ST. LOUIS – United States District Court Judge Stephen R. Clark accepted a plea of guilty from Ronald Scott on January 27, 2022, for knowingly robbing a commercial establishment and knowingly brandishing a firearm in furtherance of that crime. A grand jury in the Eastern District of Missouri previously indicted Scott in August 2020. Judge Clark set sentencing for May 10, 2022 . According to the plea agreement, on September 18, 2019, Scott and his co-defendant robbed the McDonald's Restaurant located at 1119 North Tucker, Saint Louis, Missouri, within the Eastern District of Missouri. Scott, a former employee from this McDonald’s location, brandished a pistol in commission of the robbery. Both suspects were wearing masks and one was wearing a grey backpack. Scott and his co-defendant left the McDonald's in a silver Chevrolet Impala. A few days after the armed robbery, the silver Chevrolet Impala was stopped by St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officers. Officers
SPRINGFIELD – 1099-G tax forms are now available for claimants who received unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in 2021, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today. Claimants who collected UI benefits last year need the 1099-G tax form from IDES to complete their state and federal tax returns. Also called Form 1099-G, Certain Government Payments, this form is necessary for individuals who received state or federal UI benefits. This includes claimants who received regular UI benefits and/or benefits under the expired federal pandemic relief programs, including Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC), and state Extended Benefits (EB). Claimants who opted to receive their 1099-G tax form electronically have received an email notification with instructions to access the form from
EDWARDSVILLE – Town and Country Bank is pleased to announce that Clair Crider has been promoted to Mortgage Loan Originator in Edwardsville. Previously serving as a Mortgage Loan Assistant, Clair is eager to continue helping clients throughout the Metro East with all of their purchasing and refinancing needs. “We are so excited to see Clair grow and excel in her new role as our latest Mortgage Loan Originator. Her professional experience in mortgage servicing and sales will be instrumental to Town and Country Bank’s mortgage division and homebuyers alike. I know she has the expertise to build impactful relationships with customers, providing them with exceptional service when meeting their unique financial needs,” said Cass Wolfenberger, President and CEO of Town and Country Banc Mortgage Services. “I am here to make the home-buying or refinancing experience for customers as easy and hassle-free as possible. My knowledge of loan programs and available grant
Our Love Story: The Couple: James Morrissey & Helen Crause from Godfrey Date Met/Started Dating: May 14, 2020 Briefly Describe First Date: Because of the Pandemic, we ordered pizza from Roma’s and drove out to pick it up. Then drove back to Jim’s home and had pizza and wine. Date Married: October 23, 2021 Name Something You Enjoy Doing Together: Going to the movies, watching sports on tv, and going out to eat. Share Advice For A Happy Relationship: Life is too short. Always share your love with each other. Listen to each other. Never any cross words. Be happy.
Our Love Story: The Couple: Theresa and Dave from Mt. Olive Date Met/Started Dating: October 11, 1997 Briefly Describe First Date: Our first date was the haunted theater in Alton, and then to Fast Eddie's. Date Married: May 22, 1999 Name Something You Enjoy Doing Together: We enjoy being with family and friends. We also enjoy having our grandbabies; they are amazing. We enjoy float trips, going to Eminence Missouri, horseback riding, and just going for a nice cruise through the country. Share Advice For A Happy Relationship: Always stay positive, always say I love you, and never go to bed being mad at each other. Always talk your problems out.
Our Love Story: The Couple: Cianna and Kimmi from East Alton Date Met/Started Dating: May 15, 2018 Briefly Describe First Date: Game night at my house was one of our first and favorites. Date Married: July 17, 2021 Name Something You Enjoy Doing Together: We love spending time with the kids together. We are everyone's favorite aunties. Share Advice For A Happy Relationship: ALWAYS have fun. Keep the kid at heart alive. Make each other laugh. It's about being the other person's joy in life.
ALTON - Schnuck Markets, Inc. announced today that Deli Order Ahead Kiosks have been added to its Alton, IL store as well as 29 others, bringing the total of locations offering the time-saving feature to 67 locations. The kiosks allow customers to order sliced meats, cheeses, and prepared foods while skipping the line at the deli counter. Customers enter their phone number and will receive a text when it is ready instructing them to return to the cooler next to the kiosk to pick up their order. “The kiosks offer a simple, convenient, and pain-free alternative to fulfilling orders placed at the deli counter,” said Chace MacMullan, Schnucks Senior Director of Digital Experience. “This is one of the many ways we are providing customers best-in-fresh solutions while also making it easier for teammates to manage orders at the deli counter.” In addition, customers of these stores can now place their Deli orders for same day pickup before leaving home by using the
Our Love Story: The Couple: Cindy and Tom Flynn from Hartford Date Met/Started Dating: December 1, 2012 Briefly Describe First Date: Met at Allstars in Bethalto. He was in a band playing and a friend set us up to see if it was a match. PS: married him, he was a drummer. Date Married: May 11, 2014 Name Something You Enjoy Doing Together: We enjoy going to flea markets to look for Hot Wheels, Sugar Skulls, or Pigs. We enjoy just being with each other every day. I enjoy listening to him playing music and just singing to me. Share Advice For A Happy Relationship: Always listen and give each other space to do your own thing. Never go to bed angry, always kiss goodnight, or hug or even a pat. Tell each other I love you. I believe we say this 10 times a day.
