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American Red Cross experiencing summer blood shortage

With summer in full swing and Fourth of July celebrations on the horizon, the American Red Cross is reminding us that patients are counting on blood and platelet donors more than ever. During holiday weeks, the Red Cross sees about a 21% dip in blood donations. Besides that, donations are...
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A Small IL Town Toyed With People’s Emotions By Telling Everyone Chick-Fil-A Was Coming

In Bethalto, IL, a town of about 9,200 people, a sign was put up on Tuesday that read “Chick-Fil-A Coming Soon.” The sign was taken down 30 minutes after it went up, after it was reported to police by a public works employee. The police shared the picture of the sign on their Facebook page alerting citizens that Chick-Fil-A is indeed NOT coming to their town. The closest one is about 20 miles away. They think it was part of a TikTok challenge where people put up signs that read “coming soon…”

LCCC awards 122 GED certificates

GODFREY - For the first time since 2019, Lewis and Clark Community College's (LCCC) Adult Education program was able to hold its commencement in person, June 9, in the Hatheway Cultural Center in Godfrey. For Associate Dean of Adult Education Val Harris, this year's ceremony was particularly poignant. "This is my favorite event each year because these students found the courage to give education another try and succeed," she said. "Like the rest of the world, we have all been through strange times the past two-plus years. Our students' success is always meaningful; and this year is even more impressive as they have navigated virtual classes, COVID-19 testing, cancelled classes - and they persevered. I couldn't be more proud."

Chatham Community Football League Wraps Up Summer Flag Football Camp

The Chatham Community Football League in conjunction with the Glenwood Titans wrapped up their summer youth flag football camp this week. WMAY got the chance to talk with CCFL president Joe Smith about the importance of the camp and the CCFL program. WMAY also caught up with Coach Josh Atwood and some of the campers to discuss what they enjoy most about the camp.

Rural ambulance service in dire need of volunteers

MORRISONVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - A rural Christian County ambulance service is in dire need of volunteers. Mark Forbes, President of Morrisonville Community Ambulance, told WAND News if they don't get more volunteers the service could be forced to reduce hours or close for good. "People need to step up. We...

'Bittersweet, proud': Moehn breaks two of her coach's records in Sharks win

GODFREY - The SWISA season may be a quick six-week dash, but it still requires patience for times to drop and results to improve. And Summers-Port coach Maddie Monroe likes how far her team has come since the season started less than a month ago. "Overall, I think we swam well," Monroe said Thursday night following Summers-Port's 345-300 victory over the Collinsville Gators in Godfrey. "There is still so much to work on, but we're excited for two weeks off just to practice, get better at the fundamentals and build some endurance without worrying about a meet next week."...

When doves fly: Family business features airborne beauty

GODFREY - For as many meanings as doves symbolize, they also are inspirational for as many occasions. White doves are used in many settings as symbols of peace, freedom, love, or as messengers. Doves appear in the symbolism of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and paganism, and of both military and pacifist groups. Williams Family White Dove Release does weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, birthdays, funerals, grand openings, military salutes and much more, including a recent Mother's Day event at Forest Park's Art Hill in St. Louis. Williams Family White Dove Release, based in Godfrey, will be featured at the Godfrey Splash Pad ribbon cutting opening early next month at Glazebrook Park.

Walter Hunn

Walter H. “Wally” Hunn, 79, died at 2:55 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, 2022 at Jerseyville Manor in Jerseyville, Illinois. He was born on December 26, 1942 in West Alton, Missouri, one of five children born to the late Lawrence and Lillian (Wunderlich) Hunn and was a 1961 graduate of Southwestern High School.

Aaron Biermann

Aaron Kyle Biermann, 38, of Brighton, passed away at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on September 19, 1983, in Alton the son of Carl and Margaret “Peg” (Rathgeb) Biermann. Aaron graduated from Southwestern High School Class of...

Virginia Matos

Virginia Dee Matos, 39, of Bethalto, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022 at Alton Memorial Hospital. She was born December 3, 1982 in New York, NY, the daughter of Eugenio and Maria (Fernandez) Matos. Virginia worked as a manager for Amazon. She is deeply loved and will be remembered as...

Creature feature: Luna looking for love, someone to play with

GODFREY- Lovely Luna, a shepherd mix with an estimated date of birth June 7, 2021, is just a pup.   She is sweet, playful and loving who just wants a home and someone to play with.  She is good with other dogs, (don't know about cats) and very affectionate. She will be a fantastic new family member. Hope Rescues hopes to find Luna a home.

Hamel woman places second in pageant

HAMEL — McKenna Vereeke of Hamel was crowned first runner-up out of 26 women across the state in the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization last weekend. The Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization is an official state preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. Vereeke, who competed as Miss River Valley, is a 2020 Edwardsville High School graduate entering her junior year at the University of Illinois in Springfield as a a clinical and counseling psychology major with a minor in music.

Godfrey splash pad work advances

GODFREY — Workers on Thursday were pouring the concrete pad for the much anticipated Godfrey Splash Pad in Glazebrook Park. The opening of the pad has been delayed twice. Originally scheduled to open at the end of May, weather forced a delay in the project and the pad was scheduled to open on the 4th of July.

Grain thief sighted in Riverbend

BETHALTO — A squirrel on Thursday is caught grabbing a quick meal of the corn put out for ducks and geese at the Woodlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery in Bethalto. The nearby waterfowl didn't seem to mind, or even notice the theft.