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Bank offers video competition for teens

EDWARDSVILLE – The Bank of Edwardsville has joined the American Bankers Association in sponsoring the ABA’s popular “Lights, Camera, Save!” contest. The video contest encourages teens between the ages of 13 and 18 to educate themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely. “This contest is a great opportunity for…

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Former Army private sentenced in Swansea store robbery

EAST ST. LOUIS – Denzell D. Grant, 20, a former resident of South Carolina, who was an Army private stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, at the time of the offense, was sentenced Friday for his part in a Swansea store robbery and shooting. He was sentenced for interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act robbery)…

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Metro East businessmen indicted in alleged fraud

EAST ST. LOUIS – Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that four people have been indicted relative to their role in an expansive case of benefits fraud. Qais Hussein, 43, and Majdi Odeh, 45, both of Swansea, were charged on Oct. 22  with conspiracy to unlawfully acquire Supplemental…

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Ameren expects lower natural gas prices for a second year

COLLINSVILLE – Ameren Illinois customers can expect another year with natural gas prices lower than the national average during the upcoming 2014-15 heating season, the company said Thursday. “We are fully prepared for the winter season and expect stable prices for Ameren Illinois customers,” said Ameren Illinois Gas Supply Director Ken Dothage. “Because of our…

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State to invest $3 million to expand Centreville health center

CENTREVILLE – A $3 million state investment will create more than 200 jobs and renovate and expand a community health center operated by the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Centreville. The money is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. “An investment in this community health center in Centreville is an investment in…

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Export screening regulations subject at SIUE trade center breakfast

EDWARDSVILLE – The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at SIUE is presenting a breakfast program, “Export Screening,” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. registration and networking breakfast), at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Morris University Center, Oak /Redbud Room (second level). The fee is $35, and registration is required by Friday.…

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Entrepreneur workshop delayed by scheduling conflict

ALTON – A hospitality workshop planned this month by several organizations has been delayed by a scheduling conflict among speakers. “Raise the Bar: Build an Exceptional Brand,” originally scheduled for Oct. 28, is now being put off until after the first of the year, organizer Ron Tanner said. The event is being planned by Alton…

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Highland Gigabit Challenge deadline extended to Oct. 27

HIGHLAND – The 2014 Highland Gigabit Challenge – the city’s first – is a business plan competition offering more than $50,000 in prizes to its winners. Highland’s event partner is the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Challenge winner receives a cash prize of $15,000, while the two…

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SIU School of Dental Medicine raises $100,000 at 40th anniversary celebration

Nearly 100 guests celebrated with the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine  Friday, Oct. 4, at its 40th anniversary and Dean’s Scholarship Gala at The Westin St. Louis. Proceeds from the Gala topped $100,000 and will support student scholarship assistance efforts at the SIU SDM. As a result, the first Dean’s Scholarship Awards will…

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Three join Leadership Council board

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois recently announced it has added three new members to its board. Representatives from Anders CPAs + Advisors, Horner & Shifrin, Inc., and Gateway Regional Medical Center are joining the Leadership Council in its mission to unite business, industry, government, education and labor for economic growth in Southwestern Illinois. Derek A.…

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