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Friday 12/26/2014
Classic Car Thief Is Charged in More Thefts
Posted: December 26, 2014

A county man, charged in the theft of a classic 1956 Chevrolet in October from Washington, now faces more felonies from a crime spree spanning three months.

Posted in Crime on Friday, December 26, 2014 5:00 pm.

Photojournalism Hall of Fame Closed; Moving to Columbia
Posted: December 26, 2014

The Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame in Washington has closed after 10 years.

Posted in Washington on Friday, December 26, 2014 5:00 am.

Thursday 12/25/2014
Citizens Suing County May Be Barred From Comments at Meetings
Posted: December 25, 2014

Citizens who are suing the county may be barred from making public comments at future county commission meetings.

Posted in County on Thursday, December 25, 2014 7:00 pm.

Alderman Urges Mayor, Attorney to Reveal Plans
Posted: December 25, 2014

Alderman Mike Pigg said the mayor and city attorney should be more open and honest with aldermen, providing the information they need for the good of the city.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 25, 2014 5:30 pm.

J&W Cycles Named A ‘Top 100’ Dealer For 23rd Consecutive Year
Posted: December 25, 2014

J&W Cycles, Washington, is a winner of the 23rd annual Top 100 Dealer Awards, the motorcycle and powersports industry’s largest, longest running and most prestigious retail competition.

Posted in Business, Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 5:32 pm.

School Board Filing To Resume January 5 District Closed for Winter Break
Posted: December 25, 2014

Filing for the Washington School Board election in April is on hold temporarily because district offices are closed for winter break.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 5:32 pm.

UMS Craft Fair Is ‘Best On Record’
Posted: December 25, 2014

The 30th annual craft fair held at Union Middle School was the “best on record,” according to Susan Richardson, event chair.

Posted in Union on Thursday, December 25, 2014 5:32 pm.

CVS Plans to Build New Pharmacy, Store Scheduled to Open in July
Updated: December 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

CVS Pharmacy plans to build a new pharmacy and retail store at 2120 W. Osage.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 25, 2014 5:32 pm. Updated: 10:47 am.

Thornton Road Closure Angers Some Aldermen — Contract Calls for One Lane Open
Updated: December 26, 2014 - 1:43 pm

Aldermen were angry that Thornton Road was closed temporarily while the contractor moved a 57-foot box culvert into place.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 25, 2014 5:32 pm. Updated: 1:43 pm.

Stratman Files to Run Against Road District Incumbent
Posted: December 25, 2014

A man who was recently critical of the Washington Special Road District has filed for a seat on the board.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 3:00 pm.

SFBRHS Implements New eLearning Days — Teachers Can Now Post Lessons Online on Snow Days
Posted: December 25, 2014

Snow days at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School this winter will no longer be a goof-off day for students.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 2:00 pm.

Washington School District to Pilot New Data Management System
Posted: December 25, 2014

The Washington School District plans to pilot a new data management tool, Forecast5 Analytics, in the coming year.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 1:00 pm.

CVS Pharmacy Now Open for Business
Posted: December 25, 2014

Renovation crews transformed the former Pharmax Pharmacy at 305 Hoven Drive into CVS Pharmacy over the Dec. 20-21 weekend.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 25, 2014 10:00 am.

LEO Says DNR ‘Must’ Deny Permit — Based on New Federal Rules
Posted: December 25, 2014

Attorneys for a local environmental group say a proposed coal ash landfill planned for Labadie does not comply with “key provisions” of new federal regulations released by the EPA last week.

Posted in County on Thursday, December 25, 2014 9:00 am.

America in Bloom Announces New Level of Awards Program
Posted: December 25, 2014

America in Bloom recently announced the creation of a new level of competition in its nationwide awards program. 

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 8:56 am.

Panhorst Nears 16 Years As Mayor of New Haven
Posted: December 25, 2014

In his youth, George Panhorst explored every block of New Haven, and played baseball in the streets or on any vacant lot he and his buddies could find.

Posted in New haven on Thursday, December 25, 2014 8:45 am.

