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Sunday 07/27/2014
Council Agrees to Help Complete Fair Building
Posted: July 27, 2014

Washington City Council members agreed this week to contribute $10,000 toward completing the new building in the motor sports arena at the fairgrounds.

Posted in Washington on Sunday, July 27, 2014 4:30 pm.

Union Man Charged With Torching Vehicle
Posted: July 27, 2014

Franklin County authorities said the fire that destroyed an SUV in Union Tuesday has been confirmed as an arson.

Posted in Union on Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:00 pm.

Appeal Board Upholds Concrete Plant Permit
Posted: July 27, 2014

The Franklin County Board of Zoning Adjustment upheld a conditional use permit that would allow a concrete facility in Gray Summit.

Posted in County on Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:00 pm.

Saturday 07/26/2014
Eureka Rallies Past Post 218 Juniors at State
Updated: July 26, 2014 - 7:14 pm

JACKSON — In the end, 10 was not enough.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Saturday, July 26, 2014 6:58 pm. Updated: 7:14 pm.

Shooting Charges Dropped — Victim Died, Suspected Overdose
Posted: July 26, 2014

Felony assault and armed criminal action charges have been dropped in the case of a man accused of wounding his son during a fight early this year.

Posted in County, Saint clair on Saturday, July 26, 2014 6:32 pm.

LEO Appeals 'Illegal' BOZA Decision on Ash Landfill
Posted: July 26, 2014

Charging that a local county zoning board made an “illegal” decision, an environmental group has appealed to circuit court a ruling that a proposed Ameren coal ash landfill would meet zoning regulations.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 26, 2014 6:00 pm.

Recorder Alleges 87,000 Deeds Were Improperly Taken
Posted: July 26, 2014

Franklin County Recorder of Deeds Sharon Birkman said a company allegedly has taken electronic copies of the county’s deed records, possibly to sell to a third party.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 26, 2014 4:00 pm.

Police Chief Reminds Citizens to Lock Homes, Vehicles
Posted: July 26, 2014

Washington Police Chief Ken Hahn is reminding citizens to lock their homes and vehicles after a rash of burglaries in the area.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, July 26, 2014 3:00 pm.

Leaders to Meet in Washington to Discuss Environment, Economic Development
Posted: July 26, 2014

Is there a way to leverage the vast natural resources of the Missouri River Valley to spur economic development?

Posted in Washington on Saturday, July 26, 2014 2:00 pm.

Police Officers Train For Active Shooter at Union Middle School
Posted: July 26, 2014

The Union Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department honed their training for active shooter and intruder situations in the Union School District this week.

Posted in Union on Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:00 pm.

Opponents of City Annexation Plan Repeat Objections
Posted: July 26, 2014

Two opponents of the city’s annexation plan repeated their objections during this past week’s city council meeting.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:00 pm.

Assessor, Collector Spar Over Tax Bills
Posted: July 26, 2014

Franklin County Assessor Tom Copeland this week accused County Collector of Revenue Linda Emmons of violating state law, saying she adjusted or abated the taxes of certain taxpayers.

Posted in County, Politics on Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:00 am.

All-Abilities Grand Opening Is Tuesday
Posted: July 26, 2014

After years of planning, development, fundraising and construction, the Jaycees All-Abilities Playground is set to open.

Posted in County, Washington on Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 am.

East Annexation Map
Posted: July 26, 2014

This map outlines areas along South Point Road that are proposed for annexation. Washington voters will vote yes or no on two ballot questions because there are two separate areas proposed to be taken into the city. The areas proposed to be taken into the city are shown in blue and adjacent areas within the city are colored yellow.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Saturday, July 26, 2014 10:00 am.

Lonedell School Spruced Up for New Year
Posted: July 26, 2014

By Sarah Johnson

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00 am.

Friday 07/25/2014
Miller's Gem Keeps Post 218 Juniors Alive
Posted: July 25, 2014

JACKSON — Matt Miller fanned 15 Springfield Glendale batters Friday night, leading the Washington Post 218 Juniors to an 8-0 shutout victory in the Missouri State Tournament losers' bracket.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, July 25, 2014 10:35 pm.

Case Closed on Missing Franklin County Woman
Posted: July 25, 2014

Police closed the case Tuesday on a Franklin County woman who went missing earlier this month.

Posted in Saint clair on Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 pm.

St. Clair Chamber Awaits State Approval for New Director
Posted: July 25, 2014

The St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is waiting for state approval on whether it officially can hire the candidate it wants for its executive director.

Posted in Saint clair on Friday, July 25, 2014 5:30 pm.

Jackson Tops Post 218 Juniors in State Opener, 8-3
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 3:13 pm

JACKSON — There's no place like home, especially for the Jackson Post 158 Junior Legion team.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, July 25, 2014 2:59 pm. Updated: 3:13 pm.

One Man Charged, Others Questioned In Recent Burglaries
Posted: July 25, 2014

Washington police and Franklin County deputies are involved in a joint investigation of several burglaries that occurred over the last several weeks.

Posted in County, Crime, Washington on Friday, July 25, 2014 11:00 am.

America in Bloom Judges ‘Impressed’ by City Sights
Posted: July 25, 2014

Judges with the national America in Bloom (AIB) program left Washington with a good impression, according to Washington in Bloom chairs Sally Bocklage and Dave Wehmeyer.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 25, 2014 9:00 am.

County Warns Company To Adhere to Permit Rules on Asphalt Plant
Posted: July 25, 2014

A company’s request to operate a temporary asphalt plant in Franklin County was met with some resistance by county officials last week.

Posted in County on Friday, July 25, 2014 8:00 am.

Mild Summer Helps Local Corn Production
Posted: July 25, 2014

Timely rain and moderate temperatures have teamed up to help the corn growth so far this year.

Posted in County on Friday, July 25, 2014 7:00 am.

Thursday 07/24/2014
Rezoning Request Is Recommended
Posted: July 24, 2014

The Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a rezoning request for W&B Franklin County during Tuesday’s meeting.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:32 pm.

Employee’s Wife Can Serve on Ambulance Board, Chief Says
Posted: July 24, 2014

There is no law that prevents a woman from serving on the board of the taxpayer-funded ambulance district her husband works for, the ambulance chief said.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:30 pm.

Emmons: Group Conspiring to Bring Her Down
Posted: July 24, 2014

Franklin County Collector of Revenue Linda Emmons said she thinks an alliance of politicians is working to have her defeated in the upcoming Aug. 5 primary election.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:45 pm.

Assessor Says Collector Violated State Law
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Franklin County Collector of Revenue Linda Emmons violated state law each time she adjusted property values or abated taxes for certain taxpayers, Assessor Tom Copeland alleged in a news release issued today.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 24, 2014 5:38 pm. Updated: 2:38 pm.

Man Strikes His Pregnant Girlfriend With Speeding Car
Posted: July 24, 2014

A man has been charged with intentionally striking his pregnant girlfriend with a speeding car while she stood outside a Sullivan motel Monday night.

Posted in County, Crime on Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:00 pm.

Senior Amazing Race in August
Posted: July 24, 2014

The Homestead at Hickory View, Washington, is planning a “Senior Amazing Race” for Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:00 pm.

New Preschool Center Building Taking Shape
Posted: July 24, 2014

Two Washington preschool centers will soon be on one site.

Posted in Business, Washington on Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 pm.

Alderman Wants Event Planned for Civil War Battle
Posted: July 24, 2014

Alderman Steve Myers wants to see the city or some civic organization plan an event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1864, Civil War battle that took place in Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:00 pm.

Miller Family Gives Large Tract to City For Nature Reserve
Posted: July 24, 2014

The city of Washington has been deeded more than 67 acres of land west of Grand Avenue to be maintained “forever” as a nature reserve.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:00 pm.

Union Chamber Unveils New Logo
Posted: July 24, 2014

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce new logo offers something for all seasons.

Posted in Business, Union on Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 pm.

Operations Committee to Investigate Challenges
Posted: July 24, 2014

The city operations committee will meet Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. in the city hall council chamber.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:30 am.

West Area Annexation Map
Posted: July 24, 2014

Washington voters will vote on five separate ballot questions on the west area proposed for annexation.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:00 am.

Candlewick Qualifies for Federal Funding
Posted: July 24, 2014

City officials told residents of Candlewick Lane that their street now qualifies for a federal grant to completely rebuild the roadway and give them a new street but the project could be two to three years in the future.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:49 am.

No Quick Fix for Parks Maintenance
Posted: July 24, 2014

The amount of work needed to make the city park look crisp and well-maintained makes it impossible to craft a quick fix, according to Mayor Jeff Palmore.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:00 am.

Youngest Daughter in Dailey Family Turns 90
Posted: July 24, 2014

Rosemary Dailey Freeman, youngest child of James J. and Marie Theresa “Mayme” Geatley Dailey, was honored July 17, on her 90th birthday.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:00 am.

New Police D.A.R.E. Car Boasts School Logos
Posted: July 24, 2014

The Pacific Police Department recently unveiled its newly assigned D.A.R.E. car, a repurposed 1997 Crown Victoria, with a one-of-a-kind paint job that is a divergence from the black police cruisers.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:00 am.

Board Awards Contract For Thornton, Viaduct Improvement Project
Posted: July 24, 2014

A resident of Brundick Lane, which was paved with new asphalt last November, says the asphalt is washing away.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:00 am.

Sue Hinkel to Receive Oracle Storytelling Award
Posted: July 24, 2014

The National Storytelling Network recently announced that Sue Hinkel of Pacific is the recipient of the Oracle Award for Service and Leadership in the South Central Region.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 7:00 am.

Call for Immediate Street Repair Work
Posted: July 24, 2014

Immediate action was ordered on long-postponed street repairs following a discussion at the July 15 board of aldermen meeting.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 24, 2014 6:00 am.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
Fees for Trash Collection To Likely Dropn Waste Collected Weekly
Posted: July 23, 2014

Union residents may see a slight drop in trash collection fees.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

City Engineer Resigns After Three Years on Job
Posted: July 23, 2014

After three years on the job, Dan Rahn will be leaving his post as Pacific city engineer.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

Four Defendants Are Dismissed
Posted: July 23, 2014

Four individuals have been dismissed from a wrongful death lawsuit related to a 2010 fatal accident on Augusta Bottom Road in Warren County.

Posted in County, Crime on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

Resident Appeals Lawsuit Against Commissioners
Posted: July 23, 2014

A Villa Ridge man has appealed a lawsuit he filed over Franklin County Commission orders that appointed attorneys.

Posted in County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:32 pm.

Collector, Clerk Say They Can’t Divide Extra Money Among Their Employees
Updated: July 24, 2014 - 9:08 am

Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door and Collector of Revenue Linda Emmons each make an additional $12,000 a year on top of their normal salaries for contracts the county has with municipalities for collecting taxes.

Posted in County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:32 pm. Updated: 9:08 am.

City Poised to Sign New Task Force Agreement
Posted: July 23, 2014

The city of Union will likely enter into a new agreement with a multi-jurisdictional task force to better consolidate resources.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:32 pm.

LEO Appeals BOZA Decision
Updated: July 25, 2014 - 2:37 pm

A local environmental group has appealed to Franklin Court Circuit Court a ruling from the county Board of Zoning Adjustment over a coal ash landfill that Ameren Missouri wants to build in Labadie.

Posted in County on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:02 pm. Updated: 2:37 pm.