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2022 06/29 – Charles ‘Butch’ W. Wilkey

Charles “Butch” W. Wilkey, 74, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. He was born February 19, 1948, in Centralia, the son of William “Bud” Wilkey and Mae (Estes) Wilkey. He married Judy Gilley on May 10, 2014, and she survives in Centralia.
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2022 07/01 – Edwin ‘Eddie’ L. Ticknor

Edwin “Eddie” L. Ticknor passed away on June 23, 2022, due to complications in his recovery from heart surgery. Eddie was born on August 25, 1950, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Edwin L. and Florence Crawford Ticknor. Eddie is survived by his beloved family and friends, son...

2022 06/30 – Jessie P. Scott

Jessie P. Scott, 43, of Valier, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022. He was the son of Curtis E. Scott and Sheery (Harlow) Evilsizer. He married Joyce Evilsizer on December 17, 2005, and she survives in Valier. In addition to his mother: Sheery Evilsizer and Don Fry of Flora, he...

Otho “Skip” Berton Jetton Jr.

Otho “Skip” Berton Jetton Jr., 80, passed away on June 24, 2022, in the comfort of his home in Highland, Illinois. He was born April 5, 1942, to Otho Jetton Sr. and Viola Lloyd in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Otho married Patricia “Pat” Koepke on July 29, 1967, at United Methodist Church in Washington, Missouri.

Robert Leo McCracken, Sr.

Robert Leo McCracken, Sr., age 100 of Sun City, Arizona, and formerly of Greenville, passed away June 16, 2022 in Arizona. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville.

Granite City man faces multiple charges in accident

EDWARDSVILLE - A Granite City man faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a June 22 accident on Morrison Road, Granite City. John T. Turcott, 68, of Granite City, was charged June 24 with failure to report an accident involving personal injury or death, a Class 2 felony; aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage to vehicle, failure to give aid or information in accident involving death or injury and operation of uninsured motor vehicle causing bodily harm, all Class A misdemeanors; and failure to report accident to police authority by driver, driving too fast for conditions and improper lane usage, all Class P misdemeanors.
RFT (Riverfront Times)

Popular Shave Ice Shop Reopens in Illinois

Polynesian Breeze Shave Ice (5620 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, Illinois; 618-691-1485) shuttered temporarily in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, trying to survive the uncertainty the virus brought to many businesses, and remained closed in 2021. But, on a sunny June day this summer, lines formed outside husband-and-wife duo Michele Goldsmith and William Fanene's new shave ice shop location as they opened their windows for the first time in two years.

Some Marion and Clinton County residents to vote in different places on Tuesday

Some Marion and Clinton County residents will vote in different locations in Tuesday’s primary election. Marion County Clerk Steve Fox says residents in Centralia precincts five, six, and seven will now vote at the City Hope Church Cafe at the old Centralia High School at 1000 East Third. In the past, the three precincts voted at the First United Methodist Church. In Romine Township, the new voting location is the Donoho Prairie Christian Church at 7405 Exchange Road. The township formerly voted at the Romine Township Building.

The DKR Scholarship Has Its First Recipient

ALTON - Since the announcement of the $1,000 Derrick and Kathleen Richardson Scholarship on March 5, 2021, the scholarship has received over $2000 in additional donations from generous individuals and organizations. “This will allow the awarding of additional scholarships. When people realize the potential impact that this could have, they want to support and contribute”, says Derrick Richardson, the scholarship co-founder.
Effingham Radio

Independence Day Weekend Activities At Carlyle Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project is preparing for a fun and safe weekend celebrating Independence Day at Carlyle Lake. Family oriented activities will be taking place throughout the weekend; all activities are free and open to the public. The highlight of the weekend will be the...

Game on: Panel promoting sports tourism

EDWARDSVILLE — Sports tourism can be an economic catalyst for the Riverbend, according to Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau President and CEO Cory Jobe. Last week Jobe told the Edwardsville City Council the region is ideally positioned to attract more sports tourism.

Lake Centralia to be treated Wednesday for blue-green algae

Lake Centralia will be treated for blue-green algae on Wednesday. The City of Centralia says with continued warm air and water temperatures, the city will once again be applying a commercial algaecide known as EarthTec to prevent the growth of the nuisance algal blooms. This product is registered with USEPA...