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Residents urged to stick with electric supplier

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 21:50
A consultant group being used by several area communities pursuing better utility deals for their residents is asking those customers to stick with an Ameren energy subsidiary despite calls they may be getting from potential competitors. Electricity...

Neighbors help woman, dogs escape Alton fire

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 18:15
ALTON - A 74-year-old woman was awakened early Saturday morning to what sounded like hail on her windows and smelled smoke. Neighbors were able to help her escape her burning home through a side door after she was unable to escape through the front...

Site buzzes with activity for hummingbird festival

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 17:24
HARTFORD - The hummingbirds hovering around feeders Saturday on the grounds of the Lewis and Clark Historic Site seemed to know something was up, Illinois Audubon Society staff member Jo Fessett said. "They were buzzing around this morning, then it's...

Photo of the week: Mary Hogan

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 13:07
Photo by Mary Hogan - Godfrey — Just hanging out and cooling off!! This is one of my favorite pics. Taken at the Minnesota Zoo.  Click here to view a slideshow of all submissions Readers and Facebook fans can submit their photos - of any subject...

Family raises money for Community Christmas

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:00
GODFREY - It was near the 100-degree mark outside on Friday, but people still were in the holiday spirit with the Freer Auto Body Christmas in July event for Community Christmas. Taylor Freer, 8, and Lily Freer, 5, hosted the event for the third time...

Calhoun trails study explained to public

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:00
HARDIN - The Calhoun County trails feasibility study recommends putting a hiking/biking trail between the Brussels Ferry landing and the Joe Page Bridge in the village of Hardin along County Highway 1. "We've taken the information gathered the last...

District's new superintendent works with board

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:00
WOOD RIVER - The new superintendent of the Wood River-Hartford Elementary School District met with his School Board for the first time Tuesday night, following a packed agenda. "I dove right in and started working," Superintendent Patrick Anderson...

Wetlands being developed in American Bottom

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 12:00
PONTOON BEACH - A new wetlands project aims to address a flooding problem that has become increasingly prevalent in the American Bottom over the past two decades, disrupting the natural hydrologic system and causing erosion. On June 1, the Madison...

Fatal crash still under investigation

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:00
ALTON - It still may be weeks before authorities receive results of all toxicology tests and an Illinois State Police report on a July 12 fatal crash on College Avenue at Fosterburg Road. "We are waiting for results from two labs to come back, on...

Fines raised for disability parking violations

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:00
ALTON - Come the first of the year, people who cheat their way through disability parking requirements will face the letter of two new laws. On July 23, Gov. Pat Quinn signed two laws that will raise fines to prevent the misuse of parking placards...

New judge to hear Roodhouse OP dispute

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 11:00
CARROLLTON - A former Roodhouse city employee and his alderman wife will have to wait for another day to find out whether a judge will sign an order of protection, which they hope will prevent Roodhouse Mayor Joe Snyder from "harassing" them. The...

PHOTO: Baked corn

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:09
What can brown do for you? It’s likely to cause your grocery bill to go up this fall, as crops like corn dry up in fields across the Midwest, including these brown stalks of corn on Humbert Road in Godfrey. The U.S. Drought Monitor at the...

PHOTO: Getting a jump on flood gate work

Sat, 07/28/2012 - 10:08
A worker hops down from a flatbed truck Friday on East Broadway near Wood River Creek as a crane lifts up a refurbished flood gate for re-installation. The gates were removed earlier this year, and all westbound traffic on Illinois Route 3 (Lewis and...

Fatal crash still under investigation

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:44
ALTON - It still may be weeks before authorities receive results of all toxicology tests and an Illinois State Police report on a July 12 fatal crash on College Avenue at Fosterburg Road. "We are waiting for results from two labs to come back, on...

Fines raised for disability parking violations

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 21:32
ALTON - Come the first of the year, people who cheat their way through disability parking requirements will face the letter of two new laws. On July 23, Gov. Pat Quinn signed two laws that will raise fines to prevent the misuse of parking placards...

Family raises money for Community Christmas

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:47
GODFREY - It was near the 100-degree mark outside on Friday, but people still were in the holiday spirit with the Freer Auto Body Christmas in July event for Community Christmas. Taylor Freer, 8, and Lily Freer, 5, hosted the event for the third time...

Calhoun trails study explained to public

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:30
HARDIN - The Calhoun County trails feasibility study recommends putting a hiking/biking trail between the Brussels Ferry landing and the Joe Page Bridge in the village of Hardin along County Highway 1. "We've taken the information gathered the last...

Wetlands being developed in American Bottom

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 20:02
PONTOON BEACH - A new wetlands project aims to address a flooding problem that has become increasingly prevalent in the American Bottom over the past two decades, disrupting the natural hydrologic system and causing erosion. On June 1, the Madison...

District's new superintendent works with board

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 19:40
WOOD RIVER - The new superintendent of the Wood River-Hartford Elementary School District met with his School Board for the first time Tuesday night, following a packed agenda. "I dove right in and started working," Superintendent Patrick Anderson...

Quinn's office denies request for info

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 18:52
SPRINGFIELD - Whether Gov. Pat Quinn's staff moved the location for a Southern Illinois news conference to avoid protesters remains a mystery. The governor's office Thursday denied a Freedom of Information Act request by IllinoisWatchdog.org,...