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  1. 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?

  2. 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.



  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

      Hmmmmm-
      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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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



  11. 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

  12. 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 12:57 pm

      That’s one of the reason I got a dash cam. For some reason bus drivers don’t feel they have to obey all the rules of the road. I’ve hit the brakes hard to avoid these idiots. But now, let them try it again.

      • 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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 18, 2022 at 2:47 pm

      First off, good luck finding a house for sale that isn’t already sold or pending. Prices are out of control. Second, Mascoutah Schools are good. Yes there are fights and bullying, but that is everywhere. Belleville is hood… lets face it. East/West… mostly hood, going down the drain. Mascoutah is mostly comprised of locals or like myself military. Only problem with our population is the number of “disabled” vets that keep driving up house prices but aren’t contributing to our community by paying taxes (not to mention all the other huge perks). BTW, most aren’t disabled, they just say they have PTSD and most have never been near a war. Anyways, my kids just graduated from there and we truly appreciated the administration.

      • 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 9:21 am

          I agree, disabled vets don’t raise home prices. Close to the dumbest thing I ever heard. Sure they take advantage of it, it’s the American way. And your a liar if you say you wouldn’t do the same . Find something else to cry about.

      • 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

          Amen…

        • 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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”.

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. Anonymous on August 4, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    High school band did an awesome job tonight at the parent preview.

  29. 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 8, 2022 at 8:30 am

      This sounds like a union vs. non-union complaint. There is such a shortage right now in people that do trades, no one should be out of work or complaining. If you are, either you suck at what you are doing or your to stupid to get off your butt and go find work, period. I personally don’t care if the people building it is union or not, not my problem. I’m more curious about the owners and their integrity. I keep seeing posts on FB about woman owned, veteran owned. Another, who cares.. good for her. That just means she probably got a bunch of free money to get this going. Are they going to give vets or disabled people free products, I highly doubt it. I’m going to take a look and see if they are one of the very many that work the system and get tax free money, no real estate taxes, etc. because they are stressed, cpap, twist an ankle or something. Hopefully, they aren’t and have good ethics. Looking forward to seeing the first wave of people paying $5.00 for microwave food and/or coffee.

    • 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?



  30. 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???

  31. 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

        Where

  32. 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

  33. 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!!!



  34. 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

  35. 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!



  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. 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 11:10 am

            The ONLY one that has any type of material exemption or savings is the Disabled Vets. Look it up! Illinois freezes taxes for the elderly. If you are 100% disabled, you may save like 5% of your real estate taxes. If you are a Vet, and say it is due to service, you can get 70% and up to 100% disability, both qualify for no taxes, plus up to $3,7xx a month, TAX FREE income, plus, plus, plus… Its a scam… I wish they would take it away.



        • Anonymous on July 15, 2022 at 8:31 am

          As a veteran, it is common knowledge when we get out to try to get our VA money. There are firms and people on base that are subject matter experts. It is being misused. Veterans feel entitled because we signed up to serve. In reality, most of us have never really been to combat. Airforce combat for most is nothing like we see on tv. My point is, our government wanted votes, they opened it up to get VA compensation, 100% tax exemption and dependent 100% school tuition on the tax payer, for VOTES. For those brothers and sisters that really got injured for serving, please take care of the. Too many Army and Marines don’t get what the Air Force get. Now if you have a CPAP, its 50% disabled, WHAT A JOKE. then PTSD you get yourself to 70%. I’ve seen maps of names and houses, which equal about 48% of the new homes north of town that don’t pay taxes and get compensated. Look at the bigger homes, the cars they drive and then look it up in the st. clair county website. I bet you 98% are disabled. I have a tore knee and have a cpap, not going to claim, I signed up to serve my country and to me that is no different than working anywhere else and getting hurt. VA is working on stopping the CPAP and making things a lot harder, you better hope you qualify for the 5 rule! Honorable Vets not injured and citizens are disgusted by this new welfare program. Your hurting the country!

          • 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 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 19, 2022 at 6:52 am

          I keep hearing about all these loop holes veterans are getting. I used to think, man, why pick on these people, they served for our country. What I have learned is, way to many people are working the system. Its rather sad. Its not hard to identify, plates, look up and then look at the people. New cars, trucks, harleys, kids have nice cars, vacations, out to dinner all the time and where does that money come from tax payers. Starting a state wide petition to stop the CPAP exemption, etc. Its horrible to think how broke our state is and then watch the amount of people abuse the system. Even worse, think about all those vets that really need help, a home, resources, but can’t get them. Your not entitled because you have common issues that someone working outside of the military encounter. I think they should limit it to war vets only!

          • 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.

  40. 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



  41. 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 8:41 am

      I looked at is as a way to catch your eye and make you take a second look on what idiot would do this. I guess its kinda like advertisement .

    • 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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??

  44. 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

  45. 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

      MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

    • 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

  46. 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!

  47. 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.

  48. 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 27, 2022 at 5:08 pm

        The Supreme Court did NOT make abortion illegal, YOU IDIOT!

      • 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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?

    • Anonymous on June 26, 2022 at 9:36 am

      Side comment , there was a family saying they couldn’t afford Mascoutah’s tuition. Then someone commented about how much we pay in taxes should cover it. Agree, if we didn’t have laws allowing 40-50 percent of vets, as we call now “welfare vets” contributing, then it would improve all of our lives. People are being woken by the abuse of our laws. Next time you see a plate that says “I Served” – “Disabled Vet”, realize your looking at the white collar welfare program. Prayers to the men and women hopefully getting help that truly need it.

  52. 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.

  53. 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

  54. 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

      Really????

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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.



  58. 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 4, 2022 at 9:24 pm

            I give you the respect that you deserve. Thank you for your sacrifice. The problem is that so many non-disabled abuse the breaks that you all should get. It makes all vets look bad. No issues with you, but taxes are bad/high and many of us feel your fellow service people are taking advantage of the system. Maybe you should be calling them out. We’re tired of paying for all the freeloaders….and just being in the service doesn’t get you a free pass!



          • 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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 24, 2022 at 4:15 pm

            The town can’t switch to Ameren even if we wanted to. Blame the idiots back in the 60’s for this.



          • 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

  61. 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!

  62. 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.



        • Anonymous on May 26, 2022 at 2:02 pm

          Anti-America is a Vet using the system to not contribute to society anymore, by getting paid each month and trying to be a hero in the publics eyes. Just cause you can use the system, doesn’t mean you should. I blame our politicians that gave those vets the ability to use the tax payers. Now if they are disabled and/or really served in war, then lets take care of them. BTW the person that said they are a vet and doesn’t know what an upside down flag means, smh.

