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Pilot seriously hurt, co-pilot killed in Metro-East plane crash

State police say a co-pilot was killed and a pilot received life-threatening injuries in a single-engine plane crash in Madison County in the Metro-East late Saturday morning. Preliminary information indicates the aircraft took off from St. Louis Metro East Airport and for unknown reasons, the aircraft lost altitude and crashed on Keck Road just west of Illinois Route 4.
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Fancy Nancy's marks first year in Grafton

GRAFTON - Fancy Nancy on Main is celebrating the boutique's one-year anniversary with an open house event. Fancy Nancy on Main's soft opening in Grafton was a year ago, but owner and founder Nancy Wilson, of Godfrey, has operated businesses in Grafton for 17 years. She invites the public to celebrate her latest venture. Wilson opened Jeni J's Gifts and Guest Houses in 2005, with the retail portion carrying singular accessories and clothing lines that included exclusive Tommy Bahama clothing. With the retail shop and overnight stays, Wilson was and has remained an ambassador to the city of Grafton; she recently became an ambassador for small businesses with the RiverBend Growth Association, a regional chamber of commerce.
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Flock finds new fans over holiday weekend

ALTON — Several diners took advantage of the holiday weekend to try out the Flock Food Truck Park in downtown Alton for the first time. They were not disappointed. Michelle Rulo and her husband, Dominik, of Wood River said they like food trucks but had never come to Flock since it opened this spring. So they decided to try it out.

New event space opens in Jerseyville

Visitors listen to a musical act during the grand opening of the WOW Furnishings and Events Center on Saturday in Jerseyville. (David Blanchette) Jerseyville’s “living room” got a major addition Saturday as the WOW Furnishings and Events Center held a grand opening at its 309 N. State St. location adjacent to the Germania Brewhaus.

Rustic Acres smarter than the average park

The campground's welcoming character is smarter - and certainly larger - than your average bear. A 10-foot-tall Yogi Bear statue identifies Rustic Acres near New Douglas as an official Jellystone Park, a designation they've had since the campground opened for this year's season on April 1. This holiday weekend weekend the park was filled with families from near and far who came to relax and have fun.

Danny Kalaher performs at Fast Eddie's Tuesday

ALTON - Danny Kalaher will give an acoustic performance at Fast Eddie's Bon Air, 1530 E. 4th St., at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. Kalaher has been a professional musician for over 20 years. Playing professionally since he was 14 yrs old, he is extremely skilled. His voice ranges from Daughtry to Journey and his vocal harmonies are unmatched. He has opened up for many national acts across the nation. and has graced the stage in Cancun at the Hard Rock Casino multiple times.

Fireworks highlight Godfrey Family Fun Fest July 4th

Several thousand people traditionally flock to Godfrey's Glazebrook Park Family Fun Fest and the accompanying fireworks show. The event is traditionally held on July 4th each year, although COVID threw a monkey wrench into plans the last couple of years. But Park and Recreation Department Director Chris Logan tells the...

Grafton launches holiday weekend with wet fun, fireworks

John Badman|The Telegraph The Fourth of July weekend kicked off with a big bang Saturday in Grafton. Hundreds of people packed Lighthouse Park and the local restaurants and bars to watch the fireworks and have fun. The Fireworks Authority from Quincy handled the Grafton fireworks again this year lauching from the area between Lighthouse Park and The Loading Dock on the Grafton riverfront. Owner Rob Ebbing said this is the fourth year in Grafton for July 4th but the company also managed the fireworks in Grafton and Alton for last years series of displays sponsored by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. "Grafton is a great little town" Ebbing said as he made final preparations to launch. Light rain continued fall off and on during the show and in the hours leading up to it. The Illinois Conservation Police managed the approximately 40 boats on the river for the show, maintaining a safe distance. Families packed the back of pickup trucks, sat on blankets, cooked on barbecue grills and perched on anything they could find on the riverfront, never allowing the rain drops to spoil their fun. (John Badman)

Salute to America returns to Greenfield Village

There’s a lot of fun to be had this weekend at Greenfield Village for the Annual Salute to America. For the 30th year, The Henry Ford and Detroit Symphony Orchestra continues the Fourth of July tradition. “Music was always a part of the Fourth, whether it be the local...

Young Ladies summer camp starts Wednesday

EDWARDSVILLE - The 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, 409 S. Buchanan St., will host Mrs. Lucy's Academy for Young Ladies from July 6-8 starting 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 6. Young ladies attending this summer camp will discover what it was like to be a real American girl in 1820. Participants dress in reproduction clothing similar to styles worn in the early 1800s. At the end of the camp, a tea party will be hosted by participants for their mother (or father) showcasing the skills learned during the three-day camp. At this time, masks will be required for all...

SIU SDM Awards Annual Scholarships to Exceptional Students

EDWARDSVILLE – The Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) has announced its annual Dean’s Scholarship and Dr. Larry A. Lowe Memorial Scholarship recipients. The Dean’s Scholarship was created to reward academic merit, assist financial aid, and increase student diversity within the SIU SDM. This year’s...

1 Killed in Southern Illinois Plane Crash

One person died Saturday morning when the plane he was in crashed in southern Illinois, according to authorities. Robert Binger, 60, of Florida and Buck Martin, 39, of Edwardsville, were flying a Piper Comanche when it crashed shortly before 11:40 a.m. in rural Madison County, according to KSDK, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis.

Reid Steal For Run, Gallaher's Bases-Clearing Double Sets Tone For River Dragons In 11-5 Win

ALTON - Kurtis Reid set the tone for the game by stealing home plate for the first run of the game, and Ben Gallaher's bases-clearing double to right-center scored Eddie King, Marcus Heusohn and Noah Bush to give the Alton River Dragons an early lead en route to an 11-5 win over the O'Fallon, Mo., Hoots, a win that clinched the first half Prairie Land Division title in the Prospect League's split-season at Lloyd Hopkins Field at Gordon Moore Park Saturday night.

Fireworks on the Mississippi in Alton

Festival organizers are gearing up for the Fireworks on the Mississippi in Alton, which is scheduled to begin with music at 5:00 Sunday evening. Air National Guard Band of the Midwest (566 AFB) will be performing until actual fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm. Before that is a local DJ....

Post 126 falls in third-place game

WASHINGTON, Mo. - One costly inning and four errors did in Alton Post 126. The American Senior Legion baseball squad completed its weekend at the Washington (Mo.) Post 218 AAA Tournament with a 9-5 loss tp Eureka (Mo.) Post 177 Sunday afternoon in the third-place game at Ronsick Field. Alton...

YWCA children's summer tutoring program starts this week

Studies show the children lose one to two months’ worth of math and reading skills during the summer vacation. To combat this, the YWCA in Alton is offering free summer tutoring sessions for K-6th students for the sixth year in a row. Beginning this week and every Thursday until...