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Thursday 10/23/2014
Homemade Air Scrubber Helps Cut Down Plant Odor
Posted: October 23, 2014

An improvised air scrubber is helping cut down on odor at the Washington wastewater treatment plant.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:00 pm.

R-XI Moves Forward With Strategic Plan
Posted: October 23, 2014

Since a recent academic performance audit, district officials have been discussing ways to begin implementing a strategic action plan.

Posted in Union on Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:32 pm.

Emergency Crews Battle Combine Fire Thursday
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Washington Firefighters responded to a combine fire reported at 4445 Highway 47 just before 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Oct. 23.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:31 pm. Updated: 3:41 pm.

Council Awards Camp Street Bridge Contract
Posted: October 23, 2014

Washington City Council members awarded a contract to the low bidder on the Camp Street bridge and improvement project.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 pm.

Kander Opposed to Early Voting Measure
Posted: October 23, 2014

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander opposes a six-day early voting period that will be on the ballot for voters to decide in November.

Posted in County on Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:00 pm.

No Capital Projects Included In Parks Department Budget
Posted: October 23, 2014

The Washington Parks Department won’t be doing any major projects within the next year.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 23, 2014 1:00 pm.

Borgia to Host Open House Sunday
Posted: October 23, 2014

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School will hold an open house this Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon to 2 p.m.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:06 am.

Pacific Chamber Seeks Partner for Fundraiser
Posted: October 23, 2014

The Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce is putting together plans for the third annual Pianos for a Purpose by seeking a partner that will receive half the profits from the fundraising dinner.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:00 am.

Washington Approves Rezoning for Duplexes on Olive
Posted: October 23, 2014

There were no objections Monday night to approve a rezoning and subdivision plat for eight new residential units on vacant property at Olive and Main streets.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:00 am.

Guardrails Installed Near Two Schools
Posted: October 23, 2014

Guardrails meant to protect children from vehicles veering into the playground have been installed at two schools on West Osage.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:45 am.

Baker Outspending Griesheimer in Presiding County Commissioner Race
Posted: October 23, 2014

Committees representing Franklin County candidates seeking office in the Nov. 4 general election recently filed campaign finance reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Posted in County, Politics on Thursday, October 23, 2014 7:00 am.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Safety Books Put in District Classrooms
Posted: October 22, 2014

The best defense students and teachers have in an emergency is knowledge, according to members of the Meramec Valley R-III School District safety committee.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:32 pm.

Meramec Valley District Employs 29 Bus Drivers
Posted: October 22, 2014

The school transportation system was the latest Meramec Valley R-III School District program to be reviewed by school board members in the new reporting platform.

Posted in Pacific on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:32 pm.

Disclosure Reports Filed by Senate Candidate Groups
Posted: October 22, 2014

Campaign finance committee reports for local candidates seeking seats in the state Senate were recently filed.

Posted in County on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:32 pm.

New Playground Pavilion Installation Will Begin Soon
Posted: October 22, 2014

By the end of October the All-Abilities Playground should be finally finished.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:32 pm.

Borgia Seniors Take Part in Service Day
Posted: October 22, 2014

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School seniors last week participated in the first Borgia and Beyond service day.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:32 pm.

City Hall Entrance, Steps to Be Replaced
Posted: October 22, 2014

Union City Hall will undergo a face-lift next year that includes a new entranceway.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:32 pm.

Five Photojournalists Will Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame
Posted: October 22, 2014

Five outstanding photojournalists will be inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame during a program here Thursday evening.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:00 pm.

Downtown to Host Holiday House Tour
Posted: October 22, 2014

Downtown Washington Inc. wants residents to “save the date” for this year’s Holiday House Tour set for Sunday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:00 pm.

Union Chamber to Present New Awards
Posted: October 22, 2014

The Union Area Chamber of Commerce is introducing a new slate of awards this year to recognize businesses.

Posted in Union on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:32 am.

Franklin County Okays 911 Projects Amid Funding Issues
Updated: October 22, 2014 - 9:05 am

While funding concerns have surrounded Franklin County’s 911 emergency communication system, two projects were approved Tuesday.

Posted in County on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 9:00 am. Updated: 9:05 am.

Pumpkin Palooza This Saturday Downtown
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:29 pm

An all-day Halloween festival for children and families featuring a candy crawl, pumpkin games, hayrides and even a witchhunt will take place this Saturday in Downtown Washington.

Posted in Washington on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:45 am. Updated: 12:29 pm.

Complaint Filed With Ethics Panel
Posted: October 22, 2014

St. Clair resident Bob Fawe, who on Monday for the third straight time during a board of aldermen meeting spoke against how the city conducts its business, has filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission against Assistant City Administrator Travis Dierker.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:00 am.

St. Clair’s Halloween Party Set for Saturday Afternoon 
Posted: October 22, 2014

Boo Bash, St. Clair’s annual Halloween party, will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the small pavilion in Orchard Park.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 7:00 am.

R-XIV Part of Crisis Training
Posted: October 22, 2014

Lonedell R-XIV School District Principal Sue Emmons was part of a 10-member contingent that traveled to Denver, Colo., earlier this month to take part in a special school intruder workshop and forum.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:00 am.

SCHS Honors ‘Thankful’ VIPs
Posted: October 22, 2014

St. Clair High School’s first quarter Very Important People nominees were encouraged to be thankful when they were recognized last Thursday.

Posted in Saint clair on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5:00 am.

