JERSEYVILLE - Chris and Brenda Lorton are celebrating their last day as operators of George’s Local Brew in Jerseyville with a “George’s Palooza” sendoff party at the bar and restaurant this Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to midnight, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. The event will see a full lineup of live music, chances to win prizes, and many memories shared before George’s welcomes its new owners on Oct. 1. Chris said he wanted to “go out swinging” with a big party for the community members that have supported them over the years - and especially over the last few weeks, he said. “On our last day, we just wanted to have a really big party, just to kind of celebrate - if I’m going to go out, I’m going to go out swinging,” Lorton said. “We’ve had a roaring last six weeks, it’s been really busy, it’s been a lot of fun.” The event on Saturday will feature live music, karaoke, great food,
BETHALTO/EDWARDSVILLE/GODFREY/JERSEYVILLE - While National Coffee Day is Sept. 29, Scooter’s Coffee has been spreading the coffee love all month long by offering FREE delicious, fresh-brewed coffee to customers every day throughout September. By the end of September, Scooter’s Coffee anticipates its stores will have served more than 1 million cups of free fresh-brewed coffee since Sept. 1. “What an exciting milestone to give away over 1 million cups of coffee during our September celebration of National Coffee Day,” said Joe Thornton, President of Scooter’s Coffee. “We have enjoyed the positive feedback from our valued loyal customers and new customers. Our Baristas have loved the joyful interactions with familiar and new faces each day in the drive-thru. It’s a reminder that a cup of coffee represents kindness, warmth and connection.” Customers have been flocking to Scooter’s Coffee drive-thru locations throughout September to
EDWARDSVILLE - Two fun opportunities for the community to interact with the Edwardsville Police and Fire Departments are coming up in early October. First up is National Night Out, which is marking its 40th year as a nationwide event connecting police and residents. The Edwardsville Police Department will host the event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, at City Park, 101 S. Buchanan Street. The Glen Carbon Police Department, Edwardsville Fire Department and Illinois State Police also will participate. The planned activities are free, including face painting, balloon animals, bounce houses, giveaways, a Child ID event and music. Police and fire vehicles will be on site for visitors to see. Free ice cream and hot dogs also will be available, thanks to the generous support of area sponsors. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 7, the annual Fire Department Open House will take place at the Public Safety Building, 333 S. Main Street. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offer visitors
CARLINVILLE - Blackburn College has been awarded a $4.8 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. Blackburn will utilize the funding to help create and construct the College's new $6+ million indoor athletic practice facility, which broke ground in May. With over 40,000 square feet of space, the building project is part of a comprehensive effort to provide Blackburn students and the community greater access to expanded athletic and recreational facilities. Announced earlier this year, the Winning Together campaign for athletics and enrollment aims to build a critical new chapter of the College's legacy. The efforts will better meet Blackburn's needs, providing essential space for existing NCAA Division III athletic programs to increase the number of athletes recruited but also allow for an expansion of the athletic offerings. For the entire campus community, the new facility will provide a space for intramural and recreational opportunities and
GILLESPIE - The Macoupin County Democrat Party is hosting their 14th Annual Unity Dinner on Saturday, October 21, 2023. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at the Gillespie Municipal Building, located at 115 North Macoupin Street. The catered FEMA’s dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. while the program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person or a table of eight for $275. Advance reservations and payment are encouraged. Please make check payable to Macoupin County Democrat Party and mail to Macoupin County Democrat Party, % Chair Pam Monetti, 7545 Brighton Bunker Hill Road, Bunker Hill, IL 62014 or pay online at www.paypal.me/unitydinner18 or www.secure.actblue.com/donate/unity2023 . Call 618-444-2891 for reservations or questions. Check out the official event page on Facebook for more information.
