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Monday 10/20/2014
St. Louis Woman Dies in I-44 Crash
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:51 pm

A 69-year-old St. Louis woman was killed early Monday when she was involved in a one-vehicle accident on westbound Interstate 44 near the St. Clair rest area.

Posted in Saint clair on Monday, October 20, 2014 3:43 pm. Updated: 3:51 pm.

Attempted Abduction Near UMS Reported
Posted: October 20, 2014

A 13-year-old Union boy reported that he was chased on foot by a man during an attempted abduction Friday, police said.

Posted in Union on Monday, October 20, 2014 3:26 pm.

Sunday 10/19/2014
Mini Door-to-Door Drive for United Way Wednesday
Posted: October 19, 2014

A second mini door-to-door drive for the United Way will take place Wednesday, Oct. 22, in eight residential areas.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, October 19, 2014 3:00 pm.

Mental Health Focus of Trip To Columbine
Posted: October 19, 2014

Visiting Colorado’s Columbine High School, where 12 students and one teacher were murdered in 1999, allowed local law enforcement officers and school officials to gain ideas to improve school safety here.

Posted in Union on Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:00 am.

Saturday 10/18/2014
Council Will Vote on Camp Street Bridge Project Contract
Posted: October 18, 2014

The Washington City Council will vote Monday night on a contract to award the Camp Street bridge project.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:32 pm.

Council to Act On New Housing Development
Posted: October 18, 2014

A plan to develop eight new single-family homes on vacant property at Olive and Main streets has won preliminary approval.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:30 pm.

Possible Ownership of Old Bend Bridge Stirs Debate
Posted: October 18, 2014

Alderman Steve Myers gave mixed messages last week on whether or not he will try to persuade fellow Pacific aldermen to accept ownership of the old Bend Bridge.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 5:00 pm.

Attorneys Spar Over Possible Sunshine Law Violations
Posted: October 18, 2014

There are questions as to whether the Union R-XI School Board violated state open record law by voting to sanction a board member in closed session.

Posted in Union on Saturday, October 18, 2014 5:00 pm.

Discuss Modifications To City’s Water System
Posted: October 18, 2014

Aldermen postponed a request for a $30,000 change order for the water department supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that is currently being installed.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

Council Will Vote on Camp Street Bridge Project Contract
Posted: October 18, 2014

The Washington City Council will vote Monday night on a contract to award the Camp Street bridge project.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

Man Claims Mix-Up Over Grave Spaces Purchased From the City
Posted: October 18, 2014

A Pacific man claims the city recently sold him a grave space in Resurrection Hill Cemetery, but he has learned that someone is buried in the space.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

Contingency Funds Are Used for ImprovementsnFor City’s Portion of East Osage Project
Posted: October 18, 2014

Pacific borrowed $219,000 from its contingency fund to pay the city’s portion of the East Osage construction project.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:15 pm.

Two Pacific Policemen Recognized For Arrests Of Sullivan Robbery Suspects
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 8:17 am

A broken headlight helped Pacific police stop two suspects wanted for armed robbery.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:00 pm. Updated: 8:17 am.

Man Pinned Under Lawn Mower
Posted: October 18, 2014

An employee from Hillermann’s Nursery was injured in an accident Thursday morning while operating a lawn mower.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00 pm.

Board Members Lobby to Save Big Driver
Posted: October 18, 2014

Because of budget cuts, Washington will no longer operate the Big Driver golf range and Little Putter miniature golf course.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 2:00 pm.

De Soto Knocks Out Softball Lady Indians in Quarterfinals
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Pacific's run through the Class 3 softball playoffs has ended.

Posted in Sports, Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:55 pm. Updated: 2:18 pm.

Gerald Police Report Mountain Lion Sighting
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Police said they sighted a mountain lion in western Franklin County, but that isn’t enough for a confirmed sighting, according to conservation officials.

Posted in Union on Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:32 pm. Updated: 3:43 pm.

Lawyer Turned Bank Robber Gets 24 Years
Updated: October 19, 2014 - 9:14 am

A former Wentzville lawyer and businessman who robbed the Dutzow bank and shot a Missouri trooper has been sentenced to nearly 25 years in federal prison.

Posted in County on Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:00 pm. Updated: 9:14 am.

Parent, Teacher Conferences Scheduled for October 23n In Washington School District
Posted: October 18, 2014

The Washington School District fall parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:15 pm.

Suspect Arrested in Two-County Burglaries
Posted: October 18, 2014

One man has been charged in a two-county burglary ring as authorities seek to question other suspects.

Posted in Crime on Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:00 pm.

Investigate Burglaries in Two Counties, Suspect in Custody
Posted: October 18, 2014

One man has been charged in a two-county burglary ring as authorities seek to question other suspects.

Posted in Crime, County on Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00 am.

Blankenship Children Fundraiser
Posted: October 18, 2014

There is a fundraiser underway to benefit the children of a man killed in a motocross crash at the Washington Town and Country Fair.

Posted in Union on Saturday, October 18, 2014 8:00 am.

Attorneys Spar Over Possible Sunshine Law Violations
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:44 pm

There are questions as to whether the Union R-XI School Board violated state open record law by voting to sanction a board member in closed session.

Posted in Union on Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:32 am. Updated: 3:44 pm.

Sale of River’s Edge Could Jeopardize Its Tax Abatements
Posted: October 18, 2014

River’s Edge has recently changed ownership, and is working with the city to keep its eligibility for tax abatements as part of the Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ).

