Amid challenges, St. Clair County assistance agency found ways to help residents

Working via phone, email, drop box, and snail mail, staff of the St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants & Economic Development Departments was still able to provide more than 22,000 St. Clair County families with a variety of assistance measures, Executive Director Rick Stubblefield said. Rent and mortgage assistance, energy, water/sewer/trash pickup assistance, automobile/insurance/repair payments, food,…

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Valley Insurance Agency Alliance introduces digital training system

Alliance creates proprietary automation process for alliance members Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, which includes at least 130 independent insurance agencies in Missouri and Illinois, recently introduced a new digital training system to enhance its members’ accessibility and efficiency. VIAA’s proprietary Digital Agency Bucket List — referred to as DABL — provides the industry’s latest technology…

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Liefer promoted to general manager for VITAS Healthcare

Southwestern Illinois resident Amy Liefer has been promoted to general manager for the St. Louis service area of VITAS Healthcare, the Miami-based hospice provider announced this week. She oversees all aspects of end-of-life care for patients and families in an eight-county area. At VITAS, Liefer has overseen development and growth strategies, leading a team to…

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Doctor retiring from Touchette Regional Hospital

Sulbrena Day, RN, PhD, started working at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis as an LPN in 1974. Her 46-year career has remained dedicated to the region she grew up in. The executive at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville will retire on Dec. 31. After becoming an RN, she entered critical care medicine and…

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O’Fallon-based cybersecurity provider acquired by Arizona firm

Cerberus Cyber Sentinel Corp., a cybersecurity consulting and managed services firm based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is acquiring Alpine Security, a cybersecurity services provider headquartered in O’Fallon, Ill. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Under the terms of the acquisition, Alpine will become part of Cerberus Sentinel and will continue to focus on providing…

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Human resources manager named at Kwame Building Group

Bree Ballentine, of St. Peters, Mo., has joined Kwame Building Group Inc. as human resources manager. Ballentine’s responsibilities include benefits and payroll administration, government reporting and compliance, leadership and organizational change, performance management and employee relations. Ballentine has more than 25 years of experience in the health-care, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, finance and hospitality industries. She holds a bachelor’s…

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Public invited to participate in capital campaign for Discovery Center

The St. Clair County Historical Society has begun the public phase of its capital campaign for The Daphne Sumner History Discovery Center. The Discovery Campaign has raised $130,000 to renovate the 1909 Queen Anne-style house into a historical hub for residents in St. Clair County and beyond to enjoy. Now, STCCHS is looking to the…

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Death tally increases again in Illinois; here’s the count in Metro East

Marks three days straight of IDPH reporting 100+ daily deaths amid 4,313 hospitalizations By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois reported its third consecutive day with more than 100 COVID-19 deaths Tuesday. Meanwhile, most statistics the state uses to measure progress in combatting the coronavirus ticked up slightly. On Tuesday, the Illinois…

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Virtual Eagle Fest on Jan. 2 will launch local eagle season

The Great Rivers & Routes region is welcoming back the annual winter migration of the American Bald Eagle. Every January, experts anticipate as many as 1,000 bald eagles will migrate to the area reclaiming their winter roosts along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway just outside St. Louis in Illinois. To celebrate…

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Edwardsville, Glen Carbon create partnership for TheCENTER development

The Glen Carbon Village Board this month unanimously voted in favor of a $1 million intergovernmental agreement between the village and the City of Edwardsville to help build its proposed ice rink, track, fitness and teen center. The new development, called TheCENTER, will be located by Edwardsville High School, off Tiger Drive and Governors’ Parkway.…

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