  63. 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

        Lmao

  64. 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.



  65. 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.

  66. 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 15, 2022 at 4:25 pm

          Ignorant. Idiotic. Dumb. Blurred vision.

      • 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.

  67. 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?

  68. 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??

  69. 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

  70. 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 .

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

    • Anonymous on May 7, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      What diffence whose Facebook page it is on as long as the word gets out and we can enjoy an evening with friends and music and food. I don’t care if it is sponsored by the Wicked Witches of the Midwest.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      that’s marketing, keeping his name relevant. He will be out in the near future.

      • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 10:24 am

        He’s volunteering his time for these events. What are YOU doing for this city?

        • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 4:47 pm

          I agree. He works tirelessly for Mascoutah. I’d bet if someone else forwarded you the Facebook post it would say they invited you. I don’t see this as a problem the mayor has to respond to. Have a good time at the event

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      He’s a longtime chamber member that ran springfest

  73. Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 11:13 am

    I would like to say THANK YOU to the Mascoutah Police Department for its recent crackdown for individuals speeding on Jefferson Street/Route 4. I would also like to say THANK YOU for cracking down on individuals driving while on their electronic device. We appreciate each and everyone of you at the Police Department keeping our community safe.

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 12:37 pm

      I agree. I have witnessed several drivers going over the posted speed limit between Laugh and Learn and Dollar General. My permit drivers was driving home after the Band Concert and was almost hit by a driver weaving in and out of traffic on Route 4.

  74. Anonymous on May 5, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Has there been any update to the lawsuit against the previous City Manager? Did they find him guilty of anything or is the jury still out?

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      That would be nice to know. Is he even still around?

    • Anonymous on May 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      I think somebody said, he is going to run for Mayor or Councilmen.

      • Anonymous on May 7, 2022 at 7:49 am

        I thought he moved to another state to be a city manager there?

        • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 8:09 am

          He ended up not getting the job because people from the Mayors office called his future employer!!! That is completely wrong!!! Shame on the Mayor!!

          • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 8:37 am

            All you have to do is Google his name, and the articles written by the Herald about his firing pop up. Why should the mayor’s office call anyone? They could care less. Don’t spread lies when you don’t know the facts.



          • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 9:58 am

            Any background search would turn up the articles about him here and at his previous city as well. You can’t blame the mayor for this one….maybe he didn’t disclose any of it? Or, maybe the new potential employer did their due diligence to thoroughly vet him. Can’t blame anyone but himself for those issues.



          • Anonymous on May 10, 2022 at 12:53 pm

            Myers was the one that was terminated and it was in the paper. Anyone can look that information up. How is this even close to the mayors fault? Maybe he should take responsibility for his own actions and quit trying to blame others. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to google someone’s name.



          • Anonymous on May 11, 2022 at 9:03 am

            Proof? Or just another keyboard warrior spreading lies



      • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 8:38 am

        Are you sure they aren’t talking about Mike Baker? He moved back.

    • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Fast forward a couple years, we’ll be talking about another bites the dust hahaha

  75. Anonymous on April 30, 2022 at 7:26 am

    I saw where Ameren rates are going to raise as much as $40 per customer to accommodate for the raising cost of electricity. Wonder if we will be headed for another increase next year? I guess $6 is better than $40. I retract earlier comments about the council raising rates.

    • Anonymous on May 1, 2022 at 11:18 pm

      Your anonymous retraction to your anonymous complaints are anonymously noted.

    • Anonymous on May 4, 2022 at 6:37 am

      Ameren still cheaper

      • Anonymous on May 5, 2022 at 3:38 pm

        For sure. Most of Ameren increase looks to be supply costs which I assume would hit Mascoutah too

    • Anonymous on May 4, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      Thats 40.00 per year not 72

  76. Anonymous on April 27, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    I want to try to attend one of these council meetings. Americans like to blame Washington for their problems but more often the most oppressive politicians are your own neighbors and the local city government. On the other hand, it’s also the one place where anyone has the opportunity to make changes that could have an effect on their daily lives.

    • Anonymous on April 28, 2022 at 5:05 pm

      Oppressive? That is a strong word. Dust off the dictionary for that one?

  77. Anonymous on April 27, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Why does the City of Mascoutah think everyone has Facebook or follows them on Facebook. They seem to feel this is appropriate way to get out important information. They posted late in the day on Tuesday, April 26th about water line flushing in Indian Prairie subdivision the next morning. Since we did not get that message we ran a lot of hot water before we realize this situation. If the city has a call system for letting the city residents know about snow removal, can’t same system be used for other important information homeowners might want to know. Very inconsiderate of the City!

    • Anonymous on May 1, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Mascoutah Khorey League did the same thing a couple of days ago.

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2022 at 1:07 am

      Completely agree…very inconsiderate of city management. I don’t use Facebook; never have- ever! Why the city didn’t use the existing call system for this water outage, and the outage on Sunday, 2 May in Hunter’s Creek neighborhood, is very hard to understand. Ever since this new mayor and new council has been in power, many social activities and public services in the city have turned for the worse! I believe it is a result of personal apathy and general mismanagement, by those “in charge.”

      • Anonymous on May 3, 2022 at 3:08 pm

        There was a call placed by the City at 9:33pm Sunday night about the water main break. What else do you want? Should the Council and Mayor knock on your door to tell you personally? Maybe the police should? Or, maybe we need the local town crier to walk the streets wearing a sandwich board?

        • Anonymous on May 5, 2022 at 12:54 am

          No call from the city received here last Sunday at any time. And, that is assuming your info is true! What is true, is that I know the city has my phone number…not sure about that town crier though.

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

            The info is true. What is also true is that the City has an alert system you can sign up for. Check their website.



    • Anonymous on May 9, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      Because City Hall workers check Facebook twenty times a day while not on break, and they are brainwashed

  78. Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    How come the ball fields are never open after a slight bit of rain? Mascoutah has some of the best fields around when it comes to drying out, and we’ve had nonstop closures this season. The city used to have people that would prep the fields and could turn them around after rain. Is it a labor shortage or does the city just not care?

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      The last council meeting packets said they city spent $24k on a “ballfield groomer”. What’s the point of some fancy equipment if they won’t work the fields? Was this to replace an employee having to do it and the machine can’t handle a little moisture? Seems like a huge waste.

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 5:47 pm

        $24k for a piece of equipment that doesn’t get used since it’s easier to say “we are closed”?