ALTON - After several months of construction, the new Starbucks in Alton is open and ready to serve the brand’s signature fall drinks. Located at 1723 Homer M. Adams Parkway, the Alton Starbucks opened at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 25. The drive-thru line was picking up already by early afternoon. Many people were also seated inside, enjoying the free WiFi while sipping their drinks. The opening comes as a surprise to many Riverbend residents following original reports that the store would open on Oct. 1. An employee said the store was “always” slated to open on Sept. 25. No community members are complaining about the unexpected earlier opening date, especially as temperatures prepare to drop and the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte celebrates its 20th year on the Starbucks fall menu. The seasonal menu is sure to be a hit for residents who previously had to travel to Edwardsville for the closest Starbucks locations. Starbucks drinks, snacks and merchandise are
RIVERBEND - Several public libraries in the Riverbend will welcome new visitors throughout October with a popular program sponsored by the region’s library system. The 5th Annual Library Crawl invites patrons to explore new libraries throughout the Illinois Heartland Library System, which composes the southern half of the state. The Crawl also demonstrates the benefits of a library card, which allows users to check out materials from the libraries they visit. Some 158 libraries across central and southern Illinois are taking part in the Crawl, which runs from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Participating area public libraries include all three Hayner Public Library locations, including the main branch downtown at 326 Belle Street, the Alton Square Mall branch and the Genealogy and Local History Library at 401 State Street. Other participating libraries include Wood River, Bethalto, Roxana, East Alton, Hartford, Madison, Carlinville, Staunton, Mt. Olive, Gillespie, Glen Carbon, Edwardsville,
ALTON - The 15th annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race and 3K Fun Run/Walk was once again a huge success. On Saturday, Sept. 23, community members enjoyed a family-friendly morning with bounce houses, vendors, live music and food. Runners and walkers raced through downtown Alton in support of people with mesothelioma. All proceeds went to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) . “It’s about the community and it’s about the charity,” said Todd Adamitis, Chief Operating Officer with Simmons Hanly Conroy. “We’re actually fighting for the end of the disease, which would put us out of business. That’s what we’re all about. It’s a horrible, horrible disease.” Simmons Hanly Conroy , a national law firm that specializes in mesothelioma lawsuits, sponsors the Miles for Meso event. The law firm started the race in Alton in 2009. Today, over ten states organize annual Miles for Meso races, which have collectively
JERSEYVILLE - A Jerseyville man is facing two felony counts of witness harassment while a Fieldon woman has been charged with criminal property damage in Jersey County over the past week, according to recent court filings. Timothy L. Moxey, 42, of Jerseyville, was charged with two counts of harassment of witnesses, once on Sept. 1 and again on Sept. 3. Court documents state Moxey called “a victim” who “is expected to serve as a witness in a pending legal proceeding” several times from the Jersey County Jail to intentionally harass them and attempt to persuade them “to drop charges, in such a manner as to cause them mental anguish or emotional distress.” Moxey was charged with two Class 2 felonies for the witness harassment charges. Court documents indicate he is being held in the custody of the Jersey County Sheriff until his hearing. Moxey was also charged earlier this month on Sept. 1 with two counts of theft for allegedly obtaining
Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Judy Holmes of Jerseyville and Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Nancy Martell of Portland, Oregon are happy to announce the marriage of their children Maggie and Kyron. Saint Francis Xaivier Church, Jerseyville, was the site of the nuptial ceremony conducted by Father Patrick Gibbons, July 1, 2023. Maid of Honor was Angeline Holmes. Bridesmaids were Julia Mlinar, Caroline Holmes, Emily Holmes, Shea Holmes, and Annie Girard. Lane Martell served as best man. Ushers were Jack Holmes IV and Charlie Holmes. Piper Martell, Cecilia Mlinar, Anna Mlinar, and Leona Danner were flower girls. Quinn Martell and Joseph Mlinar were ring bearers. Caroline Holmes was cantor, accompanied by organist Julia Mlinar and violinist Mary Kelly. A reception was held at 'Your Event Space' in Alton. After a honeymoon trip to Maui, the Martells are making their new home in Portland. Kyron is a special education teacher in the Hillsboro School District. Maggie has spent the past five years workin
Illinois Secure Choice Helps Address Retirement Savings Crisis As Key Deadline For Small Businesses Approaches
SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 129,000 Illinois workers already are saving for retirement courtesy of the Illinois Secure Choice program, and now a key deadline is approaching for small employers to help even more employees do the same. Under state law, businesses that had between 5 and 15 employees last year have until Nov. 1, 2023 to help their workers access a retirement savings option by either signing up for Illinois Secure Choice or offering a private retirement plan. “There is a growing recognition that many workers understand that Social Security alone will not be enough to make ends meet after their working days are over,” said State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, whose office administers the program. “Illinois Secure Choice helps workers retire with dignity and confidence.” The Illinois General Assembly created Secure Choice in 2015 and assigned the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office to help set up the program. Lawmakers assured employers they would
GRANITE CITY - Granite City High School Guidance Office and Saint Louis University are partnering to host a Financial Aid 101 seminar on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6:30 p.m. in the GCHS atrium. SLU's financial aid office will be on site to speak with families who may have questions about the process and recent changes being made to the FAFSA. Senior and junior students and parents are welcome to attend. Financial Aid 101 : Overview of the scholarship and aid process. Includes information on types of aid, how to apply, and how to cover remaining balance. We also offer a timeline for students who don't know where to start in the financial aid process. Questions? Contact GCHS Guidance Department Chair Jeff Hayes at: email@example.com .
