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Walk For Character

The Third Annual "Walk for Character" was held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. The walk began at Belleville City Hall in downtown.

This yearly event was created by the BASIC (Belleville Achieves Strength In Character) Initiative to raise awareness and help build character in the Belleville community while also commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. The 2010 walk was sponsored by the City of Belleville, St.

Elizabeth's Hospital, the YMCA of Southwest Illinois, and Belleville AmeriCorps.

Belleville organizations, businesses and the general public are encouraged to participate each year by gathering at the procession's start line at Belleville City Hall, and walk the route through the heart of the city.

About Wally

Wally Spiers was born January of 1952, in Wellsville, Mo., in the worst blizzard of the season. His mother was unable to get to the hospital, and he was born in a local doctor's office. He attempted to come out sideways, and has been similarly confused since. He came to the News-Democrat in 1987, and started his column in 1990.

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