Edwardsville School District Welcomes Back Faculty/Staff With Warm Kick-Off

EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville School District 7 welcomed back its faculty and staff with a warm kick-off event this week. Both Dr. Patrick Shelton and Edwardsville High School Principal Steve Stuart say there has been tremendous energy in the buildings since teachers have returned. Dr. Shelton said: "Welcome back to all our wonderful staff and teachers." The Edwardsville Marching Band welcomed the teachers with beautiful music as they returned to school and throughout the kick-off, there was continual excitement with presentations. Stuart said they are hoping to build on the energy that has been presented since teachers and other staff returned for a great year. Shelton and Stuart both admitted they are excited to return to a more normal setting for 2022-2023 and hope that continues. Continue Reading
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East Alton Fire Duo Recognized For Obtaining Three Grants That Topped $75,000 In Year

EAST ALTON - The East Alton Fire Department and the Village of East Alton have recognized Lieutenant Andrew Mortland and Engineer Jeremey Diveley for their outstanding work in securing three grants in a year’s time. The three grants totaled $75,970.90. "Because of their due diligence on and off duty these two men were able to accomplish something that hasn’t been done in the history of the department," East Alton Fire Chief Tim Quigley said. "To put in perspective, most departments have a chief officer working on grants as part of their job. These two men realize that being a small department they have to go above and beyond what is expected of them to help the department function. Thank you for what you have accomplished." These are the grants: Office of the State Fire marshal Small Equipment Grant $25,367.25 Commercial Extractor ( PPE/ Turnout Gear Washer ) Seven (7) sets of Firefighting Protective Gear. Illinois Department of Public Health EMS AssistanceContinue Reading
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The McLendon Foundation Named Winner of 2022 Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 8, 2022) – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the winner of the 2022 Mannie Jackson - Basketball’s Human Spirit Award. Honored for its outstanding humanitarian efforts, the 2022 award recipient is The McLendon Foundation. The foundation will be formally recognized in September 2022 during the Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. “The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to recognize The McLendon Foundation as the 2022 Mannie Jackson Award recipient,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Hall is known as a place to recognize those who excelled in the game, but it is vital to also honor and celebrate leaders who have used their platform to leave a lasting impact on their communities and better those around them. The McLendon Foundation was selected as this year’s recipient to highlight their efforts in the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative,Continue Reading

Illinois American Water Co. Makes Progress This Week In Downtown Alton Sewer Project

ALTON - Illinois American Water has been hard at work this week in the Downtown Alton area with its massive sanitary sewer project. Shown here are photos of some of the work and progress. Illinois American Water corporate spokesperson Karen Cotton said this week that the work on 3rd Street and Belle Street in Alton is the most difficult so far for the company in the large project. Both areas have a high traffic flow, she said. Cotton explained there are numerous old, abandoned utility lines, and even an old brick cistern that was recently uncovered. "To support safety, progress has been slowed some, resulting in a bit of a delay in the anticipated month time frame that was expected for the sanitary sewer installation work on 3rd Street and Belle Streets in the downtown area," she said. Cotton added that all efforts are underway to try to complete the 3rd Street part of the project in a couple of weeks and Belle Street a few weeks after that. She also said that 9th Street in AltonContinue Reading

MCT Marks Opening Of Newly Improved Trail Segment Under I-255 In Pontoon Beach

PONTOON BEACH - MCT hosted a brief ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the opening of the newly improved segment of the MCT Nature Trail under I-255 in Pontoon Beach. MCT Board Members and staff were in attendance, as well as Madison County Board members Chris Hankins and Erica Conway Harriss; Tom Lavelle from Keller Construction, and Charlie Juneau from Juneau Associates. Since its construction in the 1990s, this 0.6-mile portion of the MCT Nature Trail was a gravel farm access road that served as a trail connector under I-255. In recent years, however, the access road had deteriorated and become increasingly difficult to traverse on a bicycle. Thanks to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s approval of the improvement, this trail segment is now asphalt paved and provides a seamless connection for cyclists on the MCT Nature Trail. Madison County Transit (MCT) provides multi-modal transportation services for Madison County, Illinois. MCT operates a fixed-route busContinue Reading

