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Miles to miss Palmyra Season Opener due to disciplinary action

Palmyra High School announced Wednesday Morning that head football coach Kevin Miles will be serving a one-game leave of absence for a failure of locker room supervision. Miles will be sitting out his team's season opener on August 26th against Hallsville. Tyler Krietemeyer will serve as the team's interim head coach and play caller for that contest.
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Gillespie Council approves FOP contract, considers tax-supported police pension plan

Gillespie city aldermen voted unanimously Monday night to authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to sign a new contract with the Fraternal Order of Police which authorizes substantial wage increases for city police officers. Additionally, the council set a special meeting for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, to vote on whether or not to submit a tax referendum to voters that would support a place pension plan for local police. Both measures appear to be aimed at retaining officers.
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Turf comes to Civic Memorial

BETHALTO — Workers at Hauser Field behind Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto were rolling out the colors Wednesday as they installed the first strips of artificial turf on the football field which sports the school colors. Purple, yellow and white were the first colors laid down on a bed of small rock. Lining up the first piece was perhaps one of the most important steps in the process. Each section or strip of turf is sewn together with what is essentially a sewing machine on wheels. Workers plan to have the field complete and ready to go in time for the home season opener on Friday, Aug. 26.

Litchfield August market canceled due to building collapse

LITCHFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The City of Litchfield has canceled its August Pickers Market. This comes after a building in the 300 block of North State Street collapsed. As of Monday at 11:30 a.m., structural engineer(s) have not been on site to assess the building. City officials say they...

Brighton Library plans re-opening celebration

Renovations are complete, and a grand re-opening is scheduled for this Saturday at the Brighton Memorial Library. Tours, contests, refreshments, activities, and a special ceremony will be held to commemorate the event. The celebration runs this Saturday from 10am until Noon with the ceremony at 10:30. Renovations include extensive foundation...

Death of Kate (Hopley) Cordani

Kate (Hopley) Cordani, 95, passed peacefully at home on Friday, August 5, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was born in Dorchester on January 23, 1927, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Owen & Mary Ann (Judson) Hopley, both immigrants from Sheffield, England. Kate resided in her home for over 60 years and has told family that the house sits on the first 80 acres of land that began the township of Staunton.

Death of Ned Ray Newingham

Ned Ray Newingham was born on February 11, 1945, to Clarence and Rosa (Henson) Newingham in White Hall, Illinois. He loved to work, ride his motorcycle, be with his dogs and cat (Dolly), play cards, and spend time with his grandchildren. Ned met Sylvia Clark and they were married on...

Death of Mary Elizabeth Kuruc

Mary Elizabeth Kuruc, 85 of Gillespie, died at Heritage Health of Gillespie on Monday, August 8, 2022. She was born on April 2, 1937, to William Keith and Clara Pettit Keith. She married Ronald J. Kuruc on December 20, 1969, in Carlinville. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2021. She was a supervisor for the Secretary of State, State Police Division.

Litchfield investigates building that collapsed during a bridal shower

An investigation is underway into the cause of a building collapse in Litchfield during a bridal shower over the weekend. The building is in the 300 block of North State. More than 20 people were attending the bridal shower just before noon when the incident occurred. Reports say three individuals suffered minor injuries and were treated.

Gillespie Police Report: July 31-August 6, 2022

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Dorsey Street in Benld in reference to criminal damage to property. An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Gillespie Street in reference to a suspicious person. An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Madison Street in reference...

Recalling the courage of former Telegraph reporter

Who would sacrifice a job they loved to reveal a wrong committed against a child? Very few would. In fact, in my 35 years in journalism, I’ve met only one such person. Just one. In our society we talk a good game about how much we treasure children. But it’s a lie. Kids are violated and large institutions sweep it under the rug every day. As a reporter, I have seen it happen over and over.   The sexual violation of a child is the most horrific act imaginable. I should know. I was violated when I was just 12 years old. It is a pain that has hung over me for decades.

New on-campus home nears completion for CM wrestling

BETHALTO – The practice facility for the Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling champion Civic Memorial Eagles is located on a gym balcony behind a wall of bleachers. When the bleachers are extended, the wrestling room vanishes. But the sometimes homeless Eagles will have a new house this season, with the construction of what coach Jeremy Christeson calls a “big wrestling complex” on the northeast corner of the high school campus. “It’s super awesome,” CM senior Abe Wojcikiewicz said. “It’s great to see a school giving the program the support and recognition. At the end of the day, yeah, you can get your work done anywhere you want. But to have your own facility, it will be awesome. It will be phenomenal.”

Strength show set at Bethalto church

BETHALTO -Whether ripping an old-fashioned telephone book in half, breaking handcuffs or blowing up a hot water bottle until it pops, Todd Keene and The Power Team show their strength in many ways. These strongmen are a group of Texas-based world class athletes who have performed the world's greatest exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration and motivation in every state and in 40-plus countries for more than 30 years. Next up Keene and  The Power Team will be in Bethalto.   The team will do a small exposition and talk at 10:30 a.m. and a main demonstration at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Bethalto Church of God, 800 E. Bethalto Blvd. Both times are open to the public and free to attend.