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Saturday 07/30/2016
St. Clair Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash
Posted: July 30, 2016

A Franklin County man died at the hospital following a motorcycle crash Friday night west of St. Clair.

Posted in County, Saint clair on Saturday, July 30, 2016 3:17 pm.

Judge: Osborn Guilty Of Murder Charge
Posted: July 30, 2016

A St. Clair man is scheduled to be sentenced next month for murdering his father more than two years ago. 

Posted in County on Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:30 pm.

Sheriff, Two Propositions Top August Primary Ballot
Posted: July 30, 2016

Franklin County voters will elect a new sheriff next Tuesday.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, July 30, 2016 2:00 pm.

Over 200 Attend State Main Street Conferencen Held in Downtown Washington
Posted: July 30, 2016

The 2016 Missouri Main Street Downtown Revitalization Conference kicked off this week in Downtown Washington.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:00 am.

Friday 07/29/2016
Tent Revival Coming to St. Clair
Posted: July 29, 2016

While the tents of Fourth of July have long since come down, a different kind of fireworks tent has been raised.

Posted in Pacific, Saint clair, Union, Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 5:00 pm.

Library Announces Its August Adult Programs
Posted: July 29, 2016

Scenic Regional Library’s Pacific Branch will offer the following programs for the month of August.

Posted in Pacific on Friday, July 29, 2016 4:00 pm.

Fair Run, Parade This Weekend
Posted: July 29, 2016

The Washington Town and Country Fair doesn’t open until Wednesday, but two activities this weekend will help get people excited about the five-day festival.

Posted in Fair, Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 3:00 pm.

City Considers Options In Private Drive Dispute
Posted: July 29, 2016

A disagreement over a broken concrete sidewalk on Calvin Lane has the city reviewing ordinances on private drive trash pickup.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 1:30 pm.

Commission Revokes Used Car Lot Permit
Posted: July 29, 2016

Carl Zerna Jr. no longer has a conditional use permit to sell cars at one of his properties in Gray Summit.

Posted in County on Friday, July 29, 2016 12:00 pm.

Five Road Projects Approved For County Grant Funding
Posted: July 29, 2016

The Franklin County Transportation Committee has awarded funding for five road projects but there may need to be some trimming to fit budgets.

Posted in County on Friday, July 29, 2016 12:00 pm.

Start on New Bridge Pushed Back a Week
Posted: July 29, 2016

Alberici Constructors Inc., the general contractor on the new Highway 47 Missouri River bridge project will start work a week later than originally planned.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 10:00 am.

Bids Opened for New Bend Road Bridgen More Than Five Years in Making
Posted: July 29, 2016

By Monte Miller

Posted in Local news, County on Friday, July 29, 2016 9:00 am.

WHS Graduate Starts Online Eco Art Company - Specializes in Textiles, Cards and Classes
Posted: July 29, 2016

A 2009 Washington High School graduate and eco artist Kella Unnerstall recently opened A Grace Day.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 9:00 am.

Hoopla Junk to Offer Vintage Inspired Wares
Posted: July 29, 2016

Washington soon will have its first “occasional sale” store — Hoopla Junk.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 8:00 am.

New Rules for Fire Pits in City Limits
Posted: July 29, 2016

Aldermen are moving to regulate outdoor recreational burning in fire pits located in residential yards after complaints from some worried residents.

Posted in Pacific on Friday, July 29, 2016 7:00 am.

PetSmart Coming To Phoenix Center
Posted: July 29, 2016

Construction on a new business in the Phoenix Center II development should begin soon.

Posted in Washington on Friday, July 29, 2016 7:00 am.

Thursday 07/28/2016
Old Postcards Captivate Crowd of History Buffs
Posted: July 28, 2016

A program featuring a series of picture postcards taken between 1908 and 1915 revealed that nostalgia can still draw a crowd to a local history program.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 pm.

