Strange-looking device showing up at airport — and it’s a weapon

St. Louis Lambert International Airport says travelers carrying a device that many call “cat eyes” will lose the item when going through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint and may face legal action. TSA considers cat eyes a prohibited item, but for the individual carrying the device it also leads to a concealed weapons summons based…

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Postal Service posts deadlines for getting packages there by Christmas

The U.S. Postal Service has released its annual mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to places around the world. The list pertains to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses: Dec. 9 — APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services 11 — APO/FPO/DPO (all…

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SIUE adds coordinator of military and veteran services

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville recently  selected Telisha Reinhardt as coordinator of military and veteran services. Reinhardt will focus on supporting the SIUE military-connected population with accessing education and supporting those students through graduation. SIUE Military and Veteran Services has more than 800 enrolled military-connected students. Director of Military and Veteran Services Kevin Wathen emphasized that…

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O’Fallon looks inside to fill community development role

The city of O’Fallon has named Justin Randall as the new director of Community Development. In his role as director, Randall will coordinate planning and zoning, building and inspections, and code enforcement for the city. Justin replaces Ted Shekell, who retired on Nov. 20 after 23 years of service. “Justin has worked as assistant director…

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Holiday raffle will help RiverBend Growth Association programs

The RiverBend Growth Association has announced a raffle just in time for the holidays The Growth Association and two major sponsors, Phillips 66-Wood River Refinery and Busey Bank, are joining to raise funds in support of the RBGA’s programs that support growth and quality of life in the community. “Since we have been unable to…

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Allen Insurance Group opens new location in Maryville

PHOTOS: Employees Brent and Lisa Allen (couple at far right), David Drda, Jamie Chenault, Maureen Florczyk and Bailey Manuel; and (below) the new location of Allen Insurance Group, 25 Professional Park Drive, Suite A, in Maryville. Allen Insurance Group has moved its base of operations to a new, larger location in Maryville. “Since the creation…

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Hunger level rises for Illinois families as holidays approach

By ERIC TEGETHOFF, Public News Service – Illinois The pandemic is causing massive hardships for Illinois families heading into the holidays. The latest U.S. Census Bureau survey finds 56 percent of households with children said they’re “not very confident” they’ll be able to afford enough food for the next four weeks. This disturbing figure includes…

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Metro East couple charged with $2 million extortion and fraud scheme

An O’Fallon, Ill., couple is facing a wide-ranging, 54-count federal indictment that accuses them of an elaborate extortion scheme, defrauding the Illinois Home Services Program, and money laundering. Charged are Emmitt T. Tiner and Matissia S. Holt. Tiner is also charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, using a false Social Security number,…

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Law firm and supporters distribute turkeys for the holiday

TorHoerman Law staff members and family were in Alton Saturday participating in the firm’s seventh annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 21. The firm was able to provide more than 600 turkeys to those in need of a Thanksgiving meal. This year, the giveaway was altered to a contactless drive-through experience to negate the…

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