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State reflects on Du Quoin State Fair as economic driver, looks to 2024 Solar Eclipse

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) recently recognized the Du Quoin State Fair as a continued economic engine for the southern Illinois economy, with more than 166,000 people attending this year’s annual event showcasing Illinois agriculture. Excessive heat warnings and an extended duration of high humidity led to the cancelation of the annual Twilight Parade…

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First Mid Insurance Group retains IIABA Best Practices Agency recognition

First Mid Insurance Group (FMIG) is pleased to announce it has retained its Best Practices Agency status for 2023, marking the fourth time they have achieved this honor. FMIG continues to be part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA…

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New cardiology nurse practitioner joins OSF Medical Group in Alton

Laurinda Harjai, DNP, FNP, RN-BC, sees patients from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays OSF Medical Group in Alton recently announced that a new cardiology nurse practitioner has been added to its staff to better serve the cardiology needs of Riverbend region residents. Laurinda Harjai, DNP, FNP, RN-BC, began seeing patients on Monday, Oct. 30,…

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S. M. Wilson & Co. promotes Kim Von der Heyde to project manager

S. M. Wilson & Co., a St. Louis-based construction management and contracting firm, recently expanded its number of project managers on its operations team with the promotion of Kim Von der Heyde, LEED AP BD+C, to project manager. Von der Heyde has been with the company for 4 ½ years. During her time with S.…

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This Summer, Burbank is on Southwest’s STL schedule

  Southwest Airlines, the largest operating carrier at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), announced on Oct. 26 that, beginning June 4, the airline will be providing daily service to Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). This will have Southwest serving four southern California airports. This will include not only Burbank, but Los Angeles International (LAX), Long…

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Alton School Board begins Superintendent search

Baumgartner announced 2024 departure last year The Alton School District Board of Education will begin a national search for the next leader of the District this week. Current superintendent, Dr. Kristie Baumgartner, announced last year that the 2023-2024 school year would be her last, leading to the forthcoming vacancy and search process. June 30, 2024…

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Next “Transit Stop Transformation Project” announced, public input requested

Citizens for Modern Transit, AARP in St. Louis, St. Clair County Transit District and Metro Transit have announced that the Fairview Heights Transit Center, located at 9720 West Route 161, has been selected as the site for the next “Transit Stop Transformation Project.” Engineering and construction management firm Gonzalez Companies and designer Design Lab 443…

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