$100,000 grant to be applied to Metro East humanities efforts

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville a two-year $100,000 Humanities Access Grant for the creation of an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on digital storytelling. By building digital narratives about what it means to be a child, a teenager, and an adult, the project is intended to create a conversation about…

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Illinois American Water seeing spate of pipe breaks during Artic weather

The bitter cold has water customers experiencing frozen pipes in their homes and businesses, Illinois American Water said today. Illinois American Water reminds homeowners of steps to take to prevent water damage from frozen and burst pipes. Tips also address frozen water meters, which can bring costly plumbing repairs and replacement fees along with headaches…

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Construction starts for metro area follow upward trend

Dodge Data & Analytics today reported on November construction starts in the metropolitan statistical area of St. Louis, consisting of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Jersey, Lincoln, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Louis, Warren and Washington in Illinois and Missouri. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, the latest month’s construction activity…

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S.M. Wilson promotes Cochran to chief operating officer

S.M. Wilson & Co. has promoted Mark Cochran to chief operating officer — the firm’s first COO. Cochran will be responsible for the leadership of all construction operations related functions and charged with ensuring the achievement of safe, profitable and quality work in a manner that fulfills what S.M. Wilson calls its Core Purpose, “To…

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Community Bankers Association hires senior VP of governmental relations

SPRINGFIELD — The Community Bankers Association of Illinois has hired Jerry Peck as senior vice president of governmental relations. He replaces Kraig Lounsberry, who begins his tenure as CBAI president Jan. 1. “I have known Jerry for more than 10 years,” Lounsberry said. “He well-known and well-liked at the Statehouse and he will be an…

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SIUE engineering chapter named Outstanding Student Branch of the Year

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers student organization was honored as Outstanding Student Branch of the Year during the St. Louis Section’s annual banquet held in December. The St. Louis Section executive committee voted unanimously to recognize SIUE’s IEEE Student Branch with appreciation for “their deep involvement in various student…

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Joyner-Kersee, Associated Bank bring financial literacy course to area parents

EAST ST. LOUIS — A recently completed financial literacy course in East St. Louis helped teach parents of children enrolled in the SIUE Jackie Joyner-Kersee Head Start Center how to manage their finances, and get out of debt faster. The 10-week course was made possible through a collaboration between the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, Associated Bank…

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Mannie Jackson Center to host international social justice advocate Tutu

EDWARDSVILLE — Humanitarian and human rights activist Naomi Tutu will be the guest of honor at the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation Annual Speaker Series and fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, March 28. The annual event will be held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Meridian Ballroom with a cocktail reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.…

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First Bank joins fight to curb hunger in Randolph County

First Bank’s Chester branch recently made a $500 donation to the Chester Area Christian Food Pantry. In Randolph County. First Bank’s Ashley Mooney made the check presentation to Bob Koenegstein, a representative from the Chester Area Christian Food Pantry. The pantry serves more than  800 families. First Bank firstbanks.com is one of the largest privately…

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