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Sunday 11/23/2014
Field Maintenance Costs Parks Big Money — Rental Fees Leave Department $93,000 Short
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 3:33 pm

The Washington Park Board gathered Thursday night to discuss altering field rental fees, however the conversation quickly shifted after learning some new numbers.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:00 am. Updated: 3:33 pm.

Pantries Need Deer Meat Donations
Posted: November 23, 2014

Hunters with excess deer meat have several options.

Posted in County on Sunday, November 23, 2014 8:00 am.

Saturday 11/22/2014
St. Clair's Old Skylark Motel Neon Sign Returns
Updated: November 22, 2014 - 6:25 pm

The St. Clair VFW unveiled the restored Skylark Motel sign and neon glass tower lighting on Saturday evening during a special ceremony.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, November 22, 2014 6:09 pm. Updated: 6:25 pm.

Anytime Fitness To Open Club In Washington
Posted: November 22, 2014

Anytime Fitness franchisee Barry Miller confirmed that he has signed a lease for a 5,500-square-foot space in Phoenix Place in Washington.

Posted in Business, Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 6:00 pm.

Schwoeppe Retirement Open House
Posted: November 22, 2014

U.S. Bank in Washington will host an open house reception in honor of Angie Schwoeppe, sales and service coordinator, who is celebrating her retirement.

Posted in Business, Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

School District Is Recognized for Its Financial Reporting
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Washington School District has received the Association of School Business Officials International’s (ASBOI) Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

Registration Now Underway For Adult Education Classes
Posted: November 22, 2014

People wanting to prepare to take the high school equivalency exam or improve their basic skills should register now for adult education classes offered in the area.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

Students Honored for Work With Constitution Project
Posted: November 22, 2014

Washington High School students who participated in the Constitution Project were recognized Wednesday night at the school board meeting.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

Commissioners Approve Medical Examiner Contract
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Franklin County Commission on Tuesday approved the annual contract for medical examiner services.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

Career Center to Hold Open House
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Four Rivers Career Center will hold an open house Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

Free Turkey Dinner Open to Community
Posted: November 22, 2014

A free turkey dinner with all of the trimmings will be served Thursday, Nov. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia Grade School cafeteria, 225 Cedar St. in Washington.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

County Awards Grants For Local Road Projects
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Franklin County Commission on Tuesday approved transportation grants for area government entities.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:32 pm.

Some Defendants Will Face Higher Restitution Fees Under New Court Fund
Posted: November 22, 2014

Criminal defendants found guilty in circuit court could be hit with more fees now that a new fund has been approved by the Franklin County Commission.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 22, 2014 4:00 pm.

Fifth Street School Analysis Presented
Posted: November 22, 2014

Washington School Board members Wednesday night reviewed an impact analysis of Fifth Street Elementary, which will close at the end of this school year.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00 pm.

Proposed Dredging Operation Again Draws Opposition
Posted: November 22, 2014

Six months after initially being denied a conditional use permit to dredge for aggregate along the Meramec River near St. Clair, Havin Material Service, Inc. was back making its case in front of the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:00 pm.

High Court Won’t Hear Appeal in 2009 Murder
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in a 2009 Franklin County murder case.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:00 pm.

Olde Fashioned Christmas to be Held November 30
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Washington Area Chamber of Commerce will present its Olde Fashioned Christmas event Sunday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:00 am.

Pacific Police Act Quickly to Solve Homicides
Posted: November 22, 2014

Less than 12 hours after the first reports of two people killed in Pacific, police had a suspect in custody.

Posted in Crime, Pacific on Saturday, November 22, 2014 11:00 am.

R-XIII to Seek Help for Work
Posted: November 22, 2014

To make sure everything is done efficiently and in compliance, the St. Clair R-XIII School District will hire a third party to oversee heating and air-conditioning upgrades in its schools.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:00 am.

Error Costs St. Clair $74,000
Posted: November 22, 2014

An error in the amount of estimated thin-lift overlay material needed to repave some of St. Clair’s streets this fall has forced the city to spend nearly $74,000 over its budget.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, November 22, 2014 8:00 am.

Sullivan School District Apologizes for Girls’ Actions
Posted: November 22, 2014

The Sullivan School District is “sincerely apologetic” for the actions of a dozen high school senior girls who wore blackface paint during a powder-puff football tournament on its athletic field earlier this month.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, November 22, 2014 7:00 am.

Friday 11/21/2014
Police Seek Help Identifying Man
Posted: November 21, 2014

Union police are asking residents to be on the look out for a man "acting suspicious" toward a high school student walking on Main Street Thursday.

Posted in Union on Friday, November 21, 2014 6:59 pm.

Franklin County Weighing Plans for $3 Million In Reserve Funds
Posted: November 21, 2014

First District County Commissioner Tim Brinker said he can’t disclose at this time possible plans to use some of Franklin County’s $3 million emergency fund.

Posted in County on Friday, November 21, 2014 10:00 am.

Donated Sculpture to Be Installed at City Library
Posted: November 21, 2014

The Washington City Council Monday night unanimously approved the acceptance of a sculpture donation from local artist Larry Pogue.

Posted in Washington on Friday, November 21, 2014 8:00 am.

Thursday 11/20/2014
Council Approves Renewal of Library Service Agreement
Posted: November 20, 2014

The Washington City Council Monday night approved the renewal of a cooperative service agreement between the Washington Public Library and the Scenic Regional Library.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:00 pm.

