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ALTON - If anyone could ever be considered a hero for his actions, it would have to be Alton Police Sgt. Jason Cole for what he did to help save the life of a local woman, Cheryl Brooks. Sgt. Cole and Brooks’ lives intersected around 2 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2015, when she had a heart issue, lost... read more
GODFREY - Eight students in Todd Fortschneider's Honors U.S. History class volunteered their time to research international perspectives without the promise of credit. The students were part of the Illinois Global Scholar pilot program. The pilot encourages students to embark on globally-focused... read more
ALTON – Always keeping it quite hilarious and even more mystifying, Chris Carpunky, a Bethalto native, will be performing his renowned magic act at 8 p.m. this Friday at the RiverBender.com Community Center. Averaging about 120 performances a year, Carpunky is no stranger to the world of magic.... read more
ALTON - You're invited to join in the fun when two unlikely couples battle for true love through "think and thin" in the romantic comedy, SKIN DEEP, opening at the Alton Little Theater Showplace on May 12th and running for eight performances through May 22nd. Kevin Frakes and Gail Drillinger warm... read more
EDWARDSVILLE - Samuel P. Figueroa and Miroslawa N. Figueroa of Dutch Hollow Medical Spa and Ronald E. Riddlespriger all posted bond after turning themselves in on April 29 at the Madison County Sheriff’s Department office, the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office said today. Samuel... read more
EDWARDSVILLE - While Edwardsville’s newest park and first public splash pad are taking shape, the city is bringing another option for the community to escape the summer heat. Members of the Edwardsville City Council have approved a lease agreement with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville... read more
JERSEYVILLE - The Petal Pushers Garden Club will host a plant sale on Saturday, May 14, on the grounds of the Jersey County Historical Society. The sale will be held from 8:00 until 11:00 a.m. at 601 North State Street, Jerseyville, IL. The event will take place on the lawn north of the Society’s... read more
EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan today announced that following the final tax rate calculations conducted by County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza, the county portion of the tax rate will drop by 3.5 percent for the 2016 property tax bills. The rate reduction was approved by th... read more
GRAFTON - Raging Rivers Water Park was named May's Small Business of the Month by the River Bend Growth Association (RBGA) weeks before the park opens for the 2016 season. The Small Business of the Month Award recipients are given signage as well as a $4,200 promotional package. The award is given... read more
(This is another in a series of stories recognizing this year’s YWCA Women of Distinction). ALTON - Elaine Kane is a mother of four young children who empowers students and staff for the Alton School District. As a literacy coach, she ensures the best reading instructions for struggling readers. “I... read more

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