City Considering Beet Juice to Pretreat Roads
Posted: December 25, 2014

Beet juice could soon help Washington clear its streets during snowy weather.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 25, 2014 8:00 am.

The Christmas Message
Posted: December 25, 2014

The angel Gabriel, left, played by Keegan Buckthorpe, tells shepherds Luke Collins, Cohen Burton and Garrett Brown about the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, during the St. Clare Catholic School Christmas program earlier this month. The shepherds then went to the manger to visit the babe as well as Mary, played by Ashley W.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, December 25, 2014 6:00 am.

Wednesday 12/24/2014
Sheriff Toelke Thanks Citizens for Support
Posted: December 24, 2014

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke, who announced he is retiring after his current term, said he appreciates how Franklin County citizens have supported his department and deputies over the years.

Posted in County on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 6:00 pm.

Pacific Partnership Closes Out Busy Year
Posted: December 24, 2014

The Pacific Partnership closed out its busiest year in its 14-year history, flush from the success of new projects and the introduction of new leaders.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Ambulance, Fire District Hold Joint Toy Drive
Posted: December 24, 2014

Meramec Ambulance District and Boles Fire Protection District hosted their annual First Responder Toy Drive Dec. 6.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Candidates File for City, School Board Election
Posted: December 24, 2014

Filing for the 2015 municipal election kicked off Dec. 16 as candidates filed for open seats on the Pacific Board of Aldermen and Meramec Valley School Board.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Senior Center to Benefit From Pianos for a Purpose
Posted: December 24, 2014

The Tri-County Senior Center will benefit from the Chamber of Commerce’s first fundraising event of 2015.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Park Board Endorses Contract
Posted: December 24, 2014

The Washington Park Board agreed to back a plan to continue a mowing contract with Scheer Lawn & Landscape.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Teen Nominated for Scholarships
Posted: December 24, 2014

The Washington School Board Wednesday night voted to recommend senior Jamielee Buenemann as the district’s MSBA Belcher Scholarship applicant.

Posted in County on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Board Approves Playground Equipment Installation Work
Posted: December 24, 2014

Three new pieces of playground equipment will be installed at Washington West Elementary.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Group Takes Concerns To R-XI Board
Posted: December 24, 2014

A group of parents and educators is suggesting the development of several teams to address accountability and other concerns within the district.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 5:32 pm.

Man Dies Following Collision — First Fatal Wreck of Year
Posted: December 24, 2014

A Franklin County man died Sunday night from injuries he suffered that morning in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Highway 100 near the east city limits.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 4:00 pm.

A Santa Special
Posted: December 24, 2014

Halley Widel, left, and Marissa Martin, members of the St. Clair High School Concert Chorale, happily give Santa Claus a kiss on the cheek after giving him their Christmas lists when the jolly, old elf visited St. Clair and Main Street Park.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 3:00 pm.

Police Respond to Shots Fired in Home
Updated: December 26, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Washington police and Franklin County deputies responded Wednesday afternoon to a home in the 800 block of Roberts Street to a report of shots fired in a home.

Posted in Crime, Washington on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:44 pm. Updated: 12:39 pm.

Agape House Continues to Be a Gift
Posted: December 24, 2014

During this holiday season, the Agape House in St. Clair is celebrating its 30th year of assisting local individuals and families, and statistics showing the impact of the ministry are nothing short of staggering.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 11:00 am.

Six Funds Add Up to Create St. Clair's Budget
Posted: December 24, 2014

Editor’s note: Second of a two-part series centering on the 2015 St. Clair budget.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 9:30 am.

New Haven District Gets $33,000 Surprise
Posted: December 24, 2014

In these times of tight budgets for many public school districts, New Haven Superintendent Kyle Kruse had some good news for his board of education last Wednesday night.

Posted in New haven on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 8:47 am.

Proposed Business Gets Packaged Liquor License 
Posted: December 24, 2014

Rural St. Clair residents Billy and Cindy Brown are one step closer to getting their proposed new convenience store up and running after the city approved a liquor license for the business.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 8:00 am.