Sheriff Says Release Plan Could Save Space in Jail
Posted: November 20, 2014

To reduce the county jail population, the Franklin County Commission may approve a pretrial release program that releases inmates while they await court dates.

Posted in County, Court dockets, Crime on Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:30 pm.

Sullivan School District Apologizes For Girls’ Actions 
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 5:02 pm

The Sullivan School District is “sincerely apologetic” for the actions of a dozen high school senior girls who wore black-face paint during a powderpuff football tournament on its athletic field earlier this month.

Posted in County, Saint clair on Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:04 pm. Updated: 5:02 pm.

Franklin County Has Seven Homicide Cases
Posted: November 20, 2014

With Sunday’s double murder in Pacific, there now are seven local homicide cases making their way through the Franklin County court system.

Posted in County, Court dockets, Crime on Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:00 pm.

Street Crews Have Easy Time With First Snow
Posted: November 20, 2014

The first winter weather test for Washington road crews wasn’t much of a challenge.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:00 pm.

Free Community Turkey Dinner to Be Served Thanksgiving
Posted: November 20, 2014

A free turkey dinner with all of the trimmings will be served Thursday, Nov. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Francis Borgia Grade School cafeteria, 225 Cedar St. in Washington.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 20, 2014 3:00 pm.

Holiday House Tour To Feature Nine Stops — Advance Tickets on Sale Now
Posted: November 20, 2014

People can save $5 if they purchase their tickets in advance for the Holiday House Tour, sponsored by Downtown Washington Inc.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 20, 2014 1:00 pm.

Commission Squares Off With Recorder Over Pay, Positions
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:38 pm

The recorder of deeds office squared off with the Franklin County Commission in a budget discussion Monday over pay and staffing levels.

Posted in County on Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:00 pm. Updated: 3:38 pm.

A Few Spots Open for Holiday Parade of Lights
Posted: November 20, 2014

A few spots remain for the annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Downtown Washington.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:00 am.

Prosecutor Has Not Reviewed Cemetery Records Report Yet
Posted: November 20, 2014

In an attempt to retrieve the city cemetery records from former sexton Alan Bruns, Mayor Jeff Palmore filed a police report listing the records as stolen.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:51 am.

Board Wants Stormwater Study
Posted: November 20, 2014

If members of the operations committee have their way, the city will find a solution to years of stormwater woes for St. Louis Street property owners.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:43 am.

U.S. Silica to Expand Its Pacific Operations
Posted: November 20, 2014

U.S. Silica plans to make a $33 million expansion to its Pacific mining facilities that would double production here.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:00 am.

Focus Group Wants Students College, Career Ready
Posted: November 20, 2014

Close to 50 people turned out for the Washington School District’s first meeting of its newly formed Focus Group 4 — Pathways to Success: Ensuring All Students Are College or College Ready.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 20, 2014 6:00 am.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Public Works Debates South Service Expansions
Posted: November 19, 2014

Expanding water service south of the Washington city limits to a new proposed senior development won’t be a problem for the city.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 pm.

Homestead Permit Approved
Posted: November 19, 2014

Owners of The Homestead at Hickory View retirement center have been given the green light to proceed with plans to renovate and expand the facility in Washington.

Posted in Business, Washington on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:00 pm.

Pretreating Roads Saves County From Big Issues
Posted: November 19, 2014

Pretreatment of potential trouble spots helped Franklin County avoid any major problems during last weekend’s snow.

Posted in County on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:00 pm.

School Calendar Has Six Built-In Snow Makeup Days
Posted: November 19, 2014

While the weekend snowstorm had potential to wreak havoc for the Union School District, “it worked out well,” according to Superintendent Steve Bryant.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:32 pm.

Council Okays Street Sealing Change Order — Firm Granted Extension
Posted: November 19, 2014

Washington City Council members Monday night approved a change order to a contract for concrete repairs and pavement sealing on city streets.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:32 pm.

SFBRHS Participating in Survey
Posted: November 19, 2014

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School students are again participating in Speak Up, a national online survey.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 3:00 pm.

City Crews Ready for Winter
Posted: November 19, 2014

City officials said they are well prepared regardless of how much winter precipitation falls this year.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:32 am.

City Extends Airport Pact With Consultant
Posted: November 19, 2014

Despite the objection of longtime St. Clair area resident and former airport tenant Gib Hoffman, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance that renews the city’s contract with its airport consultant.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 am.

Volunteers Needed to Sort Coats This Saturday
Posted: November 19, 2014

More volunteers are needed this Saturday to help sort coats collected as part of Warners’ Warm-Up.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 am.

City Plans to Get More Aggressive on Weeds
Posted: November 19, 2014

Property owners who fail to keep grass and weeds cut below the 7-inch maximum beginning next spring will face faster action and tougher penalties, according to city officials.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 9:00 am.

Mayor: City Has Ample Supply of Salt, Cinders
Posted: November 19, 2014

Pacific street crews have an ample supply of salt on hand if the prediction of a harsh winter comes true.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:53 am.

St. Clair Needs Another Teacher for Special Ed
Posted: November 19, 2014

An additional special education teacher will be employed by the St. Clair R-XIII School District as soon as possible in order to bring it into compliance. The hiring was approved by the board of education during its November meeting.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 8:00 am.

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