EDWARDSVILLE - The following students have been named to the Honor Roll at Metro-East Lutheran High School for the first semester of the 2021-22 school year. 9th Grade Honor Roll with High Distinction (g.p.a. 4.0) Logan Abbott, Edwardsville Rachel Brown, Edwardsville Joseph Feldhaus, Collinsville Yoonseo Jo, Edwardsville Jacob Kober, Collinsville Ethan Linnenbrink, Maryville Isabelle McLeod, Troy Erik Neath, Edwardsville Timothy Rainey, Collinsville Sofia Schwartzkopf, Edwardsville 9th Grade Honor Roll with Distinction (g.p.a. 3.75-3.99) Kate Jose, Worden Christian Kuethe, Moro Andrew Maske, Greenville Elijah Moore, Litchfield Faith Sigstad, Belleville Alexis Weber, Alton Taylor Weber, Alton Kathren Wright, Troy 9th Grade Honor Roll (g.p.a. 3.5-3.74) Dalton Beers, Edwardsville Christian Greer, Moro Jennifer Haynes, Centreville Eliza Hurn, Collinsville Evan Klaustermeier, Glen Carbon 10th Grade Honor Roll with High Distinction (g.p.a. 4.0) Faith Hall, Edwardsville
ALTON - The Alton Little Theater says, "Yes, love is in the air" with Joe Simonelli's stage play, With This Ring , opening on Friday, February 11th and running through Sunday, February 20th. There will be eight performances with evening shows beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Matinees on Feb. 13th and Feb. 20th will be at 2 pm. One of ALT's favorite actors, Shea Maples, will be making his directing debut with this lovely tribology about four couples living in the same New York City apartment over the span of 100 years - and yet each couple has a varying connection to a magical ring that changes the course of their love for each other. The couples, aptly portrayed by Cheri Hawkins, Kelly Hougland, Chelsea Gould, Dylan Heck, Ian Wonders, John Kirkpatrick, Gail Drillinger, and Megan Kolosieke, take on the lives of real people enduring the realities of love, pain, loss, and gain as they traverse the course of deep and lasting love. ALT welcomes newcomers
Our Love Story: The Couple: Elizabeth & Scott Schepers from Brighton Date Met/Started Dating: October 28, 1998 Briefly Describe First Date: Went to the movies to see Something About Mary Date Married: July 20, 2002 Name Something You Enjoy Doing Together: Watching our boys play baseball & soccer, spending time with family & camping. During COVID pandemic we have done home improvements together. Share Advice For A Happy Relationship: Always say love you, be honest, and open communication is what has worked for us for 20 years.
URBANA – In addition to reducing carbon emissions, innovations in the capture, transport, and storage of carbon dioxide hope to help reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions. Officials at public meetings in central Illinois describe the plan to transport CO2 through 1,300 miles of underground pipeline, crossing 12 Illinois counties, ending at a central Illinois location for storage in underground rock. Storage of CO2 is also not new. "Illinois was the first to develop a carbon dioxide storage system from industrial sources," says Duane Friend , University of Illinois Extension natural resources, environment, and energy educator. "Geologists and engineers from the U of I Prairie Research Institute and the Illinois State Geological Survey have been working on these methods for over 20 years." The process passed safety tests. "Researchers and engineers, working with Archer Daniels Midland, closely monitored the capture, injection, and observation at the Decatur-based site," Friend
ELSAH - Historic Elsah Foundation will offer its first Hosmer-Williams Lecture of 2022: “Discovering the Underground Railroad.” The speaker will be J. Eric Robinson, assistant professor of history at the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis. Robinson is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently an assistant professor of history at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy. He is a former president of the Elijah P. Lovejoy Memorial of Alton. Since 1995, his tours of the Underground Railroad in Alton have attracted guests from almost every state and from four continents. The tours have been featured in the New York Times, Business Week, and on the BBC World Service. The lecture will be held in person at Farley Music Hall in Elsah (limited capacity) on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be virtual and in person. If you wish to attend in person, please register in advance to ensure there is enough
ALEXANDER COUNTY - This is information from ISP about a two-vehicle fatal traffic crash on Jan. 30. The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 22 WHAT: Two-Vehicle Fatal Traffic Crash. WHERE: Illinois Route 3, just south of Illinois Route 127, Alexander County WHEN: Jan. 30, 2022 at approximately 4:42 a.m. VEHICLES: Unit 1 – Orange 2017 Ford F650 Box Truck Unit 2 – White 2008 Mercedes-Benz AMG DRIVERS : Unit 1 – A 59-year-old male from Stone Mountain, GA – Deceased Unit 2 – Correy Wilson, a 47-year-old male from Cairo, IL – Transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. PASSENGER: Unit 1 – A 76-year-old female from Stone Mountain, GA - Deceased PRELIMINARY: Preliminary investigative details indicate the following occurred: Unit 1 was northbound on Illinois Route 3, just south of Illinois Route 127 in Alexander County
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police released this information on a fatal single-vehicle crash on Friday. The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 9 WHAT: Single-Vehicle Fatal Crash WHERE: Interstate 72 eastbound near Milepost 105, Springfield, Sangamon County WHEN: Jan. 28, 2022, at approximately 11:49 p.m. VEHICLE: Unit 1 – Gray 2017 Toyota Camry DRIVER: Unit 1 – Terieica L. Smith, a 44-year-old female from Decatur, IL – Deceased. PRELIMINARY: Preliminary reports indicate the following occurred: Unit 1 was traveling east on Interstate 72, near Milepost 105 in Sangamon County. For an unknown reason, Unit 1 drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver of Unit 1 was transported to an area hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. No further information will be disseminated at this time.