Carrollton Courthouse Square Getting $1.9 Million in Improvements

CARROLLTON - Carrollton’s Courthouse Square, the grounds of the Greene County Courthouse at 519 N. Main St. in Carrollton, is receiving $1.9 million in improvements as part of the Rebuild Illinois Downtowns and Main Streets Capital program. Carrollton Mayor Mike Snyder said improvements to be made include new parking areas on the Square’s southern and eastern sides, improved lighting and electricity for festivals and a redesigned handicap parking area meant to make the courthouse more accessible. Carrollton was recently announced as a recipient of the grant on Monday during a presentation from J.B. Pritzker at AltonWorks in Alton. Snyder said the city has not yet received the grant funding, so start and completion dates for the project have not yet been determined. The Carrollton Square Initiative is a community organization that formed years ago to “start a conversation” in Carrollton about where improvements could be made around town and ways to securContinue Reading

Shakespeare Production, Criterium Festival, D.A.R.E. Car Show Set for This Weekend

EDWARDSVILLE – The stage is set for a fun-filled weekend for residents and visitors alike, whether you’re a theater fan, prefer pedal power or want to check out some cool cars, hot rods and vintage vehicles. These free special events are scheduled to take place downtown on Friday, August 19, and Saturday, August 20, and at Edwardsville High School on Sunday, August 21. St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s touring production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” kicks off the action on Friday night. The play will be performed at 6:30 p.m. at City Park, 101 South Buchanan Street. There is no charge to attend the event, which is being presented by the Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department. Those attending should bring a chair or blanket for seating. More information is available here. Saturday marks the return of the Busey Bank Edwardsville Rotary Criterium Festival, an annual series of professional and amateur bicycle races on the downtown streets. TheContinue Reading

Dr. Baumgartner: Alton School District Off To "Fantastic Start"

ALTON - Alton School District Superintendent Dr. Kristie Baumgartner said today that the district is off "to a fantastic start." "It was so wonderful to welcome students this morning," she said in a statement. "You could certainly fill the excitement in the air." Alton School District started classes on Wednesday at all levels. Continue Reading

Dr. Shelton: "Fabulous To See Educators, Students and Smiling" To Start Edwardsville School District 7 School Year

EDWARDSVILLE - Dr. Patrick Shelton, Edwardsville School District superintendent, said this is his 14th start in District 7 as a parent or superintendent and he thinks it is the best one yet. "Starting up a school year is never easy - there are always new employees, students, and families to get acclimated to District 7," he said. "It was fabulous to see educators and students smiling and excited to start the school year!" Continue Reading

Edwardsville High School Enters 2022-2023 With Air Of Excitement

EDWARDSVILLE - Edwardsville High School is off and rolling with the 2022-2023 school year. Students, faculty, administrators, and support staff appeared excited to be back as classes started on Wednesday. Edwardsville High School Principal Dr. Steve Stuart said they are glad for this year to start and a continued return to a more normal setting after a few years of confronting the COVID-19 Pandemic. "The staff has been working hard over the summer to get programs like our PLC (Professional Learning Communities) in place to help our professional growth which will translate into better instruction within the classroom. "We are working closely with our Student Counsel and planning fun events for the kickoff with a Senior Sunrise next week and events leading up to our homecoming football game and dance." Continue Reading

Liberty Middle School In Edwardsville Has A "Legendary" Kickoff On Opening Day

EDWARDSVILLE - Liberty Middle School has a theme set for the school year for everyone to be “legendary.” If the start is any sign of the year to come, the Liberty School year will definitely fit that theme. Students were greeted by excited administrators, teachers, support staff, and students on Wednesday morning for the first official school day in the Edwardsville District. Liberty Middle’s veteran Principal Allen Duncan said he felt a great atmosphere was set for opening day and there was indeed “great excitement.” “We wanted to make the first day of school special for everybody and want them to come back tomorrow and continue to be fired up,” he said. “We want an atmosphere that is fun, and we want the kids to feel safe, welcome, and comfortable.” Principal Duncan said Liberty has a tremendous cast of students and he knows they will do great things this year. “We are going to have a good school year,” the 18-yeaContinue Reading