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 3:28 pm

      Not a good start for the new City Manager

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 3:33 pm

        She doesn’t start her job until May 1.

        • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 4:26 pm

          Right–what does the ball field equipment have to do with the new City Manager?

        • Anonymous on April 28, 2022 at 8:41 am

          Remembering Days Gone By in the paper this week 1972 the city manager got a raise of $800.00 to earn $16800.00 what is the the new person salary are they really worth it

          • Anonymous on April 28, 2022 at 5:05 pm

            If you’re that interested and concerned, try attending a meeting. The details have been disclosed.



          • Anonymous on April 30, 2022 at 10:46 am

            $110,000



          • Anonymous on May 2, 2022 at 2:13 pm

            Not to bad of money for 1972



      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 5:50 pm

        This isn’t the nee city manager. She hasn’t started yet. This is our interim city manager.

      • Anonymous on May 2, 2022 at 11:59 am

        well there was a water main break May 1,guess you can start bashing her for her role in the break or people can blame city management for not knowing that the line was going to break and giving folks a heads up so they could store water,not sure what would happen if a real catastrophe struck

        • Anonymous on May 3, 2022 at 1:15 am

          The city of Mascoutah has a documented history of having water main breaks every 2-3 years. Check your city’s history. Guess what, there will be another water main break in about 2-3 years. Doesn’t take a genius to deduce that this cycle of events will continue until the remaining, antiquated pipes are replaced. I’ll have to attend a city council meeting to legitimately figure out (i.e. to officially be informed of) what that project plan is, if a plan exists. But of course, I won’t (attend).

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      I think the khoury league used to maintain and now the city does. It seems the city won’t work the fields if will take any work at all. I don’t get why cancel games at noon when the sun is out.

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 5:46 pm

        Because the city doesn’t want to make their people work. It’s easier to close them down.

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 5:53 pm

        This is the first year in a long time it’s been this bad all around. Scheduling, correspondence with city hall, maintenance, everything. It’s a shame because the fields being a lot of people to town when they are in use for games and tournaments.

        • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 9:34 am

          Why don’t one of you volunteer to get the fields ready instead of whinning about it. There should be a age limit on who can post.

          • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 11:43 am

            The city doesn’t want anyone else working on the fields anymore. there are several organizations in and out of town that have assisted with maintaining the fields in the past, but this year have been told that nobody besides a city worker can prep them.



          • Anonymous on May 2, 2022 at 11:29 pm

            If the city closes them, how can a volunteer work them? They are closed.



        • Anonymous on April 28, 2022 at 10:28 am

          Speaking for one of the organizations here in town. Madelyn at City Hall is a welcomed addition and has been a pleasure to work with. She always tries to accommodate all parties.

          • Anonymous on May 4, 2022 at 12:55 pm

            That has nothing to do with the fields being worked to play on. Can schedule all you want but if won’t work the fields then what?



    • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 9:38 am

      The City Clerks son is the Parks Foreman. Typical.

      • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 10:12 am

        So what? He does a good job

        • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 10:56 am

          Apparently not. Guess you can’t read above. Haha

          • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 11:51 am

            He’s supposed to control the rain?



          • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 12:18 pm

            The fields are built to be able to be playable after rain. It takes work and prep. There have been organizations that have volunteered time and money over the years to make them drain better, but it’s the lack of proper preparation that’s the issue. It’s easier to close them at noon and be done with it than actually work them to provide a service to those who use them. There was no reason last night should have had them closed due to wet conditions.



          • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 8:39 pm

            Did any of you go to park yesterday and look at the fields or just read about this on Facebook? Have any of you complaining tried to get a field ready with standing water on it? Also as for the foreman of the park I believe he has a sports management degree, so he probably knows a lot more than those of you.



      • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm

        We need to understand regardless of who he’s related to he’s well qualified for the job the problem is he’s in the process of getting all the parks open with the help of 1 other city employee. Has for the new piece of equipment it’s new to them they have to get it figured out plus the fact we’ve had a lot of rain plus the 2 employees also take care of city building maintenance

      • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm

        It’ll be OK sunshine. Your kid will still get a ribbon for participating, despite the fields being closed one day because it rained.

  79. Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I would like to say thank you to the woman in the black SUV heading out of town for riding my a$$ on Route 4. Remember the speed limit is 30, then 35, then 55 past Dollar General. I hope you got stopped by the train heading to Interstate 64.

    • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 8:21 pm

      Happens to me all of the time. Many times they pass me and get stopped at the light. Karma!!!!

      • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 7:48 am

        What would Johnny Depp do?

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 10:56 pm

      Agreed. Whether it’s on 4, Main, or Harnett, I could be going 5 over the limit and there’d still be someone in his truck sniffing my tailpipe. Driving can be such a chore in this town

      • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 9:36 am

        It’s not just this town. It’s the whole mid-west style of driving.

        • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 10:35 am

          It’s really not just the midwest. Driving in the U.S. drivers seem to be in such a hurry, they become rude unfortunately. I’ve lived in Texas where speed limit is 75 on highways, so people go 90 or more. California, Oregon and Washington state have their fair share of rude, dangerous drivers. In Fall River & Boston Massachusetts it’s drive at your own risk. Paying attention & being considerate of other drivers should be the norm.

          • Anonymous on April 26, 2022 at 8:18 pm

            And don’t get me started on California drivers. They make their own rules (drivers) like the ‘California stop’ it’s crazy out there!!



          • Anonymous on April 28, 2022 at 9:48 am

            Colorado has the most considerate people I’ve ever seen. You put your turn signal on to change lanes, they actually wait for you to get in the other lane. Someone going slower then the speed limit hauling a load, they actually pull over if more when 4 cars are lining up behind them. Must be the weed turning them into nice people.



  80. Anonymous on April 23, 2022 at 7:29 am

    I expected to see or hear outrage about the increase in utility rates. But all I hear is crickets. Does everyone now believe that increases are the norm and just accept them with not even a whimper? Thank you Councilman Battas for at least trying. I hope we don’t forget your efforts.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      Next election, they lose my vote.

      • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 8:10 pm

        They definitely will not get my vote in the future. Battas is the only one. He listened to the voters. The poll on this website said 90% of the people did not want a rate increase. Why did the mayor and other councilmen vote against the wishes of the people. Shame on them!

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2022 at 8:57 pm

      What good does complaining about it do? Besides it’s not the councils fault that everything costs a little more and they need to raise the rates. Just listen to our Nations current Administration, it’s Putin’s fault! Get used to the high rates, we are going to see them for many years to come. The votes you cast really do have an impact on your lives, don’t they?

    • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 6:40 am

      Re- election move by Battas, if you watched online you would of heard him proclaim how much these increases were necessary prior to voting “No”. But hey, it will be on record as a no after he endorsed it adding a expiration date to the raise.

      • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 12:23 pm

        If you were listening to what Battas had to say he probably voted No because they wouldn’t guarantee that they would have an expiration date. It was said that they could look at that when the time comes but we all know the time never comes means another increase!!!

      • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 12:33 pm

        I’ve known Wally for a long time he could care less about getting Re Elected

        • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 1:22 pm

          If you know he could care less to be reelected, maybe he cares less about doing the job he was voted in to do then.

          • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 3:22 pm

            But yet he voted against the majority apparently because he felt that was the right thing. I think what the OP meant was that he doesnt vote the way he thinks will get him reelected but rather how he actually thinks on the issue. Just a guess tho



      • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 5:24 pm

        What’s wrong with explaining your vote, regardless of what the vote is?

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 11:23 am

      Well you voted to put mostly liberals into office this is what you get. Stop whinning about something most of you voted for.

      • Anonymous on April 27, 2022 at 5:19 pm

        I thought the City Council is non-partisan

  81. Anonymous on April 22, 2022 at 5:45 am

    To the new City Manager…Welcome. Buckle your seat belt. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.

    • Anonymous on April 22, 2022 at 8:15 pm

      Yeah probably because of people like you.

    • Anonymous on April 23, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      Over or Under 3 years?

    • Anonymous on April 24, 2022 at 6:01 pm

      I’m excited about the hiring of a well qualified city manager.Just hoping that she can see the problems with personal at city hall, and to clean house if need be to get rid of the dead weight and to make sure all city employees understand that they work with taxpayers money, and should be held accountable. Some of them think that they can’t be replaced.

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 1:05 pm

        Agreed. Terrible, disrespectful attitudes of underqualified people in administration roles. Time to go.

      • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 1:19 pm

        Enough with “my taxes pay your salary” BS. Did you ever think that those people you comment about pay taxes also to pay there salaries. So they get taxed so it can pay there own salary. Seems to me they’re actually getting screwed .

        • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 2:22 pm

          The comment did not say “my taxes pay your salary” The comment stated that “to make sure all city employees understand that they work with taxpayers money”
          Taxes do contribute to their salary though, along with electric and water/sewer dept rates. My hope would be a new city manager can trim expenses/rates/taxes to the residents, including the city employees who do live in town. If that means getting rid of employees who do not perform the job they are hired to do then so be it.

  82. Anonymous on April 22, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Thank you councilman Battas for listening to us. it may not have stopped the increase, but at least you tried.

    • Anonymous on April 22, 2022 at 1:22 pm

      Battas is our hero!!!! I wish all politicans would listen to the voters.

  83. Anonymous on April 21, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    I think Kevin Dawson would make a great State Representative.

    • Anonymous on April 21, 2022 at 5:18 pm

      He already is a great guy, and add State Rep to it.

    • Anonymous on April 25, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      I believe Dawson will represent everyone well in the 114 district.He’s not afraid to speak up he’s the kind of guy that can talk to anyone.

  84. Anonymous on April 12, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    I would ask for the great citizens of this town to start a go fund me to help fix 6th street, but then we wouldn’t be able to pay our electric bills and property taxes.

    • Anonymous on April 13, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      GO FUND ME? Are folk’s aware of the amount that is taken off of the top of the donations and then are charged a fee each time there is a withdrawal from the account?
      RIPOFF?

    • Anonymous on April 15, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      Are cars expected to stop for trail users crossing 6th north of the park? Asking for a friend.

      • Anonymous on April 16, 2022 at 12:34 am

        Tell your friend, yes.

      • Anonymous on April 18, 2022 at 10:11 am

        Trail users???

      • Anonymous on April 19, 2022 at 5:05 pm

        You see a person trying to cross the street then yes, the normal, decent thing to do would be to stop and let them cross.

        • Anonymous on April 20, 2022 at 12:15 am

          Right. I’m not sure why this is a question.

          • Anonymous on April 20, 2022 at 9:21 am

            If traveling south down 6th, the street widens to two lanes right before crosswalk creating great potential for a bad situation. As one car traveling south signals to a pedestrian to cross, a second car might be traveling behind first car at legal speed, switch lanes not see the pedestrian. I have seen this often. Kids can’t see over a car signaling them to cross. I ask for safety. Perhaps the city wants to consider “ in street” signage. Slowing traffic sooner. More obvious signage prior. Community education. Increased policing. Widen road after crosswalk. There is inconsistency amongst you fine citizens. only you can prevent speed bumps.



        • Anonymous on April 21, 2022 at 6:20 pm

          I almost got hit several times at that location by a full size black Chevy pickup with blacked out windows and a gray sedan. They increased their speed even though I was in the middle of the walkway. Yes they should stop for all pedestrians.

    • Anonymous on April 20, 2022 at 11:44 am

      If a car is coming to this area at 30 mile an hour you’d be an idiot to step out and hope he can stop. If your in the crosswalk already and the car is coming at you at 30 you better get out of the way. Just don’t be the stupid people that get in the crosswalk and don’t look to see if a car is coming because they feel they have the right of way. Which you would have the right of way, but if the car hits you because you weren’t looking, shame on the driver but, your dead so, use common sense and stop asking dumb questions.

      • Anonymous on April 23, 2022 at 10:04 am

        I’m not sure it’s a dumb question. Similar safety considerations apply to people walking on Route 4. I too hope the city makes mascoutah a bike/pedestrian friendly place soon.

  85. Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 8:49 am

    ATTENTION COUNCILMEN BATTAS, SEIBERT, AND ELBE: We need your help! When you took office, you promised residents that you would stand tall for them, protect their interests. At the next council meeting, Mayor McMahan and Councilman Weyant will vote yes to raising utility rates. There is no doubt about that. Now is the time to show us how powerful you three are and how much you care about your neighbors. We implore you to vote no to the increase. All three of you need to vote no or it will pass and we will be paying higher electrical rates than ever before. Our paychecks/social security checks can only go so far. Councilmen we are begging, pleading for your help.

    • Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 10:42 am

      I agree with your plea. But we all know they won’t do a thing to stop this. What’s funny is Mcmahan and Weyant ran as conservatives. Looks to me they lied about that.

