From Tex’s to taphouse
The former site of Amarillo Tex’s at Alton Square Mall will soon be the home of Main Street Brewing Company.
The combination restaurant and brewery, currently with a location in Belleville, is expected to open in May at 180 East Center Drive, where Amarillo Tex’s abruptly closed earlier this year. Kennedy Crause Inc., which owns the building, opened the Belleville location in 2014.
The menu includes staple appetizers and salads in addition to steaks, chicken selections, pasta, flatbread pizza, and a wide variety of burgers and sandwiches.
Man shot, killed by APD
An Alton police officer shot and killed a man who is being referred to as a “person of interest” in a St. Louis County shooting of a woman. Isaac Jimenez, 27, of Worden, was shot at approximately 5:20 p.m. on April 13 outside a home in the 3400 block of Lincoln Avenue in Alton following a manhunt that stretched from St. Louis to Worden and ended up in Alton.
Jimenez allegedly brandished a handgun and ignored police commands to lower the weapon.
Jimenez was wanted for questioning in a separate incident in St. Louis involving the shooting of a 27-year-old woman. As of press time Wednesday, the woman, who was shot in the head, remained in critical condition.
The Illinois State Police is investigating the Alton shooting.
Alton Steel lays off union workers
Following reports of the idling of nearby U.S. Steel Corp. in Granite City, Alton Steel Inc. announced the temporary layoff of union workers. The layoffs are expected to last three weeks or more, and ASI spokespeople say the layoffs will affect 62 workers.
“We have reviewed three factors: orders, inventory and scheduling, and ASI is confident that we will maintain the excellent on-time delivery performance that our customers expect, and anticipate minimal disruptions to our shipping schedule,” ASI President and CEO Jim Hrusovsky said.
The layoffs occurred in the melt shop and bar mill, located at 5 Cut Street, on April 10. This cuts back the department’s shifts from two to one in the melt shop and three shifts to two in the bar mill.
ASI produces Special Bar Quality round bars and round cornered squares, and also offers machine straightening.
The plant was formerly operated by Laclede Steel Co. before closing in 2001. A group of local investors helped revive the plant as the newly formed ASI in 2003. Before the layoffs, it employed more than 300 people between the mill and the administrative office.
Unsteady market conditions, coupled with challenging situations such as imports and fluctuating oil prices, have hit the steel industry hard in recent months.
Animal license ordinance updated, fees changed
This summer, the city will be doing away with registration fees for pet dogs and cats.
The previous fee, ranging between $5 and $10, has seen a dip in revenue for the city the past few years and was difficult to enforce.
Other fees related to animal offenses went up, however, effective this spring. Cost of impound was raised from $35 to $40, with daily cost rising from $10 to $15. Citations related to violation of city ordinances regarding animals was raised from $25 to $30. “Vicious animal” violations will increase from $75 to $100 minimum.
APD’s Captain Waldrup to receive pay, but not back pay
The Alton Civil Service Commission ruled on April 8 that Scott Waldrup, under suspension in the midst of an ongoing internal affairs investigation involving the conduct of another officer who allegedly tampered with forensic evidence, would begin receiving pay, although he would not receive pay dating back to when the suspension occurred.
Waldrup’s attorney, Lee Barron, has previously said the suspension without pay creates a hardship for Waldrup’s family and should be reversed.
Annual cleanup for city next weekend
The city’s annual Spring Litter Cleanup is scheduled to take place beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25.
Volunteers can register, get free gloves and bags and get directions to the problem areas that morning. Go to 200 W. Third St. or the entrance to Hellrung Park at Seventh Street and Central Avenue. Groups also will be leaving from Neudecker Insurance at the corner of Main Street and College Avenue and from Joe K’s Restaurant, 2350 State St.
“Historically, several community service organizations and individuals have participated in this event, and we hope to have similar success this year as we continue our efforts to beautify Alton and improve the quality of life for our citizens,” Alderwoman Carolyn MacAfee, who also serves as chairwoman of the Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee, said.
For more information, call (618) 304-4315.
A “Tailgate Sale” also will be held in Alton from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Unwanted goods can be brought to the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater to sell. Advance registration is required for vendors at (618) 463-3580.