Don’t miss these top stories Friday on BND.com:
▪ Reservations? Developers were supposed to reveal Thursday which two hotel franchises would be features in a restaurant, sports and convention center complex to be built near the Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in west Belleville.
But the announcement was suddenly postponed “for a couple of days” Thursday with developers insisting, despite the delay, that construction on the inns would start in 2016.
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▪ An East St. Louis minister who was pulled from his burning home Sunday has died.
Rev. Henry Nicholson, 82, who was the former pastor at True Light Missionary Baptist Church, passed away because of injuries suffered in the blaze.
The state fire marshal is investigating the fire and it could take up to six weeks to definitively determine how it started.
▪ A Shiloh woman who teaches biology at Southwestern Illinois College works on her anatomy when she isn’t working.
Jill McMillin, 39, is an accomplished professional bodybuilder.
In addition to two teaching jobs, going to school and other responsibilities, McMillin works out two hours a day -- and sleeps for only five.