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Friday 09/19/2014
Crews Respond to Grain Bin Fire At Straatmann Feed
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Local fire crews worked together to put out a blaze in a grain bin at Straatmann Feed in Labadie Thursday evening.

Posted in County on Friday, September 19, 2014 12:38 pm. Updated: 1:24 pm.

Thursday 09/18/2014
Mayor: Legal Residence Is 709 W. Union Street
Posted: September 18, 2014

According to one resident, some Pacific aldermen are going around the city trying to drum up support for a claim that Mayor Jeff Palmore is not a legal resident of the city.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 7:00 pm.

Repairs to Apache Drive Completed
Posted: September 18, 2014

The city reports that repairs on Apache Drive have been completed and the improvements could make the street safe for another few years.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:32 pm.

Homecoming Week At Washington High
Posted: September 18, 2014

Homecoming Week is underway at Washington High School.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:32 pm.

Area Agencies to Take Part in Countywide Drug Take Back
Posted: September 18, 2014

A prescription drug take back will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, throughout the county.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:32 pm.

City Asks Businesses to Direct Trucks Away From Candlewick
Posted: September 18, 2014

The city has called on owners and managers of businesses in the industrial parks to help direct trucks to and from the city industrial areas.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:32 pm.

County Gets Money After Governor Releases Funds
Posted: September 18, 2014

Money released last week by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will help keep the Franklin County Assessor’s Office running.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:32 pm.

Committee Won’t Act On Riverwalk Project
Posted: September 18, 2014

Mike Bates, city operations committee chair, said his group is not the right place to determine whether the Riverwalk project should be a committee of the park board or function as an independent committee.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:00 pm.

Boy Scout Wants To Improve Park
Posted: September 18, 2014

Boy Scout Hunter Ellermann wants to construct a walking trail in the undeveloped area of the city park as an Eagle Scout project.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:00 pm.

Debate Condition of Fields
Posted: September 18, 2014

In an hour-long, often heated debate, Pacific Park Board members vowed to improve the Liberty Field soccer fields in time for the 2015 season.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:00 pm.

Park Board Members Vow to Help With Rodeo
Posted: September 18, 2014

As the date nears for the second annual Iron Horse Rodeo in the Liberty Field equestrian arena, Stephen Flannery, park board president, asked park board members to volunteer to assist with the event.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:30 pm.

Civil War Marker to Be Erected October 1
Posted: September 18, 2014

The historic Civil War sign that stood on East Osage from 1935 until the 1980s when it was removed for a road-widening project and lost, will be replaced.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:00 pm.

Trash Truck Rollover
Posted: September 18, 2014

A garbage truck rolled onto its side Thursday afternoon on Highway A near Cedar Lane. There were no injuries reported in the crash. Emergency crews responded to the scene after 3:20 p.m. 

Posted in County, Washington on Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:11 pm.

Bay’s Tire Still in Business
Posted: September 18, 2014

In spite of problems from run-off water inundating their property following street improvements, Bay’s Tire Service at 116 E. Osage is not going out of business, owners say.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

School District to Receive $168,397 More in State Aid
Posted: September 18, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon is releasing $143 million of education funding increases after lawmakers sustained his vetoes of tax break bills during last Wednesday’s veto session — and that’s good news for the Washington School District.

Posted in Washington, State on Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

Assessed Value in Franklin County Goes Up to $1.8 Billion
Posted: September 18, 2014

Franklin County’s assessed value went up in 2014 compared to last year.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 3:00 pm.

Mayor Wants to Simplify Routine Park Maintenance
Posted: September 18, 2014

Park board member Joe Gildehaus said he has a renewed “warm and fuzzy park board feeling,” following a meeting with the mayor, discussing maintaining the parks and the future of a proposed trail system.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:00 pm.

County Ends Practice of Replacing Stolen Signs
Posted: September 18, 2014

The Franklin County Commission voted Tuesday to end the practice of replacing stolen or damaged private road signs.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:00 pm.

Hansen 'Very Deserving' of ECC Building Naming Honor
Posted: September 18, 2014

By all accounts, Robert E. Hansen was — and still is — one of the strongest proponents of East Central College.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:00 pm.

District Officials Visit Jefferson City High School
Posted: September 18, 2014

Several Washington School District officials visited Jefferson City High School last week to learn more about their College/Career Academy Model.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:00 pm.

County Approves Loan for Brush Creek Sewer District
Posted: September 18, 2014

The Franklin County Commission unanimously approved another loan for the beleaguered Brush Creek Sewer District.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:00 pm.

Sharp Drop In Meth Labs
Posted: September 18, 2014

Last week’s seizure of a meth lab in Union was only the 10th lab investigated this year by the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit.

Posted in Crime, State on Thursday, September 18, 2014 11:00 am.

‘More Risk, Liability’ if Teachers Carry Guns
Posted: September 18, 2014

The superintendent of the Washington School District, the largest in Franklin County, says there would be “more risk and liability” if teachers are carrying guns in the buildings.

Posted in Washington, State on Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:00 am.

State Allocates More Funds for Enhancements
Posted: September 18, 2014

The city of Washington will not have to come up with more money for enhancements to the new Missouri River Bridge thanks to the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant awarded to the state.

Posted in Washington, State on Thursday, September 18, 2014 9:00 am.

Augusta Festival This Weekend
Posted: September 18, 2014

The annual Augusta Harvest Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20.

Posted in County on Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:53 am.

