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Missouri teacher charged with hiring hitman to kill student, 10, who he allegedly molested: report

A Missouri teacher is accused of hiring a hitman to kill a 10-year-old boy he allegedly molested. Deonte Taylor, 36, and his boyfriend Michael Johnson, 66, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in a St. Louis court on Wednesday, KSDK reported.


SOFTBALL: Tigers held to one hit in loss

EDWARDSVILLE — Lori Blade added Calhoun, the Class 1A school of 130 students, to her softball schedule five years ago to allow her Class 4A Edwardsville Tigers to see top pitching.


Man Charged with Stealing from Seniors

A Collinsville man is charged in connection with several alleged burglaries in Bethalto this spring. 36 year old Jason Mitchell of the 200 block of West Woodcrest Drive is charged with three counts of residential burglary after he allegedly tried to scam senior citizens at their homes.


Calhoun softball gets past Edwardsville, 3-1

Sydney Baalman pitched a two-hitter as the Calhoun softball team knocked off Edwardsville Monday afternoon. Baalman gave up only one run, with 12 strikeouts and four walks in seven innings of work.


Edwardsville’s 2019 Arts in the Park schedule announced

EDWARDSVILLE — This summer, City Park will once again become a gathering place for friends and families to enjoy concerts, movies and art classes provided by Edwardsville’s Parks & Recreation Department.


Arrest made in ‘smash and grab’ jewelry store robbery thanks to Snapchat image

Surveillance image from a theft that took place last July at Hudson Jewelers, located in Edwardsville Crossing off Troy Road. — EDWARDSVILLE — Christopher J. Gillespie Jr., 30, of St. Louis, has been charged with burglary for allegedly committing a “smash and grab” burglary after the Hudson Jewelers


Thousands of Easter eggs drop-in at Metro Community Church — 12 photos

Kids scurry about collecting colorful eggs at Metro Community Church’s Easter Egg Drop Saturday in Edwardsville. The event, originally set on April 14, was rescheduled due to weather concerns but still drew crowds of attendees from around the Metro East.


Pet of the week: Archie

ST. LOUIS - The pet of the week this week is Archie! He is a 5-year-old chihuahua. Archie is a sweet, spunky and very loving dog. He loves going on walks and being held. You can visit Archie at the MEHS at 8495 IL-143 in Edwardsville, Illinois.


Springfest 2019 celebrates season at SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE - Southern University of Illinois at Edwardsville kicked off “Springfest 2019 - Under the Big Top” Monday. Students could display their Cougar Pride as this year’s contest features two categories — student organizations and fraternity/sorority/life organizations. The organization with t


Box: Collinsville 2, Summit 2

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Box: Murphysboro 2, Highland 2

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PREP BASEBALL: With assist from sun, Tigers beat Redbirds to stay unbeaten in SWC

GODFREY – The Alton Redbirds got the seemingly harmless flyball they were seeking from one of the state’s most dangerous hitters with the game on the line in the fifth inning.


County Board approves road project funding

EDWARDSVILLE — A number of road projects were approved by the Madison County Board, including matching funding for the resurfacing of Wood River Avenue, improvements to Seminary Road and improvements to the entrance to Gordon Moore Park in Alton.


Grand jury indicts Illinois man in theft of 135 weapons

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) — A Madison County man has been charged with stealing 135 firearms from a sporting goods store in southwestern Illinois. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Illinois said in a news release that a federal grand jury indicted 30-year-old Bradley N. Boswell on T


Documents show Dunn unilaterally hired another former colleague while at SIU

CARBONDALE — Already implicated in multiple improper hires, former Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn again appears to have violated university policy to hire a former colleague to a high-paying job, according to documents obtained by The Southern Illinoisan via Freedom of Information


Board approves payment of VAC legal bill

EDWARDSVILLE — A resolution to pay one of the legal bills from the Madison County Veteran’s Assistance Commission’s lawsuits against the county was approved after some debate and a speech by VAC Chairman Brad Lavite.


Chicago touts eco-friendly airport control tower at O’Hare

CHICAGO (AP) — An air traffic control tower at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been awarded gold status by a group that monitors standards for eco-friendly buildings.


Plesetta Clayton supports mission of scholarship and service: 2019 Women of Distinction

ALTON — As a YWCA Woman of Distinction honoree, Plesetta Clayton, of Edwardsville, said she is truly honored, humbled and incredibly proud to be recognized for such an important award.


Madison County population down in latest U.S. Census

EDWARDSVILLE — New United States Census Bureau estimates released Thursday show population in Madison County has declined in the past year in line with a statewide trend. The 2018 estimate, 264,461, is also 1,010 fewer, or -0.38 percent, than the 2017 census estimate. The county lost 4,821 residents


Madison County Court fee hike ordinance vote postponed

EDWARDSVILLE — A vote on an ordinance updating court fees and fines has been delayed so Madison County Board members can get more information. The ordinance was to be considered at Wednesday’s County Board meeting, but a motion to delay voting on it at a special Finance and Government Operations Com