Belleville priest slept with boy who later became a priest

The Rev. Albert E. “Gene” Kreher, a retired priest in the Belleville, IL Catholic Diocese, says he regularly slept with but didn’t molest a 13-year-old youth decades ago who sought help and later became a priest. Kreher said Bishop Edward Braxton told him in 2010 to write a letter of apology but kept him as the overseer of the local Boy Scouts council.

Althoff beats West in battle of Belleville schools

The Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders of Belleville, Illinois, took on crosstown rival Belleville West Maroons at the Chick-fil-A high school boys basketball touranment at Belleville East High School. The defending IHSA Class 3A state champion Althoff Crusaders were led by Jordan Goodwin, who will continue playing next season for the Saint Louis University Billikens. Belleville West was led by sophomore EJ Liddell, who already is getting attention from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Two plus two should equal 911 in Swansea

Swansea, IL, in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO, is lamenting the mandate to combine 911 emergency call answering centers. Taxpayers stand to save through consolidation, so it is time for a choice in the village.

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Downtown St. Louis Women's March

Thousands gathered Saturday for the Women's March in downtown St. Louis.
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Downtown St. Louis Women's March 0:33

Downtown St. Louis Women's March

Chiro-Med Winter Luau 5K Run 0:53

Chiro-Med Winter Luau 5K Run

Homeless people to get help 1:33

Homeless people to get help

Belleville East force OT against Chaminade 1:55

Belleville East force OT against Chaminade