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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Deadline Is Friday to Submit Entries for Chamber Awards
Posted: August 27, 2014

The Washington Area Chamber of Commerce will announce its second class of Outstanding Young Professionals next month.

Posted in Business, Washington on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:30 am.

Special Ride for Special Boy
Posted: August 27, 2014

J.J. Grevenberg was part of a special convoy on Saturday morning that traveled from his hometown of St. Clair to Union.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:00 am.

Lonedell’s Tax Levy Stays Put
Posted: August 27, 2014

The Lonedell R-XIV Board of Education on Monday took little time in adopting Superintendent Jen Ulrich’s recommendation in passing the district’s tax levy for the 2014-15 budgetary cycle.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 7:00 am.

Sullivan Reports No Klan Activity
Posted: August 27, 2014

All was quiet in and around Sullivan over the weekend as far as any Ku Klux Klan activity is concerned.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:00 am.

Subdivision Gets Final Plat Approval
Posted: August 27, 2014

Despite having some reservations, both the city’s planning and zoning board and the board of aldermen approved the final plat for Phase I of the Casablanca subdivision during recent meetings this month.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:00 am.

Monday 08/25/2014
Deputy Suspended; Accused of Giving Inmates Pizza Sprayed With Pepper Mace
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 3:43 pm

A Franklin County jailer has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing regarding his actions involving several jail inmates, Sheriff Gary Toelke said.

Posted in County on Monday, August 25, 2014 11:42 am. Updated: 3:43 pm.

Sunday 08/24/2014
Superintendent: First Day Of School Ran Smoothly
Posted: August 24, 2014

Opening day in the Washington School District ran very smoothly, according to Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:00 pm.

Borgia High ACT Scores Well Above State Average
Posted: August 24, 2014

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s average composite was 24.3, which is well above the state average of 21.8.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, August 24, 2014 9:00 am.

Saturday 08/23/2014
County Seeks Bids to Raze Building
Posted: August 23, 2014

Plans to demolish a building just south of the Franklin County Government Center to make more parking for county employees moved ahead this week.

Posted in County on Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

Board Seeks New Executive Director
Posted: August 23, 2014

The Developmental Services of Franklin County board approved a plan to search for and hire a new executive director to replace Dr. Ron Kruse who will retire in 2015.

Posted in County on Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

Warning About Scam Phone Calls
Posted: August 23, 2014

Attorney General Chris Koster alerted Missouri consumers of recent reports of scam telephone calls appearing from the 202 area code.

Posted in Business, County on Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

City May Buy Trucks
Posted: August 23, 2014

The Washington Street Department is in the market for some new trucks.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

Study: Public Defenders Lack Time to Adequately Represent Their Clients
Posted: August 23, 2014

A new study suggests that Missouri public defenders are not spending enough time representing clients due to heavy caseloads.

Posted in County on Saturday, August 23, 2014 4:00 pm.

Pretrial Release Program Could Cut County Jail Housing Expenses
Posted: August 23, 2014

A pretrial release program could save the county money by letting defendants out of jail while they are awaiting trial, Franklin County officials say.

Posted in County on Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:10 pm.

Wildcats Foodpack Program Expanding
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

The Wildcat Weekend Foodpack Program in the Union School District is almost doubling in size this year, with a goal of providing meals to 125 children in need.

Posted in Union on Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:15 am. Updated: 8:00 am.

St. Clair, Parkway, Fire, Ambulance Have Tax Hearings Next Week
Posted: August 23, 2014

St. Clair’s board of aldermen have scheduled rare back-to-back Tuesday meetings the next two weeks to take care of business.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:00 am.

Sullivan Opts to Stay on Alert
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 9:03 am

Despite an online report that states this weekend’s Ku Klux Klan fundraiser in the Sullivan area is nothing but a “scam,” city officials there continue to “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, August 23, 2014 6:00 am. Updated: 9:03 am.

Week 1 Football — Anderson Wins in Debut
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 12:20 am

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Posted in Sports, Pacific, Union, Washington on Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:15 am. Updated: 12:20 am.

Friday 08/22/2014
Week 1 Football — Borgia 48, Owensville 12
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 2:48 pm

The first possession didn't go too well for the Borgia Knights.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, August 22, 2014 11:11 pm. Updated: 2:48 pm.

Week 1 Football — Washington 26, St. Clair 21
Updated: August 23, 2014 - 12:31 am

Taking advantage of a safety near the end of the first half, the Washington Blue Jays held off the St. Clair Bulldogs at Rauch Field, 26-21.

Posted in Sports, Washington, Saint clair on Friday, August 22, 2014 10:56 pm. Updated: 12:31 am.

Commission Grants CUP For Auto Repair Shop
Posted: August 22, 2014

The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously granted a conditional use permit for an auto repair business near Union.

Posted in County on Friday, August 22, 2014 6:30 pm.

Former Wright City School Superintendent Charged With Murder
Posted: August 22, 2014

A former Wright City R-II superintendent is accused of murdering a couple in Springfield, according to authorities.

Posted in County, Crime on Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 am.

Thursday 08/21/2014
Pacific Chamber to Hold Meetings Off-Site
Posted: August 21, 2014

Beginning in January 2015, local businesses will have an opportunity to learn more about products and services that are produced by fellow Chamber members.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:30 pm.

Fair First-Aid Station Treated Fewest Number In Past 25 Years
Posted: August 21, 2014

This year’s mild temperatures kept the number of heat-related complaints down during the Washington Fair, according to Chief Terry Buddemeyer of the Washington Area Ambulance District.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:32 pm.

