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Fairview Heights facility to help make abortion care more accessible

  Yamelsie Rodriguez, president of St. Louis Planned Parenthood, introduces the Regional Logistics Center in Fairview Heights that will provide financial assistance for women who travel a distance seeking abortion care. (Credit: Office of Gov. JB Pritzker) More than $73,000 in financial aid has helped more than 800 women in recent months By GRACE KINNICUTT…

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Local physician writes book about skin secrets for healthy aging

Kristen M. Jacobs, M.D, a local aesthetic physician with more than 14 years of experience, wants to share her expert knowledge about skin secrets and healthy aging with others. Dr. Jacobs has written a new book called “Live Life Beautifully (With a Little Help)” and will be holding a book signing onJan. 22 from 11…

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Archford donates $42,500 to 24 local charities

Swansea-based independent wealth management firm Archford Capital Strategies recently donated $42,500 to 24 local charities through its fifth annual Archford Angels campaign. In an effort to encourage employees to actively serve in their communities, Archford’s CEO and Founder Jim Maher launched Archford Angels, a philanthropic business model to engage employees and partner them with local…

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Caritas Family Solutions plans 9th Annual Heart & Soul Gala virtually

Belleville-based Caritas Family Solutions will be hosting its 9th annual Heart & Soul Gala, presented by Federico Kia, virtually on Feb. 5. The live stream video will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the program which begins at 6:30. The gala serves as the nonprofit’s largest fundraising event, supporting its mission of strengthening the social…

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Amazon defends response on night of deadly tornado

Amazon is defending itself against a lawsuit filed this week in Madison County regarding the death of one of the victims of the Dec. 10 tornado in Edwardsville. The lawsuit filed by by Clifford Law Offices on behalf of 26-year-old Austin McEwen “misunderstands” certain facts involved, Kelly Nantel, an Amazon spokesperson, said in a statement…

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icon Mechanical names co-chief operating officers

Granite City-based icon Mechanical, one of the largest full-service design-build/design-assist mechanical contractors in the Midwest, has named industry veterans Alan Bolt (left) and Dennis Savat (right) as co-chief operating officers. The two have over 50 years of combined mechanical engineering and design experience and most recently served as respective heads of icon’s industrial and commercial construction…

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New slide will be biggest yet, Raging Rivers says

  Raging Rivers Waterpark in Grafton has begun construction on a new monster-sized water attraction set for the upcoming 2022 season. The 2022 season begins on Saturday, May 28 and updates also include more food options, adult beverages, more shade for guests, personal season pass cards and additional entertainment. Opening this season is the park’s…

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Residents’ input invited on planned Belleville ‘Transit Stop Transformation’

Transit riders, area residents, elected officials and stakeholders are invited to weigh in on the two design concepts developed for the “Transit Stop Transformation” Project underway at the Belleville Transit Center. The designs – developed by St. Louis-based transportation engineering and planning firm CBB, with the help of public input received from residents last fall…

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Latest COVID-19 surge has likely peaked, Pritzker says

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct a percentage figure given in graph three.   Numbers of hospitalizations, and patients in ICU or on ventilator, declining in Illinois By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that he is “cautiously optimistic” that the recent surge in COVID-19…

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‘Marian the Librarian’ ready for next chapter with planned retirement

By PAMELA RENSING mascherald@heraldpubs.com MASCOUTAH – For 15 years, “Marian the Librarian” has been instrumental in making the library an educational part of Mascoutah for local children and adults. From the special readings of books to children by invited guests to the high-quality technological improvements, Marian Albers has truly made her mark in this community.…

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