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2 pm news

Subdivision plat gets board's OK
2015-09-01 14:10:00
The Glen Carbon Village Board passed two motions that will affect the Edwards Street Subdivision. Read Full Story ...

Man charged with stealing computer
2015-09-01 14:00:00
The Maryville Police Department arrested a man they say allegedly stole a computer from a State Farm office in the village. Read Full Story ...

Pine Lawn police chief worries city is trying to disband his department

2015-09-01 14:00:00
The Board of Aldermen is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in closed session. Read Full Story ...

1 pm news

Los Angeles vote clears way for mayor to seek Olympic deal

2015-09-01 13:47:00
LOS ANGELES  ?  The Los Angeles City Council cleared the way Tuesday for Mayor Eric Garcetti to strike agreements for a 2024 Olympics bid, putting the city on the verge of becoming the U.S. co… Read Full Story ...

Why more employees are going back to their old jobs

2015-09-01 13:16:00
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Brothers named in lawsuit
2015-09-01 13:10:00
Twin brothers, indicted Thursday for allegedly beating a South Roxana man to death, have also been named in a civil lawsuit, along with the bar that allegedly served them alcohol that night.  Read Full Story ...

Museum hosting food drive
2015-09-01 13:05:00
The Edwardsville Children?s Museum is holding its first food pantry drive. Now through Sept. 15, museum visitors who bring five items for the drive will receive a coupon for $3 off museum admission. Read Full Story ...

Midwest corn goes from soaked to choked

2015-09-01 13:05:00
Farmers now expect 'average' yields, at best Read Full Story ...

Keeping kids safe on social media
2015-09-01 13:00:00
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Julie Smith when she discusses social media at St. Boniface School on Tuesday. Read Full Story ...

12 pm news

Fusion Gates? Persistence Plus SBDC Expertise Opens Gate to Product Rollout

2015-09-01 12:55:00

Donna PotterEdwardsville resident and business owner Donna Potter speaks from experience. Years of overcoming entrepreneurial-related challenges are what ultimately led to the launch of her business, Fusion Gates LLC.

In a previous life, Potter was a long-time marketing and advertising executive for a Fortune 500 company, and later a stay-at-home mom for her four kids and two dogs. Potter reentered the workforce eight years ago to pursue her passion as an entrepreneur and inventor.  

As a completely female-staffed firm, Fusion Gates manufactures a premium safety gate that allows customers to customize its look, while keeping their four-legged family members safe and their belongings intact.

The June 2015 rollout of Fusion Gates’ first product, says Potter, was a celebration of nearly a decade of designing and redesigning her prototype, all the while learning every nuance of the manufacturing process.

 “We’re still figuring it out,” said Potter, a winner of several inventor-specific awards including The Dallas Marketing Center’s The Next Best Thing competition, Washington University’s Ideabounce competition and the SIUE Entrepreneurship Center’s Challenge Award.

“Everyone has a different pet story,” Potter stated. “Our product and its versatility fit beautifully into that story and into the look of a home as well. There’s the teeny dog, who needs to stay out of your master bedroom. There’s the active dog, who wants to explore the rest of your house. There are the cats and dogs you need to keep apart from each other when you’re not at home. I love my dogs to death, but they’re mischievous when left alone.”

Potter’s path overlapped with the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center seven years ago via SIUE’s Entrepreneurship Center (EC). SBDC Director Patrick McKeehan and former graduate assistant Luther Cameron assisted Potter with helpful resources, professional connections, and business plan support, as did former EC Director Kristine Jardine Polo.

 “I first interacted with the Entrepreneurship Center after hearing a panel of successful entrepreneurs discuss their business plans and the helpful resources they tapped into along the way,” she said. “Through the years, my product has evolved in ways I never could have imagined or predicted. It was great to know that the SBDC at SIUE was always there for me, to keep me on track and instill the confidence I needed to keep going.”