      • Anonymous on April 8, 2022 at 9:42 pm

        Since when was Pat a conservative when he ran as a democrat a few years ago.

        • Anonymous on April 13, 2022 at 10:19 am

          Because Mike Baker was running as a Dem. So I guess he ran for what ever political party didn’t have a candidate. Well he’s proving he has no idea what’s going on.

          • Anonymous on April 16, 2022 at 12:02 pm

            Baker moved to Florida last summer. City government is by partisan. Since you may not understand the term, it means that run Mc Mahnn, Baker, Battas, Elbe , Wyannt and Seibert didn’t run as democrats or republicans.



        • Anonymous on April 18, 2022 at 8:34 pm

          Is it acceptable to pull your kids early from school if there is potentially bad weather coming? Heard some folks complaining that Scott AFB was taking precautions and released people from work to avoid the weather and that getting their child from school was unnecessary. Shutting the base doesnt mean come get your kid from school. Id like to think I would rather not be caught out in a freakish storm if I can avoid it. But the comments made seemed a little ridiculous.

    • Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 11:28 am

      You are 100% correct. Raising our electric bills bills is a sham. They don’t understand the electric service in Mascoutah at all. I should have voted differently. I guess our x councilman Baker got tired of butting heads with others on the electric and moved. Where did he go?

    • Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      I don’t know the other two, but I bet hands down that Wally will vote nope.

      • Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 1:11 pm

        Your wrong. they will all fold and tell us we don’t understand why the town needs the money. its all about trying to be bigger and better and we pay for that type of thinking.

        • Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 4:09 pm

          We need to all attend the citys meeting the night they vote. They need to know how we feel about this.

          • Anonymous on April 9, 2022 at 12:38 pm

            There is the mayor and 4 council men. Three of them need to vote against this for the electric increase to fail. It wont be the mayor obviously. At least 3 of the others need to vote against it. Are they brave enough?



          • Anonymous on April 13, 2022 at 4:05 pm

            I say NO. We have to live within our budgets, so should the city. People have been complaining about electirc rates for years in Mascoutah. Enough is enough. We elected you to do what we want. SO PLEASE DO IT!! Vote NO.



    • Anonymous on April 7, 2022 at 11:18 pm

      Thank the President for inflation. The city has to pay bills too and they have gone up. No win situation for the council.

      • Anonymous on April 8, 2022 at 7:54 am

        I agree but there could still be cuts. We don’t need the cost of a new city manager when the current asst has been doing the job since last year. there are other cuts that could be made.

        • Anonymous on April 8, 2022 at 2:17 pm

          We need a qualified city manager and not an assistant. Find someone qualified and get rid of the assistant position. And maybe, re-evaluate the offered salary range for said city manager.

        • Anonymous on April 8, 2022 at 11:08 pm

          Name some cuts that would affect electric rates? City manager would barely scratch it as I bet only small portion of salary comes from the electric funds if any

          • Anonymous on April 13, 2022 at 4:11 pm

            Crickets



    • Anonymous on April 8, 2022 at 10:46 am

      They just raised flat fees $10-$20, per month, a year ago. Now they want another $3-$5. No I don’t think so. They should have planned better.

      • Anonymous on April 8, 2022 at 11:07 pm

        So have one massive increase instead of gradual? Yea that makes sense and will go over well

      • Anonymous on April 10, 2022 at 7:23 pm

        They probably should have planned better but, that is not the fault of the current council.

  86. Anonymous on April 5, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Just learned that Exxon is reporting record profits from oil and gas. Meanwhile, many countries are talking about subsidizing fuel prices… using money that’s supposed to go toward being less dependent on fossil fuels. These oil tycoons don’t miss a beat, do they?

    • Anonymous on April 6, 2022 at 6:29 am

      Here we go again.

    • Anonymous on April 6, 2022 at 12:37 pm

      I find it quite humorous that Apple Computer made more money in 2021 than the top four oil and gas companies combined. Why is it okay?

      • Anonymous on April 6, 2022 at 1:43 pm

        Maybe because dumb people still don’t mind paying big money for limited types of electronics. I don’t get it either.

  87. Anonymous on April 4, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    It’s Scottish American month. Let’s party

  88. Anonymous on April 3, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    “Even though I’m pro-life, I don’t care if others can’t afford life-saving insulin!” Put THAT on a sign and sell it on the corner why don’tcha?

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2022 at 9:57 am

      I’m sorry your life sucks so bad.

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      How did we get from pro-life to insulin? You must be one of the highly educated without intelligence.

      • Anonymous on April 5, 2022 at 11:51 am

        Because it’s seems the average pro-lifer doesn’t care what happens to the child after they’re born.

        • Anonymous on April 5, 2022 at 1:10 pm

          Even if that were true, the child would at least have a chance for a life. Not everyone ends up as miserable as you.

    • Anonymous on April 15, 2022 at 9:56 am

      Hopefully, Henry The Cop , will run again in the next election. If he does, I’m sure he would vote no to increase electrical rates.

  89. Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t understand why the MHS Graduation ceremony is being held at 7 p.m. on a Sunday. My parents were going to come out for the weekend, but now they will have to leave before the ceremony. Couldn’t it be scheduled earlier or at least on a Saturday?

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2022 at 8:45 am

      I want to applaud the school districit’s excellent interlect by changing the time of the graduation ceremony, and in also waiting until invitations by families have already been printed. By changing the time, the school district has loudly and clearly disregarded relatives that will be driving or flying in to watch their loved ones during the ceremony, but now can’t, because they would need to leave before the start to be able to arrive back to work on Monday. Your compassion is as high as your unnecessary and extremely inflated salary.

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2022 at 8:58 am

        If it was at 2:00 you guys would all complain that its to hot. Well lets do it at 10:00, oh my goodness, we would have to get up to early. Lets do it on Saturday, that’s when our party is planned. Okay, how about Friday? How dare the school do it on Friday and people would have to take off work. Life is about choices, either choose to be at the ceremony and sacrifice something else, or don’t go to the ceremony. Life will go on with or without your loved ones at the ceremony.

        • Anonymous on April 1, 2022 at 9:32 am

          You fail to miss the issue. I don’t care too many care about the time as long as planned well ahead of time and don’t change it

      • Anonymous on April 3, 2022 at 2:38 pm

        How dare the school district not use their “interlect”? Hilariously ironic

      • Anonymous on April 18, 2022 at 8:38 pm

        Sometimes the communication from the faculty is much better than the administrators. Easy for them to make brash decisions and what’s best for them. Sometimes poor planning on an organization should bite the bullet rather than disrupting everyone’s plans.

