Expansive menu at downtown complex
I recently visited this longtime food and entertainment complex in northwestern Madison County which seems to grow every time I’m there. This compound takes up a whole block in the downtown area of this community. There is a plethora of street parking all around for patrons, including on the street that runs along the front of the establishment.
Kane named new Alton superintendent
Following a two-month search and interview process, the Alton School District has named Elaine Kane as the district’s next superintendent. Kane currently serves as assistant superintendent, a job she has held for the past four years. She will take over July 1 when current superintendent Kristie Baumgartner retires. Kane...
Fire engulfs historic building in Alton
Attorney Matt Kelly was leaving his law office in Alton on Wednesday when he saw flames shooting toward the night sky. He said, “There were enormous flames coming out of the roof of the structure.”
Litter problem getting better near landfill
A local man that has been picking up litter along the roadways leading to the Roxana Landfill says it looks like the litter problem is getting better. Rusty Wheat has been picking up trash for years. Now, he tells The Big Z it looks like the trash haulers – MBI in particular – are stepping up to keep their impact to a minimum.
DEA leads operation in Alton
Three schools were placed on lock-down Wednesday during the height of a court-authorized DEA-led operation in Alton. East and Lovejoy Elementary Schools as well as Alton Middle School were placed on lock-down for a short period of time but were given the all-clear before 11:30am. As for the activity, details...
Turner Hall Demolition: A Necessary Move for Public Safety
ALTON - Alton Fire Chief Jesse Jemison hasn't made this decision very often but late Wednesday night, Feb. 28, 2024, he decided the Old Turner Hall Building had to immediately come down after the fire was extinguished. Sign in to hide this notification. Get The Latest News!. Don't miss our...
Alton seeks ideas to make downtown safer
The City of Alton wants your opinion on how to make downtown a safer place. The city received a “Plans to Pilot” grant to take on a quick-build project with the intent of making downtown safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. Andi Yancey, Deputy Director of Planning...
Illinois Route 157 Lane Closures Begin March 4, 2024
– The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that asphalt paving will require intermittent daily lane closures in both directions of Illinois 157 between St. Louis Street and South University Drive in Madison County starting, weather permitting, at 7 a.m. on Monday, March 4, 2024. One lane will remain in each direction.
‘Career offender’ caught with 40 pounds of meth in Madison County is headed to prison
He was hauling the drugs in a rental car, according to court documents.
4-way stop at Alby & 20th on hold
The Alton City Council approved a 4-way stop at Alby Street and 20th late last year, but the new stop signs are yet to go up. The cross traffic on 20th Street already has stop signs, but there are none on Alby Street. Alton Police Chief Jarrett Ford says they are waiting on getting the new lines on the pavement striped.
Madison County judges participate in Judges Go to School Day
Several Madison County judges spent the day with students at local elementary schools by participating in the second annual Judges Go to School Day on Feb. 12. The event is a project of the Illinois Judges Association and focuses on children in grades kindergarten through 4th grade. The judges work to encourage students to appreciate, value and enjoy reading.
Madison County Board of Review sets final assessment on property values
EDWARDSVILLE — Property owners will soon get a postcard in the mail from the Madison County Board of Review with their final notice of assessment. Board of Review Chair Phil Taylor said the final notice of assessment for 2023, also known as multiplier cards, were set to be mailed on Monday, March 4.
Alton building destroyed in fire was a cultural centerpiece for German immigrants
ALTON, Ill. – Turner Hall, a 150-year-old building near the town’s historic center, burned and collapsed Wednesday night. To families rooted in Alton, its destruction represented more than the loss of a structure. Evelyn King, whose great-great-grandparents immigrated to Alton in the 1920s, said to her it represented...
Triad Gets Funding for Composting
TROY — Triad High School of Troy is receiving funding support in the amount of $1,706 for a campus composting program following the unanimous approval of a resolution authorizing it by the Madison County Board at its most recent meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21. This grant is utilizing revenue...
12-year-old Florissant girl dies from the flu
A Florissant mother is grieving after losing her 12-year-old daughter to the flu. Tylajah Cooper died at Children’s Hospital on Monday.
Slusser endorsed by fellow GOP elected officials, Prenzler responds
Elected County Republicans all agree Chris Slusser should become the Chairman of Madison County and have endorsed him in the upcoming GOP primary on March 19. The endorsement comes in the wake of disputes with current County Chairman Kurt Prenzler, who Slusser says has fumbled hiring decisions that resulted in costly lawsuits and settlements on the taxpayers’ dime.
🚧 Lane Closures Scheduled on I-270 in Madison County for Road Repairs 🚧
The time displayed is local to the original X account in Collinsville, Illinois. Motorists in Madison County should anticipate lane closures on Interstate 270 for upcoming road repairs. The closures will affect both directions of traffic between Illinois 3 and Riverview Drive in Missouri. Starting at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 1, drivers will find only one lane operational as they travel through this section. The closures are expected to last throughout the weekend with plans to have all lanes accessible again by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 4. Commuters are advised to account for possible delays and to exercise caution when driving through the work zones.
Man Charged With Burglary Released Due To Lack Of Evidence
GRANITE CITY - A man from Wood River who was charged earlier this month with attempted residential burglary has been released from custody after the state “failed to prove” he committed the burglary. Lawrence A. Oker, 33, of Wood River, was charged with one count of attempted residential...
Firefighters save cat from Black Jack apartment fire
BLACK JACK, Mo. — The Black Jack Fire Protection District doesn't just come to the rescue when humans are in need. It also looks out for their furry friends. Crews on Friday morning saved a cat who was home alone when a fire broke out at its a Black Jack apartment. The fire originated from the kitchen stove, the fire protection district said in a Facebook post.
Construction Begins at Edwardsville's Plummer Family Park
EDWARDSVILLE - The second phase of Plummer Family Park construction has begun. Plummer Family Park opened in 2020. The second phase of construction will introduce 13 new pickleball courts including a championship court, six volleyball courts, four baseball fields and a playground. Edwardsville marked the beginning of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024.