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Past articles by Compiled:

Burt Reynolds has died. Here’s a look back at his memorable career.

Movie and TV film star Burt Reynolds died Sept. 6, 2018, of cardiac arrest after starring in “Gunsmoke,” “Deliverance,” “Boogie Nights,” and was in “Smokey and the Bandit” with Sally Field. → Read More

In 1994, rosaries turned to gold when believers say Virgin Mary appeared in Belleville

A Southern Illinois man saw an apparition of the Holy Mother and Blessed Virgin at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows for a decade starting in 1993; the Catholic Church has not investigated the sightings. → Read More

Midwest Salute to the Arts canceled Friday night due to inclement weather

Friday night, Aug. 24, 2018, the first night of the annual Fairview Heights, IL art show, is canceled because of inclement weather in the Southern Illinois area. The festival will resume normal schedule Saturday. → Read More

Hendrix? Clapton? Santana? Who is the greatest guitarist of all time?

Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page and Chuck Berry, who is from St. Louis, MO, also join the list to be considered among the best to play the guitar in a band after Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Ed King dies. → Read More

Award-winning St. Louis Public Radio producer Mary Edwards retires after 44 year career

Mary Edwards, St. Louis Public Radio producer, retires. She produces broadcasts for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, won the Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award, taught at Webster University. Edwards is in Media Hall of Fame . → Read More

Midwest Salute to the Arts is this weekend. Here’s the schedule.

The Southern Illinois art show at Moody Park is August 25 and August 26 and features craft demonstrations, a children’s gallery, kids entertainment, and music. → Read More

Bishop of Belleville heard Aretha Franklin sing ‘Amazing Grace’ for the pope in 2015.

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville IL in Southern Illinois heard Aretha Franklin sing in 2015 during Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. → Read More

This Illinois teen raised champion chickens. They sold for $4,000 at the state fair.

Three cornish cross chickens raised by Southern Illinois teen sold for $4000 during the Governor’s Sale of Champions and were named the Grand Champion in the poultry division of the junior livestock competition. → Read More

Mark Steines no longer hosts ‘Home & Family’ on the Hallmark Channel. Where’d he go?

Mark Steines, formerly on Entertainment Tonight, no longer hosts Hallmark Channel television program Home & Family. He has appeared in People’s Magazine, Men’s Fitness. Where is he now? → Read More

A number of cast members from M*A*S*H were from Illinois. Whatever happened to them?

TV news: This is what happened to cast of the television show series MASH including Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, Jamie Farr, McLean Stevenson, Harry Morgan, Larry Linville, Allan Arbus. → Read More

Valmeyer rises from the ashes 25 years after it was destroyed during the Flood of ’93

News: Remembering Great Flood of 1993, Flood of 93 on 25th anniversary of event that broke levees, flooded Valmeyer, IL, in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO. → Read More

Here’s what happened to St. Louis meteorologist and longtime weatherman Dave Murray

News: St. Louis, MO TV weatherman, meteorologist, weather reporter Dave Murray retiring from Fox 2 KTVI channel seen in Belleville, IL, and other Southern Illinois cities. → Read More

St. Clair County tax auction is Wednesday and Thursday in Belleville

St. Clair County tax auction for delinquent properties and mobile homes is 7/25, 7/26 in Belleville in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. → Read More

A toilet exploded. So did a house. 60 years ago, gas got into Belleville’s water line.

News: The day toilets, washing machines, water heaters, homes, houses exploded in Belleville, IL, in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, when propane gas got into the city’s water lines. → Read More

Video of O'Fallon dog seems to show grief at owner's departure. Do dogs really get sad?

News: Expert explains emotions, grief felt by pets, animals, after O’Fallon, IL, dog from Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO, cries when being returned to Spencer Kennel shelter. → Read More

Make-A-Wish helps Mascoutah teen with cystic fibrosis fulfill dream trip to visit pandas

Health news: Make-A-Wish Illinois foundation helped a sick Mascoutah, IL, teen with cystic fibrosis in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, fulfill a dream trip to China to visit her favorite animal — pandas. → Read More

New president of contractors’ association is Belleville business owner

Business news: New president of contractors’ association is from Belleville IL in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. → Read More

Mission speaker will be at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Collinsville this Sunday

Collinsville IL church to have mission speaker event in Southern Illinois near St. Louis MO. Food truck Sunday at Belleville IL church. → Read More

This is what happened to conservative political pundit and radio host Jamie Allman

News: Jamie Allman, a longtime TV and radio show voice in St. Louis, MO near Southern Illinois, resigned and was fired after a controversial tweet on Twitter involving Parkland, FL high school shooting survivor David Hogg. → Read More

She was found in a pond in 1974, tied to a concrete block. Her stepfather, a cop, was the only suspect.

History crime news: A Belleville, IL teen was murdered and her body was dumped in Stookey Township, IL. Her stepfather was a Belleville, IL police officer and was the only suspect in her death. The cop was found not guilty in her killing. → Read More