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GRAFTON - As many as 21,000 cars came across the Grafton Ferry during its 2016 season. Outgoing Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson, whose term ends on May 2, 2017, said the ferry was originally viewed as unpopular among Grafton officials, who believed it was a waste of money and time. Thompson said he reinstated... read more
BETHALTO - On April 14-15, 2017, equipment from Drake Excavation and Construction was vandalized at the site of where the Cedarhurst Assisted Living and Memory Care building will be erected. Drake Excavation and Construction - a non-union company - had its site picketed by pro-union workers who los... read more
EDWARDSVILLE - Professional photo sessions should be fun, creative and affordable, according to entrepreneur Johnnie “Miss J” Minney, owner of Speak To Miss J Photos, a new portrait studio in Shiloh that opened April 12. Minney and her husband, Denon, who is the studio’s marketing... read more
ALTON - Ground was broken Thursday afternoon at the upcoming inclusive play area at Gordon Moore Park. Alton Parks and Recreation Director Michael Haynes said the play area should open by the middle of June, after approximately six weeks of work. He said the weather must hold for at least five or si... read more
JERSEYVILLE - A new bakery/coffee shop in Jerseyville is creating positive attention because of its quality products and service. Espresso Yourself Cafe, 410 W. Carpenter, Jerseyville, is a locally owned and operated coffee shop/bakery with a drive thru. The two owners, Andrea Ringhausen and Michael... read more
After all, if you and your child can't breathe, what else matters? ALTON - The American Lung Association in Illinois is extending a heartfelt and lung-smart open invitation to its 17th Annual Alphabet Walk. The event will be held on from 10 to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey.... read more
Lane closures are necessary for Ameren Illinois to remove overhead electrical lines COLLINSVILLE – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that weather permitting, two left lanes of eastbound and two left lanes of westbound I-270 between I-255 and Sand Road in Pontoon Beach, IL, i... read more
EDWARDSVILLE - The 51st Annual Spring SIUE Suzuki Strings Festival this past Sunday featured an abundance of talented youth from young ages to seniors in high school. The event was held in the Meridian Ballroom inside the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Seniors... read more
CHESTERFIELD - For five years, Wild Pickins Winery and Vineyard, located at 14423 Illinois Route 111 in Chesterfield, has been a destination for people to kick back, relax and enjoy each other’s company while sipping on a glass of wine or a beer. On May 20 and 21, Wild Pickins invites the community... read more
HARDIN - After being convicted of a myriad of drug sexual offenses, Michael Dean, formerly of Kampsville, pleaded guilty to two charges in Calhoun County. Dean pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance - a Class 4 Felony - and one county of misdemeanor aggravated assault.... read more

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