IDOT says southbound 255 be closed this weekend

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that a full closure of southbound Interstate 255 from I-55/70 to I-64 is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 20, weather permitting, and last throughout the weekend. The closure is necessary to make bridge repairs. Starting at 9 p.m. Friday, all lanes of southbound I-255 will be closed from I-55/70…

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SIUE engineering atrium to be named for Enterprise Holdings Foundation

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has donated $1.5 million to the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Engineering. The three-year, $500,000 annual contribution marks the SOE’s largest gift to date, and further solidifies the nationally-recognized SIUE SOE as a top tier institution cultivating academically and technically prepared talent. The donation will be used to support the…

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KC-135 refueling tanker to highlight airport’s 25th annual open house

A local flyers’ group has big plans for the 25th anniversary of the annual open house at St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton. The local EAA Chapter is working with the Illinois Air National Guard to bring one of the world-famous KC-135 Stratotankers to the event. The four-engine carrier planes refuel the United States…

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Old Bakery Beer makes move on Missouri

Alton-based Old Bakery Beer says Major Brands Inc. will become its exclusive Missouri distributor, launching its current expansion throughout the state. Old Bakery is one of only about 30 certified organic breweries in the country of the more than of 7,500 breweries currently in operation. They offer a diverse array of craft beer styles, including…

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AgeSmart helping senior population in O’Fallon area

AgeSmart Community Resources has opened at 801 W. State St. in O’Fallon. The business celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 22. AgeSmart is the local Area Aging on Aging outlet, designed to help people be independent and successful in their community as they age. AgeSmart assures that comprehensive services…

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LCCC dedicates mobile firefighting training unit

Lewis and Clark Community College and the Alton Fire Department dedicated the Live Fire Multi-Trainer System, a mobile firefighter training unit, Sept. 7 at the Alton Public Works. The trainer, which was acquired at no cost to the City of Alton, was christened “The Jake” in honor of Capt. Jake Ringering of the Godfrey Fire…

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SIUE Chancellor Pembrook gets contract extension

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees has extended Randy Pembrook’s contract as chancellor for the Edwardsville campus through June 30, 2023. Pembrook is to be paid an annual base salary of $340,000 a year. He became the ninth chancellor in SIUE’s history in July 2016. “SIUE is an outstanding university that continues to provide…

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Helmkamp announces management team changes in East Alton

Rob Johnes has announced some management team changes at Helmkamp Construction Co. in East Alton. Johnes, president of Helmkamp since 2012, acquired the company from the family’s third-generation owner in early 2018. He recently formed an internal leadership team whose purpose was to develop plans that will allow the company to continue sustainable growth.  The…

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SIU trustees approve greenhouse expansion, transportation contracts

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees this week approved the budget for the Greenhouse renovation and expansion, and contracts for various bus transportation services on the SIUE campus. The board approved a $2,550,856 budget for the SIUE Greenhouse renovation and expansion, which will include adding a 1,500 square foot wing, plus a new 600…

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