"Smiles On Their Faces:" West Elementary Students In Alton Excited About New Year

ALTON - West Elementary School Principal Dr. Brian Saenz and the rest of the administrative team, teachers, and support staff embraced a bunch of students today with smiles on their faces on the first official day of school in the district. Dr. Saenz said it was "a great day" to finally have the students back in school without masks after the long battle with the COVID-19 Pandemic. "To be able to see their faces and interact with them without a mask was like another new beginning," he said. "Everything is new to them from their clothes, supplies and they were ready to get started. "To see them coming back from last spring, many of them have grown so much and they look very different. It is amazing how fast they grow. Seeing their smiling faces and excitement to come back to school is why we do what we do." Dr. Saenz said when an educator sees the students on down the line after they leave West and graduate from high school, they can see they are making a difference in the world.Continue Reading

Wood River Police Leads Effort In "Due-Diligence" Search Wednesday For Man Missing Since July 21

WOOD RIVER - The Wood River Police Department Police Chief Brad Wells is leading a search today of an area near Illinois Route 3 close to where Vernon L. Law, missing since July 21, 2022, was last seen. Those involved in the search with dogs were seen close to the Colman’s Country Campers area at 2 Fun Lane, Hartford, and that vicinity. On July 27th, 2022 , the Wood River Police Department received notification that a male subject, identified as Vernon L. Law, was last seen on July 21, 2022, at 2:40 p.m., by a coworker, departing Economy Boat Store, 200 S. Amoco Road, Wood River. Vernon L. Law worked as a deckhand on the riverboat "Kevin Michael.” Law left property on the boat. His wallet and identification were not left behind. He possibly left with these items in his possession. Vernon is from Chester, Illinois, with associates in Columbia, Illinois, and O’Fallon, Missouri. Vernon L. Law was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans, and work boots.Continue Reading

Our Daily Show! Featuring Damian Jones & Ric Jun!

Damian Jones-SALT (Student Athletes Leading Tomorrow) helps kick off our Wednesday Show by telling us more about the amazing Program, and Ric Jun-5 A's Humane Shelter stops in during the 10 o'clock to give us some updates on the Organization, and ...

Johnson Sisters Finish One-Two, Tigers Place Five In Top Ten, Take Large School Madison County Girls Golf Championship

GRANITE CITY - Sisters Nicole and Rachel Johnson finished in the top two spots in the individual standings, while Edwardsville put all five of their golfers in the top ten as the Tigers won the large school Madison County girls golf tournament Tuesday afternoon at The Legacy Golf Club in Granite City. Edwardsville won the team title with a 318, with Triad coming in second at 357, Collinsville was third with a 376, Granite City was fourth with a 408 and Alton was fifth at 431. Nicole Johnson won the individual title with a four-under-par 67, with sister Rachel second at 76. The Kahoks' Kiley Belobraydic was third with a 78, Addison Kenney of the Redbirds came in fourth with a 79, Emma Hill of Triad was fifth with an 81, Aleah Crenshaw of the Warriors came in sixth with an 84, the Tigers' Ali Geminn and the Knights' Makenna Jensen tied for seventh with identical scores of 87, Edwardsville's Emma Hill came in ninth with an 88 and teammate Alayna Garman rounded out the top ten withContinue Reading

Robert Gene Thiel

Robert “Bob” Gene Thiel, 79, passed away on August 13, 2022, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. He was born on July 25, 1943, to Walter & Estelle (Budt) Thiel in Jerseyville. He married Karen Sue “Susie” Chapman on January 14, 1967, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. He graduated from Greenfield High School and was a member of the ROTC. Bob was a farmer, a US National Guard veteran, and a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Bob is survived by his only brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Elaine Thiel of Carrollton. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife. Visitation will be on Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Alexander Funeral Home. The Funeral will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 11:00 am at Alexander Funeral Home. Father Hyland Smith will be officiating the service and burial will take place at Providence Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis and Holy Ghost Schools.Continue Reading

