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LOCAL NEWS


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Granite City

This easy crockpot hot chocolate recipe is an area favorite for this time of year!

Just mix together 1.5 cups of whipping cream
1- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
6 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet)
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish as desired.


Changes on the Horizon for Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City

Ron DeBrock, Editor

Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City is being bought by American Healthcare Systems (AHS).

On Friday AHS, a nationwide healthcare system based in Los Angeles, announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Granite City facility. The Gateway Regional Medical Center will join the growing AHS system of community-based hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, outpatient clinics, and home health services.

“Becoming part of AHS is an exciting milestone for our hospital,” said Shane Watson, CEO of Gateway Regional Medical Center. “AHS shares our values to improve access to patient care by enhancing services in this important safety net hospital in the Granite City community.” Read entire article here


Alton’s Rock Springs Park is Preparing for the Season

Stephanie Tate, Riverbender

Christmas Wonderland will be open nightly from November 25 through December 27. The park is located at 2100 College Ave, in Alton. Hours are Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission to Christmas Wonderland is a suggested donation of $7 for cars and small vans or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 10 people. For more information on Christmas Wonderland, call 1-800-258-6645, or go to www.christmaswonderlandalton.com.


WonderLight’s Christmas Holiday Season is Here and Ready for Visitors

Visitors will enjoy more than one million LED lights set to traditional and new, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo on 89.5 FM.
You will see shooting stars, floating snowflakes, dancing candy canes and lollipops, giant Christmas trees, and the enchanting tunnels of lights!
WonderLight’s Christmas runs from Friday, November 11, to New Year’s Day. Open each evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at World Wide Technology Raceway. Ticket information here…


Regenerative Health and Chiropractic Office Surprise Patients

Once again, the doctors and staff of the Chiropractic office give back to the community. Monday’s patient line up was in for a surprise, along with their treatments of the day they got to leave with a Thanksgiving turkey. This is a yearly event and “we never announce the date of the turkey give away ahead of time, so it remains a surprise”, said Dr. Darin.

Regenerative Health and Chiropractic office recently went through an expansion to the facility to better serve even more patients. Call 618-931-2050 to schedule an appointment at 2013 Johnson Road Suite D, Granite City, IL.


Granite City Eagles Aerie hosts first Fall Festival

David Blanchette, Reporter, The Telegraph

 Visitors braved Saturday’s chilly weather to attend the first Fall Festival at the Eagles Aerie Lodge 1126 in Granite City, complete with a vendor fair and family activities. “We wanted to try to get the community together and just have something fun,” said Eagles Aerie Auxiliary President Sheila Free. “All of this is possible because of the members volunteering to do stuff. We all work together.”

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization that aims to promote peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Eagles fundraisers are conducted for eight major charities, including kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children’s fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund. “We are a non-profit organization and everything we do is for different charities,” Free said. “This month we are raising money for breast cancer awareness. So, the money we get from these vendors goes to charity.”
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Johnson Makes Impact in Granite City

Owner of Sue’s Corner has raised $72,000 for ‘Kids at Christmas’

What started with pennies has turned into thousands of dollars for “Kids at Christmas.” But that’s only part of the impact that Sue Johnson has made on the Granite City community. Johnson and her daughter, Terri Johnson-Bast, are the owners of Sue’s Corner bar at 4222 Nameoki Road in Granite City.

Johnson, who will turn 80 in March, has been a bartender for 59 years. Fourteen years ago, she and her daughter started collecting pennies at Sue’s Corner for “Kids at Christmas.”

“I was talking to my daughter, and I said that we need to do something for kids at Christmas, and the first year we raised 300,” Johnson said. “Last year we raised $12,200 and we’re going to exceed that this year. We’ve raised $72,000 since we started.” Continue reading…


GCS Steps Up for the Twigs “Pack a Sack” Program

The Pack a Sack program is provided by the Twigs organization. During the school year Twigs provides bags of food for children at risk of having nothing to eat on the weekend. Twigs provides this program in several school districts in the area.


Make Manhattan’s Coffee & Socialhouse, your one stop for delicious coffees, other beverages, and tasty food items!

We now have Biscuits & Gravy available 7 days a week at Manhattan’s coffee & Socialhouse in Granite City!

