O’Fallon fire chief announces his retirement

After 35 years of service as a firefighter, O’Fallon’s Fire Chief Brent Saunders has announced his retirement from the city of O’Fallon. Saunders began his career with the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department in July 1983. He became chief officer in 1997, and O’Fallon’s first full-time fire chief in May 2008. “Chief Saunders directed O’Fallon’s Fire…

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Weingarten cuts ribbon to mark ownership change

  A ribbon-cutting event marked the recent change of ownership of The Weingarten, 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville. The new owners are Tyler, Grace and Clayton Vitale. They purchased the property from previous owners Shannon and Jeff Gastreich and Kevin Bollman. The new owners said they are excited about the new business opportunity and…

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Small-business center to host Spanish workshop in Fairmont City

The Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host a Spanish language workshop on Starting a Small Business in Illinois from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Fairmont City Library. The SBDC will be available to offer advice to entrepreneurs planning to start a business. The…

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Free legal services available to Bond County residents

The 3rd Judicial Circuit will again make free legal services available to residents of Bond County at the courthouse in Greenville on Nov. 5 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Help with finding forms and research will be available through a grant received from the Illinois Courts that made Angela Warta the self-represented litigant coordinator…

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Ameren Illinois unveils $55 million, two-year natural gas transmission pipeline upgrade near Belleville

Ameren Illinois plans to rebuild a natural gas transmission pipeline near Belleville, a two-year project that will start in 2019 and modernize the energy delivery system throughout Central and Southern Illinois, The plan announced Thursday calls for the company to replace approximately 12 miles of vintage steel gas transmission pipeline from the 1950s with new,…

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Madison County receives sustainability award for solarization program

Madison County was among 27 Illinois companies and organizations recognized this week for protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy. The Planning and Development Department received recognition Tuesday from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Union League Club in Chicago for sustainability in its solarization program. Kim Petzing, the county’s…

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Lewis and Clark College to host nursing open house

Potential students and curious parents are invited to Lewis and Clark Community College’s Nursing and CNA Open House from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Templin Nursing Building on the Godfrey campus. “The Nursing Open House provides a wealth of information about nursing as a career and LCCC’s Nursing program,” said LCCC…

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Schnucks customers, company donate $185,000 to Hurricane Michael victims

Schnucks customers and the company donated $185,000 to support Hurricane Michael victims during a 10-day campaign, Schnuck Markets Inc. and the American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas said. Schnucks’ 10-day “Round up at the Register” campaign concluded on Oct. 21 and allowed customers to choose to round up their grocery purchase to the nearest…

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