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State Pole Vault Star Emily Lowis Is An Altonized Community Federal Credit Union Female Athlete of Month For Birds

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PIASA - Emily Lowis finished her high school track and field career with a strong performance at the IHSA Girls State Track and Field Meet in Charleston. Emily cleared 2.75 meters in the pole vault and finished in a six-way tie for 25th place. Emily said it was “awesome” qualifying for the state track and field meet. She thanked both of her coaches Gary Bowker and pole vault specialist Jenna Wernsing for her efforts. Bowker said Jenna medaled at the state meet in high school and was a competitor at Western Illinois University. Jenna had a large impact on Emily. “Emily is a great girl,” Jenna said. “Her form now from where she first started four years ago is night and day different. She looks at and evaluates what she is doing and understands what it takes to be successful.” Emily said overall, “it was just a fun season. I got a chance to go to state and extend my track season a little longer.” She said not only did she enjoy the state

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Outstanding Senior Triple Jumper AmyDee Bachman Is An Altonized Community Federal Credit Union Female Athlete of Month For Birds

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PIASA - AmyDee Bachman just concluded an exceptional track and field career with the Southwestern Piasa Birds girls track and field team at the IHSA State Track and Field Meet in Charleston. AmyDee is an Altonized Community Federal Credit Union Female Athlete of the Month for Southwestern. She recorded a jump of 9.05 meters at state. The Southwestern coaches said AmyDee has excellent leaping ability and has been a very hard worker throughout the season. Often on weekends, she wanted to be out there practicing and in the end, it resulted in her qualifying for the state meet from the sectional. AmyDee set a goal to clear 30 feet in the season and she did with a 9.42 meters jump, a 30-11.5 result in inches. “It was just fun,” she said of the track and field season. “It meant a lot to me to compete at state. "I had not been to state before in high school or middle school and it was fun to be able to do it my last year." AmyDee said other than competing at O'Brien

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Greenville University Announces Its 2022 Alumni Awardees

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GREENVILLE, Il. – Greenville University and the University’s Alumni Association are pleased to announce the University’s 2022 alumni awardees. The following will receive honors at GU’s Homecoming weekend October 14-15, 2022. Distinguished Alumnus Greg Groves (Class of 1980), longtime youth pastor, church leader, and mentor to countless young people in the Greenville area Outstanding Young Alumna Katie (Rathgeb ’05) Myette, founder and executive director of The Restore Network, an organization working to care for vulnerable children and change the culture of foster care. The Gene A. Kamp Loyalty Award recipients Jack (Class of 1969) and Susan (Bourne ’68) Chism, former and current GU faculty and continuous supporters of the University and GU students The adventure of ministry Greg Groves, youth pastor at the Greenville Free Methodist Church has ministered to youth and their families for over 40 years. He continues to organize and

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Gov. Pritzker Signs Medicaid Omnibus Legislation That Increases Access And Equity In Illinois' Health Care System

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CHICAGO — Governor Pritzker signed a Medicaid omnibus (HB4343) today that includes a range of measures aimed at increasing access to quality health care services, preserving existing health care coverage, and continuing to create a more equitable health care system in Illinois. The legislation would provide continuous eligibility for adults enrolled in Medicaid, increase reimbursement rates for prenatal and postpartum health care coverage, and expand equity in coverage. “This legislation sends a clear message: in Illinois, healthcare is a right—not a privilege,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Throughout my administration, it has been our priority to create the most equitable healthcare system in the nation. Today, we continue to make that idea a reality. I am proud to sign this bill into law to ensure that all Illinoisans have access to quality healthcare no matter their gender, race, age, or zip code.” “As chair of the Council on Women and Girls

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Two Local Students Awarded Delta Theta Tau Sorority Inc. College Scholarships

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WOOD RIVER - Two local high school students, Kianna Jackson, and Thomas Strohmeier, were each awarded a 2022-23 Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. college scholarship by Anita Dawson, President of the local chapter, Kappa Omicron in Wood River. Kianna is the granddaughter of Mary Campbell of East Alton and is a Senior at Roxana High School. She will be attending Quincy University in Quincy, IL and majoring in Forensic Science. Thomas is a Senior at Roxana High School and plans to attend Missouri University of Science & Technology. He will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Thomas is the son of Jeremy & Katherine Strohmeier of East Alton. Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc. is a national philanthropic women’s organization with chapters throughout the United States. In addition to the scholarship program, the local Kappa Omicron chapter awards philanthropic dollars and volunteer hours toward various community needs.

