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RiverBender.com | Mar 23, 2017

ALTON, IL PopUtopia, a gourmet popcorn shop specializing in unique popcorn flavors and other sweet treats, is now open to the public. The shop quietly opened its doors on March 11. When you enter PopUtopia, you can expect to find a petite storefront with atomic-age dcor to match the name and logo and a wonderfully curated selection of sweet edibles.

RiverBender.com | Mar 23, 2017

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the Sheriff's Office said it put an additional 38 Automated External Defibrillator's into use. These were added to the15 already put in place in August 2016.

Daily Herald | Mar 22, 2017

A Missouri woman has been ordered to spend a quarter century in Illinois prison for killing her infant son in 2012. Twenty-four-year-old Wallisha Bland of St. Louis was sentenced this week in southwestern Illinois' Madison County.

RiverBender.com | Mar 21, 2017

Weeds are overtaking the cracks in the parking lot surrounding the former Alton Cine, but the property will not continue its descent into disrepair for much longer, city officials say. Alton Mayor Brant Walker announced the demolition of the theater, which closed in 1998, at the Alton Main Street Alton mayoral candidate forum , held on March 15, 2017.

RiverBender.com | Mar 21, 2017

Supervisor Frank Miles announced Sunday Edwardsville Township's Senior Services Network to connect seniors in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community with information and resources. The Township held a Kick-Off Rally at the Main Street Community Center.

RiverBender.com | Mar 20, 2017

Alton native Johnetta Randolph Haley, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville emeritus professor and former administrator, is being honored with the University's Distinguished Service Award. SIUE will present the award to the musician, educator and community leader at the University's Spring 2017 Commencement on "Johnetta Haley was a mentor of mine as a music educator four decades ago and remains so to this day," said SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook.

RiverBender.com | Mar 20, 2017

The results from a community policing study were shown at a special meeting of the Alton Community Relations Commission on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the Scott Bibb Center, located at 1004 E. Fifth St., and some of the answers from both the police department and community are surprising. Former St. Louis Police Chief and current University of Missouri St. Louis instructor, Daniel Isom, reviewed the results with consultant Steve Finkelstein of Experience on Demand in front of an audience of approximately 50 people.

RiverBender.com | Mar 19, 2017

Alton Main Street's inaugural Small Town Big World festival brought various cultures to the forefront in Alton throughout the day Saturday. Several local businesses and organizations took part in the event, which was hosted to celebrate the diversity of Alton's various cultures.

RiverBender.com | Mar 19, 2017

A fundraiser for Southern Illinois University' music students is set for 11:30 to p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Old Bakery Beer Co., 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton. A total of 25 percent of all beer sales will be donated for scholarships for SIUE music students.

RiverBender.com | Mar 17, 2017

On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Older Adults Health Council and Senior Services Plus are partnering to present the "Senior Healthcare Carnival". This Carnival will provide the theme for this year's annual spring health & resource fair.

RiverBender.com | Mar 16, 2017

SPRINGFIELD Legislation cosponsored by state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, to prevent pay raises to elected officials and cost of living increases, passed the House last Thursday. "While local families and social services continue to suffer under the budget impasse, elected officials, both in the legislature or in statewide office, should not be receiving any additional perks or raises," Beiser said.

RiverBender.com | Mar 16, 2017

Ryan Hansen, who will be one of the owners of the new location, said Hansen's will be part of the University Pointe shopping plaza in Edwardsville. The structure houses several local restaurants and shops like Wang Gang, Los Tres Amigos, Heroic Adventures, Bella Milano and The Cup.

RiverBender.com | Mar 15, 2017

"Concerns raised by local project stakeholders and partners" were cited regarding IDOT's plan to discontinue its Alton Godfrey Study. The Illinois Department of Transportation has decided to discontinue the Alton Godfrey Study at this time.

RiverBender.com | Mar 15, 2017

SPRINGFIELD In response to an uptick in violence against police officers, state Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, is sponsoring legislation to categorize crimes against law enforcement as hate crimes. "According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 2016 had the largest number of ambush shooting attacks on police officers in more than two decades," Beiser said.

RiverBender.com | Mar 14, 2017

The store has people within it cleaning and moving items out. Maintenance employees are also performing an array of tasks.

RiverBender.com | Mar 14, 2017

Alton Public Works Director Bob Barnhart said the city has enough potholes to "keep us busy for a while." Currently, each pothole is repaired by one of two two-man crews dispatched in one of two trucks dedicated to maintaining roads by repairing potholes and low points.

RiverBender.com | Mar 14, 2017

With six decades of experience, eight locations across the country and more than 80 employees, Werts Welding and Tank Service still calls Wood River, Illinois home. Owner Dwight Werts said Wood River would always be home, because that is where the business began when his father started it in 1957.