Potter plans to return to the SIUE’s International Trade Center for additional expertise on exporting her product, which is now available at The 36-inch-tall, scratch-resistant dog gate, which sells for $299, is made from two sheets of polycarbonate and framed in durable, lightweight aluminum with optional aluminum-framed extensions that fit the gate securely to any doorway widths up to 61 inches.

McKeehan praises Potter for having the perseverance and passion to work through numerous challenges and production setbacks to fulfill her entrepreneurial dream.

 “Donna is an inspiration to anyone struggling to create a viable product or service while launching a new business enterprise,” said McKeehan. “Our SBDC would love to assist more entrepreneurs in our region with her focus and desire to succeed.”

Illinois Metro East SBDC works directly with entrepreneurs and small business owners located in the nine-county Metro East region of Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph. It is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as a service to the region’s entrepreneurial and business community

The Illinois SBDC Network provides one-stop assistance to individuals by means of counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures and existing small businesses. As a key member of this Network, the Illinois Metro East SBDC delivers these important services to its clients while supporting the goals and objectives of both the SIUE School of Business and the University at large. To learn how these no-cost services may help your small business, contact the Illinois Metro East SBDC at (618) 650-2929 or

Photo: Donna Potter with one of her dogs.

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Federal judge orders Kentucky clerk, staff to court over marriage licenses

2015-09-01 12:30:00
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis cited "God's authority" in denying the licenses.  Read Full Story ...

MSCC announces September event schedule

2015-09-01 12:05:00
Main Street Community Center, located at 1003 N. Main Street, has been serving the greater Edwardsville area since 1974. The Center is committed to providing a broad range of group and individual acti Read Full Story ...

Police officer shot and killed in northern Illinois; manhunt underway

2015-09-01 12:00:00
The officer's condition was not immediately available. Read Full Story ...

St. Charles County woman pulls gun on teens in park amid neighborhood feud
2015-09-01 12:00:00
Don and Tracy Leeser say they brought weapons to the park to protect their 15-year-old son and themselves. Read Full Story ...

11 am news

The Lunch Bag: Pappy's, Bogart's ranked among nation's best ribs
2015-09-01 11:40:00
Pappy's cracks the top 10 of the Daily Meal's list. Read Full Story ...

Area teachers dominate Missouri's Teacher of the Year finalist list
2015-09-01 11:30:00
Teachers from the St. Louis area dominate the list of finalists for the 2015-16 Missouri Teacher of the Year, a prestigious award given each year by the Missouri Department of Elementary and S… Read Full Story ...

School's reaction to Confederate flag shirt sparking controversy in Southern Illinois

2015-09-01 11:23:00
Student was told by a teacher last week to turn his T-shirt bearing the symbol inside-out or leave the school. Read Full Story ...

Gorilla dies at the St. Louis Zoo
2015-09-01 11:02:00
Juma, who was aging at 27 years old and had a heart condition, collapsed on Monday afternoon. Read Full Story ...

10 am news

SSM Health announces plans for a new hospital, ambulatory care center
2015-09-01 10:48:00
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SSM Health announces plans for new $500M SLU hospital, ambulatory care center
2015-09-01 10:48:00
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Police officer shot in northern Illinois; manhunt prompts school lockdown

2015-09-01 10:43:00
FOX LAKE, Ill.  ?  Police in northern Illinois say a manhunt is underway after an officer was shot. Read Full Story ...

Goold: As September arrives, baseball needs a 'Healthy Scratch'
2015-09-01 10:37:00
The call-ups are coming, and for a game increasingly influenced by close games and bullpen force expanded rosters could tilt races. Here's a solution. Read Full Story ...

NBC drops planned revival of 'Coach'
2015-09-01 10:03:00
But the sequel apparently could still land elsewhere. Read Full Story ...

Missouri man faces execution Tuesday night for raping, killing 15-year-old

2015-09-01 10:00:00
Ann Harrison, 15, was raped and killed in 1989 while waiting for a school bus in Kansas City. Read Full Story ...