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Mary Ruth Snelson Celebrates 50 Years of Service

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GRANITE CITY - 50 years of service to Granite City Community Unit School District #9 has not stopped Mary Ruth Snelson from continuing to give back to her hometown. Snelson, 72, works as a building aide (reading interventionist) at Frohardt 3-4 Education Center when she is not subbing as a teacher or a Paraprofessional, and on Thursday, she completed her 50th year in the district. "I feel I still have something to offer and I can be a benefit to these children," Snelson said. "I love seeing a child with a smile on their face because they have accomplished something new." Snelson knew at the age of 8 that she wanted to teach. She also knew as an 8-year old that she wanted to work with children of special needs. "This is what I was put on this earth to do. And I truly believe that," Snelson said. One of the things Snelson is most proud of is the fact that her oldest daughter, Jamie (Snelson) Mihu, followed in her footsteps and is a 3rd grade resource teacher at Frohardt. Since

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Study Reveals Il Rte. 3 Near St. Louis Is A Nationally Significant Heavy Industrial Corridor

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ST. LOUIS - A 60-mile stretch of Illinois (IL) Route 3 generates $16 billion in annual business revenue and supports 221,881 direct and indirect jobs, according to a new economic impact study commissioned by the St. Louis Regional Freightway. The Route 3 corridor in southwestern Illinois is parallel to St. Louis, Missouri along the Mississippi River and Interstate 255, and goes from Waterloo, Illinois, in the south to Godfrey Illinois, to the north. It is gaining recognition as a premiere heavy industry and warehousing corridor with distinct advantages over other areas around the country, such as the percentage of the direct jobs in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing that greatly eclipse the regional and national averages for jobs in those sectors. “These concentrations and logistical connections make it a unique asset in the Midwest from a site selection point of view,” said Doug Rasmussen. “We do a lot of work throughout the country and in the Midwest,

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Lanes Opening Where Possible For Memorial Day Travel

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that lanes that have been closed for construction will reopen, where possible, for the Memorial Day weekend to minimize travel disruption. Non-emergency closures will be suspended from 3 p.m. Friday, May 27, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 30. The following lane closures will remain in place during the holiday weekend. Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through these areas. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and stay alert for workers and equipment. At all times, please buckle up and drive sober. District 1 City of Chicago Northbound Pulaski Road between 76th and 77th streets; lane reductions continue. Cicero Avenue (Illinois 50) between 67th and 71st streets; lane reductions continue. Inbound Bishop Ford Freeway (westbound Interstate 94) ramp to westbound

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St. Louis County Police Probes Homicide In 5600 Block Of Janet Avenue In Jennings Precinct

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ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis County Police Crimes Against Persons detectives are currently investigating a homicide in the 5600 block of Janet Avenue which resulted in the death of one person. The deceased has been positively identified as Edwardo Santiago Jr., 29 years of age, of the 5600 block of Janet Avenue in Jennings, MO 63136. On May 26, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m, Officers from the St. Louis County Police Department City of Jennings Precinct responded to a call for service for a shooting in the 5600 block of Janet Avenue. Responding Officers were informed a male victim was shot but was transported to an area hospital in a private vehicle. The preliminary investigation has revealed the male (black male) victim was among a group sitting outside when an unknown suspect and suspect vehicle opened fire on the victim and fled the scene. The male victim was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. There were no other victims injured by the gunfire. The male is believed to be

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Liberty Middle School Student A'lon Garrett's Masterpiece Painting Shows "We Are Better Together"

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EDWARDSVILLE - Liberty Middle School eighth-grader A’lon Garrett is an incredible young artist. Recently, she produced a masterpiece painting on a bare wall in the school that demonstrates even in these sometimes difficult times, everyone is better together. Liberty Middle School Principal Allen Duncan said one day, young A'lon was meeting with one of his related services staff members, and she noticed that the wall was bare. "I asked her if she wanted to make the wall her canvas, thinking she’d say no," Principal Duncan said. "I was wrong, she said yes. Three days later, she provided the sketch that she wanted to be painted for my approval. I then told her to go to Sherwin Williams and pick out all of the supplies that she would need. "First thing Monday morning, she provided me with all of the paint colors, brushes, and tape that she was going to need. Now the ball was in my court, and I knew that I couldn’t let her down. I purchased all of the supplies, and over

