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Lucy's birthday party Sunday at Haskell Playhouse

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:30
ALTON - This year's Lucy Jane Haskell community birthday party will be the 10th in a row, once again with free ice cream, cake, music, Victorian games and pony rides for all this Sunday. "It's refreshing to see children coming and enjoying games they...

Community Christmas in July event Friday

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 10:29
GODFREY — Celebrate Christmas in July this Friday with Taylor and Lilly Freer, daughters of Tim and Carrie Freer of Alton, who will be hosting their third annual Community Christmas Sloppy Joe and Kool-Aid event at Freer Auto Body, 4512 N. Alby...

Club plans to renovate Wadlow's first home

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:31
ALTON - The birth house of the world's tallest man is about to get a well-deserved face lift nearly 100 years after Robert Wadlow first slept there as a baby. The Riverbend Rotary Club approached the Alton Museum of History and Art to offer to...

Alton teen named statewide Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:28
ALTON — Three cheers for the youth of the year! Garret Parker Jr., 17, a student at Alton High School, has received the Boys and Girls Club’s annual Youth of the Year award for the state of Illinois and will take part in the upcoming Midwest...

Boaters deal with hot, dry summer

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:23
ALTON - The heat - not decreased water levels - is deterring many boaters from going out onto the Mississippi River above Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 this summer. “We normally sell thousands and thousands of bags of ice in an average summer, but...

IHOP coming to Alton

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:05
ALTON - After sitting empty five years, a Homer Adams Parkway building will begin its fourth incarnation as a restaurant, this time housing an International House of Pancakes. "The location is very lucrative; it is across from a mall on a major...

Alton police get Facebook page

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 19:40
ALTON - An Alton detective's desire to keep unsolved murders and missing persons cases on the public's radar resulted in him starting a Facebook page for the police department. As of Sunday, the Alton Police Department had 107 "likes." "I'm quite...

Club plans to renovate Wadlow's first home

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 19:31
ALTON - The birth house of the world's tallest man is about to get a well-deserved face lift nearly 100 years after Robert Wadlow first slept there as a baby. The Riverbend Rotary Club approached the Alton Museum of History and Art to offer to...

Boaters deal with hot, dry summer

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 19:22
ALTON - The heat - not decreased water levels - is deterring many boaters from going out onto the Mississippi River above Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26 this summer. “We normally sell thousands and thousands of bags of ice in an average summer, but...

IHOP coming to Alton

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 19:04
ALTON - After sitting empty five years, a Homer Adams Parkway building will begin its fourth incarnation as a restaurant, this time housing an International House of Pancakes. "The location is very lucrative; it is across from a mall on a major...

Boil order under way for some Brighton residents

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 17:48
BRIGHTON - Some of Brighton Water Department's customers are under a boil order until further notice. Affected residents are those on Brown Road between Cross Street and Avalon Place as well as the residents in the Briarwood subdivision. There was a...

Steakhouse stakeout caught scammers

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 10:19
ALTON - The owner of Amarillo Tex's wants his customers to know that the steakhouse has taken measures to prevent a repeat of the credit card scam perpetrated by two of his employees more than two years ago. Shelly McCormick emphasizes that no...

Alton turns 175

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 10:07
ALTON — Alton’s 175th anniversary celebration Saturday at the Riverfront Park amphitheater had something for everyone, even Missouri folks. Mayor Tom Hoechst read a brief proclamation of the city’s 175th anniversary, saying that throughout the...

Boaters turn out for Blessing of the Fleet

Sun, 07/22/2012 - 09:27
ALTON — A flotilla of runabouts, cruisers, sailboats, houseboats and pontoons made its way from ports upstream and downstream along the Mississippi River to converge Saturday afternoon on Portage des Sioux, Mo. It wasn’t a naval attack on the...

Alton turns 175

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 22:07
ALTON — Alton’s 175th anniversary celebration Saturday at the Riverfront Park amphitheater had something for everyone, even Missouri folks. Mayor Tom Hoechst read a brief proclamation of the city’s 175th anniversary, saying that throughout the...

Boaters turn out for Blessing of the Fleet

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 21:29
ALTON — A flotilla of runabouts, cruisers, sailboats, houseboats and pontoons made its way from ports upstream and downstream along the Mississippi River to converge Saturday afternoon on Portage des Sioux, Mo. It wasn’t a naval attack on the...

Steakhouse stakeout caught scammers

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 19:19
ALTON - The owner of Amarillo Tex's wants his customers to know that the steakhouse has taken measures to prevent a repeat of the credit card scam perpetrated by two of his employees more than two years ago. Shelly McCormick emphasizes that no...

Photo of the week: Mark A. Meyer

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 14:57
Photo by Mark A. Meyer - East Alton — This was taken at the St. Louis Zoo In the River's Edge exhibit on my son Raven's kindergarden field trip. Click here to view a slideshow of all submissions Readers and Facebook fans can submit their photos -...

Godfrey's Farmer's Market off to good start

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:00
GODFREY - The village became the latest River Bend community to hold a farmer's market at a well-known location. Residents and visitors turned out nicely for Godfrey's second Farmer's Market of the season Wednesday at Glazebrook Park in a highly...

Local attorney to appear on C-SPAN

Sat, 07/21/2012 - 12:00
EDWARDSVILLE - Tad Armstrong, an Edwardsville attorney and author of "It's OK to Say God," will appear on C-SPAN at 1 p.m. Sunday. The interview with Armstrong will take place at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. On the show, Armstrong will...