Superintendent Says Bond Issue Is Simple, Responsible
Posted: July 28, 2016

Simple, basic and responsible is how Washington School District Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer describes the proposed $15 million zero tax rate increase bond issue on the Aug. 2 ballot.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:00 pm.

Residents Are Unhappy About Repair Delays
Posted: July 28, 2016

Delays in the promise to replace deteriorated concrete slabs on Candlewick Lane, which has been discussed by officials since 2011, continues to baffle residents.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:00 pm.

Aldermen to Change Sexton Appointment
Posted: July 28, 2016

After successfully changing the procedure for hiring police officers, aldermen are now looking to change the way the city cemetery sexton is appointed.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:00 pm.

Familiar Foes Face Off In Commission Race
Posted: July 28, 2016

The race for Franklin County 1st District commissioner features incumbent Tim Brinker against Robertsville businessman Tim Baker.

Posted in County, Politics on Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:00 pm.

Annual Fair Run, Walk Takes Place Saturday
Updated: July 29, 2016 - 10:01 am

The annual Washington Fair run/walk will take place this Saturday at 7 a.m. at the North Lakeshore Drive pavilion.

Posted in Fair, Washington on Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:30 pm. Updated: 10:01 am.

Fire District Urges Residents to Support for Fire Tax
Posted: July 28, 2016

Proponents of a 30-cent tax to fund the new Washington Community Fire Protection District say they are getting generally positive feedback and support from property owners.

Posted in County, Washington on Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:00 pm.

Pre-Fair Events Take Place This Weekend
Updated: July 29, 2016 - 10:01 am

The Washington Town and Country Fair is just one week away, and with it comes two traditions to build excitement — the annual Fair parade and run/walk.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:00 pm. Updated: 10:01 am.

Franklin County Voters to Elect New Sheriff
Posted: July 28, 2016

All three Republican candidates for Franklin County sheriff boast years of experience in law enforcement. 

Posted in County, Politics on Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:00 pm.

Transportation Funding Questioned - Is County Being Passed Over?
Posted: July 28, 2016

Public Works officials from several municipalities are questioning if Franklin County is being passed over for federal and state transportation funds.

Posted in County on Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:00 am.

Three Seek 119th District House Seat
Posted: July 28, 2016

Three men will vie for the State Representative District 119 seat in the Aug. 2 primary election.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:00 am.

Committee Seeks Support for Proposition KIDS
Posted: July 28, 2016

Proponents of education and the St. Clair R-XIII school district are hoping to pass a tax levy that will provide a better quality education to district students.

Posted in Saint clair on Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:56 am.

Works Beings on Overlay Project
Posted: July 28, 2016

Work is scheduled to begin on Third Street Thursday morning for the 2016 Overlay Project.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:49 am.

Wednesday 07/27/2016
Plan Board Gives Nod To Birch Creek Plat
Posted: July 27, 2016

The city zoning board has approved a preliminary plat in Birch Creek Estates that has been protested by many residents of the subdivision.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm.

PHS Grads to Compete In Solar Car Challenge
Posted: July 27, 2016

Adam Hinkebein and Will Applegate, both 2015 graduates of Pacific High School, are working as drivers and mechanical team members for the Missouri S&T Solar Car Team.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm.

Museum Will Be Open Soon
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 8:43 am

The St. Clair Historical Museum is slated to open in the next couple of months at its new location.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:43 am.

Lonedell R-XIV Project Is Right On Schedule
Updated: July 28, 2016 - 8:46 am

The Lonedell R-XIV Elementary construction project is on schedule and going well, said Superintendent Jenny Ulrich.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:46 am.

School Board Will Name Interim Chief
Posted: July 27, 2016

The job of finding a new superintendent for the Meramec Valley R-III School District is focused on protecting continuity for students, parents and faculty, according to Tim Richardson, school board president.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:00 pm.

