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Two charged with meth possession

EDWARDSVILLE - Two people were charged Friday with possession of methamphetamine in separate incidents by the Madison County State's Attorney's Office. Patsy A. Heitzig, 35, of South Roxana, was charged June 24 with unlawful possession of methamphetamine, a Class 3 felony.
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Local restaurant to host mural contest

Are you a so-called starving artist? Would you like to have your work displayed on the side of a busy restaurant building? Martin’s Tunes and Eats in Wood River is hosting a contest for one artist to paint the side of their building and create a Community Wall. Martin’s...

What's brewing in Bethalto?

John Badman|The Telegraph Construction workers were inside and on top of the newly framed Scooter's Coffee building under construction at the corner of Route 140 and Prairie Street in Betalto Monday. Work is progressing on the coffee chain's third Illinois location. Drive-thru coffee stands are already open in Glen Carbon and Jerseyville. The national chain has more than 300 locations in 20 states and sells baked from scratch pastries along with its specialty coffee. (John Badman)

Alton City Council takes bigger role in riverfront amphitheater contracts

MADISON COUNTY — The Alton City Council voted this month to assert more control over contracts signed on behalf of the city's riverfront amphitheater. The council voted Wednesday that larger contracts, leases, licensing agreements and other binding measures for the 4,000-seat venue would require prior approval from the City Council.
Jacksonville Journal Courier

Street fair coming to Jerseyville

JERSEYVILLE – The Jersey County Business Association will host a street fair as a part of its monthly Open Late event from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The fair will be at Washington and Arch streets. Participating businesses include A&K Laser Designs, Adorn Arts By Natalie, Ajk Designs, Alive...

Ameren plans new solar farm, coal plant closure

Ameren Missouri on Monday announced it is planning to acquire the company's largest-ever solar facility as it prepares to retire its coal-fired plant in West Alton. The Huck Finn Solar Project, a 200 megawatt (MW) installation near Vandalia, Missouri, about 100 miles northwest of Alton, is expected to create more than 250 construction jobs. The site will be acquired by Ameren Missouri under a build-transfer agreement with EDF Renewables for a site on the border of Missouri's Audrain and Ralls counties. Ameren Missouri plans to retire the coal-fired Sioux Energy Plant in West Alton by 2030.

Handful of local races

A handful of county offices are being contested in this year’s primary election, along with a couple of Riverbend-area county board seats. Michael Turner of Godfrey is challenging incumbent Ray Wesley of Alton on the Republican ticket for the District 7 seat. The neighboring 8th District sees a veteran face off against a political newcomer.

Alton church kicks off fundraiser Wednesday

ALTON - Saints Peter and Paul Church, at 717 State St. in Alton, will kickoff its year long fundraiser to help renovate the church at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 29. James Hanlon, a volunteer for the fundraiser committee, said the fundraiser will help pay for renovations to the historic church. "It's an old limestone church and over 150 years, so it will will need some major repairs," Hanlon said. After the service, a short film made by Hanlon's son, Ryan, will be presented with history about the church and details about what repairs are needed. Afterwards a dinner of hot dogs, hamburgers and other food will be served. The event is open to the public.

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.

Creature Feature: Make room in your heart for Mia

GODFREY - Mia is friendly, playful and just 2-3 years old. She is a shepherd mix whose former owners apparently decided they had no more room for her. She can be a bit rambuctious but is used to being around adults and children up to age 10.  Alton's Five A's would love to have a caring family adopt Mia for a forever home.

Fresh lick of paint

GODFREY - A worker and his shadow paint a light blue coat of paint of the new water tower at 2609 Airport Road in Godfrey on Monday. The 250,000-gallon tower, built for the Jersey County Rural Water Co., will improve water pressure and can be refilled at night when electricity to run the pumps costs less. A brown primer coat was painted on the tower recently; its new paint job is expected to be will be completed soon, weather permitting.

Trump and supporters rally draws thousands

MENDON — Thousands of people — some camping overnight to stake out the best spot possible — filled the Adams County Fairgrounds on Saturday, hearing from Republican power-hitters while waiting for former President Donald J. Trump to take the stage. "This is my second Trump rally," said...

Auburn's Talin Kern attends Manning Passing Academy

Auburn, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) - Auburn High School starting quarterback Talin Kern wanted to get better this offseason. He decided to attend one of the most prestigious high school summer camps in the country, the Manning Passing Academy. The rising junior learned from the first family of football: Peyton, Eli, and...

Alton woman faces two drug indictments

EDWARDSVILLE - An Alton woman faces two separate drug-related indictments issued last week by a Madison County grand jury. Katlynn R. Hartman, 24, of Alton, was indicted on two counts of unlawful possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, both Class X felonies; unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony; unlawful possession of a controlled substance and two counts of obstructing justice, all Class 4 felonies.
Jacksonville Journal Courier

Grafton market draws folks with coins, collectibles

GRAFTON — It was a swarm of wanted and didn’t-know-you-wanted things this weekend as the Riverside Flea Market returned to Grafton. Jeremy Turnbull of Alton found something he didn’t know he wanted. “These are antique handcuffs, I think,” Turnbull said as he held the up. “I have...

122 graduate LCCC’s GED

The GED (General Education Diploma) Courses at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey remain extremely popular. For the first time since 2019, Lewis and Clark Community College’s Adult Education program was able to hold its commencement in person, June 9, in the Hatheway Cultural Center in Godfrey. Val...

Amended indictment issued in Alton fatal shooting

EDWARDSVILLE - An amended indictment for a fatal February 2021 shooting was issued last week by a Madison County grand jury. Arvin W. Freeman, 45, of Springfield, Missouri, was originally indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in March 2021 in the shooting death of Robert Woods in February 2021. On June 23 two additional counts, aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony; and reckless discharge of a firearm, a Class 4 felony, were added to the original indictment.

Concern for pets around fireworks

Make sure to consider your pet's health and well-being this Independence Day Holiday. That is the message from agencies nationwide. Locally, the head of the Alton Area Animal Aid Association is reinforcing that plea, asking you to keep your pets inside and away from any commotion you expect during the holiday.