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, October 18, 2014 5:45 am.

Friday 10/17/2014
Week 9 Football — Union Edges Hermann, Wins FRC Title
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Union and Hermann's battle for the Four Rivers Conference title resembled a heavyweight fight.

Posted in Sports, Union on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:54 pm. Updated: 11:44 pm.

Week 9 Football — Westminster knocks off Borgia, 35-14
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 8:14 am

The season is not over.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:39 pm. Updated: 8:14 am.

Week 9 Football — Francis Howell North Rallies Past Blue Jays
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 12:02 am

SCANLAN STADIUM — For over a half, the Washington Blue Jays controlled play against the Francis Howell North Knights.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:30 pm. Updated: 12:02 am.

City to Hold Public Hearing Monday on Redevelopment Plan
Posted: October 17, 2014

The city of St. Clair will hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Posted in Saint clair on Friday, October 17, 2014 8:30 pm.

Former City Employee Lambastes Board, Mayor
Posted: October 17, 2014

A former city employee came before the board of aldermen Monday night questioning the city’s spending, including the need for an accounts payable clerk.

Posted in Saint clair on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:47 am.

Public Works Continues Line Extension Discussion
Posted: October 17, 2014

Washington’s Board of Public Works will continue exploring the possibility of extending water and sewer services south of the city limits.

Posted in Washington on Friday, October 17, 2014 7:00 am.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Iron Horse Rodeo Draws Big Crowd Despite Rain
Posted: October 16, 2014

Despite several days of rain, standing water on the Liberty Park fields and a cold snap, the second annual Iron Horse Rodeo drew crowds of spectators Oct. 10-11.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:00 pm.

Grant Could Help Direct Big Rigs
Posted: October 16, 2014

The city may get some help from MoDOT in redesigning signs and street directions that relate to tractor-trailer traffic on city streets.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Beef Industry Tour Includes Haue Farm
Posted: October 16, 2014

When the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) invited a group of chefs, dietitians and food bloggers on a two-day tour of the Missouri beef industry they started with a visit to Haue Valley Farm, Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Pacific Missourian Going to All Houses
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 12:16 pm

This issue marks the third edition of the newly branded Pacific Missourian.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:32 pm. Updated: 12:16 pm.

Resident Calls For Officials to Work Together
Posted: October 16, 2014

Another resident has weighed in on the call for city officials to end their discourse and work together.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00 pm.

Mayor Concerned About City Resources for Civic Events
Posted: October 16, 2014

A request for the city to provide portable toilets for the Oct. 31 Monsterfest event in Downtown Pacific led to a lengthy discussion about the use of city personnel to organize outdoor events put on by local organizations.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00 pm.

Pool Refilled in Attempt To Check for Potential Leak
Posted: October 16, 2014

Summer is long over, but the pool at the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex in Washington is once again full.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:00 pm.

City Plans to Conduct Survey of Streets
Posted: October 16, 2014

The city plans to spend $16,800 to survey all city streets for condition and maintenance needs.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:00 pm.

New Principal Enjoying Work at St. John’s School
Posted: October 16, 2014

A few months into his new job, Gary Menke is starting to get settled in.

Posted in County on Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:00 pm.

Costs May Rise for County Bend Road Bridge Project
Posted: October 16, 2014

There may be extra costs to replace the county-owned Bend Road bridge near Pacific due to three species of endangered mussels that live near the site.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:00 pm.

Columbine Visit Underscores Need For Response Plan
Posted: October 16, 2014

A group of 10 local officials recently visited Jefferson County, Colo., where the Columbine High School shooting massacre occurred to learn more about the need for collaboration between agencies to enhance school safety.

Posted in County on Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 pm.

Man Rescued After Lawn Mower Accident
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Washington fire, police and ambulance and crews pulled a man from a creek Thursday morning after a lawn mower accident.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:53 am. Updated: 1:48 pm.

Enhancements to Medians Are 'Not A Petunia Patch'
Posted: October 16, 2014

Despite praise from industry professionals, Hillermann Nursery & Florist, Washington, is still hearing criticism over the Highway 100 median beautification project.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 11:00 am.

Borgia Grad Directs Late Night Comedy Show
Posted: October 16, 2014

A passion born and nurtured at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School has turned into a dream come true for Washington native Alex Vietmeier, director of the “Late Night With Seth Meyers” show which airs on NBC.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:00 am.

Annexation Advances — Next Step Is Public Hearing
Posted: October 16, 2014

There were no objections Monday night to a request to annex the Jasper farm property south of Highway 100.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 9:30 am.

Plans Being Finalized For Pumpkin Palooza
Posted: October 16, 2014

Downtown Washington Inc. and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up again to present the third annual Pumpkin Palooza.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:54 am.

Is Volatile Oil Being Shipped Through Franklin County?
Posted: October 16, 2014

Local emergency management officials say they do not know if volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota is shipped through this area on the railroad.

Posted in Business, County, Washington, National, State on Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:00 am.

Man Charged in Theft of Truck From Deputy’s Home
Posted: October 16, 2014

A Beaufort area man has been charged with felonies for allegedly stealing a pickup from a deputies driveway and then fleeing on foot from police.

Posted in County, Union on Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:00 am.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Volunteers Are Backbone Of Deutsch Country Days — Annual Event This Weekend
Posted: October 15, 2014

Gearing up for the 33rd annual Deutsch Country Days is always a lot of hard work for Bob and Lois Hostkoetter, founders of the event.

Posted in County on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7:00 pm.

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