Eric Baker Passes Away

Eric Baker of Waterloo passed away this morning, Monday, May 30, 2016. He was found deceased by a relative at his home. Eric was 48. A cause of death is not yet known. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.   Baker was the longtime owner of Waterloo Dairy Queen. He and his sister Jama operated the popular town … Read More

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Memorial Day Services Planned Throughout The Area

Memorial Day programs are planned throughout the area this coming Monday, May 30. Services are planned for Columbia (10 a.m.), Hecker (10 a.m.), Valmeyer (10 a.m.), Renault (10:30 a.m.), Millstadt (9:30 a.m.), Red Bud (11 a.m.) and Waterloo (11 a.m.). Valmeyer: The Valmeyer American Legion welcomes guests to … Read More

Hometown Harmony Delights at Spring Concert

Hometown Harmony performed to a full house at their spring concert on May 1, 2016. Members of the community choir, which was co-founded by sisters Jody Worley and Sheri Jones, performed religious classics for the Old Time Religion-themed concert held at Hope Christian Church in Columbia. Hometown Harmony members … Read More

Columbia Police Chief Saga Ends With Edwards’ Resignation; City Releases $42,769 In Accrued Earnings To Outgoing Chief

By Joe LeichtThe cloud that has hung over Columbia Police Chief Joe Edwards officially dissipated following a May 16 executive session of the Columbia City Council, though there are many questions left unanswered. To paraphrase a line Gerald Ford once said in a difficult time...  our long community nightmare is … Read More

Joe Edwards Resigns As Columbia Police Chief – No Charges To Be Filed….

After three months (94 days) on administrative leave, Joe Edwards has resigned as Columbia's Chief of Police. Longtime Deputy Chief Jerry Paul has been appointed as the new chief. He has served as acting chief since Feb. 12, the date an investigation began on the conduct of then-Chief Edwards. The city will not … Read More

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Jessica and Joshua Gregory of Hecker announce the birth of a son. Jagger Floyd Gregory was born Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 3Ž4 … Read More

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