Alton is proud of its history as a river town, but the ways that we connect with rivers have changed over time. One hundred twenty years ago, people regularly used the riverfront to greet and unload steamboats and barges or to fish. Then, trains traveling on tracks parallel to the river drew…

For those unaware of the American Rescue Plan of Action (ARPA) funds, Alton received over$21MM in ARPA funds in 2022. The use of these funds is VERY restricted, misuse can result in stiff penalties, the least of which is Alton having to reimburse the misspent funds. Madison County also recei…

Paul is one of my Biblical heroes. He writes in Romans 5:3-5 “we rejoice in our sufferings.” Is he crazy? No! He is looking back. He realized that when he suffered, he had persevered. In other words, he had “toughed it out.” Doing that built up his character, and that gave him hope… and hope…

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The early days of fall are here. That means cooler weather, the grass is no longer growing a foot a week, and  leaves will soon be changing to beautiful colors before falling to the ground. Unfortunately, it also means we see political candidate’s signs everywhere, on private property AND on…

This January 17th, please join me in celebrating the life, influence and contributions of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This will mark the 37th year our country has honored Dr. King’s birthday as a federal holiday and I encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect upon how…