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Friday 11/28/2014
Intercom System To Be Upgraded At West School
Posted: November 28, 2014

The intercom system at Washington West Elementary will be upgraded as part of the expansion project currently underway at the school.

Posted in Washington on Friday, November 28, 2014 6:00 am.

Thursday 11/27/2014
City Trail Extension Discussed at Forum
Posted: November 27, 2014

Topics ranging from a troubled sewer district to expanding the Washington riverfront trail were discussed during a local government forum sponsored by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce last week.

Posted in Washington, County on Thursday, November 27, 2014 6:00 pm.

Cemetery Records Date Back to 1876
Posted: November 27, 2014

A Pacific resident disputes the claim by former sexton Alan Bruns that his (Bruns’) grandfather purchased the original cemetery books.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 27, 2014 5:32 pm.

FOCUS Marines Assist Lions
Posted: November 27, 2014

Every national holiday, the streets of Pacific turn into a Norman Rockwell-esque painting with American flags hanging from the storefronts of businesses throughout the town.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 27, 2014 5:00 pm.

Citizen: Feral Cats Roaming Neighborhood
Posted: November 27, 2014

Feral cats are making life miserable for residents of one Pacific neighborhood, a resident said.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 27, 2014 4:00 pm.

Nike, Robertsville Students To Stage Christmas Shows
Posted: November 27, 2014

Two groups of elementary students plan to stage special “Home for the Holidays” shows to kick off the Christmas season.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, November 27, 2014 2:00 pm.

Plan Board Approves Event Venue Permit
Posted: November 27, 2014

A cattle auction venue near Sullivan can now host weddings and other special events.

Posted in County, Business on Thursday, November 27, 2014 2:00 pm.

Countywide Drive Collects 1,514 Coats
Posted: November 27, 2014

Many Franklin County residents will stay warm this winter thanks to another successful Warners’ Warm-Up Coat Drive.

Posted in Washington, County on Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:00 pm.

VanLeer Updates Board On Focus Group 4 Work, Ensuring Pathways to Success
Posted: November 27, 2014

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer shared some of the input from a recent focus group meeting formed to make sure all students are college or career ready when they exit high school at the Washington School Board meeting last week.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:00 pm.

Volunteers Serve Thanksgiving Dinner
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 11:48 am

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 27, 2014 11:33 am. Updated: 11:48 am.

County’s Public Administrator Wants More Help
Posted: November 27, 2014

Franklin County Public Administrator Mary Jo Straatmann has asked the county commission for some additional help for her office in the upcoming fiscal year, which starts Jan. 1.

Posted in County on Thursday, November 27, 2014 10:00 am.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Appeals Court Reverses Mobile Home Park Ruling
Posted: November 26, 2014

The Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a decision of the Pacific Board of Adjustment regarding spacing in a Pacific mobile home park.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 7:00 pm.

Holiday Event to Double as Food Drive
Posted: November 26, 2014

Two local businesses will turn a one-day holiday shopping bazaar into a food collection drive to benefit the local school weekend food backpack program.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:32 pm.

City Will Give River Walk Funds to Group
Posted: November 26, 2014

Pacific aldermen voted to give the funds collected for promotion of a trails system through the city to the Magi Foundation.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:32 pm.

Pacific High Graduate Joins National Service Program
Posted: November 26, 2014

Tyler Zarkie, Villa Ridge, recently was inducted into a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:32 pm.

Central Creates Programs to Boost Reading Scores
Posted: November 26, 2014

Administrators and teachers at Central Elementary sprang into action to catch students falling behind.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:32 pm.

New Flashing Arrow Signals Installed at Union Intersections
Posted: November 26, 2014

There are now traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows on state highways in Union.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:32 pm.

Downtown Parade of Lights Friday
Posted: November 26, 2014

Santa Claus is coming to town this Friday for the annual Holiday Parade of Lights in Downtown Washington.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:00 pm.

Change in Trash Collection Schedule Thanksgiving Week
Posted: November 26, 2014

The trash schedule for the city of Union will be adjusted due to the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Posted in Union on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:43 am.

Washington Receives Two Inches Of Precipitation During Weekend
Posted: November 26, 2014

Recent rain, including 2 inches over the weekend, has made 2014 wetter than normal.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:10 am.

St. Clair VFW Lights Route 66 ‘Icon’
Posted: November 26, 2014

Individuals who traverse the Mother Road now have another landmark to enjoy when they make their way through St. Clair.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:00 am.

New St. Clair Airport Complaint Targets Trees 
Posted: November 26, 2014

After his first two complaints were dismissed by the Federal Aviation Administration, St. Clair Regional Airport tenant Jim DeVries apparently has decided to file another one.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:00 am.

Lonedell Care Program Shows Growth
Posted: November 26, 2014

Year two of the Lonedell R-XIV School District’s before- and after-school care program has experienced so much growth that an additional individual has been hired to help oversee the students.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:00 am.

Krakow Water District Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 9:07 am

Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Franklin County has issued a precautionary boil water advisory.

Posted in County on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:02 am. Updated: 9:07 am.

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Crews Respond to House Fire on Fifth Street
Updated: November 27, 2014 - 11:51 am

Washington emergency crews responded to a house fire in the 1400 block of E. Fifth Street at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Posted in Washington on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 11:26 pm. Updated: 11:51 am.

Man Given 24 Years In Child Porn Case
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 8:55 am

A former Pacific area man accused of trading and producing child pornography will serve almost 24 years in federal prison for the crime.

Posted in Crime, Pacific on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 5:32 pm. Updated: 8:55 am.

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
Updated: November 24, 2014 - 9:03 pm

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. Updated: 9:03 pm.

Friday 11/21/2014
Police Seek Help Identifying Man
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 8:14 am

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. Updated: 8:14 am.

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.

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