Don’t miss these top stories Wednesday on bnd.com:
▪ St. Clair County is hoping to assume control of Front Street in East St. Louis.
The move is necessary, county leaders say, to spur economic development in the area. They said to qualify for state and federal economic development funding, the road must be under the county’s control.
▪ How about a stroll down Memory Lane on a snowy, cold February day?
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Roger Schlueter discusses the history of Augustine’s Restaurant, once one of Belleville’s most popular eateries, in his latest column.
▪ A Bosnian exchange student attending school in Collinsville is enjoying American life.
Irfan Durmić is visiting the metro-east as part of YES — Youth Exchange and Service — sponsored through the U.S. State Department.
“I absolutely love this place,” Irfan said. “The teachers are amazing. I have met so many nice teachers here... It makes your day nice to get to school and see so many positive people, so many beautiful girls and so many smart teachers.”