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Granite City Animal Control

The caring staff of the Granite City Animal Control facility is taking steps to ensure the best in quality care for the area’s animals. Animal Control Officers Cory and Ethan completed the State of Illinois Essential Animal Control class. The future is bright for this Granite City facility with the redesign plans and updates. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for helping to facilitate this transition sharing the common goal of better care and better services for the city and its animals.

Granite City Rotary Honors Teens

Eighteen Granite City High School juniors were honored by the Granite City Rotary Club at a May 10 event at Calvary Life Church.

The honorees had been selected as part of the club’s 2021-22 Student of the Month program. They included:

• September – Catelynn Liniger, Alex Weaver

• October – Gwyn Hale, Christopher Taylor

• November – Peyton Hatfield, Maddox Kennedy

• December – Alivia Vaughn, Brady Smallie

• January – Aleah Crenshaw, Clara Nipper

• February – Caylie McElroy, Lauren Wilson

• March – Sydney Choat, Carlee Wright

• April – Karen Willaredt, Mara Withers

• May – Rowan Wallace, Chloe Widel.

Honorees were presented a framed certificate from Granite City Rotary Club President Bobbie Smith and School Superintendent Stephanie M. Cann, in addition to a $50 Amazon gift card.

The Telegraph, May 11, 2022

Needed Improvements Are on the Horizon for Granite City Animal Control

The building and Animal Control facility at 2900 Missouri Avenue in Granite City has been on the radar of Mayor Parkinson since his days on the Police Force before being elected Mayor. The building is in need of modernization and updates to better serve both the community and the animals.

Mayor Parkinson recognizes the need and has the vision and plans to help make these changes a reality. The mayor is proposing the city spend $180,000 on updates for the facility or possibly rebuilding a new modern building all together.    

Sometimes change is hard, but necessary in order to obtain public tax dollars or federal grant money. These changes were unavoidable because tax dollars and grant monies cannot be used for a private organization that had helped run the facility in recent years. Sometimes you just have to make the difficult choices for the greater good to help in reaching the ultimate goal, and in this case the ultimate goal is an updated family friendly facility to aid in no animals being left behind when looking for placement in a forever home.

The city is committed to the protection of all animals and could not pass up the opportunity to build a better facility. Mayor Parkinson was responsible for the majority of animal abuse cases prosecuted in the city in his last few years at the police department and you can expect that he will ensure that all animals will be safeguarded under his watch.

The Granite City Police Department Presents a Check to The Illinois Center for Autism

The men and women of the Granite City Police Department meet with Rachel Newsome from the Illinois Center for Autism today to give her a check from the sale of Autism Awareness patches. When it comes to community service, the officers and employees always go above and beyond their job titles. Our community is lucky to have such a caring and compassionate team of first responders.

Mayor Pagano and Village First Responders Attend the Police Memorial in Springfield.

Mayor Pagano from the Village of Pontoon Beach Il. along with several village first responders made the trip to Springfield Illinois to attend this year’s Police Memorial. Police Officer Tyler Timmins name was included in this year’s service and read aloud among other fallen heroes.

Granite City Township Has Senior Service Plus Lunch Grand Reopening

May 06, 2022, the Granite City Township Hall held its grand re-opening for the Granite City seniors hot lunch program. Local seniors filled the hall and lunch was enjoyed by many with roast beef, mashed potatoes and green beans on the menu. There were attendance prizes along with great conversations and an apparent good time had by all in attendance.

Lunches are served Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 12:00. Suggested donations are 60 and up ($4.00) and 55 to 59 ($5.00.) Granite City residents 55 and older are welcome to attend. Please call 618-877-0513 to sign up and reserve your spot.

The Niedringhaus Streetscape Planters and City Hall Grounds Being Spruced Up for Springtime

Alex Wilson, owner of Premier Lawn Services, Construction and Excavation is helping to beautify Granite City by redesigning the landscaping in the Niedringhaus planters. Although the work just recently began, and the landscaping project is still underway, the benefits are obvious. The new plants are beautiful, and Alex and his crew have taken great care with the placement and design.

