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Following an unprecedented year for the Washington Town & Country Fair and the city’s history, the 2021 fair dug its toes in over the weekend with good showings at its first events. The 5K, 10K and kids 200-yard dash Saturday morning and Sunday’s well-attended parade and kickoff party ma…

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For many area residents, the 50th anniversary of Six Flags St. Louis brings back memories of visiting the park as children — the heat of a sunny day in July, the taste and sticky sweetness of cotton candy, the smell of  waffle ice cream cones fresh from the oven. 

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When Fred and Serena Stuart sit down to a meal at their Gerald farm, they can often name the exact acre of land that each item on their plates comes from. They grow the vast majority themselves, and other goods are sourced from farmer friends and markets where they have a relationship with t…

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For Washington High School alumna Paige Hall, the road to success has often been more like an obstacle course than a straight sprint. Not unlike the drills she completes every weekday as an ROTC cadet at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), Hall’s path requires determination and…

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Over six years ago, Grace’s Place CEO Amanda Jones began envisioning a second Grace’s Place home, one to build on the impact of the Washington-based emergency shelter for children in crisis. It had only been about five years since Grace’s Place was founded in 2010, but the nonprofit already …

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Genevieve Latting was in search of a new hobby. The Union-based licensed clinical social worker needed something to cure the restlessness she — and her two border collies — were facing amid their new routines. 

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They’re all what I call ‘stuff you’d find on a farm.’ Nobody wanted them, so I took them and fixed them up. They’re really educational and neat to see.” – Stan Laubinger

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Five Franklin County and St. Louis area tradeswomen made up the Four Rivers Career Center’s April 27 panel on women in trades careers. Instead of listing female role models, all of them said men had inspired them to join their fields.

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Miriam Weseman has celebrated more birthdays than most. Just weeks before her first birthday, the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany, beginning the country’s direct involvement in World War I. On her second birthday, the world was preparing for a global pandemic, one that until re…

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Growing up in Washington, Heather Jensen Suerig spent almost every day with her grandmother, Toledo Thorpe. Already 70 when Suerig was born, Thorpe still played with her granddaughter each day. She also taught Suerig basic sewing skills, so she could help the neighborhood women who would com…

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For Matt Brennecke, Augusta, with its rolling vineyards and historic winemaking, has always been home. The 47-year-old is production manager at Mount Pleasant Winery, where the view from his office window is a dramatic valley scene he’s known well since boyhood. His first view of the wine-ri…

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“This little boy sees me and takes off down the sidewalk running toward me. He jumps on me and does not let go. That completely warmed my heart. I fell in love with doing this after that.”

Daniel Feth, Midwest Batman

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When Amber Raney and her husband became foster parents three and a half years ago, they opened their home to any child, of any age, needing any size or gender of clothes, at a moment’s notice. Ahead of their second placement, they were given about five hours to prepare their home for its two…

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Since its official beginnings in 1926, the legendary highway Route 66 has been bestowed with numerous nicknames: “Main Street of America,” “The Mother Road” (coined by the novelist John Steinbeck) and the “Will Rogers Highway,” among others.

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Spring into warmer weather with these 15 essential experiences for anyone living in Franklin County and beyond. Download a free printable list here. 

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Before August and Katelyn Horstmann have even turned around, their dogs Kona and Fly hop into the small bed of a muddy UTV, their tongues lolling and tails wagging excitedly. To the right is a picturesque white farmhouse and to the left a vibrantly red painted barn. A friendly pig named Babe…

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The squeak of sneakers on a shiny gym floor and a chorus of shouts and cheers can be heard coming from the Ray Steinhoff Court at New Haven High School almost any night there’s a home basketball game. Inside, blurs of green or white rush past, dribbling, passing and shooting a classic orange…

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For Negro League baseball history fans, Jim “Lefty” LaMarque is a memorable left-handed pitcher. He wowed fans with an .857 winning percentage in 1947 and a 15-5 record in 1948 and played alongside Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige on the Kansas City Monarchs in the 1940s, on the cusp of bas…

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When Megan Rhoades was a teenager growing up in St. Clair, she got a summer job giving temporary tattoos at Six Flags St. Louis. The park was a right of passage in her family. For years, she and her brother and sister had had season passes, and her parents had met while working at the park y…

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When Tim Vieth fell from a hunting stand and fractured bones in his neck and spine last fall, he had to relearn many things. Healing took time. Walking took time. Regaining strength is taking time. But Vieth says his body knew he had to get better, because he had to be on his feet in time fo…

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“As a young child growing up, I always noticed they were different than other parents because I can remember them holding hands all the time,” the couple’s only child, Yvonne Byrne, told The Missourian. “I didn’t see my friends’ parents doing that.”

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When Antonio Ceballos moved from Mexico to Washington four years ago, he joined a community that prides itself on legacy. Neighborhoods, or "barrios," are seemingly filled with people who can trace their family lineage through generations of Franklin County citizenship. The title of “local” …

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When Grace Straatmann plays with dolls, she plays with three at a time. Since October, the 2-year-old of Villa Ridge is seldom seen with any other number of dolls. She mimes feeding them, knows to burp them and lovingly places them in her stroller — that is, when she isn’t playing with the r…

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On Wednesday, the words of Tom Petty’s album “Wildflowers & All the Rest” permeated the air of Mark Kriebaum’s Washington home. The works of this late rock ‘n’ roll crooner — who is heralded as one of the most iconic voices of his generation — are just some of the hundreds of records in …

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