No easy road to championship for teams in Class 4A Belleville East Regional

The East St. Louis High School Flyers are the highest-seeded boys basketball team in the Class 4A Belleville East Regional, but the Belleville West High School Maroons, the Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders and other teams could have much to say about who wins the championship this week in Belleville, IL, in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

Sprinkle dirt with Collinsville water plant and see what grows

Collinsville, IL, in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, is building a new water plant. The new plant opens up potential for community growth. Its site on land across Collinsville Road solved a lawsuit with a recreation district and opens frontage property for commercial development.

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Sarah Cato talks about her grandfather who settled outside Belleville in 1818

Sarah Cato’s grandfather, Ruges Freeman, used to talk about her black ancestors coming to the Illinois Territory in 1818, but the St. Louis woman didn’t get the full story until recently. She was stunned to learn that her great-great-grandfather, Richmond Freeman, was not a slave trying to escape, but a free black man making the long journey from Virginia to St. Clair County on the back of a wagon with a group of pioneers.
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Sarah Cato talks about her grandfather who settled outside Belleville in 1818 3:03

Sarah Cato talks about her grandfather who settled outside Belleville in 1818

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Rolex ad: Celebrating Cinema

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7 stores and restaurants residents want in the metro-east

Balance Coffee & Tea owner talks about coffee and his new business 2:05

Balance Coffee & Tea owner talks about coffee and his new business