Alex stated the City Hall grounds will soon be getting the same attention and treatment. This is another perfect example of our city moving in a positive direction.

Granite City Park District Awarded $97,449 in a Park & Recreation Grant from Madison County’s “Park Enhancement Program”

Grants also awarded to the City of Madison for $15,000, Chouteau Township for $28,920 and Nameoki Township for $15,000

“The County Board approved $1,058,411 in Park Enhancement Program (PEP) grant funding…” “The PEP grants range between $15,000 and $107,000 and include funds for projects such as walking trail, exercise equipment, an off-leash dog park, playground equipment, ADA improvements, concrete chess/checker tables and bag games, sporting equipment, surveillance cameras, mowers and more.” The funding will be combined with city, village, township and park district funds to finance the projects.

Chairman Kurt Prenzler said the PEP program is successful thanks to the taxpayers. He said voters approved a 1/10th of one percent sales tax in 2000 under the Illinois Metro-East Park and Recreation District Act and Madison County’s Community Development Department administers the PEP funding through Madison County Park and Recreation Grant Commission.

“Since its establishment the funds have been used to improve parks and recreational facilities across the county,” Prenzler said.”

Pontoon Beach & Mitchell Water Districts to receive federally funded grant

Pontoon Beach and MItchell water districts will receive $100,000 in federal grant monies. “These monies will be used to make upgrades in water districts that did not receive any ARPA funding during the pandemic,” Chairman Kurt Prenzler said.

Prenzler said the County Board approved granting the monies to the water districts to fund equipment upgrades and replacement of water transmission lines or extension of water lines.

‘Tis The Season, Morel Season That Is!

The Telegraph, By Tony Lascari | April 19, 2022 

Edible Morel Mushrooms are plentiful throughout Southern Illinois and normally start to pop up as early as March in southern Illinois and typically follows in a matter of weeks across the state. You need to identify true morel mushrooms so, don’t be fooled by imposters, it could cost you.
If you plan to morel hunt this spring, be sure to properly identify any fungi you collect before consumption. Here are 5 things to know to help with your Mushroom hunt. Read on…

Old Route 66 Has New Businesses in Mitchell Illinois Everyone Must Try

The Route 66 Flea Market, Kickstand, and Teri’s Diner is a real one-stop with shopping and antiquing, food, bar, and gaming. And it’s in good company located on old Route 66 not far from two icons of the Mother Road, the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge to the west and the Luna Cafe to the east.

Gina Korte first opened up the Route 66 Flea Market in 2006 at 3117 W. Chain of Rocks Road – Old Route 66. But in 2019, she moved the operation next door to her present location at 3121 W. Chain of Rocks Road.
Although it all began with just ten vendors, now Korte has over 150 vendors in the storage rental facility in Mitchell, Illinois.  Read More…

Cheryl Eichar-Jett is the author of numerous books and articles about Route 66. Find her at and
This story originally printed in April 2022 issue of The Prairie Land Buzz Magazine

Improvements That Benefit Everyone

GCSD9 is proud to announce the completion of the new sidewalk improvements located along Nameoki Road leading to the Coolidge Junior High driveway entrance. This will allow an easier walk along this busy road and easier pedestrian access to the school entrance.

This sidewalk project was accomplished through an Intergovernmental agreement between the City of Granite City and the School District along with collaboration from Juneau Associates. This project began in Fall of 2021 and was completed recently this Spring.

Beckland made her decision to run because she believes the voters in district 20 deserve to have a real representative that will be an advocate for them on the Madison County Board.

