Ever since the Collinsville Herald and it's descendant, the Herald-Journal, (for all intents and purposes) went out of the local news business, it's been difficult for area residents to know what's going on around town. Yes, there are websites and Facebook, but not everyone heads to those places and often the sites aren't complete with up to the week news.
And so it happened yesterday that many Collinsville people were surprised that there was a Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The VFW was the sponsoring Veteran's entity in partnership with the Legion as they do every year. But because of IDOT work on 159 the past two years the parades had been cancelled. This year the parade returned but the news did not get out much and what did get out was garbled. The time was 11. No, the beginning time was 10:30. It would begin at Wickliffe and march to the VFW. No. It would begin at Woodland Park and travel south.
The Collinsville Conncection Facebook page which had images of the parade took a number of people by surprise that there even was a parade. I guess living by the two veterans buildings makes us more aware than folks who live in other parts of town and we take these things as a given. But it is too bad we don't have something like the Herald or Herald Journal anymore to keep us up to date on everything and anything that happens in Collinsville.
It's the same, or worse in Clayton. No one knows anything that goes on in Clayton, no news, no local politics, nothing. At least in Collinsville you can watch city council meetings live or later digitally. That's not really all we need, though. I miss the papers.