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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 Seriously Injured in Sunday Accident
Updated: December 21, 2014 - 12:55 pm

 A man was seriously injured when his car collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of East Fifth Street and Highway 100 Sunday morning.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, December 21, 2014 11:45 am. Updated: 12:55 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.

Statewide Texting and Driving Ban Needed, Griesheimer Says
Posted: December 20, 2014

A statewide texting-while-driving ban is needed, Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer said this week.

Posted in County, Pacific, Saint clair, Union, State on Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:00 pm.

Sheriff’s Office Joining in Holiday DWI Crackdown
Posted: December 20, 2014

From now through New Year’s Day, Franklin County deputies will wage a crackdown on holiday drunk driving offenders. 

Posted in County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:50 pm.

Plan Board Approves CUP For Dredging Operation
Posted: December 20, 2014

By unanimous vote, the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission awarded a conditional use permit to a proposed dredging operation near St. Clair.

Posted in Business, County on Saturday, December 20, 2014 2:00 pm.

St. Clair Chamber to Honor Citizens
Posted: December 20, 2014

Because of an earlier banquet date, the deadline for the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce to receive nominations for its various awards has been moved up to just after the new year.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, December 20, 2014 11:00 am.

Eyes on the Balls
Posted: December 20, 2014

Student Paul Wells concentrates as he performs a juggling act during last weekend’s “Cirque Du Talent” show in the St. Clair High School auditorium. The show served as a fundraiser for the St. Clair Agape House.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, December 20, 2014 10:00 am.

Dierker Not in Violation Of Ethics Law
Posted: December 20, 2014

The Missouri Ethics Commission has found that St. Clair Assistant City Administrator Travis Dierker has not violated conflict of interest laws as alleged by a former city employee and her husband.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:00 am.

Obama Signs St. Clair Airport Closure Bill
Posted: December 20, 2014

President Barack Obama on Thursday afternoon signed into law the bill that allows the St. Clair Regional Airport to close.

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

Friday 12/19/2014
Incumbents File for City Offices
Posted: December 19, 2014

Each incumbent aldermen filed for re-election the first week filing opened.

Posted in Union on Friday, December 19, 2014 4:56 pm.

LEO President Reviewing New Coal Ash Rule, Ameren Responds
Posted: December 19, 2014

A new federal coal ash rule that has been highly anticipated by a local environmental group that opposes a proposed Ameren Missouri coal ash landfill in Labadie was released Friday by the EPA.

Posted in County, National, State on Friday, December 19, 2014 3:16 pm.

Franklin County Raises Building Permit Fees
Posted: December 19, 2014

The Franklin County Commission this week increased the cost of some building department permit fees for 2015.

Posted in County on Friday, December 19, 2014 3:00 pm.

Coal Ash Regulations Announced by EPA
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

Posted in County, National, State on Friday, December 19, 2014 1:50 pm. Updated: 3:23 pm.

County Paid $20,000 For Municipal Court Lobbying, Legal Help
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Franklin County paid $20,000 for lobbying and legal services related to the new county municipal court.

Posted in County on Friday, December 19, 2014 12:00 pm. Updated: 12:11 pm.

McDonald New Tourism Director for Hermann
Posted: December 19, 2014

Eli McDonald of Marthasville, who has worked for the Dierberg Educational Foundation for the last 4 1/2 years, has been named tourism director for the city of Hermann.

Posted in County, New haven on Friday, December 19, 2014 10:00 am.

Officials Dispute Source’s Accuracy on Pay Raises For County Employees
Posted: December 19, 2014

Some Franklin County officials dispute the accuracy of information from a confidential source who emailed The Missourian about proposed county employee pay raises.

Posted in County on Friday, December 19, 2014 8:00 am.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Kruse to Cover New Haven News for The Missourian
Posted: December 18, 2014

Don Kruse, who has been editor of the Hermann Advertiser-Courier for the last 23 years, will cover the New Haven scene for the The Missourian.

Posted in New haven on Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:00 pm.