  90. Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    I was at the Sportsplex on Monday. I witnessed several Team Mascoutah volleyball player run to use the restroom. They had no manners while pushing their way the smaller children. They were also very rude. My children do not act like this in public. My husband and I raised our kids right. The parents and coaches need to start doing the right thing.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 4:12 pm

      I heard that Motto “Mart” Mortgage and Remax is going to have huge signs on the side of all the schools, just to let everyone know they donated. Appreciate their contributions, but does everything need to be a bill board or can they possibly actually donate some time and money without making it all about them? A true donation doesn’t come with handshakes and pictures, all it is saying is, man I making a lot of money off of you all, so let me advertise by donating. I wonder if there is any special treatment given to them for all their contributions. Small town famous.

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 2:13 pm

        What they have helped accomplish in this community is remarkable. They’ve built subdivisions, they’ve helped grow this town in a positive way, they’ve donated countless hours to help improve our town, our schools, and our community. For you to have an issue with them taking some pictures is absurd.

        Alumni field has a big sign of all the donors. Ag building has a big sign of all the donors. Does that bother you to?

        • Anonymous on June 12, 2022 at 8:28 pm

          Except they never volunteer their time unless it’s to promote their business unlike many other local business owners here in town.

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 2:13 pm

        Sounds like someone is jealous they aren’t “Small town famous”

        • Anonymous on April 4, 2022 at 12:32 pm

          “Small Town Famous” – Love it!

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 8:26 pm

      Maybe should go talk to the coach or organization first before blast them on here. Who do I talk to and complain about you being rude too?

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 7:49 am

      Kudos on being such great parents! I’m think all parents in Mascoutah will do a better job now that you told us how to do it! I hope you continue to tell us how to raise our kids the right way in future sound offs, and the proper way to run to the bathroom.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 8:00 am

      Here’s your cookie

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 11:50 am

      Sounds like someone’s child didn’t make this team.

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

        I was watching my daughter in gymnastics. Kind of hard to miss the volleyball players running towards the restroom and almost knocking the small kids down.

        • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 3:59 pm

          The other day I was around some small kids at the park and they ran in front me. Such jerks…… Grow up

      • Anonymous on April 5, 2022 at 6:01 am

        Typical Team Mascoutah “click” parent… my kid is perfect and does nothing wrong!

        • Anonymous on April 6, 2022 at 6:30 am

          Typical keyboard warrior.

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 12:39 pm

      This is comical, another faceless key board warrior looking to slander an organization in which provides tremendous benefits to kids. I’m sure we can make the assumption that all parents and kids in this organization are bad because someone hurried to the bathroom.

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 3:52 pm

        I was not slander.

        • Anonymous on April 6, 2022 at 6:31 am

          Good one

      • Anonymous on April 1, 2022 at 9:41 pm

        The middle schoolers should know better than pushing the younger kids out of the way.

    • Anonymous on April 4, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      wondering why you didn’t go to the coach or the parents {they sit in one section and are easy to find}or the manager of sportsplex about your grievance rather than spout off on here,guess it’s a lot easier to be a keyboard warrior and avoid all confrontation

  91. Anonymous on March 28, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    wonder what would have happened if a white actor had slapped Chris Rock ?

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 7:55 am

      We all know what would happen. His career would be ruined. Every media outlet would essentially crucify him and call him racist and bring up every little possible thing from his past.

      • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 9:17 am

        Wonder what will happen when the public finds out the whole scene was staged? There was no slap. Slow motion film has proved it. i think the Oscars needed something to jazz up the program because their ratings have been sinking for years. And it worked. You can’t go on the Internet or watch a news program without seeing something about the incident. Five seconds of Oscar history was made.

        • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 11:40 am

          The whole thing must have went over my head. I’ve seen the clip several times but I didn’t think the “joke” was that funny nor something that someone should slap you for. It’s not like Chris Rock called Will’s wife a wh*** or a sl** on national television. I have to agree with the former person who commented on this. I think it was all for the ratings.

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 11:08 pm

      What does it matter? This wasn’t about race, let’s keep it that way.

      • Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 12:28 pm

        right on, as long as its black on black crime who cares ? If Alex Baldwin wound have done that he would be escorted off stage and put in jail ! double standards at its best

        • Anonymous on April 3, 2022 at 11:03 pm

          I disagree that Alec Baldwin would have been put in jail just for slapping someone. After all he shot and killed a woman and hasn’t seen a jail cell yet.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      it wouldn’t have any other narrative but racial injustice.

    • Anonymous on April 1, 2022 at 11:51 pm

      I thought Tom’s was going out of business?

  92. Anonymous on March 27, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    Is the FFA holding a fish fry this year?

    • Anonymous on March 27, 2022 at 8:11 pm

      I think they had it a couple weeks ago.

    • Anonymous on April 13, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      NO

  93. Anonymous on March 27, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    When did the big field between Laugh and Learn and the Dollar General become a dirt bike track? I notice people riding dirt bikes there so is it free to ride there or do I need to pay as I do at the track in Coulterville?

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 6:09 pm

      You know what would solve that problem? If something actually got built there like there was gonna be.

  94. Anonymous on March 27, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Vice President Biden says no US troops are going to Ukraine. That’s really code for yes they will be going.

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 7:56 am

      I see what you did here. Good on you

  95. Anonymous on March 24, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    To the lady that has become the “town know-it-all” on Facebook, especially the Residents of Mascoutah page, please shut the he** up! You don’t have to try to prove you know everything, and you certainly don’t have to comment on everything first. Does your life consist of waking up, going on Facebook, and then leaving Facebook at night to go back to bed? Your ego must be enormous if you think everyone is just waiting for your opinion and vast knowledge of Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 8:52 am

      Read my mind. Which one? There’s two to three haha

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 11:49 am

      Names, we need names. Then we can possible tell you if she’s full of it.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 11:58 am

        Absolutely not!! She is the type who would sue me, my wife, my kids, and my dog!!! LOL

    • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      She’s usually right, so maybe you should shut the he** up!

      • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 11:41 am

        LOL…Seeeeeee. You know exactly who we are talking about. Now that’s funny!

    • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 3:28 pm

      She was back at it again yesterday

  96. Anonymous on March 22, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Gotta love Missouri. Purchased gas over there today and it was 94 cents cheaper per gallon than Mascoutah.

    • Anonymous on March 24, 2022 at 7:49 am

      Why doesn’t The Herald publish ALL of the seniors who have committed to a college or trade school rather then just when submitted. Seems there is a lack of good news everywhere these days and all of the kids deserve the recognition. Not hard info to find.

