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Saturday 11/22/2014
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.

Friends for Change Will Lead Christmas Parade
Posted: November 19, 2014

The Friends for Change young women’s group will be the grand marshals for this year’s St. Clair Lighted Christmas Parade, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 7:00 am.

Lonedell Says No to Solar
Posted: November 19, 2014

Lonedell R-XIV will not be a solar-powered school district anytime soon.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:00 am.

Sunday 11/16/2014
ECC to Celebrate International Education Week November 17-21
Posted: November 16, 2014

East Central College in Union will host International Education Week activities Monday through Friday, November 17-21.

Posted in County on Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 pm.

UPDATE: Man Charged in Double Homicide in Pacific
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

Update: A Pacific man is facing multiple felony charges, including two counts of first-degree murder following Sunday's double homicide.

Posted in County, Crime, Pacific on Sunday, November 16, 2014 11:28 am. Updated: 10:17 am.

Griesheimer Wins in 41 of 50 Voting Precincts
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 9:48 am

A precinct-by-precinct breakdown of election results in the Franklin County Commission race shows that incumbent Presiding Commissioner John Griesheimer had a wide range of support throughout the county.

Posted in County on Sunday, November 16, 2014 8:00 am. Updated: 9:48 am.

Saturday 11/15/2014
Public Works Seeking Bids for Explosion-Proof Equipment
Posted: November 15, 2014

The second floor of Washington’s wastewater treatment plant is vulnerable to significant damage if the hydrogen sulfide in the plant becomes explosive.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:32 pm.

Event Venue Permit Up for Vote at Plan Board Meeting
Posted: November 15, 2014

The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission will decide Tuesday on a conditional use permit for a new special event venue near Sullivan.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:32 pm.

Franklin County Hearings on Ash Landfills Argued At Supreme Court
Posted: November 15, 2014

A fight over a proposed coal ash landfill in Labadie went all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday.

Posted in County, Court dockets on Saturday, November 15, 2014 4:00 pm.

Franklin County Commission Hires New Highway Engineer
Posted: November 15, 2014

The Franklin County Commission has hired Ron Williams of Washington as the new highway engineer/administrator.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 15, 2014 3:00 pm.

Resident: City Officials Need to Work Together
Posted: November 15, 2014

“I object to this argument,” an outraged resident said at the Nov. 10 city operations committee meeting.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:30 pm.

Report Identifies Problems With Sewer District
Posted: November 15, 2014

A report on problems with the long-troubled Brush Creek sewer system estimates that Phase I costs to fix issues will be $145,495.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:00 pm.

Public Hearing on Homestead Permit Will Be Monday
Posted: November 15, 2014

A public hearing is set for Monday night relating to a potential expansion of The Homestead at Hickory View.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:00 pm.

ECC Scholarship Applications Can Be Completed Onlinen Due December 1 for Spring Semester
Posted: November 15, 2014

East Central College now offers an online scholarship application for prospective and current students.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:00 pm.

Man Admits to Theft of Nine Vehicles
Posted: November 15, 2014

A man accused of stealing a classic 1956 Chevrolet from a Washington home last month is a suspect in the theft of more than nine vehicles in different parts of Franklin County over the last two months.

Posted in Crime on Saturday, November 15, 2014 1:00 pm.

Police Will Respond, If Needed, to Protestsn Safety Here First Priority
Posted: November 15, 2014

Some local law enforcement leaders say that while safety in their jurisdictions is the priority, they will respond to aid St. Louis police agencies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol if things get too far out of hand when a grand jury decision is handed down in the Michael Brown case.

Posted in Crime on Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:00 pm.

Lonedell Trying New Outdoor Lock to Enhance Safety
Posted: November 15, 2014

Even before Lonedell School went through its frightening lockout situation when a man allegedly made threats to shoot a kindergarten student there last week, administrators were considering placing new locks on doors in an effort to increase security.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, November 15, 2014 8:00 am.

Ordinance Shores Up City’s Vacant Property Regulations
Posted: November 15, 2014

Individuals owning vacant and/or abandoned property in St. Clair now will have to register it with the city to help ensure code compliance or face penalties if they fail to do so.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:00 am.

Local Boy Scouts Honored For STEM Achievements
Posted: November 15, 2014

This year, more than 100 local Boy Scouts have earned the prestigious Supernova Award from the Boy Scouts of America for their in-depth exploration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields.

Posted in County on Saturday, November 15, 2014 7:00 am.

Friday 11/14/2014
Air Scrubber Is Working at Wastewater Treatment Plant
Posted: November 14, 2014

More than a month after its installation, a homemade air scrubber is still working to cut down odor at the Washington wastewater treatment plant.

Posted in Washington on Friday, November 14, 2014 8:00 pm.

Board Approves Bond Resolution for Plant
Posted: November 14, 2014

The city has taken the first step toward the financing of a global meat processing company’s expansion project.

Posted in Union on Friday, November 14, 2014 7:03 pm.

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