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July 11, 2016
Graves Hardware is fixture in downtown Collinsville
Graves Hardware is fixture in downtown Collinsville

Graves Hardware store has been a part of Collinsville’s history for decades.  Store employee Thomas Barksdale, describing the store as “the soul of the community”, said Graves Hardware has been in Collinsville for 85 years and is currently operated by the third generation of Graves.

By Madison Chamblee
July 7, 2016
Collinsville Historical Association's marquee-lighting ceremony
Collinsville Historical Association's marquee-lighting ceremony

The Collinsville Historical Association will host, on Thursday, July 14th, 2016, a ceremony to mark the initial lighting of the completely refurbished and recently re-installed neon marquee on Collinsville's historic Cricket Theatre.  Everyone is invited to attend.

By Madison Chamblee
July 7, 2016
Collinsville Nutrition Center provides hot meals, fellowship
Collinsville Nutrition Center provides hot meals, fellowship

Community gathering spaces where people gather together to sing songs, play games, eat a meal and enjoy each other’s company play an important role in civic life. In Collinsville, the Nutrition Center, established in January 1983, is one such place.

By Madison Chamblee
June 22, 2016
Boswell finds home as Collinsville pharmacist
Boswell finds home as Collinsville pharmacist

He is more than a pharmacist. Brandon Boswell arrives every morning at Collinsville Drugs to open the doors at 9 a.m. to proudly serve the community. Despite growing up with "not that much money," Boswell knew from an early age that he wanted to help others.

By Madison Chamblee
June 20, 2016
Iglesia De Cristo Church provides warm welcome
Iglesia De Cristo Church provides warm welcome

On a recent Sunday, I decided to visit the Iglesia De Cristo, or Hispanic Church of Christ, on Highway 68 close to Collinsville. Iglesia De Cristo is housed in a small brick building supported with four white columns. The white double doors and windows make a newcomer feel right at home.

By Madison Chamblee

Last Updated: June 23, 2020