      • Anonymous on March 24, 2022 at 2:21 pm

        Military as well, I should have included that originally.

      • Anonymous on March 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm

        Same goes for Band and Guard.

      • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 12:29 pm

        It really doesn’t matter and isn’t that big of a deal. Don’t we hand out enough participation trophies as is?

    • Anonymous on March 29, 2022 at 11:10 pm

      Good job. How much of that gas did you burn on the way back home?

      • Anonymous on March 31, 2022 at 6:44 am

        Not much since it’s only a 37 mile drive

    • Anonymous on March 30, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Agree. Yesterday Missouri was $1.06 cheaper than here. Also, why does their prices change 2-3 times per week and yet our high price just stays at the same price for a month or more.

  97. Anonymous on March 21, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Wow! Everyone is so quiet this week. What gives? Finally give up complaining about the roads, politicians, school district, etc?

    • Anonymous on March 22, 2022 at 8:08 am

      Oh we will be back today. The weather is crappy, which tends to make us crabby.

      I’ll go first. That dude that won the women’s national swimming championships for the NCAA should be stripped of his “accolades” It is embarrassing what our society has allowed to become acceptable and ESPN thinks we should praise this dude for beating girls.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2022 at 9:42 am

        I wonder if he actually feels like he accomplished something beating women at swimming.

        • Anonymous on March 22, 2022 at 8:32 pm

          I wonder how good he was when he had to compete against other men?

      • Anonymous on March 24, 2022 at 11:34 am

        Totally agree. I for one would like to know why ‘true women’ are not up in arms! From Amy Schneider, who won over 1 million dollars on Jeopardy, to Lia Thomas dominating the collegiate sport of swimming, these MEN are being praised as successful women. To me this a massive slap in the face to naturally born women who identify as such. Where are your voices?? I guess as a young privileged white born male, I need to start identifying as an Hispanic-Native American Female of African descent to get a head in this country. Unreal

        • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 11:53 am

          You have to find a true liberal to find out this logic . Mascoutah might not have one being a conservative town.

          • Anonymous on March 25, 2022 at 12:30 pm

            Conservative town? Not anymore. There are more snowflakes here now then ever before.



  98. Anonymous on March 16, 2022 at 9:48 am

    When done please take your used condoms and dump them in the trash (especially when the dumpster is 10ft from the place of the deed) instead of leaving them in the parking lot for others to find. It is gross and very seedy!

    • Anonymous on March 17, 2022 at 2:02 pm

      What was this at?

      • Anonymous on March 20, 2022 at 1:00 pm

        I’m not telling where because then they’ll just make a game of it. It’s disgusting and the last thing I want is to see more.

    • Anonymous on March 18, 2022 at 7:52 am

      Very seedy!

    • Anonymous on March 21, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      I guess we should be happy they are wearing a condom.

  99. Anonymous on March 15, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I heard that the school district is trying to do away with the gifted program at Mascoutah Elementary. Why??? This is such a great program. My son has been in honors classes since 5th grade. He had behavioral issues because he was bored. The classes were too easy. Now he is challenged and is still in the honors program in high school.

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2022 at 7:50 am

      I agree. They have not given an explanation why they are trying get rid of the program. So sad.

      • Anonymous on March 22, 2022 at 9:44 am

        We have all kinds of teams either heading to state or winning state. Obviously the current school program is working. Why would you want to change it? The district should be shouting from the rooftops, not trying to dismantle a perfectly good system.

  100. Anonymous on March 13, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Anyone else recently contacted our state political representatives and not receive a response?

    I have composed and mailed letters to State Senator Chris Belt (D) and State Rep LaToya Greenwood (D)- both represent constituents from Mascoutah and Scott AFB- and have received zero response. I mailed the letters in May 2021 and in September 2021 (sent the Sep letters via certified mail, so I know they received them) to their local/district offices AND to their respective offices in Springfield. I even followed-up with phone calls to their local and Springfield offices and still didn’t receive a response to the multiple voicemails that I Ieft per the answering services’ requests. Nothing in terms of a reply …silence.

    I’m originally from Ohio, and back when I was growing up, if we sent a letter to our local representatives, we would always get a reply. It was a very simple process and worked mutually well. It might not have been the response we had wished for, in terms of action or agreement, but it was at least a respectful reply to our communication. I get the feeling that Illinois politicians don’t have that sense of duty or responsibility. Actually, I positively know they don’t as evidenced by their lack of any action.

    At this point in the process, I’m not even concerned about my issue, for I’m much more concerned that my so-called local representatives don’t even care enough to even acknowledge a constituent’s letter. Personally, I think this non-responsiveness is pathetic. I (we) pay these people’s salaries (personally and office staff), and yet they can’t even reply with a simple acknowledgement. They should be ashamed of themselves! I was wondering if any other Mascoutah constituents have encountered the same situation with these clowns? Four letters sent, four phone calls made, yet Belt and Greenwood won’t even reply to a fellow constituent…disgusting representation in my opinion.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2022 at 10:55 am

      I completely agree with your assessment of the situation. It’s disgusting and shameful! The democrats think they are above the law and they are the ones that run this state. My husband has contacted our republican reps several times and has always heard back from Mike Bost. Perhaps you are supporting the wrong party.

      • Anonymous on March 14, 2022 at 1:21 pm

        Yes, I have also called Rep. Greenwood’s office. No response.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2022 at 1:20 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I’ve heard from the neighboring State Representative that his office is flooded with calls from people from our district because they can’t get answers from their reps. Luckily, it’s election season, so there is hope!

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2022 at 8:14 am

      Contact Rep Charlie Meiers office they always respond.

      • Anonymous on March 18, 2022 at 4:45 pm

        I’ve talked to Charlie Meier’s office about this. They’re busy trying to do actual work for their district but, they still accommodate Rep. Greenwood’s constituents because she won’t. We need a real representative in that office that will give it the attention it deserves.

    • Anonymous on March 23, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      I tried to go to the Social Security office to file for Medicare after the online version said there was a problem with my account and I should call the Social Security Hot Line. After I tried calling 4 times, being put on hold for 45 minutes to 1 hour and half each time, I tried going in person to the Belleville office. It of course is close, but there was a security guard inside who after banging loudly on the door finally opened up and told me I’d have to call the hot line that no one had worked in the office for over 2 years. I wonder what he was guarding?

