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Arbitration Court Back In Session Via Zoom

The Mandatory Arbitration Program for the Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois completed its first session of remote hearings via Zoom video conferencing during the week of June 22nd. Judge Threlkeld issued an order on May 18, 2020 that all arbitration hearings starting in June would be conducted via Zoom video conferencing. Chief Judge William…

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Madison County Employment and Training To Reopen Offices To Public July 1

WOOD RIVER — Madison County Employment and Training is set to reopen its offices by appointment next week. “Starting July 1, our office will start seeing people again in person,” Director of Employment and Training Tony Fuhrmann said. “All precautions are being taken to ensure the health and safety of the public and our staff.”…

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Peaceful Protests Across County Over Weekend

By Kyle Cunningham and Stephanie Malench On Saturday, three peaceful protests were held in Madison County as part of the Black Lives Matter movement that has seen a resurgence since the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. The first protest of the day was held at the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville.…

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Maryville Installs Firefighter During Caucus

By Charlie Feldman Christopher Hartsoe was hired and sworn in as a full- time probationary firefighter/ paramedic at the Wednesday, May 27 Maryville village board caucus meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board met online on Zoom. A time factor was involved because his predecessor Terry Hodapp had retired. Hodapp was a volunteer with…

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County Seeks Input For Community Needs Assessment

Madison County is seeking public input for a Community Needs Assessment after being awarded $1.75 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. Madison County residents, municipalities, townships, homeless providers, food pantries, healthcare providers, first responders, banking institutions, landlords, housing managers and others are encouraged to take a few moments to complete the assessment…

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Kathleen Mondy Shimkus

Kathleen Mondy was born on January 4, 1930 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Harve and Myrtle (nee Moore) Mondy. She grew up in State Park Place and attended elementary school there. She attended Collinsville High School, where she was president of the senior class, graduating in 1948. After high school she was employed as…

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Safety Utmost Concern For Troy

It was an unprecedented and historical night for the Troy City Council on Monday as they held their meeting online using the Zoom platform. A total of 27 people participated or viewed the online meeting. “It’s hard to really express into words how much the world has changed in the three weeks since we last…

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Madison County Community Development updating public on COVID-19 resources

EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Community Development is keeping businesses and individuals who are struggling during the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic informed on available resources. MCCD Administrator Trudy Bodenbach said the state and federal government have rolled out numerous programs to aid those impacted by the virus. She said MCCD will continue to track any new programs…

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Gateway Region YMCA Stresses Safety During COVID-19

By Kyle Cunningham   While many businesses in the area were either forced to close or restricted in access, the Gateway Region YMCA has been at the forefront in providing emergency childcare to those in need. According to Executive Director Nina Lyndhurst, the YMCA is the largest provider of child care in the area with…

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Seamstresses Uniting to Help Protect Health Care Workers

By Stephanie Malench   As the Corona Virus spreads, health care workers around the area are running out of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), especially masks. The most effective mask for health care workers are N-95s and due to the limited supply providers are only given two. In order to keep the two they re given…

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