Rose Anne Rubis

Rose Anne Rubis, 94, passed away the afternoon of Sunday, August 14, 2022, at St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, IL after a lengthy illness and receiving the Last Sacraments. Born on July 7, 1928, in Alton, IL, she was the daughter of Pete and Louisa (Zarantonello) Manar. Rose went to St. Mary's Grade School in Alton. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Belleville, IL in 1946 and returned to St. Mary's to reach first grade at St. Mary's Grade School from 1946-1967. She married Bruno Rubis on July 8, 1967, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. Together they owned Rubis Imported Foods in Collinsville, IL. Rose was a loving and devoted mother dedicating her entire life to her developmentally disabled son. She was a devoted Catholic and remained a faithful servant throughout her life. Surviving is her son, Joseph Ernesto Bruno Rubis (Jeb), a brother, Bill Manar of Bunker Hill, two sisters-in-law, Carla Finn and Paula Manar, and many nieces and nephews. PrecedingContinue Reading

Carla Reno

Carla Reno, 80, died at 5:34 a.m., Saturday, August 13, 2022, at her residence. She was born on July 10, 1942, in Carrollton, Illinois to Carl and Ruby (Coonrod) Roberts and was a 1959 graduate of Jersey Community High School. She married Phillip James Reno Jr. on October 6, 1962, in Jerseyville and together they made their home in Jerseyville, where Carla was employed in Housekeeping at Willow Rose Rehab and Healthcare Center. Carla and Phillip were the proud parents of three children and shared many wonderful memories throughout their 41 years of marriage, before his death on March 14, 2004. Surviving is two sons, Terry Reno of Jerseyville and Timothy Reno and his companion, Shannon Jones, of Jerseyville; a daughter and son-in-law, Toni Sue and Todd Green of Kane; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue and Michael Bowman of Jerseyville, Sandy and Mike Camden of Carrollton and Pamela and Jack Tomblingson of Gillespie; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Tiffany, Tanner, Jayden, T.J.,Continue Reading

Bethalto Man Dies In Tragic Two-Vehicle Crash In Hartford

HARTFORD - Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn on Wednesday morning identified a Bethalto man who tragically lost his life following a two-vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on Illinois State Route 3 at 7 th Street in Hartford. A 9-1-1 call on the accident came in at approximately 4:11 p.m. The victim was the restrained driver and sole occupant of a 2007 Nissan Titan that was southbound on Illinois Route 3 when for reasons unknown turned east onto 7 th Street into the path of an oncoming northbound vehicle where it was struck on the passenger side in a “T” bone fashion. The victim in the fatal crash was identified as Jeffrey R. Hasenjaeger, 63, of Bethalto. Hasenjaeger was pronounced deceased at the scene by Madison County Coroner’s Office Investigator Shelbi Frakes at 5:05 p.m., August 16, 2022. A preliminary investigation shows blunt force chest and abdominal trauma as the cause of death. A final cause of death will not be issued until theContinue Reading

Michael Joseph Bray

Michael Joseph Bray, formerly of Jerseyville, passed away on Monday, August 1 st , 2022, at his residence in Denver, Colorado. He had suffered from epilepsy for over two years and died as a result of a heart attack that was brought on by a seizure. He was born in Jerseyville on March 19, 1962, and was one of eight children born to Robert & Joy (Crawford) Bray. Mike enjoyed his time in nature and spent many years living in Alaska and Colorado. He grew up in Jerseyville, attended Holy Ghost Grade School, and graduated in 1980 from Jersey Community High School. He joined the U.S. Navy and served in San Diego, California, as well as Bremerton, Washington. He was a telephone technician aboard the Constellation CV-64 and was able to experience several countries including the Philippines, Australia & Africa while on a Westpac. Surviving are his mother, Joy Bray of Jerseyville; three sons, Keith Bray of Jerseyville and Sean and Mark Bray of Godfrey; his companion Rita Crow of Denver;Continue Reading