right?

          • Anonymous on May 22, 2022 at 8:11 am

            Free speech also covers BLM and KKK flags.

  93. Anonymous on May 14, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Covid is on the raise at the high school. Glad my kids are boosted and wear masks.

    • Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 12:08 am

      Is this seriously still a thing? I thought our Supreme Leader snapped his fingers and it went away on some random Tuesday.

    • Anonymous on May 17, 2022 at 7:23 am

      I feel sorry for your kids if they are vaccinated, boosted, and wear masks. Must have miserable parents.

      • Anonymous on May 17, 2022 at 2:43 pm

        They chose to wear the masks. Parents had nothing to do with it. The want to keep others safe, unlike you.

      • Anonymous on May 19, 2022 at 9:56 pm


  94. Anonymous on May 14, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Hello Residents of Mascoutah, many of us have had the privilege of enjoying the Mascoutah Homecoming. Our community is in danger of losing this event due to the lack of individuals wanting to contribute. The Mascoutah Improvement Association has donated thousands of hours to make Scheve Park the treasure it is. The core group of individuals who are great custodians to The Mascoutah Homecoming, The Mascoutah Improvement Association, and Scheve Park need help from some of our younger residents. If you have the time, or a group of individuals have the time please reach out to the Mascoutah Improvement Association. Our city is just a few short years away from losing the Mascoutah Homecoming and ESPECIALLY the Tractor Pull. The gentleman who has taken care of the Tractor Pull needs our help and needs it now. Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who donate their time and energy to making our city a better place.

    • Anonymous on May 15, 2022 at 9:15 am

      How do you sign up?

    • Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 11:58 am

      No one really went to the tractor pull these days anyway. Time to get up with the time.

      • Anonymous on May 24, 2022 at 9:14 am

        I just would like to know what homecoming you go to because the farm side is always crowded. The food stands and beer stand is always busy.

        • Anonymous on May 24, 2022 at 10:09 am

          I’ve been going for a while to the homecoming (and I do not live in Mascoutah). The crowds are always big (other than bad weather). I do agree that MIA does need younger volunteers. But I don’t see the homecoming going away. It is one of the last few good homecomings there are around.

          • Anonymous on May 24, 2022 at 12:45 pm

            I’m not sure if you are trying to assess the crowd from across the street, or across town, but somehow your view seems to have been skewed because there are always people gathered around to watch the pulls. They may not choose to sit in the stands, but you will find people gathered around the fence every night, eyes glued to the track as they carry on conversations, catching up with old friends and making new ones. Perhaps if you think the pulls are not, “…up with the time”, you should look at the number of kids and teens gathered around to watch. There are plenty of our younger generation, my teenage daughter included, that love watching the pulls. One of the reasons Mascoutah Homecoming continues to be among the most popular festivals and why so many people come back “HOME” each year is that the MIA has always kept it true to the roots of Mascoutah. If you don’t enjoy the pulls, or feel like they are outdated, feel free not to watch. You’re certainly not going to hurt anyone’s feelings. The rest of us will continue to share, with current and future generations, the appreciation for pulls and other activities you probably consider not “up with the time”, just as previous generations shared with us.

  95. Anonymous on May 13, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    I am sad to see the Dog and Suds come down. My grandmother was the first manager of the store. I see it in the Remember the days gone section when her and my grandfather travel to a location for training.

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      Where was the Dog and Suds? Been here 25 years and have never heard of it.

      • Anonymous on May 14, 2022 at 2:05 pm

        What building was just demolished?? Dog N Suds. geez

    • Anonymous on May 13, 2022 at 7:35 pm

      Best Root beer back then.

  96. Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 11:01 am

    A while ago, someone asked for ideas on how to attract more business to Mascoutah. I think we should look to zoning reform as a possible solution. Local zoning laws are what prevents business from coming to many suburban areas. Those nice buildings along Main Street where there’s a shop of some sort and some apartments on the upper floor? We couldn’t build more of those today because of our current, nonsensical zoning laws. Are we really gonna just build subdivisions and strip malls up to the interstate, or are we gonna get smarter about urban design?

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 4:43 pm

      Don’t get ahead of yourself. The town has to grow before we worry about expanding. Very few from the base move to Mascoutah. Other then that not many want to move to this town. It’s only grown 4,000 people since the 70’s .

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2022 at 11:05 am

        Seeing as how we’re roughly 10k strong now, that’s quite a jump in 50 years. We’re growing fast, believe it or not.

        • Anonymous on May 13, 2022 at 6:03 pm

          We are only close to 9,000 now. We were over 5,000 in 1970. An increase of only about 4,000 in 52 years is not a very big increase.

      • Anonymous on May 13, 2022 at 7:41 pm

        lol having a problem with math are we???

        • Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 12:14 am

          Maybe the math is off but it does raise a valid point about how Mascoutah will grow and grow sustainably in the coming years. Boeing coming in has the potential of changing both the economic and social landscape of Mascoutah very soon. What are we doing to accept the good and reject the bad of that growth?

          • Anonymous on May 18, 2022 at 5:32 pm

            Boeing will have little impact on Mascoutah, other than increasing the cost to live in Mascoutah. Mascoutah might get a handful of Boeing employees living here. There might be offspring businesses to support Boeing . Manufacturing doesn’t pay sales taxes . Warehouses don’t pay sales taxes .

          • Anonymous on May 19, 2022 at 9:58 am

            No one working at Boeing will live in a county that pays taxes close to what Cook county has. Being right off of 64, New Baden may grow fast.

