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Businesses Deal With Supply Chain Delays

By Debby Stricker For a week, delivery of a certain brand of shredded cheese to the CBI was delayed. The Okawville store has not had town house crackers in stock for two weeks.  Shredded cheese and crackers, along with certain favors of Pepsi, and brands of bathroom tissue, napkins, and paper towels have not delivered…

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Damaging Storms Hit Near Irvington Sunday

By Travis Volz Violent storms rolled through the area Sunday night and did some damage in the northeastern part of the county. Trees were knocked over into a house and the roof was torn off of a machine shed near Irvington Sunday night, according to Washington County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator Matt Biermann. Storms were…

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In Strike, Local Dealer Has Parts

By Debby Stricker Despite a strike of John Deere production workers, Riechmann Bros. in Okawville still has parts available, said company president Bill Riechmann. He doesn’t expect any immediate interruption of parts availability at Riechmann’s locations that also include Breese, Centralia and Farina. “This depends on how long the strike lasts,” Riechmann said. Over 10,000…

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Construction Underway of Dollar General In Irvington

By Debby Stricker A Dollar General Store is being constructed on Huron St. in Irvington.  The town with a population of 756 will be the fourth in the county to get the retail store, following Nashville, Okawville, and Ashley.  Scott Hubbard Construction of Bonne Terre, Missouri is the contractor and building owner. The company started…

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KSDK Tapes The Original Springs For Halloween Theme

The Original Springs Hotel will be a Halloween  feature on KSD TV Channel 5 Thursday.  Today in St. Louis anchor Sydney Stallworth and a cameraman came to the Hotel Tuesday for taping. The segment focused do on the Hotel’s ghosts. Stallworth interviewed owners Don and Mary Rennegarbe, cook Andrea Kellerman and server Kendra Rennegarbe. Although…

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BCMW Christmas Program Accepting Applications

The BCMW Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program in Nashville will begin taking applications for needy families in Washington County from November 1 through November 15. The Adopt-A-Family Program provides warm clothing, toys, family gifts and food. Previous years have had cash donations and toy drives, and organizers are hoping to make this year even more successful. Applications…

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Zion UCC Collects Disaster Relief Kits

Members of Zion United Church of Christ in Hoyleton worked to assemble aid packages for disaster relief earlier this month. A total of 40 Church World Service Clean-Up Buckets, five Hygiene Kits and six School Kits were readied for delivery to the Church World Service drop-off at LifeWise in St. Louis. Zion UCC allocates the…

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Rock ‘n Roll Trivia Benefits Angel For Autism

The 10th Annual Rock ‘n Roll Trivia raised $1,300 for Angel For Autism, a program that funds sensory rooms in Southern Illinois Schools. Sensory rooms provide a calming environment to facilitate learning for children with autism and learning disabilities. Paul Todd and Jeff Rabenort, along with WDLJ-97.5 The Rock of Breese/Carlyle hosted the event Friday…

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Nashville Man Goes Up, Up and Away

By Travis Volz It took years for Brad Haege to turn a general interest in hot air ballooning into an actual hobby, but now he is making up for lost time. The Nashville man has been soaring above the treetops in his own hot air balloon over the last couple of weeks, putting in the…

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County Loses Another Resident to COVID

By Travis Volz Washington County lost its 33rd resident to COVID in the last week, even as the total number of cases remains low. The Washington County Health Department reported that a man in his 70s died as a result of COVID complications, the first death reported since early September. As has been the case…

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