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Thursday 07/28/2016
Franklin County Voters to Elect New Sheriff
Posted: July 28, 2016

All three Republican candidates for Franklin County sheriff boast years of experience in law enforcement. 

Posted in County, Politics on Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:00 pm.

Transportation Funding Questioned - Is County Being Passed Over?
Posted: July 28, 2016

Public Works officials from several municipalities are questioning if Franklin County is being passed over for federal and state transportation funds.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 am.

Three Seek 119th District House Seat
Posted: July 28, 2016

Three men will vie for the State Representative District 119 seat in the Aug. 2 primary election.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 am.

Committee Seeks Support for Proposition KIDS
Posted: July 28, 2016

Proponents of education and the St. Clair R-XIII school district are hoping to pass a tax levy that will provide a better quality education to district students.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:56 am.

Works Beings on Overlay Project
Posted: July 28, 2016

Work is scheduled to begin on Third Street Thursday morning for the 2016 Overlay Project.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:49 am.

Wednesday 07/27/2016
Plan Board Gives Nod To Birch Creek Plat
Posted: July 27, 2016

The city zoning board has approved a preliminary plat in Birch Creek Estates that has been protested by many residents of the subdivision.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm.

PHS Grads to Compete In Solar Car Challenge
Posted: July 27, 2016

Adam Hinkebein and Will Applegate, both 2015 graduates of Pacific High School, are working as drivers and mechanical team members for the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm.

Museum Will Be Open Soon
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 8:43 am

The St. Clair Historical Museum is slated to open in the next couple of months at its new location.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:43 am.

Lonedell R-XIV Project Is Right On Schedule
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 8:46 am

The Lonedell R-XIV Elementary construction project is on schedule and going well, said Superintendent Jenny Ulrich.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:46 am.

School Board Will Name Interim Chief
Posted: July 27, 2016

The job of finding a new superintendent for the Meramec Valley R-III School District is focused on protecting continuity for students, parents and faculty, according to Tim Richardson, school board president.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:00 pm.

Kissinger, Copeland Vie for Assessor Seat
Posted: July 27, 2016

The incumbent Franklin County assessor will face a newcomer to the political arena in the Aug. 2 Republican primary.

Posted in County, Election on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:32 pm.

Toelke Not Endorsing Any Candidate for Sheriff
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 10:39 am

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke issued a statement Wednesday morning in the wake of an ad in The Missourian that incorrectly listed him among people endorsing one of the candidates for sheriff in next Tuesday’s primary election.

Posted in County, Politics on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:10 am. Updated: 10:39 am.

City Hosting Main Street Conference
Posted: July 27, 2016

Downtown Washington Inc. is serving as host to over 200 guests this week attending the 2016 Missouri Main Street Downtown Revitalization Conference.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:00 am.

Tuesday 07/26/2016
Road Closed
Posted: July 26, 2016

The Interstate 44 South Outer Road at Stanton will be closed on Thursday, July 28, for emergency culvert repairs. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No vehicles will be allowed through the closure location.  

Posted in County on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2:06 pm.

Monday 07/25/2016
Circus Camp Puts on Show
Posted: July 25, 2016

Circus techniques are a fun way to inspire young athletes to stretch, reach and exert energy, according to Laurie Borcherding, owner/operator of Show Me Acro gym, located at 2297 Rose Lane in Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Monday, July 25, 2016 2:18 pm.

Sunday 07/24/2016
New Head of City Street Department Starts August 1
Posted: July 24, 2016

Washington’s new head of the street superintendent will start work Monday, Aug. 1.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Sunday, July 24, 2016 3:00 pm.

Pacific Resident Asks Mayor to Step Down
Posted: July 24, 2016

Following weeks of turmoil over police department hiring and a mix-up in the city cemetery, a Pacific resident said it’s time for Mayor Jeff Palmore to resign.

Posted in Pacific on Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:00 pm.

Council Wants Few Digital Sign Limits
Posted: July 24, 2016

Washington City Council members clearly don’t want to set many restrictions on the use of electronic advertising signs.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:00 am.

Plan Board Approves Wedding Venue Permit
Posted: July 24, 2016

By Joe Barker

Posted in Local news, County on Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 am.

Saturday 07/23/2016
Board Adopts New Police Hiring Policy
Posted: July 23, 2016

In a 4 to 2 vote, Pacific aldermen approved a measure that authorizes the board of aldermen —  not the mayor — to approve police officers appointed by the police chief.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:00 pm.

Sheriff Thanks Citizens for Their Support
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 8:11 am

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke extended thanks this week to all the citizens who have expressed support for his department and other law enforcement agencies.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:11 am.

County Ambulance Districts Implement STARS Program
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 11:38 am

A multi-jurisdictional program has been implemented to provide information that could help save the lives of special needs children of Franklin County.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 11:38 am.

ECC Business, Industry Center Project on Track — Should Be Completed September 19
Posted: July 23, 2016

East Central College’s business and industry center is on track for substantial completion Sept. 19, according to Dr. Jon Bauer, college president.

Posted in County, Business on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:00 pm.

America in Bloom Judges ‘Impressed’ With City
Posted: July 23, 2016

Judges with the national America In Bloom program were impressed with the city, said Washington In Bloom Co-chairs Sally Bocklage and Dave Wehmeyer.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2016 5:00 pm.

Man Held On Stalking Charges
Posted: July 23, 2016

A Washington area man who has been called a “person of interest” in a suspicious fire earlier this week is being held in the Franklin County Jail on felony stalking charges.

Posted in Crime on Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 pm.

Union Safety Crusade Camp Will Be Held
Posted: July 23, 2016

A Union Safety Crusade camp will be held Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, to provide safety education for children.

Posted in County, Union on Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:32 pm.