          • Anonymous on May 19, 2022 at 5:01 pm

            Their adding 150 jobs. Not 5000. Will be very little impact.

          • Anonymous on May 20, 2022 at 11:01 pm

            How is the math off?

        • Anonymous on May 20, 2022 at 11:05 pm

          What is wrong with the math

          • Anonymous on May 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm

            4K growth in 50 years = 4k growth not 10k growth in 50 years. Unless common core math is used, then maybe . :O)

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 11:05 pm

      Can we just get curbs. It helps with the curb appeal thing.

  97. Anonymous on May 11, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I was watching the soccer games after school on Monday. During the games the boys track team was practicing. The young men were not wearing shirts. When I was in high school years ago the young men were not able to practice without shirts. Times are changing. Boys can go shirtless at practice but girls can not wear short shorts or show rheir stomachs. I believe that is a double standard. Ok for boys not ok for girls.

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 6:59 am

      We must be in good shape if this is what is being complained about

    • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 7:43 am

      Why does everything have to be okay for everybody? That’s exactly what is wrong with our society. The media, the liberals, the president and his administration. They are all soft and have to try and make everyone happy. When majority of us don’t give a sh*t and work our butt’s off, just to have people like you complain about fairness. Take your fairness and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine.

      • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 9:22 am

        Must be men to respond. It is a double standard on the female side

      • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 9:34 am

        Agreed, we need a leader that lie’s to us and loves himself. And does nothing for the country except take credit for what ever good happens. Oh yeah, this person needs to have orange skin and a cult leader.

        • Anonymous on May 15, 2022 at 12:42 pm

          As always,I would love to hear how your life is better with this administration that is in charge,but then again maybe you like 40 plus year high inflation,open border,free phones,medical,housing,education,and so on for illegals while hard working Americans struggle because of inflation,or maybe you like no bail reform which puts criminals back on the streets if they can’t afford bail,i could go on but i would rather put up with some bad tweets and get back where we was

          • Anonymous on May 16, 2022 at 12:18 am

            No reasonable thinking Democrat can possibly believe that our President is doing our country well and I’m a Democrat that voted for him

        • Anonymous on May 18, 2022 at 6:49 am

          Sounds like the one we have in the White House now. Minus the orange skin.

      • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 12:55 pm

        Right? Who cares about anyone else as long as you got yours?

  98. Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Nothing shouts “Responsibility” like the Mascoutah school bus driver talking on his phone while driving through town on Main Street. At least the bus was empty, but he should know better.

    • Anonymous on May 11, 2022 at 10:37 am

      Does anyone know if there is a new junkyard on South Railway Street on the edge of Mascoutah? Are they open to the public?

    • Anonymous on May 11, 2022 at 11:49 am

      Let me guess…..You have never talked on the phone while driving a vehicle?

      • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 7:45 am

        That isn’t the point. When you are hired and being paid by the public, at least you should follow the laws.

      • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 9:45 pm

        No!!! I myself never have driven while on my cellphone & I never will. Despite it being unlawful, it is dangerous to other drivers and yourself!! Why would anyone think it’s ok? With the way drivers are today it’s best for all to be a defensive driver. Eyes on the road, no distractions other than paying attention to the road, other drivers & what is going on around us to help prevent accidents. Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry??

  99. Anonymous on May 7, 2022 at 2:49 pm

    I have a question. There are a lot of homes that are putting items in their front yard with a “free take it” sign. I think that is nice. It keeps stuff from the dump sites. But what happens if a child rides his bike to his house, lays the bike down by the items, and goes in his house? The bike is taken. Has that bike technically been stolen?

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2022 at 11:58 pm

      Don’t put the bike there. Good life lesson

  100. Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    The internet in Mascoutah is pathetic. 25 years living all over the world, and this is the worst I’ve ever encountered.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2022 at 7:45 pm

      Move back to a base then, or your hometown.

    • Anonymous on May 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm

      What company? Has nothing to do with mascoutah but the provider

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 12:54 pm

      yes, please leave, you probably aren’t contributing much anyways, BYE FELICA!

      • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 3:17 pm

        Probably another Karen……some officers wife. Keyboard warrior.

        • Anonymous on May 12, 2022 at 7:49 am

          Don’t get me going on veterans, my lord. Too many veterans have turned the VA into the new welfare. It is a disgrace what they allow. Join the air force, never see battle and then live off society after 20 years, while running around feeling entitled. I hope those that really need help are getting it. As a retired Army officer, moved to mascoutah, i have never heard so much entitlement. I apologize to all non-veterans for those taking advantage of every loop hole. Obviously, its our politicians fault for allowing them to have these opportunties.

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 8:48 am

      What are you talking about. My cable been running since 1998. Minus tornado’s and no brain drivers .

  101. Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Is the city having a citywide garage sale? or is it cancelled. I didn’t see any ads about it at all. Nothing in the Herald, no signs, nothing. Can’t they at least let everyone know. Not everyone looks at Facebook.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      Glad it’s over. Brings riff raff to town. And speeders. And other convicts. I leave for the day

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 9:53 pm

        Define “riff raff.”

    • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 8:45 am

      I seen a lot of garage sales. You can have one anytime. You don’t need the whole city to have one if you want one . Facebooks slowly going down the tubes, so the city should figure out how to let everyone know. Or don’t.

  102. Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    I see this on Facebook “Pat McMahan invited you”, to “event by Pat McMahan” and we should “meet your host Pat McMahan”. I thought Springfest was sponsored by the Mascoutah Chamber of Commerce.