Madison County to swear in newly elected officials — virtually

Tom Haine, left, Tom McRae, center, and David Michael. EDWARDSVILLE — A swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Madison County officials will be held virtually on Tuesday. Madison County had to nix its traditional celebratory inaugural events due to COVID-19, however the ceremonies will be broadcast live on the county’s social media platform, Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/madisoncountyiL.…

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Helmkamp Construction earns award for historic renovation project at Principia College

Helmkamp Construction Co. was recently recognized for its work at the annual Construction Keystone Awards, which celebrates the best of the construction industry as recognized by the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. The Keystone Awards were created in 1998 and celebrated its 22nd annual ceremony on Oct. 29. The first-ever hybrid event was held in-person…

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Midwest BankCentre announces personnel moves

Ajla Zigic has been promoted to vice president-business development officer and Debbie Lessor has joined Midwest BankCentre as vice president-business development officer. Both report to Erin Erhart, executive vice president of consumer banking and fee services. Zigic and Lessor both focus on serving small business customers of the bank by identifying valuable resources and providing…

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Visual artist to spend 10 days creating mural in Staunton

Through a partnership with The Chicago Community Foundation, the Macoupin Art Collective will be working to brighten Staunton. Starting at the end of December, artist Cbabi Bayoc will be working to create a unique mural artwork in a matter of 10 days at 115 E. Main St. Cbabi (pronounced Kuh-bob-bi) Bayoc is an internationally-known visual…

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Presentation to address challenges facing Mississippi River

EAST ALTON – Join the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center for a Neighbor Nights virtual presentation on why the Mississippi River is considered one of the world’s great waterways. Field Station and Special Projects Manager Ted Kratschmer will present some amazing facts about the fourth-longest river in the world. “We’ll discuss some of…

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State stresses importance of properly classifying employees

Complaints can be filed online through IDOL’s Employee Misclassification Act Portal SPRINGFIELD – Employer misclassification of workers is a serious matter that puts compliant employers at a disadvantage and can mean a loss of millions of dollars of uncollected Social Security taxes, unemployment taxes and income taxes. The Illinois Department of Labor offers an online…

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SWIC, Eckert’s again sponsor cookie drop for service members at Scott

Southwestern Illinois College and Eckert’s in Bellleville are holding their annual Operation Cookie Drop in support of the servicemen and women at Scott Air Force Base. For every dozen cookies purchased at Eckerts, a dozen is provided free (2 for 1). The cookies are distributed by the Airmen’s Club. Some of the cookies make it…

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