Monday 10/20/2014
Washington Crews Respond to House Fire Monday Night
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Washington Fire, Police and Ambulance responded to a house fire in the 900 block of Bieker Road just before 10:30 p.m. Monday night. 

Posted in Washington on Monday, October 20, 2014 10:59 pm. Updated: 3:33 pm.

St. Louis Woman Dies in I-44 Crash
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 4:44 pm

A 69-year-old St. Louis woman was killed early Monday when she was involved in a one-vehicle accident on westbound Interstate 44 near the St. Clair rest area.

Posted in Saint clair on Monday, October 20, 2014 3:43 pm. Updated: 4:44 pm.

Attempted Abduction Near UMS Reported
Updated: October 21, 2014 - 3:34 pm

A 13-year-old Union boy reported that he was chased on foot by a man during an attempted abduction Friday, police said.

Posted in Union on Monday, October 20, 2014 3:26 pm. Updated: 3:34 pm.

Saturday 10/18/2014
Council Will Vote on Camp Street Bridge Project Contract
Posted: October 18, 2014

The Washington City Council will vote Monday night on a contract to award the Camp Street bridge project.

Posted in Washington on Saturday, October 18, 2014 4:00 pm.

De Soto Knocks Out Softball Lady Indians in Quarterfinals
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Pacific's run through the Class 3 softball playoffs has ended.

Posted in Sports, Pacific on Saturday, October 18, 2014 1:55 pm. Updated: 2:18 pm.

Sale of River’s Edge Could Jeopardize Its Tax Abatements
Posted: October 18, 2014

River’s Edge has recently changed ownership, and is working with the city to keep its eligibility for tax abatements as part of the Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ).

Posted in Saint clair on Saturday, October 18, 2014 5:45 am.

Friday 10/17/2014
Week 9 Football — Union Edges Hermann, Wins FRC Title
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 11:44 pm

Union and Hermann's battle for the Four Rivers Conference title resembled a heavyweight fight.

Posted in Sports, Union on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:54 pm. Updated: 11:44 pm.

Week 9 Football — Westminster knocks off Borgia, 35-14
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 8:14 am

The season is not over.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:39 pm. Updated: 8:14 am.

Week 9 Football — Francis Howell North Rallies Past Blue Jays
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 12:02 am

SCANLAN STADIUM — For over a half, the Washington Blue Jays controlled play against the Francis Howell North Knights.

Posted in Sports, Washington on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:30 pm. Updated: 12:02 am.

City to Hold Public Hearing Monday on Redevelopment Plan
Posted: October 17, 2014

The city of St. Clair will hold a public hearing at 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Posted in Saint clair on Friday, October 17, 2014 8:30 pm.

Former City Employee Lambastes Board, Mayor
Posted: October 17, 2014

A former city employee came before the board of aldermen Monday night questioning the city’s spending, including the need for an accounts payable clerk.

Posted in Saint clair on Friday, October 17, 2014 10:47 am.

Public Works Continues Line Extension Discussion
Posted: October 17, 2014

Washington’s Board of Public Works will continue exploring the possibility of extending water and sewer services south of the city limits.

Posted in Washington on Friday, October 17, 2014 7:00 am.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Iron Horse Rodeo Draws Big Crowd Despite Rain
Posted: October 16, 2014

Despite several days of rain, standing water on the Liberty Park fields and a cold snap, the second annual Iron Horse Rodeo drew crowds of spectators Oct. 10-11.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:00 pm.

Grant Could Help Direct Big Rigs
Posted: October 16, 2014

The city may get some help from MoDOT in redesigning signs and street directions that relate to tractor-trailer traffic on city streets.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Beef Industry Tour Includes Haue Farm
Posted: October 16, 2014

When the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) invited a group of chefs, dietitians and food bloggers on a two-day tour of the Missouri beef industry they started with a visit to Haue Valley Farm, Pacific.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:32 pm.

Pacific Missourian Going to All Houses
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 12:16 pm

This issue marks the third edition of the newly branded Pacific Missourian.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:32 pm. Updated: 12:16 pm.

Resident Calls For Officials to Work Together
Posted: October 16, 2014

Another resident has weighed in on the call for city officials to end their discourse and work together.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00 pm.

Mayor Concerned About City Resources for Civic Events
Posted: October 16, 2014

A request for the city to provide portable toilets for the Oct. 31 Monsterfest event in Downtown Pacific led to a lengthy discussion about the use of city personnel to organize outdoor events put on by local organizations.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 5:00 pm.

Pool Refilled in Attempt To Check for Potential Leak
Posted: October 16, 2014

Summer is long over, but the pool at the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex in Washington is once again full.

Posted in Washington on Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:00 pm.

City Plans to Conduct Survey of Streets
Posted: October 16, 2014

The city plans to spend $16,800 to survey all city streets for condition and maintenance needs.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:00 pm.

New Principal Enjoying Work at St. John’s School
Posted: October 16, 2014

A few months into his new job, Gary Menke is starting to get settled in.

Posted in County on Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:00 pm.

Costs May Rise for County Bend Road Bridge Project
Posted: October 16, 2014

There may be extra costs to replace the county-owned Bend Road bridge near Pacific due to three species of endangered mussels that live near the site.

Posted in Pacific on Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:00 pm.

Columbine Visit Underscores Need For Response Plan
Posted: October 16, 2014

A group of 10 local officials recently visited Jefferson County, Colo., where the Columbine High School shooting massacre occurred to learn more about the need for collaboration between agencies to enhance school safety.

Posted in County on Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:00 pm.

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