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Cory Davenport, Staff Writer

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Cory Davenport has worked as a reporter in Alton for more than five years. Starting at the Alton Telegraph, he covered education, community events, and several large scale investigative pieces. He is a graduate of Marquette Catholic High School, and trained in radio broadcasting and mass communications at Lewis and Clark Community College. He is writing for Riverbender to serve the community through providing information. He believes a good community is a well informed community, which can celebrate achievements and remedy problems together.

ALTON - November is Trans Awareness Month, which honors many people's acceptance of identity, but many people are still struggling for that acceptance from their families and communities.Some do not even have support networks due to the judgement for their identities received by those in their lives...
JERSEYVILLE - A Jerseyville couple has entered a plea of "not guilty" following the death of 6-year-old Liam Roberts.Mike and Georgena Roberts, both 42 and both of Jerseyville, were each charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of endangering the life and safety of a child after 6-year-ol...
JERSEYVILLE - A recent GoFundMe page was recently removed after it promised to raise funds towards funeral expenses for a recently-deceased Jerseyville child.Kimberly Roberts, the biological mother of 6-year-old Liam Roberts, who recently died as a result of what authorities are calling being "extremely...
ALTON - Deluxe Corporation is looking for a town to be on season three of its Small Business Revolution - Main Street series, and Alton is one of 20 on its list. The selected city will received a $500,000 revitalization from the corporation for the series, which runs on www.smallbusinessrevolution.org,...
EAST ALTON - Avery Maness' mother reported at 6 p.m. Monday her daughter had been located and is safe and sound.The East Alton Police Department confirmed Monday morning they were searching for Avery Maness, a 14-year-old East Alton girl.Avery was reported missing to police on Sunday, Nov. 12, but has...
ALTON - Coats, gloves, hats and scarves - all things most people take for granted as they enjoy the warmth of their homes as autumn coldly converts into winter.Organizer, Sally Kirbach, said she received an idea from the internet to place warm winter clothing around the area for people to take if they...
GODFREY - The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery, which took place in the early hours of Monday morning.According to a release from the Madison County Sheriff's Office, a couple was returning home from an evening at Hollywood Casino in St. Louis. They were confronted at...
AVERY MANESS HAS BEEN FOUND SAFE AND SOUND IN MOROEAST ALTON - The East Alton Police Department confirmed they are searching for a 14-year-old East Alton girl.Avery Maness, a 14-year-old girl from East Alton, was reported missing to police on Sunday, Nov. 12, but has been missing since Friday, police...
EAST ALTON - When East Alton American Legion Board Chairperson Sue Green and Commander Mike Seitzinger approached East Alton Mayor Joe Silkwood for a veterans' memorial in East Alton, Seitzinger said he "ran with it like a pit bull with a bone."One of Silkwood's goals once the committee was formed was...
ALTON - Twitter was abuzz Thursday night into Friday morning regarding what many thought was a "police raid" at Elijah P's Thursday evening. One Tweet even claimed as many as 10 officers went into the building. When Alton Police Chief Jason "Jake" Simmons was asked about the situation Friday morning,...
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