featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

Union High School senior Josie Arens, 18, was around 5 years old when she saw a homeless person face-to-face for the first time. Her family was driving in St. Louis at the time and, on the side of the road, there was someone who appeared to be homeless.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • Updated
  • ()

I’m a creature of habit. For years, I’ve eaten yogurt with fresh blueberries and walnuts for breakfast, which we buy in oversized packages. On Saturday, I couldn’t find the walnuts anywhere, not in the pantry or in the usual places where I put them.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

This time of year, Cheryl Barkhurst spends a lot of time at high schools across the St. Louis metro area. As the director of blood donor recruitment for Mercy, she brings blood drives to the students hoping not just to get them to donate that day, but as a regular habit from that point forward.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

With the Middle East consistently in the headlines, fiction as well as non-fiction serves to educate us. “The Girl in Green, a Novel,” by Derek B. Miller instructs but also entertains, largely because of its main characters, the proverbial odd couple, a staid English journalist with The New …

  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

Four Rivers Area Family YMCA is in the early stages of establishing a youth mentoring program, where area children in second- to seventh-grade will be paired with adult mentors from the community.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

Talk about a beautiful weekend! While the East was being inundated with snow, Washington and surrounding communities were basking in golf weather. My husband had been waiting for this — and he hit the course, while I headed for St. Louis, to go to the zoo.

featured

It was an elk hunting trip in November 2015 that made Tim Buchanan, Union, realize he needed to get serious about losing weight.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

At Montelle Winery just outside of Augusta, owner Tony Kooyumjian walked along the expansive wooden deck overlooking Highway 94 and the Missouri River bottomland, recalling how the property looked when he and his wife, Cindy, purchased it nearly 20 years ago.

featured

Takin, camels and, of course, the Saint Louis Zoo’s polar bear love the cold — they romp around snow-blanketed habitats and snack on snow and even enjoy chilly snowless days. These animals have certain adaptations — thick fur or layers of blubber — that help them handle harsh conditions.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

In a china dish that belonged to my English grandfather, I have a treasured letter he wrote to congratulate Mom on the birth of her first grandchild, Jennifer, our daughter, who now has children of her own. The letter is written on blue airmail stationery, the type Mom and Grandpa used back …

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

When you see Paula Nykiel, Washington, on TV Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, judging the sporting group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, she’ll be wearing black. She didn’t have to think twice about it.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

We closed out January by leaving my parents’ beachside Florida condo, the ever-present roar of the surf rushing to the shore. Three weeks on Hutchinson Island tied our record-length stay — and though we were ready to return to Missouri, and talked of how we’d relish being home, we knew we’d …

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

Looking closely at the 105-year-old white cotton wedding dress worn by Helene Catherine Laumeier when she married August Carl Becker Aug. 15, 1911, at the Femme Osage church parsonage, it’s hard to see any signs of its age — maybe a slight pull in the lace here or there that left a tiny hole.

Engaging in rumors and gossip, especially when it divulges private information about someone else, can be destructive. Gossip and rumors can be devastating to the person the rumors are about, the community and even to the person gossiping.

featured
  • By Mark Wanner, Saint Louis Zoo, Zoological Manager of Herpetology
  • ()

In 2015, 44 frogs, including Marsupial frogs, Sun’s glass frogs and Pinchincha Poison frogs, arrived in St. Louis to make the Saint Louis Zoo their home. They joined a collection in the Zoo’s Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium that includes 23 species of frogs and two species of toads.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

Word spreads fast around Pimienta de Cortes, Honduras, and the surrounding area whenever a team of volunteers with Primero Agua (Water First), the nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to the people of Honduras, arrives to drill new wells.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

Just as the “Icemaggedon” storm was hitting this area last week, 30-somethings Katie and Jeremy Jones were returning to Washington after three months on the island of Útila, Honduras. Their airplane landed just one hour before flights were grounded.