County’s Attorney Blasts Plaintiffs in Suit Against County Counselor
Posted: July 23, 2016

Insults flew back and forth Thursday during a hearing in a citizen’s lawsuit against Franklin County Counselor Mark Vincent.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 1:00 pm.

Washington Battling Heat, Mosquitoes
Posted: July 23, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the city of Washington until Sunday at 8 p.m.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2016 12:00 pm.

ECC Student Wants to Carry Gun on Campus — College Policy Does Not Allow It
Posted: July 23, 2016

An East Central College student asked the board of trustees Thursday to consider allowing students to be armed.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:00 am.

Wal-Mart Will Begin Grocery Pickup Service In Washington
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 10:39 am

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest grocery retailer, next week will begin allowing customers, including those in Washington, to shop online for groceries and pick them up later at five of its St. Louis-area stores, the St. Louis Business Journal reported.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2016 9:00 am. Updated: 10:39 am.

Medicaid Changes Force Board to Adaptn Same Services Being Provided
Posted: July 23, 2016

Due to federal changes to Medicaid, the Board of Developmental Services for Franklin County (DSFC) is now forced to split into two separate entities in order to supply the same services to county residents.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 8:00 am.

Labadie Power Plant Continues to Evolven Adds More Automated Systems; Serves About 1.2 Million Customers
Posted: July 23, 2016

The three smokestacks of the Ameren Labadie power plant have been fixtures on the landscape of Franklin County for more than 40 years.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:00 am.

Superintendent For Streets Is Hired by City
Posted: July 23, 2016

The city’s new street superintendent is no stranger to Washington.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:00 am.

Friday 07/22/2016
United Way Sets $1.1 Million Goal
Posted: July 22, 2016

The Franklin County Area United Way Thursday announced a goal of $1.1 million for the 2016 campaign at its annual kickoff breakfast.

Posted in County on Friday, July 22, 2016 6:00 pm.

Farm to Table Event Sells Out - New Event for Downtown Group
Posted: July 22, 2016

Downtown Washington Inc.’s newest fundraiser, a Farm to Table dinner, to be held this fall has already sold out.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 22, 2016 1:00 pm.

ECC Library Featured On Magazine Cover
Posted: July 22, 2016

The East Central College library recently was featured on the cover of “Choice,” a journal for academic libraries.

Posted in County on Friday, July 22, 2016 1:00 pm.

Jefferson Street Bridge Open
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 11:38 am

The Jefferson Street bridge opened Friday, July 22.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 22, 2016 12:52 pm. Updated: 11:38 am.

Planning Underway for Heritage Festival, Art Fair
Posted: July 22, 2016

Organizers are planning a Pacific Heritage Festival and Art Fair to celebrate the combined community history of Route 66, the railroad, the Meramec River, Civil War, farming and mining.

Posted in Pacific on Friday, July 22, 2016 12:00 pm.

Washington Service Clubs Are Thriving Despite National Decline
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 2:27 pm

Service clubs around the nation are working to revamp their programs and increase dwindling membership. Some are shuttering altogether.

Posted in County on Friday, July 22, 2016 12:00 pm. Updated: 2:27 pm.

Buddies Not Bullies to Offer Two-Day Camp - Opportunities for Teen Mentors
Posted: July 22, 2016

Buddies Not Bullies will offer its YOU-Niquely Social day camp Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Washington United Methodist Church.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 22, 2016 10:15 am.

City Hopeful It Will Receive Trail Grant
Posted: July 22, 2016

It will still be several weeks before the city of Washington finds out if it received a grant to fund an extension of the Rotary Riverfront Trail.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 22, 2016 9:30 am.

Photographer Shoots Civil War Re-Enactment — Battle of Pilot Knob
Posted: July 22, 2016

A Catawissa photographer’s fascination with a large Civil War battle re-enactment that was a precursor to the Battle of Pacific led her to photograph the event in a series of black and white images.

Posted in Pacific on Friday, July 22, 2016 8:00 am.

Thursday 07/21/2016
Board Approves ATRO Addition, New Easement
Posted: July 21, 2016

St. Clair Board of Aldermen Monday night gave final approval to a site plan for a building addition at ATRO Engineered Systems.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:00 pm.

City Could Use CID Funds to Rehab Building
Posted: July 21, 2016

A municipal bond expert says Pacific could use community improvement district (CID) taxes to rehabilitate a former grocery store building if they blight the area and if all the participants agree that it would be for a public purpose.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 21, 2016 6:32 pm.

Committee to Plan Solar Eclipse Party In Washingtonn At City Fairgrounds
Posted: July 21, 2016

Washington will have a great view of next year’s total solar eclipse so a viewing party is being planned.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:00 pm.

Halmich Urges Support for NewFire District Tax — Agreement Expires At End of This Year
Posted: July 21, 2016

Approval of a 30-cent fire district tax levy in August is crucial to maintaining quality and equitable fire protection for the area around Washington.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:00 pm.

Seidel Offers Free Photo Shoots for Autistic Children
Posted: July 21, 2016

One local photographer is using her skills to help document the lives of families who otherwise might not take family photos.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:00 pm.

Jefferson Street Bridge to Open This Friday
Updated: July 22, 2016 - 8:40 am

Asphalt paving work was slated to begin Tuesday around the new Jefferson Street bridge over Busch Creek.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:00 pm. Updated: 8:40 am.

Civil War Sites Being Promoted in Missouri — Campaign Kicks Off in Pacific
Posted: July 21, 2016

When Greg Wolk put forth his idea to promote Civil War sites in Missouri at a 2009 meeting in St. Louis, he met Ron Sansone, a Civil War enthusiast who invited him to bring his idea to Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 21, 2016 1:00 pm.

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