Earlier morning hours are coming soon, along with call ahead ordering and curbside service, for your convenience!

Manhattan’s Coffee & Socialhouse in Granite City, wants to spoil you, where you won’t have to get out of your car on your way to work or school to get your morning coffee drinks and other goodies!

Besides our Coffee drinks, Manhattan’s will soon be offering daily carry out and dine-in breakfast specials, such as Biscuits & Gravy, Oatmeal, Breakfast Sandwiches, Breakfast Wraps, Breakfast Bowls, Fresh Fruit, Yogurt and other healthy options, including Fruit Smoothies, and Lotus Plant Based Energy Drinks, Fruit Juices, Soft Drinks and much more!!


The City Celebrates with the Granite City High School Marching Warriors

Mayor Mike Parkinson, Director Wyatt Roberds and Asst. Director Jaida Brockman

Granite City Mayor Mike Parkinson celebrated the GCHS Marching Warriors Championship season tonight. The mayor also presented them with a Proclamation from the city declaring Tuesday, October 25, 2022 their official day in Granite City.

Congratulations to our GCHS Marching Warriors on winning 1st place in Class 5A and Best General Effect in their last competition of the season at U of I. 


Tesla To Open Massive Warehouse in Pontoon Beach, Illinois

Photo credit Google Maps. Article credit, Steph Kukuljan St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has plans to open a massive warehouse south of Interstate 270 in the Metro East. The company signed a lease for nearly 667,000 square feet of space at Gateway TradePort, a planned industrial park in Pontoon Beach, according to a market report from commercial real estate firm CBRE.

It’s not clear what Tesla has planned for the warehouse, which is under construction at 1202 Tradeport Parkway, off I-270 and Illinois Route 111.

The warehouse deal comes as the company is planning to open a dealership and service center in south St. Louis County, about 27 miles southwest of the Metro East facility. It also operates a dealership in Chesterfield. Read more here…


Welcome the BargainBanger.com website

The new website that takes the hard work out of searching and shopping for the best bargain price available. You will find a little bit of everything from home decor and fashion to this year’s must have toys and sporting good items.

It’s a nonstop bargain hunters dream where you will find links, that when clicked will lead you to huge savings! These are limited supply bargains, that are only available for a limited amount of time. So, if you see something you want, click the link and grab the deal before the sale price expires!


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ANNOUNCEMENTS


Coming Very Soon: Strange World (PG) starting 11/23
Looking for something to do over the Thanksgiving break?
Check out Disney’s exciting and family-friendly adventure!
Tickets are available on www.granitecitycinema.com


Get your camera ready for Santa to make his appearance in the neighborhood! See Santa and his Elves and get a candy cane!


It’s a 185th Birthday

Old Six Mile Historical Society

Holiday Celebration

Santa arrives at 2 PM pictures taken with Santa at 3 PM
Call for reservations
by December 5th
618-444-1327


Outdoor Live Nativity

Sunday, December 18th
from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Experience ‘Christmas at the Manger’, an outdoor live nativity at Calvary Life Church on Sunday, December 18.
This is a free family friendly event, open to the community.

4650 Maryville Road, Granite City.


Pictures with Santa!


Winter Wonderland Festival 2022

Saturday December 3,2022

Pictures 2016 Santa Holiday Parade


Granite City Senior Social Club

Christmas Party will be held on December 11, 2022

Doors Open at 11:30 and the catered meal starts at 12:30

Memories of Elvis featuring Steve Davis at 1:30
Vince K Band and dancing
2:45-4:15
Attendance prizes, raffle, 50/50 drawing
Tickets on sale Now thru-Dec 4
$13 for members-$15 non-members
Tickets can be bought in the office or by calling
618-797-6749, 618-444-6771
or 618-877-4373


Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson Recaps the November 15, 2022 Council Meeting

Here’s the summary of your 11/15 City Council meeting.

Alderwoman Davis announced several events coming to the District of Granite City during the next several weeks.

They include the Candy Cane Parade, pictures with Santa and a special event at Sissy’s Space. See those FB pages for more details about the events and schedules.