GODFREY – The Music Department at Lewis and Clark Community College is announcing its schedule of performances for the Spring 2022 semester. The season starts with Alton Symphony Orchestra’s “America: The Shaping of Our Nation” at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, in the Ann Whitney Olin Theatre, Hatheway Cultural Center. Other music events this semester include: Fat Tuesday Concert, Featuring Bud Shultz and the You Can’t Beat Experience Jazz Band: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, Ahlemeyer Atrium, Trimpe 141. This performance is sponsored by the Hayner Public Library District and the L&C Music Department. Brown Bag Event, Featuring the Bi-State Brass Quintet in “Cool Brass”: 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, Ringhausen Music Building. Brown Bag Event, Featuring the L&C Concert Choir: 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, Ringhausen Music Building. Question and Answer Workshop with Nathan Hunt of Shaman’s Harvest: 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 13
SCHAUMBURG – A legislative and congressional candidate from Illinois has withdrawn a candidacy scheduled for a partisan primary in late June. On Wednesday afternoon, roughly a fortnight since candidate petitioning in Illinois began, and after several bitterly cold days typical of January in the state, W. Thomas Olson began experiencing “symptoms consistent with a corona virus,” the candidate admitted, “and presently feel very sick.” The candidate, who has appropriated to himself a moniker of “renegade,” now and then speaks of a sickened body politic, but is affected no more by such corollaries. A quote summarizes the candidate’s views, yet a disinterest in its associations beyond summarily dismissing them is discernible: “Renegade pop stars who spend lifetimes absorbed in themselves, renegade Harvard law grads who stand for the US senate or President, renegade political appointees who anonymously publish essays critical of others.
EDWARDSVILLE The Edwardsville Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Raymond & Lucia Weber Scholarship. This $1,500 award will go to a graduating senior at Edwardsville High School who will continue their education in the field of special education or the field of medicine with the plan of becoming either a special education teacher or a physician, a registered nurse, physician assistant or nurse practitioner. “As graduates of the EHS Class of 1968, thankful for having received an excellent high school education preparing us for eventual careers in Special Education and Medicine, we hope to pay it forward by establishing this Scholarship Fund for future EHS graduates,” Raymond and Lucia Weber, fund sponsors said. “We are pleased to offer this new award for graduating seniors at Edwardsville High School and appreciate all of our scholarship fund sponsors whose generosity allowed for $86,500 in scholarship awards in 2021,” Pam Farrar, ECF Executive Director
BRIGHTON - Southwestern High School announced their 2022 Illinois State Scholars list today. The students are as follows (left to right): Alexandria Goss, Kayla LeMarr, AmyDee Bachman, Emily Lowis, Ashton Seniker, Whitney Keith, Laina Wilderman, Megan Webb, and Kayla Rudolph.
EAST ALTON - Jared Brynildsen, co-owner of Germania Brew Haus with his wife Carolyn, recently announced the opening of Germania’s new location in East Alton will be slightly delayed. The East Gate Plaza location - Germania’s third overall - was originally scheduled to open in mid-to-late January. Citing a recent omicron outbreak, Brynildsen said there have been some delays with setting up equipment and getting the electricity connected. Brynildsen said the East Alton location should be ready for a “soft opening” by February 7. As part of the soft opening, this location in East Gate Plaza will start as a drive-thru only, Brynildsen said. However, he said they plan to add an outdoor area similar to a greenhouse by mid-spring. For more updates from Germania Brew Haus, visit their Facebook page or germaniabrewhaus.com .