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IDOT, Illinois Police, And World Wide Technology Raceway Announce Travel Impacts For Next Weekend's Big Race

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MADISON – The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and World Wide Technology Raceway announce several traffic and travel impacts associated with the Enjoy Illinois 300 NASCAR Cup Series Race the weekend of June 3rd – June 5th. For those planning to attend any of the events at World Wide Technology Raceway next weekend, there will be several traffic and parking changes implemented to enhance your travels to and from the track. Directions on the best route for each parking location have been included with each parking pass. This information can also be found on the track’s website: https://wwtraceway.com/ and will be shared with multiple mapping applications to help guide motorists to the proper access point at the Raceway. To ensure the smoothest event access, follow these directions, all signage near the track, and the directions of law enforcement on site. Even if you are a regular track patron, there have been many upgrades inside

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Grammy Award-Winning Boyz II Men To Perform At Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater On August 21, 2022

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ALTON - Enjoy the smooth sounds of Grammy award-winning Boyz II Men as they take the stage at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 7pm. “A Sunday evening on the Alton Riverfront with an award-winning group like Boyz II Men will be a great night for Alton and the region,” said Dan Herkert, Alton Amphitheater Commission Chair. Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 10am at www.Metrotix.com and through MetroTix outlets. VIP tickets will sell for $120.00 per person, reserved tickets are $69.50 per person, and general admission tickets are $42.50 per person. A VIP ticket includes entry to the concert, assigned seating in the VIP area, reserved parking, and access to the VIP tent on the side of the stage with private concessions. A reserved ticket provides entry to the concert and assigned seating at the amphitheater while general admission tickets include entry to the venue and seating in the lawn area. “The buzz around this concert

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Jersey County Historical Society To Host Wedding Tour

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JERSEYVILLE - The Jersey County Historical Society is excited to announce the return of its popular wedding tour, Tying the Knot, The History of Wedding Traditions . Tickets are $10 per person, and tours will be held Saturday, June 11, 18 and 25 in the Cheney Mansion, located at 601 N. State St. in Jerseyville. Tours start at 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Evening tours will be offered Thursdays, June 9 and 16, at 7 p.m. The tour, which showcases nearly 30 wedding dresses, will examine how bridal styles and customs changed from the 1870s through the 1970s. It will also examine the origins of common wedding traditions, including why brides originally wore veils, why grooms had best men, and how cake became popular at weddings. Brides-to-be will find inspiration, history buffs will enjoy touring Jerseyville’s oldest home and learning about wedding traditions, fashionistas will love the historical fashions, and everyone will enjoy recalling popular wedding trends. Registration i

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Make-a-wish Missouri & Kansas Hopes To Break A Guinness Book Of World Records While Raising Funds To Grant Local Wishes

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ST. LOUIS - Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas is organizing a Guinness World Record attempt at the longest marathon roller hockey game – to grant local wishes! Currently, the World record sits at 36 hours and 56 seconds and is held by the Scorpions Inline Hockey Club from Namibia. The Scorpions have held this record since September 11, 2016. Over Memorial Day weekend, Make-A-Wish hopes to not only break the world record but also grant local wishes to children with critical illnesses. “Our goal is to raise $100,000 with this event which will help grant 10 wishes to local children facing overwhelming odds,” said event organizer Mark Turnipseed. The world record attempt will be held at Midwest Sport Hockey located in Edgar M. Queeny County Park (570 Weidman Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011) over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29, 2022). Organizers state that there will be a ceremonial puck drop at 10:00am on Friday, May 27th, and the 48-hour game will commence. The public is invited

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Duckworth Meets With SBA Region V Administrator Geri S. Aglipay To Discuss The Importance Of Leveling Playing Field For All Illinois Business Owners

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today held a virtual meeting with Geri Aglipay, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Region V Administrator to discuss how they’re working to help eliminate hurdles for Black, Latinx, Asian American, women and other underrepresented Illinoisans looking to form and grow their small businesses. Today’s meeting comes as Duckworth’s bipartisan Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise Act , which would reauthorize the Interagency Committee for Women’s Business Enterprise, recently passed the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. “It’s crucial that the Federal Government continues working to level the playing field for women, Veterans and entrepreneurs of color while working to strengthen the economies of Illinois communities marked by social and economic disadvantages,”