Under the Legal and Legislative committee, the council approved an ordinance that provides for an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Granite and the Granite City Park District to construct a splash pad, a sand volleyball court, an expanded parking lot, dressing rooms and upgraded restrooms at the existing facility in Worthen Park. The city and park will apply for grants to make this project happen and will move forward only if awarded the funds. When built, this will provide a place for children and families to go which was one of the things people talked about in the last local election.

The planning and zoning committee presented and approved several items tonight.

A. Bid from One House at a Time for 2326 Hodges: The council approved a bid for our second project in our, “One House at a Time” program. The home will be sold to a contractor who will renovate and sell to a first -time homebuyer.

B. An ordinance annexing a tract of land along US Route 67 (Missouri Ave) to the city of Granite City. This is the property where the new gas station/truck stop is being renovated on Missouri Avenue. The owner requested to be annexed into the city.

C. An ordinance to declare surplus and to solicit bids to purchase the properties commonly known as 1725 and 1733 Delmar Ave.

D. An ordinance annexing 3425 and 3415 Missouri Avenue to the city of Granite City, Illinois

E. An ordinance amending Building and Zoning ordinance 3818 article 4 regulations for specific districts section 4-900 c-2 neighborhood commercial district subsection 4-920, to add an additional permitted use of hospitals and clinics for animals without open kennels or exterior runs and under the management of a licensed veterinarian. This action will allow the Bellemore Animal Hospital to relocate to the former Junior Achievement building on Wabash. Stipulations were put in place by the zoning commission to make sure the concerns of the neighbors were addressed.

All items were approved by the council.

Finance Committee: The committee set a public hearing date for the Property Tax Levy ILCS5/7-141.1 5.

Police Committee 5:55 – 6:05 A. An ordinance to authorize the purchase of sixteen Kenwood Tactical Microphones for the Granite City Police Department. The expenditure was approved using funds from the Drug Free Grant.

Public Works: A stop sign on 20th Street at Dewey was approved.

In other action, the mayor announced that our Waste Water Treatment Plant has been nominated as the best operated treatment plant in the state.

Reminder: This is a summary of items discussed and voted on and not actual meeting minutes.


Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

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AT THE TOWNSHIP


Election 2022

Election time is approaching, November 8th, and I encourage all to use this constitutional right.  Your vote can make a difference in the home, pocketbook, schools, and overall personal beliefs.  It is essential to vote based on the representatives that best support the same values, morals, and ideologies as you.  If you choose not to vote, you lose the right to complain about your current issues. 
  
On that note, I want to stress a critical factor when voting… 
When you vote, you need to consider ALL that the party is invested in because you are voting on ALL the agenda of that party, not just the topics that interest you.  Let me break it down in layman’s terms, if you are voting for a party that follows some, but not all, your beliefs, you are voting for the fundamental ideas of that party.
 
For example, you cannot say you are pro-life and vote for the party that is pro-choice, or you are now pro-choice.  If you vote for lowering taxes but vote for a party that has pushed inflation, you are now for higher taxes.  Who you choose to vote for reflects ALL that party’s ideologies; we do not get to pick and choose.  Once that party is in office, they will implement all that party’s politics. Continue reading.    

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Historical Downtown Granite City, “The District” at Night

Once the sun goes down and the stars come out, the traffic all but comes to a stop in the downtown streets and the silence of the night settles over the city. Time slows down and it’s a great time to take in the surroundings with more attention than just a passing glance.

The grand architecture of some original buildings reflects a period in time when our ancestors were born and raised. Now, we can only imagine a young Granite City when the busy downtown sidewalks were the entry way to store fronts and businesses of all kinds.

AT THE LIBRARY

The Six Mile Regional Library District is one of the jewels of Granite City. Tina Hubert, Executive Director, and her knowledgeable and committed staff make a visit to either location a memorable and enjoyable experience. Our city is very fortunate to have such a wonderful library!

Two Locations – 2001 Delmar Avenue and 2145 Johnson Road


Have you downloaded the new SHARE Mobile Library app yet?
It makes viewing your account, renewing materials, managing your holds, and searching digital content, SUPER EASY!
Download it for free from your device’s app store today!
Learn more at https://www.smrld.org/share-mobile-library-app/




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