Ty Bechel

EAST ALTON - For this week's Roundtable Breakout Session, the group welcomes Shawn Fowler as a presenter. Fowler is a local entrepreneur and owns Modified Auto and Sound located in EastGate Plaza. Modified Auto and Sound will be in its eighth year of operation. Modified Auto and Sound will be...
Recovery Community Organizations (RCO) are the way of the future and will offer a piece of the puzzle that has been missing in our communities over the past few years. Talking about drug and alcohol addiction can be difficult for some individuals, significantly difficult if the controversial disease...
Lucy’s 141st Birthday Party in July Open to the Public In 1885 John E. Hayner, wealthy financier, and philanthropist commissioned the building of a Victorian-style playhouse for his granddaughter, Lucy, for her fifth birthday. The playhouse consisted of a single room measuring fourteen by...
NEW PRAGUE, MINN. – Jessica Wesson, a University of Arkansas agricultural communications graduate student, received the Agricultural Relations Council 2021 ARC/C.O.nxt Scholarship. In May 2020, Wesson earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, communication and technology...
Over the years, there have been many devastating crises that have caused deaths, financial burdens, and a change in the way society views those elected to protect the American people. In May of 2011, an EF5-rated tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri, killing approximately 150 and causing over...
It is holiday time, which is when many people talk about, "it's better to give than to receive." I spend a lot of time reading people's comments on social media on various topics, and naturally, I see how people respond to addiction. I have to say, there is such a misunderstanding of the disease of...
The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, India, is the tallest human-made structure in the world. It is overwhelming to know that it is 2,716 feet tall. A half a mile is 2,640 feet to put things into perspective. With such a tall building, innovation and precise engineering created an elevator that travels at 22...
Have you ever sat in silence for more than 5 minutes? You can hear cars driving by, the light hum of the refrigerator, or the heater or air conditioner kicking on. Silence is usually avoided by many of us. It creates this awkward feeling of restlessness and sometimes anxiety. This same type of uneasiness...
This column is moving right along, and thank you to all of the readers so far. I sincerely mean it. I don’t want to necessarily be the guy known as an addiction and recovery expert because there are so many great people out there doing fantastic work that goes unnoticed; many are unsung heroes....
Amare NFP and the Metro-East Recovery Council (MERC) are partnering on a new Family Support Network to assist family members and friends in need of support or resources due to a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. The network, launched on September 15th, will provide a phone line manned by volunteers...