December 2021 Archived Articles


Granite City man making docuseries
‘My Haunted History’ adds paranormal twist
Jill Moon, jmoon@thetelegraph.com

John Badman|The Telegraph Colton Baumgartner, left, looks over a pictoral book of Granite City this week with Granite City Mayor Mike Parkinson in the mayor’s office. Baumgartner is doing a docuseries on haunted places in Granite City.

A relatively new Madison County resident is exploring his new town and surrounding region through a docuseries with a paranormal twist. 
“I moved here a year ago,” actor Colton Baumgartner, 32, said. “I was living in New Orleans, getting a divorce from my ex-husband. I literally closed my eyes and pointed to a destination on a map, and here I am, a year later.” 
Baumgartner’s docuseries, “My Haunted History,” will explore the haunted histories of Granite City, Alton and St. Louis, as well shooting across America, while exploring the small businesses and people who make up the region in an interview format. 
“I’m bringing out areas that are not-so well-known,” he explained. “Anyone who lives in a small town in America grows up to hear haunted stories about their town, or wherever we are and wherever we’re going.” 
“My Haunted History” is in pre-production now, for which he still is seeking funding, and will begin filming at the end of December, while Baumgartner is working with an executive producer. Baumgartner also will film some in February.  (Read rest of article)


Granite City’s Ward 4 Alderman Brad Eavenson talks about the Downtown area of the city and the newest attractions that make our community a fun place to visit for the holiday season.

If you have not recently been in our downtown area, take a few minutes and check it out. Civic Park is decorated with lights as are several of the businesses and our city street lights. Of course, the nostalgic Santa Cabin is the centerpiece of the park. Please take the kids to look in the windows of the cabin. It’s a step back in time that reminds me of the downtown St. Louis store windows of the 60’s. Santa of course is in the theater and available for pictures.

Take the kids and check out the decorations inside the theater. Take in a movie while you are there. Great seating, reasonably priced concessions make it a great family night. The new Spiderman movie is featured now.

If you have not been to Granite City’s newest place to be, check out Tinsel Town in the former Lascelles building. They feature some great drink specials in a very nicely decorated setting. Everyone I have talked to has been very pleased with their experience and several of those people came from outside our city. It is a great place to show that G.C. is stepping up our game thanks to young entrepreneurs like Emily Gavilsky.

We hope to see places like the Garden Gate and the Downtown Diner reopened soon. Jerry’s Cafeteria is of course open and ready to serve your family.
The city is working on several projects in the downtown TIF area including repairs of curbs, gutters and sidewalks as well as some property acquisitions. We want our downtown to be a place where people can go to have a nice evening in one of several businesses.

Please support local business owners. Music stores, gift shops, tanning and nail salons all make for great gift card purchases. Why give the big corporations money when you can help a local business? Also check out our 62040 Facebook page led by Kim Pierson or the long-standing Granite City Gossip front page that has a great deal of information and many local business sponsors. There’s a great deal of information on both sites about community events.

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Jason Talley Opens Doc’s Oils Shop

Local Chiropractor Jason Talley has partnered with a farm in Plainview Illinois to take the “farm to table” approach when producing his new CBD line of products, Doc’s Oils. Staying local helps to ensure the purity and potency of his CBD oils and lotions. Doc’s Oils are organic oil made from hemp flowers to produce wellness in a tincture. Pure, tested, legal oil that relieves pain from inflammation, and calms the body helping you rest and relax. The Doc’s Oils shop is now open and waiting to discuss your needs at 3100 Maryville Rd in Granite City. You can also visit the Doc’s Oils Facebook page by clicking the link.


Holy Family’s Cub Scout Pack 103 “Scouting For Food Drive” 2021


The scouts from Cub Scout Pack 103 were mighty busy Saturday collecting 1,628 items for the annual “Scouting For Food Drive”. Their committed efforts will help supply local food banks who assist in feeding families in need. 24 scouts and 21 volunteers made this a huge success – GREAT JOB EVERYONE!


Please help us welcome our newest advertising sponsor!

Sweet Treats From The Hart is a new bakery in town. It’s located in front of Walmart in the strip mall at 1300 Schaefer Road, Suite E. in Granite city. They offer fresh Pastries, Donuts, Cookies and Cakes for all occasions, along with many other tasty treats. Click open their banner to see a full page of information and pictures and video!

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