From former presidents to president hopefuls, Franklin County has welcomed many from "the other Washington."

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Hondo, Texas. Forty miles west of San Antonio. That’s where Kim Choate, 52, and her husband, Matt, were planning to drive on their inaugural roadtrip in their newly purchased RV. The recently retired Sullivan couple, who have three daughters and seven grandchildren, was planning to visit one…

Washington High School senior McKenna Jacquin, 17, has been named a National Merit semifinalist. Around 16,000 students across the U.S. qualify for this honor each year by scoring in the top percentiles on the PSAT, a standardized test given to juniors. Jacquin scored 1390 out of 1400.

Daniel Boone may have died more than 73,000 days ago, but that won’t stop hundreds of fans of the famed frontiersman from journeying to Defiance to Boone’s home on Saturday as the historic site commemorates the 200th anniversary of his death. 

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For Americans of European ancestry, Ellis Island is where their families’ journeys to discover the country began. For Neal Moore, 48, Ellis Island, with its iconic Statue of Liberty, will be where his journey ends.

All the world’s a stage, Shakespeare said. Even, according to the St. Francis Borgia theater department, the computer screens in audience members’ homes. The department just wrapped its first-ever virtual play, “The Internet is Distract—OH LOOK A KITTEN!” written by Ian McWethy. There were t…

Eight miles north of Washington in Marthasvillle, a multi-generational family farm is proving once again to be a popular destination for families anxious to get outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 2020 Vacation Culture School (VCS) is on — and online. The third annual program organized by “Neighbors United — Undoing Racism” and Peace Lutheran Church will take place Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Zoom. Register at or by emailing vacati…

The Missouri might be grander, the Meramec more scenic, but when it comes to rare mussel species, few rivers are stronger than the Bourbeuse.

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A century ago, longtime Washington resident Katherine Graham was born near Fort Smith, Ark., just east of the Oklahoma border. Today she is the oldest living graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School and just celebrated her 100th birthday July 26.

Pacific Police Officer Stephanie Kelly recently befriended teenager Jeremy Lohan. Lohan, who is on the autism spectrum, loves trains and was filming the train tracks near First Street in Pacific when he met Kelly in August.

The Washington Police Department is expanding its outreach to home-schooled children this year by offering a free Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to the Hope Homeschool Co-Op.

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The year was 1968. Bell-bottoms and tie dye were growing trends. The first Big Mac hit the McDonald’s menu for 49 cents. The Beatles released “The White Album.” And Jackie Krafft was teaching kindergarten at South Point School with aide Gail Kingsbury. Fast forward 52 years later, both women…

The COVID-19 pandemic easily inspires comparisons with the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918 in Washington. When the flu developed into pneumonia, it was often deadly. About 675,000 people died in the U.S.

The Washington Farmers’ Market will hold a drive-thru donation Saturday, Aug. 29, to support local food pantries in lieu of what would have been the ninth annual Foodstock, a music event supporting Washington food banks, which was canceled due to COVID-19.

For Labadie natives, even

motherhood is ‘a twin thing’

The Humane Society of Missouri is running a special on adoption fees for the horses available through Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union. Now through Aug. 31, adoption fees are reduced by $100. Adoption fees for the horses range from $200 to $1,500 and average $600 without the discount. The ra…

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, lived someone who had reason to fear a wolf. 

At 1170 W. Fifth St., a simple white door opens up to an almost-finished vision. The floor inside is designed to mimic a golf green meeting the blue of a small pond, and along the wall rests hundreds of different frisbees and plastic discs, each a unique, vibrant color. This is Aces & Ea…


As the days wound down in November of 2018, Washington native Tyler Schlitt made plans to walk across the newly constructed Missouri River Bridge on Dec. 1. As it turned out, though, “Mother Nature had other plans for me,” Schlitt said recently.

National Black Cat Appreciation Day is Aug. 17, and Shana Cook of the Humane Society of Missouri wants everyone to know the truth about these unlucky felines.

Patrons at Scenic Regional Library and Washington Public Library now have access to a mobile app for the libraries’ online catalogs.

Benjamin Angell and Jessica Hamlett were united in marriage Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rosebud. Pastor Tim Weiser officiated at the ceremony.


“If we suffer together, we bond together,” Chris Jackson, Labadie, said Saturday morning, July 25, standing on the main stage at the Washington Fairgrounds as he wrapped up a grueling workout for the local F3 group.

Tyler and Kahori (Sueyoshi) Copeland, Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, announce the birth of a firstborn son, Jack Ryuya Copeland. Born June 30, 2020, at Camp Foster, Okinawa, he weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Connor Voss and Sean McLafferty were united in marriage Saturday, June 20, 2020, at St. Francis Borgia Church in downtown Washington. Father Kevin Schmittgens officiated at the ceremony.

Chuck and Joy Smith, Pacific, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ravynn Olivia Smith, Pacific, to Cory Charles Boarman, St. Louis, son of Joseph Boarman, St. Louis.


OK, it’s not actually a park, more of a pocket-size nature reserve, but you probably didn’t know it existed. No one tried to keep it a secret; it just sort of happened that way.

Josh and Monica (Bourne) Gleb, McKinney, Texas, announce the birth of a son, Lucas Robert Gleb. Born June 14, 2020, at Medical City Frisco, Frisco, Texas, he weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 1/4 inches long.

The Missourian In Education Summer Reading Program finishes this week. Young readers who read at least 250 pages through June and July and submitted their logs will be rewarded with a gift certificate to Neighborhood Reads Bookstore and a day ticket to the 2021 Washington Town & Country …


In this summer of COVID-19, a lot has been canceled or changed — vacations, sports, parties and get-togethers ... Before you start thinking there’s nowhere to escape, consider opening one of these books suggested by local readers. These are what they’ve been reading during the pandemic, or w…


It’s a stretch to imagine the blue spring floor at Planet Gymnastics in Union as a pool, but competitive swimmers from teams across Franklin County have been doing their best this summer.

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jane* attended Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in Franklin County four times a week.

Michael Schlegel, Maricopa, Ariz., and Angela Schlegel, Union, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Lauren Schlegel, Austin, Texas, to Logan Douglas Morton, Austin, Texas, son of John and Kristie Morton Ashland, Mass.

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Diane Meyer, Washington, laughed out loud earlier this year when her granddaughter, Melissa, asked her to be a flower girl in her wedding. She thought the young bride was joking.

With great happiness, the families of Hannah Grace and Bryan Smith are delighted to announce their upcoming wedding Sept. 13, 2020, in Washington state.

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Bob Herndon, Washington, knew from the first time he flipped upside down in Melissa Duchatschek’s trapeze yoga class that it was exactly what he needed.