Obama Signs Into Law St. Clair Airport Closure Bill
Updated: December 18, 2014 - 6:08 pm

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law the bill that allows the St. Clair Regional Airport to close.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:00 pm. Updated: 6:08 pm.

Route 66 Blog Highlights Pacific Nativity Scene, Tree
Posted: December 18, 2014

The Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce’s two historic outdoor Christmas exhibits are featured on an online blog.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:30 pm.

Aldermen Want Update on Repairs
Posted: December 18, 2014

Pacific aldermen want an update on the status of repairs to the Brush Creek Sewer District, according to Mike Pigg, acting board of aldermen president.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

Tourism Seeks Clarity on How to Use Bed Tax Funds
Posted: December 18, 2014

Members of the Pacific Tourism Commission want to establish clear guidelines of how tourism taxes can be spent.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:30 pm.

Bully Hotline Is Now Operational
Posted: December 18, 2014

A telephone hotline is now available at Pacific Middle School and Pacific High School for students who are being bullied or who see someone else being bullied.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:30 pm.

Partnership Recognizes Its Volunteers
Posted: December 18, 2014

The Pacific Partnership used its annual Christmas get-together to recognize the individuals and groups that helped put on three community events in 2014.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

Tourism Board Approves New Pacific Brochure
Posted: December 18, 2014

The Pacific Tourism Commission approved a “Discover Pacific” brochure and map to provide information about the area to visitors.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

Loved Ones Remembered in Ceremony
Posted: December 18, 2014

Families of individuals memorialized in Adam’s Garden gathered at the children’s memorial park Dec. 13 to remember their lost loved ones by hanging an ornament on a new Christmas tree planted there last week.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

Christmas in Pacific
Posted: December 18, 2014

In this age of commercial Christmas light extravaganzas, neon neighborhoods and yards lit up like runways, it is always comforting to see the familiar lights of Pacific’s long-established Nativity Scene and Christmas tree glowing from Blackburn (Sand Mountain).

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:30 pm.

College Trustees Approve Several Personnel Matters
Posted: December 18, 2014

East Central College trustees approved several personnel matters at the December meeting.

Posted in County on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

College Receives Clean Audit Report
Posted: December 18, 2014

East Central College has again received a clean opinion on the annual audit of the financial statements.

Posted in County on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

City Approves Rezoning For Senior Development
Posted: December 18, 2014

Washington City Council members unanimously approved a request Monday to rezone a tract off West Ninth Street for a planned senior citizen housing development.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

Purchase of New Lawn Mower, Trailer on Park Board Agenda
Posted: December 18, 2014

The Washington Park Board will have one final meeting in 2014.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 18, 2014 5:32 pm.

Director Says School Lunches Still Popular
Posted: December 18, 2014

Although some public school districts in Missouri are reporting fewer students buying school lunches, numbers are actually up in the Washington School District.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

Incumbent, Newcomer File for Washington School Board Seats
Posted: December 18, 2014

Current Washington School Board member Kevin Blackburn was the first person to file Tuesday morning for the April 2015 election.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:00 pm.

Four Incumbent Councilmen Will Seek Re-Election
Posted: December 18, 2014

All four Washington City Council members whose terms expire next April are seeking re-election.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:00 pm.

Toelke to Retire at End of ’16
Posted: December 18, 2014

After serving as Franklin County’s chief law enforcement official since 1988, Sheriff Gary Toelke says it’s time to hang up his gunbelt.

Posted in Washington, County on Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 pm.

City Engineer Reports on Street Projects
Posted: December 18, 2014

At the current pace, the city should complete sealing all streets by 2017.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 am.

Work Could Begin This Spring on New Track — At New Haven High School
Posted: December 18, 2014

When the weather warms up, work could begin on a new track at New Haven High School.

Posted in New haven on Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:00 am.

Red Light Cameras Would Be on Ballot Under Curtman’s Bill
Posted: December 18, 2014

State Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Union, has prefiled a bill for next year’s legislative session to allow voters to decide whether red light cameras and other automated traffic control systems should be banned.

Posted in County, Politics on Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:15 am.

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