It's Almost Time
Posted: December 24, 2014

Prancer was one of two of Santa Claus’ reindeer that greeted adults and children outside the business during the Farmers & Merchants Bank open house on Friday afternoon. The deer is preparing for Wednesday night’s annual journey around the world as he and the other seven reindeer will pull Santa’s sleigh. According to the National Weather Service, tonight’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a low of about 30 degrees. On Thursday, Christmas Day, skies are supposed to clear as the high reaches the upper 40s.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 7:30 am.

Sunday 12/21/2014
A 'Rein-Dog' Christmas
Posted: December 21, 2014

Ally, a 4-year-old Shar-Pei, gives a picture-perfect pose as she is all decked out for Christmas. The dog, owned by Billy and Cindy Brown, recently had puppies, which became presents for other families for the holidays.

Posted in Saint clair on Sunday, December 21, 2014 12:00 pm.

Man Dies From Injuries Suffered in Crash With Tractor-Trailer
Updated: December 23, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Washington police said a Franklin County man died Sunday night from injuries he suffered that morning in a crash with a tractor-trailer on Highway 100 at Southpoint Road.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, December 21, 2014 11:45 am. Updated: 4:44 pm.

Franklin County Insurance to Rise Almost 10 Percent
Posted: December 21, 2014

Franklin County will see a 9.75 percent increase in its health insurance costs next year, according to officials.

Posted in County on Sunday, December 21, 2014 8:00 am.

Saturday 12/20/2014
Parks Department Eyeing New Mower, Enclosed Trailer
Posted: December 20, 2014

The Washington Park Board gave the go-ahead to move forward with plans to buy a new mower and trailer for the parks department.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, December 20, 2014 8:00 pm.

Train Gang
Posted: December 20, 2014

It’s been train week at St. Clair Elementary School as students received the opportunity to watch scale-operated engines and cars travel around tracks in the lobby area near the cafeteria. Here, Khloe Eakins, Casey Krolak, Ava Roellig and Amelia May, from left, react as they watch some trains pass in front of them.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:00 pm.

Parents File Civil Lawsuit In Son’s Death
Posted: December 20, 2014

The family of a St. Clair teen who was killed when he was struck by a speeding car on Highway 30 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver of the car and three other men who allegedly were involved in the crash.

Posted in County, Saint clair on Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:15 pm.

School Board OKs Mutual Aid Agreement for County Safety Director
Posted: December 20, 2014

The Washington School Board Wednesday night unanimously signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for school crisis participation and response mutual aid with Franklin County.

Posted in County, Washington on Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:00 pm.

East Central to Administer Adult Education Classes
Posted: December 20, 2014

Adult education classes that have been offered by the South Central Missouri Literacy Council will be administered by East Central College beginning in January 2015.

Posted in County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

Two ‘Innovative’ Teen Counseling Programs Planned
Posted: December 20, 2014

Two new programs are being established in Franklin County to help teens get counseling for alcohol and drug abuse as well as other issues in their lives.

Posted in County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

WHS Athletic Association Will Host Alumni Night
Posted: December 20, 2014

The Washington High School Athletic Association will host its first alumni night at a home basketball game this season.

Posted in Washington, Sports on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

Ameren Missouri Installs New Clean Air Equipment
Posted: December 20, 2014

New clean air equipment has been installed at the Labadie Energy Center in Franklin County, demonstrating Ameren Missouri’s commitment to improving air quality and being a good steward of the environment.

Posted in Business, County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

District Receives Clean Audit Report
Posted: December 20, 2014

The Washington School District received an “unmodified rating” or clean rating on its annual audit.

Posted in Washington, School on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

New Technology Will Assist Sheriff’s Office Investigations
Posted: December 20, 2014

Identifying suspects and deceased people may be easier now that the county commission approved the purchase this week of a field fingerprint reader for the sheriff’s office.

Posted in County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

ECC Earns Accreditation For Its Music Programs
Posted: December 20, 2014

East Central College recently earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Posted in County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 5:32 pm.

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