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One Violent Crime Is One Too Many

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The murder of Edwardsville attorney and philanthropist Randy Gori this past week brought shock to a lot of residents in the area, not just because the victim was well known and a high-profile name, but because once again it occurred in a residential neighborhood and in a home, a place most…

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Let’s Hope For The Best In 2020

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Well it’s been another good year/bad year all rolled into one — mostly good on the local level I’d say, but fairly sad and bad when it comes to the national level. It’s obvious that we’re a country divided, not just socioeconomically but right down to the way we think about…

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Stretching Those Hard-Earned Dollars

By Steve Rensberry, Editor A  community site site called “The Senior List” recently came out with a study listing Illinois as No. 20 on the list of Most Affordable States to live in. Those results were based partly on a the percentage of family expenses to incomes, and compared to the national average. According to…

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Preparing For Another Deep Freeze

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Our friends at the AccuWeather Global Weather Center issued a stern warning early this week urging people to be prepared for some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen this year so far. “An invasion of Arctic air will plunge temperatures to their lowest level since  last winter,” the center said. “and…

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Police Deserve Thanks for Nabbing Suspects

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Every time I hear about a burglary suspect getting nabbed I wonder if it could possibly be the burglary suspect that decided to break down my house a little over a year ago and make off with a few things that didn’t belong to him or her, but alas the unscrupulous…

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Transportation Is Central To Region

By Steve Rensberry, Editor It’s no secret that one of our area’s economic strengths is its location and utility as a transportation hub, being situated roughly in the middle of the continental United States. One organization that realizes this is the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCOG), which gave notice last week that it had…

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Ministries Unlimited Deserves Your Support

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The Ministries Unlimited food pantry is busy preparing for its annual Christmas drive. In a recent letter from Pantry Director Betty Cothran, it’s noted that Troy United Methodist Church will serve as the collection and distribution center this year, with people urged to bring donations to the church on Monday, Dec.…

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Physicians Group Urges Better Preparedness

By Steve Rensberry, Editor The American College of Emergency Physicians issued a rather stern warning this week about how under-prepared most Americans are for any kind of serious medical emergency. That warning was prompted by a new public poll, they said, which showed that a majority of respondents believed there were not confident enough to…

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Deer Mating Season and Traffic Don’t Mix

By Steve Rensberry, Editor It’s hard not to live in this part of the country without seeing, coming close to, or getting in an accident with a deer. I’m one of the lucky ones, though I have come close several times. One of the worst I’ve witnessed occurred in the mid-1990s on US Hwy 13…

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Manufacturing In A Changing Job Market

By Steve Rensberry, Editor Manufacturing has been in the spotlight lately, with Southwestern Illinois University among several entities who are striving to bridge the gap between regional manufacturers, job speakers and students. It’s been tough going in recent months, partly because of a record low  unemployment rate, partly because of continued misconceptions about manufacturing jobs…

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