      I tried calling again and after 30 minutes on hold a woman told me to hold again and I said no. She told me I’d have to and she hung up on me. I called Senator Durban’s office, all of our state congressmen’s offices and the only person that responded was Mike Bost office. They were extremely helpful and hooked me up with a Social Security official out of Alton that then arranged a call from the Belleville office. WHY ISN’T OUR SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE NOW OPEN!!! Everything else is.

      UNREAL….my tax dollars at work. Websites that don’t work, public offices that aren’t open to the public, being put on hold indefinitely and public officials that don’t return calls. And they wonder why people are disgruntled with government. Welcome to the new world.

  101. Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    I just read the Letter to the Editor from James Saffel. What the heck was he babbling about? I couldn’t understand any of it.

    • Anonymous on March 13, 2022 at 10:09 am

      I applaud his passion about the high cost of electricity, but his numbers plus the way he goes about telling people is so far out in left field. He’s very old and I think he means well, but he needs to talk to someone younger who could write up a report for him to read at the council. Something that makes sense.

  102. Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    New Baden dissolving their Parks & Rec Board.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      Read the room. Can’t you see we are more worried about arguing over gas prices and covid vaccines. Geez.

  103. Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Russian air strikes are now hitting hospitals. But I guess the US and Europe will continue to watch from the sidelines and do nothing.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 11:45 am

      If you can’t figure out why we don’t help them fight maybe you shouldn’t post comments.

      • Anonymous on March 11, 2022 at 10:49 am

        Our politicians always brag about how great democracy is and how it’s our responsibility to defend it anywhere in the world. I guess it only matters what country the fight is in. Maybe we won’t help because we can’t defeat Russia. After all, we lost in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan so why would we be able to defeat Russia

        • Anonymous on March 11, 2022 at 2:13 pm

          Check your facts on some of those area’s we help fight.

        • Anonymous on March 14, 2022 at 3:02 pm

          I never heard a politician say we are responsible to defend democracy anywhere in the world.. Who you been talking to??

  104. Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 9:12 am

    If I didn’t know better I’d swear Biden is trying to get Trump reelected in 24.

    • Anonymous on March 12, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      Let’s hope he succeeds

  105. Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Looks like the kids brought covid home from Florida instead of warm weather. So far 3 confirmed cases. I wonder how many of the kids were not vaccinated. Shame on the parents and kids for not getting this none before their field trip. Very important.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 8:06 am

      Go get a life. The vaccine doesn’t even work. Shame on you for being how you are.

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 1:57 pm

        It have a function, but no bullet proof vest.

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 7:02 pm

        The vaccine does work. I am fully vaccinated and boostered.. I have been exposed multiple times and tested negative everytime. Follow the science.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 2:12 pm

          And I am fully unvaccinated. Still kickin. Follow the science? Oh you must mean the science that created this virus? Yeah….I’ll get right on that for ya Karen.

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 8:18 am

      what does being vaccinated have to do with anything? you can still get Covid being vaccinated!

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 2:20 pm

        That is NOT always the case. I have had both shots and booster. I have been exposed three times and have tested negative all three times. Typical Republican .

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 2:10 pm

          Don’t blame these comments on the real Republicans. The Trump cult follows come up with these brainless comments. Hopefully we’ll get a true conservative in office soon. Bidens screwing up beyond belief. So we have a real good chance of that. Keep Orange out of the office.

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 3:55 pm

          Right but your anecdotal “evidence” is also not always the case. That’s part of the problem with the extremists on both sides of this argument–they only speak and believe in absolutes. There are no absolutes with this.

  106. Anonymous on March 8, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    To all you Trump Haters that voted for Biden, please post anything good to come from this administration. Just tickled to death with all that’s happening now! LOL

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      You don’t follow politics much do ya??

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 8:22 am

      Crickets

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2022 at 11:07 am

      What if you hate trump but didn’t vote for biden?? Should I just post how much a liar trump is. Or how he wants us to think with the same mentality people had in the 40’s? We don’t care about anyone but ourselves.

  107. Anonymous on March 6, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    RBOB Futures just took out the all time high of $3.65 set in July of 2008. We could see an upside objective of $4.85 to $4.90 come into play. Tack on approximately a dollar in taxes and we have $5.75-$6.00 a gallon.

    • Anonymous on March 8, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Friendly reminder that Russia is the world’s second largest producer of oil. Blame Putin, not Biden!

      • Anonymous on March 8, 2022 at 12:59 pm

        Haha good one

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 10:19 am

        So what, we have a pipe line in Amercia that Biden shut down. So do I have to say the obvious. ??

        • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 9:16 am

          you do understand that the keystone pipeline had 4 phase. Which actually included 2 subphases for a total of 6. The only one not completed was the final phase which was simply a shortcut across the Dakota’s. Phase 1 brings tar sands to Woodriver and Patoka. Phase 2 split phase 1 in Steele city and continue south into north Texas. Phase 3 completed the southern leg to Houston Texas. Phase 4 would of only increased daily output by a maximum of 500,000 barrels. So please explain how not completing phase 4 is the cause. That 500,000 barrels would only amount to a 2% increase of the daily barrels already shipped in America which stands at above 18 million barrels.

        • Anonymous on March 16, 2022 at 4:29 pm

          Keystone XL was supposed to connect tar sand oil from Canada to a Gulf Coast refinery *for export.* None of that oil would’ve gone to us.

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2022 at 1:58 pm

        This has NOTHING to do with the war, this has to do with a poorly managed government.

  108. Anonymous on March 4, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Based on the close of RBOB Futures today, gasoline should be $4.49 to $4.59 on Tuesday or Wednesday of this coming week.

  109. Anonymous on March 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Regarding the post about Trump dividing America…he didn’t. The liberal left media and celebrities did that all on their own.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      You are 1000% correct.

    • Anonymous on March 3, 2022 at 4:01 pm

      Liberal media has been around for at least since Clinton. Why didn’t it divide back then?? I agree the crap the libs pulled while Trump was in there was a bunch of BS. All the money they pi**ed away trying to hang him with something that didn’t work. All Trump had to do is never talk. What came out of his mouth screwed this county up. And that’s not counting his a chronic liar, and has been all his life. His own father even admitted he was, and not just peoples opinion.

      • Anonymous on March 6, 2022 at 7:18 am

        Then we got sleepy joe who can hardly complete one sentence. I rather have Trump back and put up with him not shutting up at times when we should

        • Anonymous on March 12, 2022 at 4:27 pm

          Sleepy Joe? I assumed he’s just brain dead.

    • Anonymous on March 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm