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Tuesday 04/22/2014
Landfill Appeal Hearing Canceled
Posted: April 22, 2014

An appeal hearing on a coal ash landfill that was scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to a death in a board member’s family.

Posted in Business, County on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:50 am.

Monday 04/21/2014
ECC to Hold April 25 Memorial Service for Richard Knudsen
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 10:33 am

East Central College will host a memorial service for longtime faculty member Richard Knudsen Friday afternoon, April 25.

Posted in County on Monday, April 21, 2014 2:00 pm. Updated: 10:33 am.

UPDATE: Washington Man, 90, Killed in Route 47 Crash
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 6:30 pm

UPDATED: A Franklin County man was killed Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 47 south of Washington.

Posted in Washington, Union on Monday, April 21, 2014 1:28 pm. Updated: 6:30 pm.

Man Killed in Tractor-Trailer Crash Sunday
Posted: April 21, 2014

A passenger in a tractor-trailer died early Sunday when the truck crashed on Interstate 44 east of Sullivan.

Posted in County on Monday, April 21, 2014 9:22 am.

Sunday 04/20/2014
ECC Trustees Re-Employ Full-Time Faculty Members
Posted: April 20, 2014

The re-employment of 73 full-time faculty members was one of the items approved by East Central College trustees at their April 15 board meeting.

Posted in County on Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:00 pm.

Board Member Will Recuse Himself From Landfill Hearing
Posted: April 20, 2014

A member of a county appeal board will recuse himself from a hearing next week on a controversial coal ash landfill project because of his involvement in a potential property sale.

Posted in County on Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 pm.

Park Board Still Considering New Basketball Courts
Posted: April 20, 2014

The Washington Park Board decided to continue looking into the possibility of converting tennis courts at the fairgrounds into basketball courts.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:00 am.

Saturday 04/19/2014
ECC Trustees Sworn In at April Board Meeting
Posted: April 19, 2014

An incumbent and newcomer were sworn into office at the April 15 meeting of the East Central College Board of Trustees.

Posted in County on Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 pm.

Youth Job Program to Hold Recruiting Fair
Posted: April 19, 2014

The Workforce Investment Act Youth Program will hold a recruiting/job fair Thursday, April 24, from 3 to 7 p.m. at East Central College’s Training Center, conference room A.

Posted in Union on Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:32 pm.

Horn Selected For Ag Careers Academy
Posted: April 19, 2014

Jennifer Horn, Leslie, was one of 30 high school sophomores recently selected to participate in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Missouri Agribusiness Academy.

Posted in Union on Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:32 pm.

Teachers May Not Need to Make Up Days
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 8:10 am

Union School District teachers will be forgiven 1 1/2 days of their 180-day contracts if the can document at least 10.5 hours of work outside the classroom this school year.

Posted in Union on Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:10 am.

Franklin County Counselor, Citizen Spar At Zoning Codes Hearing
Posted: April 19, 2014

A county commission hearing got heated Thursday when Franklin County Counselor Mark Vincent told a local woman that he does not care what she takes offense to.

Posted in County on Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:00 pm.

Planning Board Denies Meramec Aggregates CUP
Posted: April 19, 2014

Meramec Aggregates won’t be dredging a 35-acre lake near St. Clair.

Posted in Local news, Business, County on Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:00 pm.

Washington School Board Members Take Oath of Office
Posted: April 19, 2014

Newly elected candidates for the Washington School Board were sworn into office Thursday morning at the district office.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, April 19, 2014 4:00 pm.

Task Force: Drop in Large Heroin Sales
Posted: April 19, 2014

While the number of large-scale heroin sales appears to be dropping in Franklin County, narcotics investigators say the drug is still prevalent and always dangerous.

Posted in County on Saturday, April 19, 2014 3:00 pm.

Transportation Sales Tax Measure Passes Committee
Posted: April 19, 2014

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects.

Posted in County, State on Saturday, April 19, 2014 2:00 pm.

Written Comments Still Being Accepted on Coal Ash Landfill
Posted: April 19, 2014

While many people attended a public hearing to oppose a coal ash landfill last week, public comments on the project still can be submitted in written form until May 22 at 5 p.m.

Posted in Business, County, State on Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:00 pm.

Landfill Appeal Hearing Tuesday
Posted: April 19, 2014

An appeal hearing will be held Tuesday, April 22, on a controversial coal ash landfill project proposed for Labadie.

Posted in County, Washington on Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:00 pm.

St. Clair Uncovers Some Zoning Uncertainties
Posted: April 19, 2014

Individuals who own a home within the St. Clair city limits undoubtedly have their property zoned residential. However, as it currently stands, some individuals who own or operate a business in the city also may discover that their commercial property is zoned residential.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 am.

Lonedell Will Have to Make Budget Changes
Posted: April 19, 2014

Like its sister district that ends up educating some of its students after they finish eighth grade, Lonedell R-XIV may find itself in some financial hardship when work on the 2014-15 budget begins in the near future.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 am.

Aldermen OK Lowest Bid for Brush Removal
Posted: April 19, 2014

With all of the needed discussion taking place previously, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen made quick work of passing an ordinance last week that authorizes Mayor Ron Blum to enter into a tree and brush removal agreement with Jay Rice Contracting.

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:00 am.

Thursday 04/17/2014
Washington Plan Board Tables Two Plats With Corner Lots
Posted: April 17, 2014

Washington Planning and Zoning Commission members voted Monday night to table two preliminary plat applications while officials review a code provision regarding corner lots with frontage on two streets.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, April 17, 2014 3:00 pm.

Washington Park Board to Discuss Budget Possibilities
Posted: April 17, 2014

Before finalizing a budget, the Washington Park Board will meet Thursday night to brainstorm ideas.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:00 pm.

Hearing Set For Friday in County Suit
Posted: April 17, 2014

Franklin County is headed back to court Friday in a lawsuit a Villa Ridge man has filed over the appointment of taxpayer-funded lawyers.

Posted in County, Crime on Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 pm.

Holdup Suspect Gets Probation
Posted: April 17, 2014

A Franklin County man charged with threatening and robbing a St. Clair area woman at gunpoint in February has been given a 10-year suspended sentence and placed on five years’ probation.

Posted in County, Crime on Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00 am.

Float Entry Deadline for City's 175th Parade Extended to May 1
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 1:00 pm

The deadline is quickly approaching to enter a float in the city’s 175th birthday parade to be held Memorial Day weekend.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:00 am. Updated: 1:00 pm.

County Gets Preliminary Nod for Bend Bridge Funds
Posted: April 17, 2014

Almost $3.5 million in federal funding was given preliminary approval this week to replace the Bend Road bridge in eastern Franklin County near Pacific, officials announced Tuesday.

Posted in County, Pacific on Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 am.

Deputies Kill Aggressive Dog That Charged Officer
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

Franklin County deputies shot and killed a “large, aggressive” dog Monday when the animal charged an officer who was attempting to serve a search warrant.

Posted in County on Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:00 am. Updated: 9:03 am.

Weston Appointed Gasconade County Prosecutor
Updated: April 21, 2014 - 8:04 am

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Mary E. Weston, of Hermann, as Gasconade County prosecuting attorney.

Posted in County, Politics on Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:30 am. Updated: 8:04 am.

Junior ROTC Uniform Gift Honors Robert, Marion Dobsch
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

A $1,000 gift has been made to the Washington Junior ROTC uniform campaign as a memorial by the children of Robert L. and Marion Dobsch, both deceased.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:26 am. Updated: 9:03 am.

Downtown Housing to Be Groups’ Focus
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

Increasing downtown residential housing is a new focus of the Washington Core Restructuring Committee.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:20 am. Updated: 9:03 am.

Battle of the Bands Videos For City’s 175th Due Soon
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

A Battle of the Bands competition is one of the many activities planned for the city’s 175th anniversary celebration.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:00 am. Updated: 9:03 am.

Wednesday 04/16/2014
Washington Spring Clean Up April 21-25
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

The city of Washington’s annual Spring Clean Up, Paint Up and Fix Up campaign will be conducted the week of April 21-25.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:00 pm. Updated: 9:03 am.

Curtman and Schatz Support Right-to-Work Bill, Hinson Does Not Vote on Measure
Posted: April 16, 2014

Two local legislators supported a controversial “right-to-work” bill last week, and one area representative did not cast a vote.

Posted in County on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Borgia Recommended For Reaccreditation
Posted: April 16, 2014

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School has been recommended for reaccreditation by AdvanceED, the parent organization for the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Breihan Withdraws Candidacy For Presiding Commissioner
Posted: April 16, 2014

Gerald Breihan, who was a candidate for the seat of Franklin County presiding commissioner in the Aug. 5 primary, withdrew from the race last Friday, officials say.

Posted in Local news, County, Politics on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Palmore Installation As Mayor Postponed
Posted: April 16, 2014

Jeff Palmore, the newly elected mayor of Pacific, will not be installed in office during the first meeting following the election because the St. Louis County Election Commission has not certified the election results, according to City Administrator Harold Selby.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Storm Siren Under Repair
Posted: April 16, 2014

The city is less one storm siren while the warning device is repaired and relocated.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Mayor Promises Friendly Administration
Posted: April 16, 2014

Newly elected Mayor Jeff Palmore, who ran on a “Pacific Is Due for a Change,” theme, says the changes he will push for may be more welcome than anyone expects.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Fire District Is Gratified By Passage of Bond Issue
Posted: April 16, 2014

The Pacific Fire Protection District says it’s gratified at the passing of a $1.5 million bond issue in the April 8 election, according to Fire Chief Rick Friedmann.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Churches Combine Efforts For Children’s Easter Event
Posted: April 16, 2014

Easter Saturday takes on a special meaning for seven Pacific area churches as members of their congregations join together to host a children’s spring fest and Easter fun celebration.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Election Results in No Changes to School Board
Posted: April 16, 2014

The Meramec Valley R-III School Board will see no changes following the April 8 election.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Boy Scout Wants to Paint Mural on Pool Building
Posted: April 16, 2014

A 13-year-old Boy Scout, who has already achieved Life Scout rank, is now ready to tackle an Eagle Scout project.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Health Occupations Students Head to National Competition
Posted: April 16, 2014

Six Pacific High School students received some help from the first Meramec Valley School District health occupations (HOSA) teacher as they prepare to participate in the national health occupations conference in Orlando.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Still Time to RegisterFor 5K Run, Waddle, Roll
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 9:03 am

There is still time to register for the second annual 5K Run, Waddle and Roll.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm. Updated: 9:03 am.

Truck Loses Load
Posted: April 16, 2014

This tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday after 1 p.m. on Highway 50 at Highway AJ. There were no injuries reported. The steel cargo left the bed of the trailer and struck the concrete damaging the roadway. 

Posted in Union on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:29 pm.

City Hall HVAC Installation Now Under Way
Posted: April 16, 2014

The installation of a new air-conditioning system at city hall is now under way and expected to be completed before this summer.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:45 am.

Mayor Asks Citizens to Show Pride During Cleanup Week
Posted: April 16, 2014

As the city of St. Clair “celebrates” community pride week later this month, Mayor Ron Blum is asking residents to pitch in and make St. Clair a better community in which to be proud.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:30 am.

Planning Committee Denies Meramec Aggregates Permit
Posted: April 16, 2014

Citing concerns with a lack of information, and sometimes conflicting information, the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission rejected Meramec Aggregates’ conditional use permit.

Posted in Local news, Business, County on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:06 am.