Auffenberg Earns President’s Award
Posted: September 18, 2014

Chris Auffenberg Ford/Lincoln in Washington was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for 2013.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, September 18, 2014 8:00 am.

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Armed Teachers Not Likely in Union
Posted: September 17, 2014

There won’t likely be any teachers carrying weapons at Union public schools even though a veto in Jefferson City makes armed employees more of a possibility.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:32 pm.

County Receives Three Bids to Tear Down Building
Posted: September 17, 2014

Franklin County received three bids for the demolition project to tear down a county-owned building.

Posted in County on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:32 pm.

Park Board Will Meet Thursday
Posted: September 17, 2014

After several months off, the Washington Park Board will get back together this week.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:32 pm.

Equipment Breakdowns To Delay Street Sealing
Posted: September 17, 2014

A “catastrophic” equipment breakdown means that the city’s annual street sealing program won’t get done this year.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:32 pm.

Company Releases Trash Pickup Details
Posted: September 17, 2014

Union residents have just a few days to reserve an alternate cart size for the automated trash collection slated to begin in November.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:15 pm.

Facebook Video Leads Officers to Lab
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 8:35 am

Law enforcement agencies have many tools at their disposal to fight crime.

Posted in Crime on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 8:30 am. Updated: 8:35 am.

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Lake Creek Bridge at Dutzow Open
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 11:43 am

Both lanes on the new Lake Creek Bridge on Highway 47 near Dutzow in Warren County were open to traffic as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Posted in Washington on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 8:54 am. Updated: 11:43 am.

Sunday 09/14/2014
UPDATE: Victim Declines Prosecution in Assault at Lake Thunderbird
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 9:57 am

UPDATED: A 30-year-old man who was assaulted by another man during a dispute Sunday evening told investigators that he doesn't want to prosecute.

Posted in County, Crime, Saint clair on Sunday, September 14, 2014 6:31 pm. Updated: 9:57 am.

Task Force Nabs Three for Drugs
Posted: September 14, 2014

Two men arrested Thursday, Sept. 4, by narcotics officers are facing felony and misdemeanor drug charges in the future, authorities said.

Posted in County on Sunday, September 14, 2014 1:00 pm.

Door: Vote Recount On ‘Right to Farm’ Goes Over Smoothly
Posted: September 14, 2014

Franklin County Clerk Debbie Door said the county recount of the “right to farm” amendment went over very well.

Posted in County on Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 pm.

Electrical Panel Fire Shuts Down Rawlings Warehouse
Posted: September 14, 2014

An electrical fire Wednesday at Rawlings Sporting Goods, Washington, forced the warehouse to close for 2 1/2 hours.

Posted in Business, Washington on Sunday, September 14, 2014 8:00 am.

Saturday 09/13/2014
Children’s Services Study To Be Released Next Month
Posted: September 13, 2014

A local taxpayer-funded agency that provides funding for children’s services, such as counseling and bullying prevention, will release the findings of a needs assessment next month after the board of directors has a chance to review the findings.

Posted in County on Saturday, September 13, 2014 8:00 pm.

County 911 Project Goes Out for Bid
Posted: September 13, 2014

After initially questioning the need to purchase a new 911 communication tower for the sheriff’s office, Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer this week voted with the two other commissioners to go out to bid on the project.

Posted in County on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:32 pm.

Man Pleads Guilty to Exploiting Elderly
Posted: September 13, 2014

A former Rosebud resident pleaded guilty to the financial exploitation of the elderly and felony stealing.

Posted in County on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:32 pm.

Catholics Here Respond To Annual Catholic Appeal
Posted: September 13, 2014

The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, announced Friday the results of the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal.

Posted in County on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:30 pm.

Mercy Attracts Nephrologist To Practice in Washington
Posted: September 13, 2014

One in three American adults is at risk for developing kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. High blood pressure and diabetes are two of the leading causes.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:32 pm.

Septic Sewage Blamed For Treatment Plant Odor
Posted: September 13, 2014

The Washington sewer department is hoping a change in the process at the wastewater treatment plant will result in fewer odor issues.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:32 pm.

Principal Evaluations Are Now Under Way in District — New System Being Used This Year
Posted: September 13, 2014

Administrators in the Washington School District will be evaluated under a new system this year.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:32 pm.

R-XI Officials Discuss MSIP Score, Report
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 1:58 pm

The phone blast, email and text messages sent out about the Union School District’s special board meeting Wednesday night worked.

Posted in Union on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:32 pm. Updated: 1:58 pm.

Commission Sets Tax Rates
Posted: September 13, 2014

The Franklin County Commission set the 2014 property tax rates Tuesday.

Posted in County on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:00 pm.

Bridge Grant Will Free Up State Funds for Other Road Projects
Posted: September 13, 2014

A total of $9.5 million allocated to build the new bridge over the Missouri River at Washington will free up money that can be used for other transportation projects around the state, according to Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer.

Posted in Washington, State on Saturday, September 13, 2014 6:00 pm.

Annual Run to Read Is Set for October 11
Posted: September 13, 2014

Teachers and librarians, lace up your sneakers and prepare to join Newsbee and other area runners and reading enthusiasts Saturday, Oct. 11, for the Run to Read.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, September 13, 2014 5:00 pm.

Patrol Asked To Investigate Pizza Case
Posted: September 13, 2014

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke has asked the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate a complaint by an inmate who alleges that a detention deputy fed him pizza sprayed with pepper mace.

Posted in County, Crime on Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:00 pm.