Beckland feels strongly about bringing important issues to the people for a vote instead of keeping them behind closed doors. Elaine’s family members are lifelong Granite City residents and Beckland has experience in public office as a former Nameoki Township Assessor. Read On

Joe Hackler Launches Campaign for State Representative  

Hackler focused on lowering taxes, fighting corruption, and supporting our police

GRANITE CITY – Today, Joe Hackler will file the maximum 1,000 petition signatures at the State Board of Elections and is launching his campaign for state representative in the 112th District, which includes portions of Madison and St. Clair counties. Read More

Korte Launches Campaign for Illinois House District 112

Jennifer Korte, of Edwardsville, announced her campaign as a Republican for the 112th
District of the Illinois House of Representatives on Monday 3/14/2022.
Korte has a bachelor’s degree in social work from SIUE and a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University. She worked as a social worker at Barnes-Jewish Hospital before becoming a stay-at-home mom in 2005. Read More

Brand New Flags Flying at City Hall

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Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale Wilson Park Ice Rink.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Hardback Books, Paperbacks, & DVDs – $1.00

Children’s Books – 50 cents. Special items are priced separately.

Thursday, June 2 – 6 PM to 9 PM Preview Sale. Admission $6.00.
Friday, June 3 – 4 PM to 8 PM (Free Admission.)
Saturday, June 4 – 9 AM til Noon (Free Admission).
A bag of books can be purchased for $6.00.
The first weekend after Memorial Day each year. Thursday is the preview sale. Admission is $6.00 unless you are a member of the Six Mile Regional Library Friends of the Library. Free Admission Friday and Saturday. Saturday a bag of books can be purchased for $6.00.
Proceeds Benefit SMRLD

Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson Recaps the May, 03, 2022 Council Meeting

The meeting opened with the mayor reading a proclamation honoring Clerk Jenna DeYong as part of the “Annual Municipal Clerk’s Week. Her office keeps things organized for our city meetings as well as the services they provide for our residents. Thank you, Clerk DeYong and team.

The council approved closing 27th street from Madison to State to accommodate the Mr. Twist Customer Appreciation Day. This event will take place May 22nd from noon to five. A lease was approved for the current tenant of 1316 Niedringhaus Avenue to continue storing brewing equipment at that location until August of this year. We hope to see that business reopened or the space vacated after the end of the six-month leas to make room for other ventures.

A lease was also approved for the “Ralph Building” current tenant, H and R block to continue leasing that space. The council also approved funding for repairs at City Hall that include tuckpointing of the upper structure of the building and replacement of the twenty-year-old chiller and generator. Ten additional properties were approved for demolition.

Two stop signs were approved by ordinance for the intersection of 18th Street and Cleveland intersection. We have had complaints about trucks on that street. The council approved a resolution to approve the collective bargaining agreement with the Painters’ union. Because of the rising cost of fuel, the city adopted two ordinances that will establish a cost for large item pick-ups by the city as well as a charge for using city trucks for weekend debris removal from private homes. Previously these were offered free of charge to the residents and while we hate to charge for these now, it becomes necessary.

The city approved an ordinance to hire our engineers to develop a master plan for the bicycle and pedestrian connectivity for our city. This will enable us to apply for grants through the county to improve our bike trails and link them with others in the county.

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Welcome My Beautiful Friends


Facebook has become a communal crutch for the opinionated that has enabled us to use a voice with the ability to mute defending views, which is fine if all we are doing is seeking attention.  But a valid opinion is backed by thoughts that are based on knowledge, personal experience, and in some cases, research. 
If the objective is to decline all other ideologies based on personal beliefs, you will only gain the perspective of like-minded people, which in turn is close-minded.  Maybe to say that another person’s opinion was correct would mean others may not value your future thoughts?  Or perhaps you feel lesser than if you admit you are wrong but share a new viewpoint in future conversations as if it were your original belief? 

No matter the reasoning, to post a controversial opinion, and get differing perspectives on that topic, seeing it from another’s perspective, is called growth.  See, when people disagree, there has to be a realistic assessment of commonality in order to seek resolution.  In other words, it is necessary to see the situation from all sides because once you view the other person’s perception of the topic, you’ve allowed yourself to communicate to that person that you hear them, and acknowledge their thoughts, feelings, and needs. Read More…

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