Chris Rhodes, Reporter

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Chris Rhodes is a photographer and reporter for RiverBender and EdGlenToday.com. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL with a degree in Criminal Justice. He also runs the Madison County Scanner Page. 

Chris loves camping,fishing, and photography. Chris is an Eagle Scout and lives in East Alton.

WOOD RIVER - Considerable controversy has been floating around social media circles this week about a Monday Wood River City Council Meeting and possible changes in the administration prior to the departure of incumbent Mayor Cheryl Maguire. Maguire, the outgoing mayor, is being replaced by the...
BETHALTO - Civic Memorial High School three-sport athlete junior Logan Turbyfill has been exceptional on each of his Eagles' teams. For his efforts in all his sports, Turbyfill is the Tom Lane State Farm Athlete of the Month. “My parents are my number one supporters and always will...
ALTON - Alton Fire Department responded to a car fire on Landmarks Boulevard and West Broadway in Alton close to the Argosy Casino Friday around 11 a.m. Friday. When firefighters arrived the fire had been put out and just some smoke was seen coming from the hood of the vehicle. Firefighters...
COTTAGE HILLS - Cottage Hills Wrestling Alliance performed their last show on March 15, 2020, before having to shut down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Since then the building that was used by the alliance, Mystical Journeys of Alton, has since shut down permanently and they lost where they had...
ALTON - An Alton woman has not been seen or heard from since noon on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Victoria Dawn left the store and didn’t come home and did not show up for work today. She also has not been active on Facebook in 23 hours. The photos and vehicle are of Victoria Dawn. Contact...
EAST ALTON - A serious fire broke out at 11:53 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of East Alton Avenue in East Alton and was attacked by multiple fire departments and extinguished within about 25 minutes. East Alton Fire Department Chief Tim Quigley said the back porch of the single-family residence...
ALTON - A pair of area residents - Gary and Beth Machens - purchased the Alton home at 322 Langdon Street in December 2020. Little did they know something unexpected would come with this real estate purchase. After noticing the sidewalk near the house starting to slope, Gary Machens made a big...
WOOD RIVER - A 10-run second inning, along with home runs from Lexi Ryan and Calista Stahlhut helped propel Roxana to a 19-3 softball win in four innings over backyard rival East Alton-Wood River Thursday afternoon at the Oilers' home park. It was the season opener for EAWR, and their...
JERSEYVILLE - Kevin Strebel has been relieved of his duties as the girl's basketball coach at Jersey Community High School, school officials said. Strebel had a 114-75 record. Strebel has been a basketball coach for 24 years. He returned as the Jersey girls varsity coach when Stephanie Harris...
ALTON - Traffic was backed up on Broadway in Alton for short period of time Thursday afternoon when a truck carrying a big steel cylinder traveled the route. The truck is pictured just off the Broadway connector in Alton, past the Clark Bridge. As the truck carried the big cylinder down Broadway,...
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