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis-based and family-owned Schnuck Markets, Inc. is hosting a company-wide career fair at all 115 stores across Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin on Thursday, September 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Schnucks plans to hire for a variety of positions offering flexible schedules, career advancement, the option to be paid after each shift, health benefits (after a qualifying period) and other teammate perks. Part-time positions and full-time department manager positions (at select locations) are also available. To expedite the process, prospective teammates planning to attend the fair should visit www.schnucks.com/careers and complete the online application prior to attending. About Schnucks Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. is a third and fourth generation, family-owned grocery retailer committed to nourishing people’s lives. Schnucks operates 115 stores, serving customers in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and
MT. OLIVE, Ill. - A gun battle took place on October 12, 1898, in Virden, Illinois, and this year is the 125th anniversary of that event; October 8, in Union Miners Cemetery, located at 5585 Mt Olive Rd, Mt Olive, a commemoration of the battle will be held at noon. A recap: The coal mines in IL and the region had refused to bargain fairly with their UMWA-represented workers. One of the miners' demands was an 8-hour workday. The mines all settled except for the Chicago/Virden mine, so the strike became a lockout. The mine recruited unsuspecting miners from Alabama. Their advertisement said they wanted black coal miners. Virden was not prejudiced, but companies trying to sow division among workers is a tactic that continues into modern times. It is a tactic the UMWA has faced many times. A self-appointed UMWA organizer, “General" Alexander Bradley, had a contingent of miners at Virden when the train arrived carrying the replacement workers. Nobody said who fired the first shot,
Durbin, Duckworth, Wyden, 28 Senate Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Recognize September As National Voting Rights Month
CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and 28 Senate colleagues to introduce a resolution recognizing September as “National Voting Rights Month.” Along with Wyden, U.S. Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX-33) led the bicameral effort. “Republicans and right-wing ideologues are dead set on making it more difficult for Americans to vote nationwide. They’re gerrymandering Congressional maps, rolling back voting protections, and opposing commonsense measures like automatic voter registration, polling site closure prevention, and early and mail-in voting,” said Durbin. “Declaring September as National Voting Rights Month sends a message to all Americans that Congress must act to protect and restore voting rights for all. I will keep fighting to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to further protect
ALTON - Marquette Catholic High School (MCHS) announced the 2023 Mega Raffle winner during their Homecoming Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 23. Brian Nativi is the lucky winner of the top $50,000 prize. The Mega Raffle serves as a fundraiser for MCHS. Over the past month, people could purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win the big prize or several smaller cash prizes, including $1,000 early bird drawings every week for six weeks leading up to the block party and Homecoming dance. “The profit directly supports Marquette Catholic High School, and so it’s one of our bigger fundraisers,” said Mary Hough, Marquette’s Director of Development and raffle organizer. “I think a lot of people, when they purchase their tickets, they want to win that money for sure. But they also know they’re supporting the school. It’s a great fundraiser for us.” The other winners included: $5,000 - Mike Mancewicz $500 - Sheri Kelley $250 -
Running Back Ryan Brokaw Is Shining Star For Granite Football Team, Is Stillwater Senior Living Male Athlete Of The Month
GRANITE CITY - Senior running back Ryan Brokaw has been a stellar bright light for the Granite City High School football team that has played hard all season despite a now 0-5 record after a loss at Collinsville 54-0 on Sept. 22 at Kahok Stadium. Although the score was lopsided, the Warriors, as is their custom, continued to play hard throughout the game, never surrendering or giving up and giving everything they had throughout the entire 48 minutes. Brokaw was one of the leaders on the team, giving Granite hope throughout as the team looks to turn their season around. For his efforts and hard work, helping to set examples for his teammates to follow, Brokaw has been named a Stillwater Senior Athlete of the Month for the Warriors. Brokaw, who plays for head coach Kindle Lyons, knew he and his teammates gave their best effort throughout the game against the Kahoks and felt very good about their showings. "I feel great," Brokaw said in a postgame interview. "It's just a game o
EDWARDSVILLE - Friends of Leclaire will host the 31 st Annual Leclaire Parkfest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at Leclaire Park in Edwardsville. The annual festival, a celebration of the Leclaire National Historic District, is a long-standing fall tradition in Edwardsville. The festival will kick off with music by the Gaslight Squares, a St. Louis band with a special blend of ragtime and jazz, followed by the old-time folk music of the Lodge Brothers at the bandstand. "Cindy Reinhardt, a festival spokesperson said: "These groups have become regular favorites of the festival. On the Madison Avenue side of the park, music will be provided by the band Hallquist, followed by Mike Keller and the Greater Good. "New this year is an extended schedule with the festival opening at 11 a.m. instead of noon and a wider array of festival food. Sneaky’s Bar and Burger Joint will provide beer, wine and cocktails. Visitors are advised to bring a hearty appetite." Reinhardt said
GODFREY - Mac's Pizza and Poker in Godfrey officially opened on Friday. Rob Lenhardt of Mac's said he was very excited to have the new business open at 3030 Godfrey Road in Godfrey. "We just opened for good," he said on Friday. Lenhardt also commended the Village of Godfrey and Mayor Mike McCormick for being so cooperative to work with for the project. "Godfrey was great during the entire process for this during the last six months," he said. The new business will be open seven days a week. During the week, it is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
CHICAGO - Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced recently a Jersey County man was found guilty after the Attorney General’s office prosecuted him for disseminating child pornography. Joshua G. Eastham, 38, of Jerseyville, was found guilty in Jersey County Circuit Court of four counts of disseminating child pornography involving victims under the age of 13, Class X felonies each punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Eastham is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 1. Jersey County State's Attorney Ben Goetten made this statement: "There’s a message with cases like this, 'Don’t do it.' You may 'think' you’re getting away with it, but you’re not. Cyber professionals are constantly monitoring online traffic for individuals who manufacture, share and distribute this sort of illegal material. You may think it’s a victimless crime because you didn’t physically come into contact with a child. But they have to remember, the images they view and share