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Do you have to buy a wedding gift off the couple’s registry?

It’s the age-old problem: what kind of gift should you buy for a wedding present? Something the bride and groom registered for on a gift registry, money or a more personal gift. Belleville News-Democrat columnist Dianne Isbell said buying something of the couple’s registry is not mandatory. Isbell lives in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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The guillotine is named after a man who hated capital punishment

The guillotine is name after Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who ironically opposed capital punishment. However, he did not invent the beheading instrument. The guillotine remained France’s official method of execution until September 1981. According to the History Channel, Adolf Hitler had 20 guillotines placed around Nazi Germany, resulting in approximately 16,500 killings from 1933 to 1945.

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Fischer’s Restaurant will be missed by many

Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville, IL closed on Feb. 15, 2017. It’s been a popular eatery in southern Illinois located near St. Louis, MO, for the last eight decades. Belleville News-Democrat columnist Terry Mackin recalls how eating their fried chicken was a special treat when he was a child.

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You can grab pizza and a beer at this historic Glen Carbon restaurant

Louise and Pat McDill have spent the past 13 years quietly reviving an institution, Old Towne Tavern in Glen Carbon, IL. The restaurant serves handmade pizzas and drinks, including a few macro and micro brewery beers on tap, from its southern Illinois location near St. Louis, MO. Pat and Louise also own an eatery in Collinsville — McDill’s Irish Pub.

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The following incidents were listed among the official reports of local law enforcement agencies and court clerks. Readers are reminded that an arrest or charge does not constitute a finding of guilt. Only a court of law can make that determination.

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KMOV’s Matt Chambers’ baby released from the hospital

After taking some time off to be with his family, Matt Chambers has returned to “Great Day St. Louis” on KMOV. His 3-month-old daughter had been hospitalized at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO, for six days. The Chambers family lives in Fairview Heights, IL, in southern Illinois. KSDK’s Anne Allred recently underwent kidney transplant surgery.

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When should you start planting seeds and pruning shrubs?

As the winter in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, has been relatively mild this season, area residents from Belleville, IL, and Fairview Heights, IL, are wondering if it’s time to plant seeds in the garden yet or prune shrubs. A Collinsville, IL resident is interested in growing rosemary plants. Belleville News-Democrat columnist Charlie Giedeman offers advice on how to grow them properly. He also explains why your grass may be spongy.

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SWIC photography instructor inspired by husband

Dawn Blum took 188 photos out her bedroom window in Collinsville, IL, one for every day that her husband, Rob, was deployed in Kuwait, and turned them into a piece of artwork, which is currently on display as part of an exhibit at the Schmidt Art Center located on the campus of Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. Dawn and Rob Blum live in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.
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SWIC photography instructor inspired by husband

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Check out Wayward Pub restaurant in Freeburg

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