9 am news

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2015-09-01 09:22:24 CagleCartoons

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The New Third Party (Yaakov Kirschen)
2015-09-01 09:20:38 CagleCartoons

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Europe and Syria Karma 2015 (Yaakov Kirschen)
2015-09-01 09:17:43 CagleCartoons

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Population Reshuffle (Yaakov Kirschen)
2015-09-01 09:14:39 CagleCartoons

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Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

2015-09-01 09:04:00
Pope Francis said he's met many women bearing "the scar of this agonizing" decision to abort, and God's forgiveness cannot be denied.  Read Full Story ...

8 am news

SIUE Research Aims to Protect Lives at Uncontrolled Intersections

2015-09-01 08:40:00

Yan Qi, PhD, assistant professor in the SIUE Department of Civil Engineering.Southern Illinois University Edwardsville researchers are working with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to reduce traffic incidents by making uncontrolled pedestrian crossings safer for those both driving and walking.

Two professors within the SIUE School of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering, along with Dr. Huaguo Zhou of Auburn University, have received a $131,250 grant from the Illinois Center for Transportation (ITC) to carry out their research project: “Establishing procedures and guidelines for pedestrian treatments at uncontrolled locations.” The project will also support two SIUE civil engineering graduate students.

“Pedestrian safety is a highly sought-out area of research in regards to building livable communities,” said principal investigator Yan Qi, PhD, assistant professor in the SIUE Department of Civil Engineering. “Our research addresses the special needs of Illinois to reduce pedestrian crashes and improve pedestrian safety.”

“Uncontrolled intersections are those that have no stop signs or traffic lights,” explained Ryan Fries, PhD, co-principal investigator and associate professor of civil engineering at SIUE. “Pedestrian crossings at uncontrolled locations are particularly dangerous and the findings of this study could certainly save lives when implemented.”

According to Qi, the project will yield guidelines to be used by IDOT and local agencies. It further enhances the work of SIUE’s transportation program and positions the University at the forefront of transportation research.

Photo: Yan Qi, PhD, assistant professor in the SIUE Department of Civil Engineering.

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Police: Man found shot on St. Louis sidewalk won't say what happened

2015-09-01 08:29:00
The victim, 22, had been shot in the abdomen.  Read Full Story ...

Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses

2015-09-01 08:00:00
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis cited "God's authority" in denying the licenses.  Read Full Story ...

Missouri man given life with no parole for marijuana crimes goes free

2015-09-01 08:00:00
Jeff Mizanskey was freed from the Jefferson City Correctional Center after spending two decades behind bars.  Read Full Story ...

7 am news

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter to headline Eagle Forum event Sept. 11

2015-09-01 07:30:00
Most recent book takes on immigration. Read Full Story ...

The latest: Kentucky clerk invokes 'God's authority' to deny same-sex license

2015-09-01 07:29:00
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) ? The latest on a Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses (all times local): Read Full Story ...

Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer's

2015-09-01 07:16:00
Obesity in midlife has long been suspected of increasing the risk of Alzheimer's.  Read Full Story ...

6 am news

Southwest flight diverted to Texas after 6 passengers become disorderly

2015-09-01 06:49:00
The passengers were traveling together and refused to follow instructions from the crew, the airline said.  Read Full Story ...

Busy bank robber pleads guilty of robbing six Missouri banks

2015-09-01 06:30:00
Authorities said Shaun Becker would hand the teller a note demanding money, then flee on a bicycle.  Read Full Story ...

5 am news

Adams suffers setback; Grichuk resumes hitting
2015-09-01 05:14:00
In rehab from right quadriceps surgery, first baseman has problem with left quad. Read Full Story ...

Webster Groves City Council will hear auto shop request to stay put on Tuesday
2015-09-01 05:00:00
Plan commission voted 4-3 to approve rezoning request. Issue now heads to City Council.  Read Full Story ...

3 am news

Merkel and refugees (Tom Janssen)
2015-09-01 03:50:43 CagleCartoons

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12 am news

The deal is done: St. Louis University Hospital is now part of SSM Health
2015-09-01 00:01:00
Earlier this summer, St. Louis University announced plans to buy back the hospital from Tenet and in a separate deal contribute it SSM.  Read Full Story ...

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