Local families and physicians are among those featured in a new documentary on the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease raging in America. The documentary will debut on the Nine Network this Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

Speakers like the one who came to the Washington Parkinson’s Support Group to talk about his experience with Deep Brain Stimulation are the reason why Carol Weber and others in the group feel so much hope right now for people who have been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disorder.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

The last day of their year-long quest to visit each of America’s 59 national parks ended last July in a more poetic way than Cole and Elizabeth (Sumner) Donelson could even have imagined. And not just because it was happening on their third wedding anniversary (July 27) in one of the most be…

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 7.5 million victims in one year. The theme — “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” — challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

How quickly the years pass; this spring our grandson Miles will be 15. His birth ushered in a big change in my life, the beginning of grandparenting — what a blessing. Five months after Miles debuted, another buddy was born — Newsbee, the now well-known mascot of Book Buzz, a program that ow…

featured
  • By Tom Uhlenbrock, Missouri State Parks
  • ()

PLEASANT HILL, Mo. – Katy Trail State Park just took a giant step toward achieving its longtime goal of stretching across Missouri’s midsection to join the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

Heritage tourism. That’s what it’s called when the cultural history of an area is promoted to attract visitors.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

Tim Frankenberg admits there were a number of reasons why he was opposed to his son, Braedyn, signing up with the Navy National Defense Cadet Corp Washington (NJROTC) program for his freshman year at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. But the biggest reason was he believed it to be str…

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

I’d like to say New Year’s Eve was stellar. It wasn’t. A tummy bug hit on Friday.

featured
  • By Barbara Gibbs Ostmann, Special to The Missourian
  • ()

New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but often hard to keep. How about a resolution that will be both easy and fun to keep? Make a pledge to yourself to spend more time outdoors in the coming year, and kick it off with a First Day Hike.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

A slight angle was enough to get people’s attention. A turn of just six degrees.

featured
  • By Steve Bircher, Saint Louis Zoo Curator of Mammals/Carnivores, Director of WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa
  • ()

While the world’s fastest land mammal may be racing toward extinction, the Saint Louis Zoo and its partners have been working diligently to slow and, ultimately, reverse this process.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

On Christmas Eve, after going to our granddaughter Avery’s 11th birthday party in St. Louis, I returned to our kitchen to get back to cooking. Spark hit the sack at 11 p.m. leaving me to happily make pies I hadn’t gotten to earlier in the day, chocolate, cherry and apple crumb, the grandkids…

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

It was all hustle and bustle inside the United Bank of Union branch on Main Street Wednesday afternoon as employees began sorting all of the wrapped presents that had been donated by people around the community for their neighbors in need.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

Moments after he’d fired the shot to bring down a 900-some pound moose on the second day of a hunting trip to Vermont last October, Ray Hoeft, a senior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, was in disbelief. Standing in the woods of Bloomfield, Vt., with a team from the nonprofit group…

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
  • ()

They offer lists verbally and in writing. Kids are all about telling you what they want for Christmas. Though we try repeatedly to teach children it’s better to give than receive, the reminder often falls on deaf, young ears. But not always.

featured

The Saint Louis Zoo’s bull elephant, Raja, will receive special presents to celebrate his 24th birthday Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. in River’s Edge at the Zoo, weather permitting. Visitors are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” and cheer for Raja.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
  • ()

Among the artifacts and items on display inside the Washington Historical Society Museum at Fourth and Market streets is a uniform worn by a member of the Washington Cornet Band, along with a photo of the band and even one of the batons used by the band conductor.

featured
  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
  • ()

There’s an old story that many people in Labadie know or have heard about Sylvester Labaddie Jr. fighting a bear in Labaddie Cave sometime in the early 1800s. There’s even a Bryan Haynes mural depicting the imagined scene over the bar at the popular downtown Labadie restaurant, The Hawthorne Inn.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider, Book Editor
  • ()

Snow globes and good books provide scenes to awaken our imaginations, replacing daily life with fantastical realms that delight.

George Hearst was born Sept. 3, 1820. His parents were William G. Hearst and Elizabeth, nee Collins. They lived on the land purchased by William’s father in Section 20, Township 41, Range 1 East. The property was located along the Meramec River about 5.5 miles south and west of St. Clair.

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!