Chamber Recognizes Continental Products
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce is focusing its spotlight on Continental Products at 6 Midwest Drive.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:32 pm.

Young Athlete Mixes Movie Inspiration With High Energy
Posted: August 21, 2014

As kids are heading back to school, one young local athlete is heading to the batting cages.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:32 pm.

City Officials Working On Road Repair Plan
Posted: August 21, 2014

Officials are looking at best strategies for repairing deteriorating streets in the city, following complaints by citizens and reminders from aldermen that some damaged roads have been ignored for too long.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:30 pm.

St. Patrick’s Homecoming Picnic Draws Large Crowd
Posted: August 21, 2014

Bathed in a misty drizzle for most of the afternoon, scores of people from across the country joined hundreds of area residents Aug. 17 for the 42nd annual St. Patrick of Armagh modern homecoming picnic in Catawissa.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:32 pm.

Route 66 Group To Host Motor Tour
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Route 66 Association of Missouri will host its 25th annual Motor Tour Sept. 5, 6 and 7.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:30 pm.

Pacific Man Charged With Stealing, Property Damage
Posted: August 21, 2014

A Pacific man has been charged with multiple counts of stealing and property damage after several cars were broken into at an apartment complex earlier this year.

Posted in Crime, Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:32 pm.

Fabric Designer to Open Art, Sewing Studio Here
Posted: August 21, 2014

A High Ridge-based artist and fabric designer for the craft, gift and home markets is opening an artist’s cottage studio in Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:32 pm.

Man Charged With Theft Of Drugs From Hospital
Posted: August 21, 2014

A Washington man on probation for felony theft of a controlled substance and fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance is facing new charges.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:00 pm.

Controversy Over Check Signing Unresolved by Franklin County Officials
Posted: August 21, 2014

There are still unresolved issues at the Franklin County Government Center over the process used to electronically apply signatures to checks.

Posted in County on Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:00 pm.

Area Farmers Donate Open Class Market Hogs
Posted: August 21, 2014

Ten market hogs shown in the 2014 open class competition at the Washington Fair were donated to various charities in the area.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, August 21, 2014 4:00 pm.

County Hires Firm to Provide Inmate Health Services
Updated: August 22, 2014 - 6:31 am

Franklin County is changing the way it delivers inmate health services.

Posted in County on Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:00 pm. Updated: 6:31 am.

Washington to Seek Camp Bridge Bids
Posted: August 21, 2014

The city plans to seek bids in September to construct a new Camp Street bridge over Busch Creek.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:15 pm.

City of Washington Okays New Task Force Plan
Posted: August 21, 2014

Washington City Council members have approved joining with other cities and counties in reforming the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:00 am.

Superintendent Welcomes Staff, Offers Advice
Posted: August 21, 2014

Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer emphasized the importance of building relationships and being advocates for students during opening ceremonies for staff, held this past Friday at the high school.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 am.

United Way to Host Second Agency Tour September 11
Posted: August 21, 2014

The Franklin County Area United Way will host a second agency tour Thursday, Sept. 11.

Posted in County on Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:00 am.

Franklin County May Net More Money With Online Auction Service
Posted: August 21, 2014

Franklin County may recoup more money by using an online auction service to get rid of outdated equipment and other property.

Posted in Business, County on Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:00 am.

Wednesday 08/20/2014
Two Men Charged With Pacific Church Break-Ins
Posted: August 20, 2014

Two Franklin County men were charged with burglary following two church break-ins in Pacific last year.

Posted in Crime, Pacific on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:00 pm.

Eureka Emergency Agencies Offer CERT Training Program
Posted: August 20, 2014

The Eureka EMA, Eureka Fire District and Eureka Police Department will present a CERT training program that teaches basic community emergency response in September and October.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:32 pm.

UPDATE: County SWAT Team Called to Ferguson
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 7:59 am

UPDATE:

Posted in County, Crime on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:20 am. Updated: 7:59 am.

St. Clair’s ACT Scores Up Sharply
Posted: August 20, 2014

St. Clair High School students who took the ACT college-entry exam posted the highest average score in several years in 2014 and tallied the same composite as the state average.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 7:00 am.

Lonedell to Watch Tax Rate
Posted: August 20, 2014

Superintendent Jen Ulrich believes the Lonedell R-XIV School District should be able to keep its tax rate the same this year, but she also is keeping her options open just in case.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:00 am.

Sullivan Aware That KKK May Visit Vicinity
Posted: August 20, 2014

Sullivan officials don’t know for sure whether members of a Ku Klux Klan organization will be conducting a fundraiser in or around their city this weekend, but they have been working with law enforcement just in case.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 5:00 am.

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Three Charged in Series Of Burglaries, Thefts
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

Two men and a woman are facing felony charges in connection with a series of recent burglaries in Franklin County, authorities said.

Posted in Crime on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:51 pm. Updated: 8:00 am.

Monday 08/18/2014
Pipe Work in St. Clair
Posted: August 18, 2014

Pasadena Avenue, especially the north end near the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks and crossing, has undergone plenty of construction in recent weeks as city and other crews have laid new 12-inch water lines underneath the street to supply better water flow to the Clairtown and Meadow Oaks areas of the city. Here, city employees Art Orrell, left, and Chris Campbell work on fastening a corner joint of the new line on Wednesday.

Posted in Saint clair on Monday, August 18, 2014 3:56 pm.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Two Charged for Meth
Posted: August 16, 2014

A man and woman who were stopped by a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper early Saturday, Aug. 9, are facing felony drug charges.

Posted in Court dockets, Crime on Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:00 pm.