Kissinger, Copeland Vie for Assessor Seat
Posted: July 27, 2016

The incumbent Franklin County assessor will face a newcomer to the political arena in the Aug. 2 Republican primary.

Posted in County, Election on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 1:32 pm.

Toelke Not Endorsing Any Candidate for Sheriff
Updated: July 30, 2016 - 9:00 am

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke issued a statement Wednesday morning in the wake of an ad in The Missourian that incorrectly listed him among people endorsing one of the candidates for sheriff in next Tuesday’s primary election.

Posted in County, Politics on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:10 am. Updated: 9:00 am.

City Hosting Main Street Conference
Posted: July 27, 2016

Downtown Washington Inc. is serving as host to over 200 guests this week attending the 2016 Missouri Main Street Downtown Revitalization Conference.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:00 am.

Tuesday 07/26/2016
Road Closed
Posted: July 26, 2016

The Interstate 44 South Outer Road at Stanton will be closed on Thursday, July 28, for emergency culvert repairs. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. No vehicles will be allowed through the closure location.  

Posted in County on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2:06 pm.

Monday 07/25/2016
Circus Camp Puts on Show
Posted: July 25, 2016

Circus techniques are a fun way to inspire young athletes to stretch, reach and exert energy, according to Laurie Borcherding, owner/operator of Show Me Acro gym, located at 2297 Rose Lane in Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Monday, July 25, 2016 2:18 pm.

Sunday 07/24/2016
New Head of City Street Department Starts August 1
Posted: July 24, 2016

Washington’s new head of the street superintendent will start work Monday, Aug. 1.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Sunday, July 24, 2016 3:00 pm.

Pacific Resident Asks Mayor to Step Down
Posted: July 24, 2016

Following weeks of turmoil over police department hiring and a mix-up in the city cemetery, a Pacific resident said it’s time for Mayor Jeff Palmore to resign.

Posted in Pacific on Sunday, July 24, 2016 2:00 pm.

Council Wants Few Digital Sign Limits
Posted: July 24, 2016

Washington City Council members clearly don’t want to set many restrictions on the use of electronic advertising signs.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:00 am.

Plan Board Approves Wedding Venue Permit
Posted: July 24, 2016

By Joe Barker

Posted in Local news, County on Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 am.

Saturday 07/23/2016
Board Adopts New Police Hiring Policy
Posted: July 23, 2016

In a 4 to 2 vote, Pacific aldermen approved a measure that authorizes the board of aldermen —  not the mayor — to approve police officers appointed by the police chief.

Posted in Pacific on Saturday, July 23, 2016 7:00 pm.

Sheriff Thanks Citizens for Their Support
Updated: July 25, 2016 - 8:11 am

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke extended thanks this week to all the citizens who have expressed support for his department and other law enforcement agencies.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 8:11 am.

County Ambulance Districts Implement STARS Program
Updated: July 27, 2016 - 11:38 am

A multi-jurisdictional program has been implemented to provide information that could help save the lives of special needs children of Franklin County.

Posted in County on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:32 pm. Updated: 11:38 am.

ECC Business, Industry Center Project on Track — Should Be Completed September 19
Posted: July 23, 2016

East Central College’s business and industry center is on track for substantial completion Sept. 19, according to Dr. Jon Bauer, college president.

Posted in County, Business on Saturday, July 23, 2016 6:00 pm.

America in Bloom Judges ‘Impressed’ With City
Posted: July 23, 2016

Judges with the national America In Bloom program were impressed with the city, said Washington In Bloom Co-chairs Sally Bocklage and Dave Wehmeyer.

Posted in Local news, Washington on Saturday, July 23, 2016 5:00 pm.

Man Held On Stalking Charges
Posted: July 23, 2016

A Washington area man who has been called a “person of interest” in a suspicious fire earlier this week is being held in the Franklin County Jail on felony stalking charges.

Posted in Crime on Saturday, July 23, 2016 2:00 pm.

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