The Washington Area Chamber of Commerce views the lack of support from some city council members in the campaign to raise funds for keeping the post office downtown as a “lost boost,” but the drive will continue.

Washington City Council members Thursday rejected a plan by the city’s 353 Redevelopment Corporation to fund efforts to keep the post office downtown. The corporation members proposed to use its authority to contribute $100,000 toward a fund drive sponsored by the area Chamber of Commerce.

A resolution opposing the American Heritage Rivers Initiative was adopted Thursday by the Franklin County Commission. A delegation of about 40 people appeared before the commission asking the county to go on record against the federal program.

A second ordinance rezoning property for a proposed major shopping center development by the DESCO Group at Highways 100 and 47 was approved by the Washington City Council.

County officials hope to start advertising for bids for replacing Hartmann’s Bridge over the Bourbeuse River later this month.

The Washington Lady Jays continued to roll right through the bracket in the St. Clair basketball tournament. The team whipped De Soto in the semifinals, 42-17.