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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.

County Ambulance Districts Implement STARS Program
Posted: July 23, 2016

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.

Sheriff Thanks Citizens for Their Support
Posted: July 23, 2016

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.

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.

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
Posted: July 22, 2016

The Jefferson Street bridge opened Friday, July 22.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 22, 2016 12:52 pm.

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.

History Groups Talk Merger and Programs — Need to Secure Permanent Site
Posted: July 21, 2016

Members of two local history groups that joined recently met to discuss the merger and the group’s status as a city of Pacific committee.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:00 am.

School District Grants City Rights of Way to Widen Bardot Street
Posted: July 21, 2016

The St. Clair R-XIII School Board unanimously approved an agreement with the city of St. Clair that will allow the city to make improvements to Bardot Street.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:00 am.

Candidates for Sheriff Have Spent $105,000
Posted: July 21, 2016

Political campaign signs are popping up like weeds all over Franklin County.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 21, 2016 11:00 am.

Fire District Proposing $2.1 Million Bond Issue
Posted: July 21, 2016

The St. Clair Fire Protection District is hoping to pass a $2.1 million, 15-year bond issue that would help the district improve its service to its patrons.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:15 am.

Wednesday 07/20/2016
City Police Officers to Pair Up on All Calls — Due to Recent Ambush
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 11:49 am

St. Clair Mayor Ron Blum asked that the public be patient in terms of nonemergency response times as police officers will now respond to incidents as a pair whenever possible.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 8:00 pm. Updated: 11:49 am.

Huxel Plat Is Approved By Council
Posted: July 20, 2016

The Washington City Council had no objections to a preliminary plat request for property at Huxel Drive and Highway 100.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 pm.

Masonic Lodge Donates To Backpack Program
Posted: July 20, 2016

Representatives from the Easter Masonic Lodge 575 (St. Clair Lodge) came to Lonedell Elementary School Thursday, July 14, to make a donation to the school’s backpack program.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 pm.

Fewer Farm Products Vendors at Our Farmers’ Market
Posted: July 20, 2016

To The Editor:

The Farmers’ Market has been a great asset for the city of Washington. It started in a parking lot on Front Street 22 years ago, then moved to the old city park parking lot and now it has a permanent home on Main Street.

Posted in Washington, Letters to the editor on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 pm.

We, the People, Have To Take a Stand . . .
Posted: July 20, 2016

To The Editor:

I cry, I pray for this country of mine which I have lived in for better than 78 years. I have a hard time recognizing it as it has changed so much during that time.

Posted in Washington, Letters to the editor on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 pm.

Aldermen Approve City Lake Repair Bid
Posted: July 20, 2016

City officials Monday approved a bid to make repairs at the Union City Lake to fix a leak in the dam.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 pm.

Three Identity Theft Suspects Indicted — Washington, Franklin County Detectives Broke Case
Posted: July 20, 2016

Local and federal authorities are working to locate possible additional victims of a major identity theft ring that operated for more than a year.

Posted in Crime, County on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:32 pm.

Two Hearts, One Band — Former St. Clair Teaching Duo Inducted Into Bandmasters Hall of Fame
Posted: July 20, 2016

Paul and Elaine Swofford have done everything together since they met in college.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 5:00 pm.

Blight Request Under Review
Posted: July 20, 2016

A request to blight a West Osage property in order to allow the use of commercial improvement district (CID) taxes to improve the building led aldermen to a wider view of blight.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:00 pm.

Man Faces Charges for Shooting at Motorists
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 11:49 am

A Robertsville man has been charged with felonies for allegedly firing a sawed-off shotgun toward motorcyclists from a moving vehicle in St. Clair.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:00 pm. Updated: 11:49 am.

Fundraising Dinner for Disabled Vet Memorial
Posted: July 20, 2016

Seats are available for a dinner and auction to raise funds for the Disabled Veterans Memorial in Union.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 1:32 pm.

Burglary Reported at Dairy Delight
Updated: July 20, 2016 - 12:41 pm

Washington police responded Wednesday morning to investigate an overnight burglary at the Dairy Delight restaurant at Jefferson and Eighth streets. The burglary was reported shortly before 7:30 a.m. According to an initial report, someone broke out a circular window on the west side to gain entry to the building. Read the Weekend Missourian for more details.

Posted in Crime, Washington on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:40 pm. Updated: 12:41 pm.

Brinker’s Involvement With County Contracts Is Questioned by Baker - Ethics Board Notified, No Action
Updated: July 21, 2016 - 8:02 am

In another attack by challenger Tim Baker, Franklin County First District Commissioner Tim Brinker is being accused of conflict of interest regarding purchases made by Franklin County from a company he was associated with in 2013-14.

Posted in County on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:00 am. Updated: 8:02 am.

Tuesday 07/19/2016
County Residents Charged in Identity Theft Conspiracy
Posted: July 19, 2016

Three Franklin County residents accused in an identity theft conspiracy are facing federal charges in the case, authorities said.

Posted in County, Crime on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:40 am.

Monday 07/18/2016
Huxel Drive Plat on Agenda
Posted: July 18, 2016

A preliminary plat to divide a 4-acre lot into two 2-acre lots is on the agenda for the next Washington City Council meeting.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Monday, July 18, 2016 7:00 am.

Menard Inc. Taking Online Applications For New Sullivan Campus
Updated: July 18, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Menard Inc. is now accepting online job applications for the new manufacturing and distribution center in Sullivan.

Posted in County on Monday, July 18, 2016 5:00 am. Updated: 12:54 pm.

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