Business Journal | Mar 24, 2017

Good morning, St. Louis! Here are five things to know before you start your busy day: 1. Congratulations: Left Bank Books, located at 399 N. Euclid Ave., has been named the best bookstore in the state of Missouri, according to a new ranking from Real Simple magazine.

River Front Times | Mar 23, 2017

Looking for a little extra flavor for your home cooking? Di Olivas might have just what you're looking for.

BroadwayWorld.com | Mar 23, 2017

Rebel and Misfits Productions is thrilled to announce "Sex with Strangers," its first project in a new series called "An Intimate Theatre Project." The provocative and timely play comes from Laura Eason and will be directed by New York City's Michelle Bossy .

KFVS12 | Mar 22, 2017

The City of St. Louis is taking preliminary steps to explore the idea of privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to a source. City leaders were in Washington, DC Wednesday where they filed a preliminary application with the Federal Aviation Administration, a document which essentially serves as a placeholder for St. Louis to begin the process of determining if privatization is in the city's best interest.

St. Louis Jazz Notes | Mar 22, 2017

This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes the local debut of a promising young pianist, a festival of student big bands, return appearances from a jazz-influenced singer and a virtuoso electric bassist, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, March 22 The NYC-based pianist Emmet Cohen will perform at the Curtain Call Lounge with his trio, which customarily features bassist Russell Hall, of the house band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , and drummer Kyle Poole.

River Front Times | Mar 22, 2017

Vicia , which opens today in the city's Cortex district, is that rare St. Louis restaurant capable of drawing national attention before it's served a single dish.

Time | Mar 22, 2017

The song's story arc tracked Berry's real-life rise from a humble unknown to a world-famous superstar, and the singer used his childhood address-2520 Goode Avenue-in his protagonist's name. But Berry took liberties with the details.

River Front Times | Mar 21, 2017

The University City location of a popular St. Louis-area pizza chain owes the state of Missouri nearly $150,000 in tax revenue - with delinquencies on sales tax remittances and employee withholding tax going back nearly three years.

River Front Times | Mar 21, 2017

Snax Gastrobar is exactly the kind of restaurant you want in your neighborhood. It works as a place to have a burger, sandwich or salad for dinner on a worknight.

Business Journal | Mar 20, 2017

The first restaurant in the Cortex innovation district will soon open. Vicia, a new vegetable-forward concept from James Beard award-winning chef Michael Gallina and his wife, Tara, will open on Wednesday in the ground floor of the TechShop building, at 4260 Forest Park Ave. Michael Gallina was previously executive chef at Blue Hill at Stone ... (more)

The New York Observer | Mar 20, 2017

Chuck Berry , one of the original pillars of rock 'n' roll and a true giant in the history of recorded music, died Saturday, March 18 at age 90. Actually, if we're going to go with an architecture metaphor, we would have to say that Berry was also a supporting beam, a through line that carried the music from its earliest permutations in the 1950s to today, when young bands still strap on guitars and find a lyrical groove.

CBC News | Mar 20, 2017

With a listed price of $159,000 US, the 1,100-square-foot place at 3130 Hickory St. was Angelou's home for her first three years and, after her death in 2014 at the age of 86, was given local landmark status. This 2015 photo shows the house in St. Louis, Missouri, where writer Maya Angelou was born and lived until she was three years old and is selling for $159,000 US.

Saint Louis Front Page | Mar 19, 2017

Construction to Extend the River des Peres Greenway Begins March 13 ST. LOUIS, MO, , March 12, 2017 - Construction to extend the River Des Peres Greenway 1.8 miles north from Lansdowne to Francis R. Slay Park is scheduled to begin Monday, March 13. The paved, separated greenway for walking, running and riding bikes is being built parallel to the southbound lanes of Wabash and Ellendale Avenues between Lansdowne and Canterbury Avenues in the City of St. Louis.

WTVM | Mar 19, 2017

Chuck Berry, the dazzling guitarist and rock and roll legend who wrote Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline, Roll Over Beethoven, Memphis, Sweet Little Sixteen and many other classic tunes died Saturday, police and media reports said. Berry, who was 29 when he had his first hit, has been called "the father of rock-and-roll."

KXXV-TV Waco | Mar 19, 2017

Chuck Berry, the dazzling guitarist and rock and roll legend who wrote Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline, Roll Over Beethoven, Memphis, Sweet Little Sixteen and many other classic tunes, died Saturday at 90, police said. First responders could not revive him at his home, west of St. Louis, MO, in St. Charles County.

The Hill | Mar 18, 2017

In Missouri, Governor Eric Greitens is marketing himself as a rising star within the Republican Party. He reserved a website address for a presidential campaign back in 2009, and one party operative told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that "there's been a concerted effort to brand him as the next GOP wunderkind."

River Front Times | Mar 17, 2017

More like South by South City, am I right? As bands buzz through St. Louis coming to and from Austin, Texas, for SXSW, music fans are burdened with which show to skip because staying in isn't even an option.



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