On a crisp and windy Chicago morning, a professor at Loyola University sits at their computer and prepares for a lecture. With a click of their mouse, the Zoom call is live and the professor is addressing their class. 

To many Washington parents, Theresa McGowan is known as their children’s high school guidance counselor. The 54-year-old was a counselor at St. Francis Borgia Regional from 2004 to 2017, and since 2017 has been a counselor at Washington High School. 

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Luke Davis dreamt about this moment for three years — maybe longer. In fact, the night before his trek across Missouri, the Marthasville man could hardly sleep. 

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A chorus of giggles pierces the quiet night that has settled around Cinema 1 Thursday evening. Under the beams of the streetlights, four girls, three clad in matching tan button-ups, unfold and admire their new flag. It reads: “Troop 636 Rotary Club Washington, Mo.”

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The 22-year-old welding student rides to success atop the backs of two horses, literally, with Daredevil Drafts entertainment.

Jim and Gerry Donner celebrated their 65th anniversary Thursday, Sept. 17. They were married in 1955 at St. Joseph’s Church of Neier. Gerry is the daughter of Ed and Irene Stuesse. Jim is the son of Leo and Veronica Donner. 

Samuel “Sam” Palmer DuMontier, Washington native, and Rebecca “Becca” Leslie Sabatés, Prairie Village, Kan., native, exchanged wedding vows June 6 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Kansas City. The Rev. Jim Hoffman presided over the ceremony. 

Theater students at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School want to take audiences on a journey — literally. The theater department will perform “Cellular ’Cenes,” not in the auditorium, but rather in the art room, music room and cafeteria to accommodate social distancing.

Jodi Scheible and Judson Carter were united in marriage Saturday, July 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington. The Rev. Jim Theby officiated the ceremony. 

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Gregory and Tracey Ballard, Villa Ridge, happily announce their marriage Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Log Chapel of The Ozarks, Branson. They send their thanks to all family and friends for the kind and loving thoughts sent their way.

Halloween might be dressed up a little differently this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are still ways to treat yourself to a celebration that doesn’t feel like the ghost of years past. The CDC guidelines split many classic activities into three categories based on health risk, …

Darrick Tyler Curtis, Hillsboro, and Kristen Brooke Dragotto, Washington, announce their engagement.

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Vibrant balloons bustling in the breeze greeted all arriving at the back lot of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ Saturday afternoon. Although the event was scheduled for 5 p.m., the first car arrived at 3:15 to wait. A colorful banner announced the occasion — the 10th anniversary of Harve…

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 Facebook.com/neighborsunitedmissouri 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.