March 2024 Archived Articles


A New Business Adds Up to a Day of Fun for Kids of All Ages

Single mom and Army Veteran Jimaye Evans made Granite City her home, originally from Madison Illinois. Living in Granite City for just under ten years with a daughter preparing for high school, Jimaye decided the community needed a fun and unique environment for children of all ages to gather and “hang out” for an afternoon and evening of fun. Her vision began to take shape and is now a reality.

Surge ENT LLC is a gaming lounge, a spacious area filled with plenty of seating and loads of fun. With activities for all ages including Karaoke, pool, darts, air hockey, and classic arcade games like Pac-Man and Big Buck Hunter, you will find plenty to do at Surge. Unlike typical arcades and gaming facilities that may cause parental stress with the never-ending requests for just a “few more dollars” to play more games, this gaming lounge lessens that financial drain by providing free play for these games by charging a small admission fee.

Surge, the new gaming lounge is located at 3715 Nameoki Road in Granite City, Il. They also offer console gaming play and PC use for additional charges. Private party packages are also available with many options to choose from. Contact 618-512-0942 for additional information.


After the city of Granite City sold its sewer treatment plant, residents have raised concerns about their sewer bills doubling. Regina Buecker is one resident who is facing a spike in bills.   “It went from $20 on Nov. 9 last year to $55.85 this month,” Buecker said. “I think it’s outrageous, I think somebody is sticking the money in their pockets.”

Regina’s husband, Bob, also said it’s too big of a jump at one time. Granite City Mayor Mike Parkinson said the city sold their treatment plant for $86 million.

“There’s a lot of factors that go into the thought process of having to sell the Granite City Wastewater Treatment Plant,” he said. “The driving force behind it was (that) the city has $100 million in pension liabilities that have to be covered and we’re at a crossroads…the significant amount of money that we could sell the plant for—that we’ll be able to position ourselves to pay that debt off without raising taxes on our citizens.” Read the full article here…


Allegiant Adds a Nonstop Flight out of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport

Allegiant is adding a new city to its portfolio of flights out of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. Beginning June 13, you will be able to fly nonstop from MidAmerica to McGhee Tyson Airport, which is near Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the airline has announced. Allegiant already serves the following areas with flights out of MidAmerica: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Orlando/Sanford, Sarasota/Bradenton, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Jacksonville in Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Myrtle Beach in South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia; and Phoenix/Mesa in Arizona, according to the airport’s website.

Allegiant also announced that it would add routes elsewhere in the country, including flights into Los Angeles from Laredo, Texas; Rockford, Illinois; and Rapid City, South Dakota. “This expansion caters to passengers and communities we feel have been overlooked by other carriers,” Drew Wells, Allegiant’s chief revenue officer, said in a news release.


The Granite City Police Department Announces a Significant Drop in Crime Rates

“The Granite City Police Department is proud to announce a noteworthy achievement in public safety, with a remarkable 15% decrease in overall crime rates over the past year.” Major Gary Brooks.

Senator Erica Harriss and State Representative Amy Elik stopped by the Granite City Police Department bringing some tasty treats to be shared by all, in celebration of the decrease in crime.


Chocolate Covered Creations is Celebrating its New Location

Faithful customers of the unique anime cafe are looking forward to the grand reopening of the cafe at their new location. The many cafe regulars anxiously awaited the completion of the relocation and remodel to finish so they could once again get their favorite specialty drinks and treats. The cafe’s grand reopening will be Friday, February 16, 8:00 AM, and celebrations will begin Saturday, 17th at noon. There will be live music and face-painting and many chocolate creations, and other sweet treats and specialty drinks of all kinds. Stop by to see the new Chocolate Covered Creations, the anime cafe with plenty of atmosphere to enjoy.

Chocolate Covered Creations hours are Monday- Thursday 6AM-6PM and Friday 6AM-8PM and Saturday 8AM-8PM and Sunday 8AM-4PM. The new location is 3214 Nameoki Road, Granite City Illinois.
You can contact the cafe by calling (618) 500-1069


The Spring of 2024 Promises to Bring an Unwanted Visit

With most summer evenings we have learned to expect the signs of the season when watching fireflies in the backyard and hearing the soothing sounds of crickets in the distance, all a comforting reminder of longer days and warm summer nights. The summer of 2024 may be a bit challenging for those who suffer with Entomophobia or sometimes known as Insectophobia, a specific phobia characterized by an excessive or unrealistic fear or disgust of one or more classes of insect.

Two groups of cicadas are set to emerge as a “double brood” this year, which hasn’t happened since 1803. This means 17 states are likely to be swarmed by millions of cicadas from Brood XIII and XIX when they emerge from the soil to shed their exoskeletons and transform into adults, according to ScienceAlert. (Illinois and Indiana are the unluckiest, since they’ll be hit by both broods.)
As Cicada Mania further explained, cicadas will start to emerge once the soil eight inches beneath the ground reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit—which typically occurs from mid-May to late June.


Senator Erica Harriss Announces Grant Money Means
Big Changes for Wilson Park in Granite City

Granite City Park District – $500,000 – The Wilson Park Inclusive Playground is proposed to be built on the existing park playground area. This includes construction of asphalt layer to support synthetic surface and purchase of ADA accessible playground equipment.


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