Amid alerts and worries, Thanksgiving still beckons

The State Department has issued a chilling worldwide travel alert, warning that the threat of terrorism looms large. Cable news and Twitter carry round-the-clock breaking news of attacks around the world. Police officers patrol major airports with bomb-sniffing dogs and carry intimidating weapons like shotguns and AR-15s.

Redefining cheap flights out of MidAmerica

On the heels of the new flights to Las Vegas, Allegiant Airlines announced that on Feb. 18 they will begin service to Fort Myers, Fla. That means you will soon be able to get to Vegas plus three Florida destinations from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

This week's circulars

Belleville Fire Captain Jason Unverzagt fills a safety barrier on Public Square for the Christkindlmarkt which begins Friday.