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Alton Main Street Announces Seventh Season Of The Night Market On Broadway

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ALTON - The 2022 season of the Night Market will be held every Thursday night in June and July from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Get a jump start on your weekend at this fun event held inside Jacoby Arts Center located at 627 E. Broadway as well as in the neighboring parking lot which borders the new FLOCK food truck park. Enjoy live music and great food and beverages while shopping for art and handmade wares as well as vintage and hip thrift items at this family and pet-friendly event. Indoor and outdoor vendor space is available—the fee is $10 for a single week or $80 for the entire 9-week season. Find full details and a link to register at www.DowntownAlton.com /Events, and stay up to date on announcements at www.facebook.com/NightMarketAlton . LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE: June 2 - Spillie Nelson June 9 - HOOKiE June 16 - Loftys Comet June 23 - Liver Jones & The Flatworms June 30 - The Crocodile Kings July 7 - Lazy Lester July 14 - The Dead Roses July 21 - Red White and Floyd July 28 -

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Kids, Families Invited To 'Reading With A Ranger' Every Weekend In June At Gateway Arch

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ST. LOUIS – Gateway Arch National Park in partnership with Gateway Arch Park Foundation and Great Southern Bank’s Community Matters Program are thrilled to announce a new literacy program: Reading with a Ranger. Reading with a Ranger invites children and families to visit Gateway Arch National Park in June to receive a copy of a meaningful, themed children’s book, read it together with a park ranger, engage in a group discussion, and then do an activity connecting the book with the park’s themes. The one-hour program will be offered every Saturday (10 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) during the month of June. A parent or guardian must accompany each child. It is designed to be sequential but also allows for one-off attendance, with each weekend encompassing a different theme: Week 1, June 4-5: Marvelous Me Week 2, June 11-12: Belonging Week 3, June 18-19: Neighborhoods Week 4, June 25-26: America The program curriculum was developed in partnership

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Alvin Roderfeld - United States Navy

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ALTON - Alvin Roderfeld is a WWII veteran who served in the United States Navy. He recalled being in Great Lakes boot camp when the bomb dropped. He served for about 15 months he said. Roderfeld will be one of five WWII veterans in this year's Alton Memorial Day Parade. He’ll get to be one of the parade marshals. He’s been in the parade before. He remembers riding in a car a few years ago right behind the mayor at the time, Brent Walker. When Alvin was asked to partake in this year’s event, he said it would be an honor. “The people are very good about thanking you for your service and it makes you feel good,” Roderfeld said.

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Belt-supported Laws Aim To Address Increase In Carjackings

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EAST ST. LOUIS – State Senator Christopher Belt supported proposals to address the increase in car thefts and hijackings that were signed into law Thursday. According to a January report from CNN , cities around the country have seen an increase in the rate of carjackings. “The increase in the number of carjackings is disturbing,” said Belt (D-Swansea). “Innocent people are being targeted by this senseless crime across Illinois.” House Bill 601 modernizes the definition of the possession of burglary tools offense to include devices designed to unlock or start a vehicle without a key and devices designed to capture or duplicate a signal from a key fob. Car thieves have exploited new technology that can pick up the RFID signal from a key fob at a distance, allowing a victim’s vehicle to be unlocked or stolen even while the fob remains in their home. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Illinois saw a 13% increase in car thefts from

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Filament Appoints Lakecia Veal Ligon As Its Experience And Operations Lead

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ST. LOUIS, MO – Filament is proud to announce that LaKecia Veal Ligon has joined the team as Experience and Operations Lead. In this newly created role for the rapidly growing company, LaKecia will support multiple Filament initiatives, including Thinksgiving® , LAB:LAB , and other innovative company offerings. Thinksgiving® pairs innovative companies with nonprofits for a day of creative problem-solving. In her role, LaKecia will collaborate with the team on event logistics for the 500+ expected participants and 100+ organizations, oversee dozens of volunteers, and support the initiative’s marketing, public relations, and social media efforts. "We are beyond excited that LaKecia has joined our team,” said Founder and CEO Matt Homann. “She'll not only improve the ways we serve our customers but will help us multiply the impact we're making in our community." In her previous role as the Operations and Marketing Manager at Marissa Q. Paine International,

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