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.

GLEN CARBON - Father McGivney had a historic finish in both girls' track and field and baseball this past summer season. Freshman Kaitlyn Hatley became the first state qualifier for Griffins girls track by running a pair of personal record times in the sectional. Hatley then became McGivney’s...
SOUTH ROXANA – Family, friends, first responders, and the community bid farewell to the late South Roxana Fire Department Chief Todd Werner Friday and Saturday at a visitation and funeral procession from Roxana Church of the Nazarene to Wanda Cemetery. South Roxana City Administrator/Police...
EDWARDSVILLE - The City of Edwardsville/American Legion Post No. 199 Fourth of July Celebration was back on track at the American Legion Post this past Saturday. The Air Force Band performed in the afternoon, and as the day progressed, there was what Ron Swaim of Post No. 199 said was a “tremendous...
ALTON - David Harris, Brady Mutz and Clayton Dean drove home all the runs, while Peyton Havard scattered three hits in six innings while striking out five and walking only one as the Alton River Dragons bounced back from a loss at Normal to defeat the Springfield Sliders 3-1 in a Prospect League basebal...
EDWARDSVILLE - Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn has identified an Alton man that tragically lost his life following a structure fire that occurred in an apartment/garage in the 800 block of Arch Street in Alton. The victim was identified as: John P. Weber 40 yoa White/Male – DOB: 05/23/1981...
GODFREY - Village of Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick today announced that a new Dollar Tree is coming to Godfrey. McCormick said the new Dollar Tree would be located on Godfrey Road, just a little south of Walmart and on the east side of Godfrey Road. “We hope this will spur development in tha...
LEWISTOWN - In the evening hours of Wednesday, July 7th, Correctional Officers discovered an inmate missing from a cell block. Upon further investigation, it was determined that four inmates had escaped from the Fulton County Jail. Fulton County is 115 miles from Madison County to the north. ...
ALTON - Alton Mayor David Goins described this Fourth of July Fireworks display and pre-festivities as “phenomenal,” and he said the best thing about the evening of July 3 was getting people back together as a group. Prior to the fireworks, there were free inflatables for the kids,...
ROXANA - Roxana High School girls distance coach Scott Edwards describes Janelynn Wirth, who recently graduated, as the “greatest female distance runner to ever come out of Roxana.” Wirth just completed a brilliant career with 13th place in the 3200 meters at the IHSA Class 2A Girls...
BETHALTO - Bethalto Fire Department members, First Baptist Church of Bethalto, and citizens on Wednesday morning performed a heartfelt act of kindness for the late South Roxana Fire Chief Todd Werner. The fire department and church erected banners going along the funeral procession route set for...
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