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Kloss Furniture wins National Home Furnishings Leadership Award

Kloss Furniture, which operates multiple locations in Southwestern Illinois, has received a national award given by Furniture Today. Kloss CEO Steve Kloss said there are two awards given annually, one for a company under 200 million and one for over 200 million. “We were awarded the Leadership award under 200 million (in annual sales),” he…

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Metro East Sanitary District puts cats to work on levee pests

EDWARDSVILLE — Metro East Sanitary District hired dozens of “employees” earlier this year, all eager and hungry to take care of rodent problems. “We have found them jobs, working and keeping down the rodent population plaguing the levee system,” MESD Director Stephen Adler said. Six months ago, MESD adopted dozens of feral cats from Metro…

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Carver family turned Atlas 46 into multimillion-dollar manufacturer

Launched in 2014 with just three employees, Atlas 46 entered the St. Louis region’s manufacturing scene with a commitment to design, develop and manufacture innovative American-made, premium workwear and gear designed to stand the test of time for members of the construction industry. In the five short years since, the company’s product line has expanded…

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HSHS hospitals adjust visiting guidelines during flu season

HSHS Hospitals in O’Fallon, Effingham, Breese, Greenville and Highland guarding patient safety With flu activity now classified as regional in Central and Southwestern Illinois, visitors to the hospitals in the HSHS Southern Illinois Division are asked to be mindful of the important role everyone plays in guarding patient safety. The HSHS Southern Illinois Division Hospitals…

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Centralia attorney announces run for Clinton County state’s attorney

Centralia attorney B. Marshall Hilmes is running for state’s attorney in Clinton County.  Hilmes will run in the Republican primary election on March 17. Hilmes, 48, began his legal career before law school, as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) representing abused children, as a guardian ad litem. He earned his associate’s degree from Southwestern…

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Time-Tribune’s office manager donates kidney to uncle

A family photo, from left, back row: Karen Galloway, Kay Wooley, Kathy Black, Mark LaRue and family pastor David Roderick. Middle row: LeighAnn Lawrence, Masja LaRue and Boyce Wooley. Taking the photo is BobbiKay Parker.   Times-Tribune staff report It’s not uncommon for those of us in the news business to hear of kidney transplant…

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Casino Queen hosts Santa to delight of East St. Louis schoolchildren

Christmas came to town a few weeks early for more than 1,600 pre-kindergarten through second-grade children from District 189 with a surprise visit from Santa Claus, who has spread extra holiday cheer at Casino Queen’s Toyland event for the past 26 years. Santa made the special stop in East St. Louis on Dec. 11 to…

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New ice rink to be named ‘Gori Family Ice Complex’

The city’s new ice rink facility will be named The Gori Family Ice Complex following a donation from Randy Gori. A joint announcement was made Thursday by the city of Edwardsville and Gori, founder of The Gori Law Firm, Gori, Realtors and Gori Property Management. The donation, the amount of which has not been disclosed,…

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Illinois EPA offers more funding for wastewater treatment plants

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Energy has announced up to $1 million of grant funding available for energy efficiency upgrades at public wastewater treatment plants. Under the Wastewater Treatment Plant Energy Efficiency Program, grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 will aim to reduce energy usage for Illinois municipalities. This round of funding…

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SIUE Fall Commencement features more than 1,100 graduates

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook will oversee the 2019 fall commencement exercises Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14. Ceremonies in the First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center on campus for the 1,186 eligible graduates will be Friday at 2 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. SIU System Board of Trustees…

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