Wittenauer Properties watches as transactions turn to construction

PHOTOS: Dave Wittenauer, left, and Tom Maloney, right. For Wittenauer Properties, 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year. It started strong with the sale of the Sunrise Center shopping center at 1333 Central Park Drive in O’Fallon to a local ownership group planning a redevelopment of the long-vacant restaurant space. “It was a great…

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McDonald’s owner receives prestigious national Ronald Award

Jimmy Williams, owner/operator of 20 McDonald’s restaurants in the Metro East and St. Louis areas, was recognized for his outstanding service to the McDonald’s brand with the Ronald Award. The esteemed Ronald Award is awarded to the top 1 percent of owner/operators across the country who have made outstanding contributions to strengthening McDonald’s brand image…

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Alton Securities is named Small Business of Month for RBGA

The RiverBend Growth Association has named Alton Securities & Asset Advisors as its Small Business of the Month for October 2020. Alton Securities & Asset Advisors, locally owned and managed, provides client-focused, service-oriented investment services to both individuals and businesses. Alton Securities’ clientele ranges from those just beginning to plan their financial future to seasoned…

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Export roundtable discussion planned by trade center

The Illinois SBDC International Trade Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will continue its series of virtual roundtable discussions with its October session, “6 Key Actions for Exporting,” scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 29, and hosted via Zoom. During this session, exporters will focus more specifically on six essential steps toward excelling in exporting,…

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Senior Services Plus gets $80,000 from Ameren for relief efforts

To help provide essential resources to local families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Senior Services Plus received $80,000 thanks to contributions from Ameren Illinois employees and board of directors. The donation will help Senior Services Plus continue to focus on providing meals to people in the Alton area. Through the pandemic, thousands of people have…

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Metro East business competition down to seven finalists

Seven Southwestern Illinois-based entrepreneurs and their innovative business concepts have been selected to move into the final round of the 2020 Metro East Start-Up Challenge, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s 7th annual regional business plan competition. More than 25 entrepreneurs expressed interest in the regional competition this year, according to Jo Ann DiMaggio May, director of the Illinois…

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I-255 to be completed weeks early, state estimates $14 million savings

Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the Interstate 255 rehabilitation will be completed by Nov. 1, almost a month ahead of schedule. The I-255 project, one of the first to be completed under the  bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, fixed one of the worst roads in the state quicker,…

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Edwardsville to take on biggest project yet at Watershed Nature Center

In early November, the city of Edwardsville and the Nature Preserve Foundation, the organization that manages the Watershed Nature Center, will begin construction on the biggest park improvement project in the center’s history. Designed to enable more hands-on, experiential learning and discovery at the Watershed Nature Center, the Access Nature project concept took root in…

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Here are 20 dilapidated homes Belleville plans to demolish

The city of Belleville on Monday night unanimously voted to demolish 20 dilapidated homes throughout the City of Belleville. Those properties include: -1809 East Belle Ave. – 522 East ‘D’ St.  – 2 Elmwood Dr.           – 1013 Freeburg Ave.       – 1030 Freeburg Ave.     – 1600 LaSalle St.    – 617 Mascoutah Ave.      – 2110 Meadow…

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